In Rob Wallace’s most recent book, he reviews what is known about the development of the virus that causes Covid-19 in the context of industrial farming combined with habitat destruction. Inherent in his critique is a condemnation of capitalist agricultural methods, some thoughts on alternatives, and what forces in rural society are doing to create these alternatives. His book is a must-read for anybody who wishes to truly understand Covid-19.
We live in an era of plagues because of capitalist development, argues socialist author Mike Davis. In this transcript from a conversation streamed live on April 11, 2020, Davis also says coronavirus has exposed the gap between a tiny rich elite and the rest of us—creating space to put forward socialist ideas.
Who can use the term “gone viral” now without shuddering a little? Who can look at anything any more — a door handle, a cardboard carton, a bag of vegetables — without imagining it swarming with those unseeable, undead, unliving blobs dotted with suction pads waiting to fasten themselves on to our lungs?
We hope you're doing well and doing what you can to take care as the coronavirus continues to spread and claim lives. As we have been doing in past weeks, below we share a sample of some of the news, analysis, and tools that caught our attention since last Friday.
When I think back on this crisis in the years to come, two images will stay with me. One is of ordinary Italians singing to one another across balconies in solidarity with neighbors in isolation and caregivers on the frontlines. The other is that of the Indian police hosing down migrant workers and their children with bleach for ‘daring’ to walk cross country once their workplaces closed during lock down and no public transport was available for them to get home.