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Planet farm
Planet farm
As industrial agriculture encroaches into the last wild places of the Earth, it’s unleashing dangerous pathogens. Time to heal the metabolic rift between ecology and economy, suggests Rob Wallace.
·newint.org·
Planet farm
Capitalism, class and Covid. Part 1: The issues at stake for working people.
Capitalism, class and Covid. Part 1: The issues at stake for working people.
In announcing the lockdown during the first wave of the Covid pandemic, the UK Government and public health bodies forecast a possible death toll of 20,000. At the time, even that number felt brutally shocking. Then ,as we witnessed the spiralling fatalities in Spain and Italy coupled with the grim scenes of improvise
·es.blakdwarf.org·
Capitalism, class and Covid. Part 1: The issues at stake for working people.
Take the Vaccine. Reject anti-Science Vaxxers, Rightists, Conspiracy Theories
Take the Vaccine. Reject anti-Science Vaxxers, Rightists, Conspiracy Theories
A dangerous coalition of anti-science, anti-vaccine organizations such as Freedom Angels has joined with right-wing militias in denouncing efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, and impeding healthcare advocates, doctors and scientists. This, plus the general distrust in the government has meant that 30% of the population, including a third of health care professionals, have decided NOT to take any of the available vaccines against the coronavirus.
·randomlengthsnews.com·
Take the Vaccine. Reject anti-Science Vaxxers, Rightists, Conspiracy Theories
Robert Brenner, Escalating Plunder, NLR 123, May–June 2020
Robert Brenner, Escalating Plunder, NLR 123, May–June 2020
In the US, amid soaring unemployment, loss of health insurance and rising poverty, a $4 trillion hand-out to capital, with Biden’s party and Trump’s shoulder to shoulder. Robert Brenner analyses the Covid-19 bailout in the broader context of a faltering productive economy and growing elite predation.
·newleftreview.org·
Robert Brenner, Escalating Plunder, NLR 123, May–June 2020
Infectious Optimism
Infectious Optimism
Dan Boscov-Ellen writes about the peril and promise of climate action amid the pandemic
·spectrejournal.com·
Infectious Optimism
Speculations on Post-Covid America
Speculations on Post-Covid America
That globalization as it has been known, from its beginnings in the 70s and 80s and rapid acceleration in the ‘posthistorical’ 90s through today, has been under threat is not a new obse…
·reciprocalcontradiction.home.blog·
Speculations on Post-Covid America
The Climate Crisis and COVID-19 Are Inseparable
The Climate Crisis and COVID-19 Are Inseparable
Commentators like to point to Wuhan’s “wet markets” as the source of the pandemic, but COVID-19 is the result of a much larger, global phenomenon of environmental degradation. Combatting both means putting the politics of food production and land use at the very heart of our socialist project.
·jacobinmag.com·
The Climate Crisis and COVID-19 Are Inseparable
Teaching Marx in a Pandemic
Teaching Marx in a Pandemic
Barnaby Raine writes to mark the launch of a new class on Marx and his writing, as part of The Brooklyn Institute summer season
·www.versobooks.com·
Teaching Marx in a Pandemic
Salt in the Wound
Salt in the Wound
What sorts of crises are emerging from Covid-19, and how should we understand them in relation to prior crises?
·spectrejournal.com·
Salt in the Wound
Gavin Smith: Rereading Marx on machines in the time of COVID-19
Gavin Smith: Rereading Marx on machines in the time of COVID-19
Gavin Smith, University of Toronto “One of the many perils lies in normalizing the ‘batshit crazy’ presently underway.”—Wallace, Liebman, Chavez & Wallace 2020: 5 The COVID-19 pandemic has stripped the veneer off capitalist society whether in its softer social democratic version or its bare-faced pseudo Darwinian version. Both the cause and the cure are down to the way capitals, now…
·www.focaalblog.com·
Gavin Smith: Rereading Marx on machines in the time of COVID-19
How Capitalism and Other Viruses Are Ravaging the Global South
How Capitalism and Other Viruses Are Ravaging the Global South
Across the Global South, the coronavirus crisis has highlighted how IMF “structural adjustment” policies have undermined public health care. But the devastation wrought by the economic shutdown also owes to a longer-term ill: an exploitative global trade regime where the poorest countries finance the rich.
·www.jacobinmag.com·
How Capitalism and Other Viruses Are Ravaging the Global South
Beyond the plague state
Beyond the plague state
It is commonplace when commenting on crises of various stripes to note their capacity suddenly to reveal what the seemingly smooth reproduction of the
·socialistproject.ca·
Beyond the plague state