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Capitalism, Ecology and the Corinavirus outbreak

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Apr 10 2020 15:50

Statement from KRAS (IWA/AIT Russia) on the introduction of house arrest in Moscow

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Apr 10 2020 16:46

Useful piece from 'Citizens TV' https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2615&v=05-jbrHRmrs&feature=e...

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Apr 10 2020 17:28

Obv epetitions aren't really the most useful of tools in ordinary times, but this petition to get testing/PPE/sick pay for careworkers might be a good thing to share in local mutual aid groups and the like, if you want something that's a bit more political than just clapping for the NHS but aren't sure if all your neighbours will want to read the latest from Cristicuffs or whoever: https://action.unison.org.uk/page/58242/petition/1

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Apr 11 2020 18:18

First they blame the public for spreading it, now Matt Hancock saying there is enough PPE, NHS staff are just wasting it
https://mobile.twitter.com/JungleDaily/status/1248655176652722176
Pritti Patel gaslighting:
"I'm sorry if people feel like there have been failings."
https://mobile.twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1249007277102845952

Has any other state acted similarly?

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Apr 14 2020 18:59

Kang Kyung-Wha cites the Sewol Ferry disaster and PGH's response as a 'collective trauma' (much like this will be) from which principles of openess and transparency were adopted.
https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20200413-in-south-korea-patient...

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The South Korea foreign minister said her government’s philosophy had always been to "respect the people's right to freedom of movement", but added that travel restrictions had been put in place in order to avoid a second wave of the virus.

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Apr 14 2020 20:17

Homogeneous obedient Asian masses never questioning their leaders:

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68% of Britons say that the Government are handling the coronavirus outbreak well.

https://mobile.twitter.com/YouGov/status/1250098896308776963

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Apr 16 2020 16:41

Parkdale Organize have created this easy online form you can use to contact Toronto landlords who've been threatening tenants over non-payment of rent. If anyone feels like making phone calls as well, telephone numbers can be found here.

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Apr 16 2020 17:38

Citizens' TV again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY3sEIB7pJY&feature=emb_logo

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Apr 18 2020 15:03

Linkdump:
Covid-19 specific know your rights bustcards for dealing with cops
FB page for the Shut the Sites campaign calling for construction to be closed down
English-language translation of the story about French workers taking over a McDonald's
Call for a day of action for safe workplaces on April 28, workers' memorial day

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Apr 18 2020 21:47

Kim Moody on logistics in capitalism and on the potential of the current situation for independent working class demands:

https://labornotes.org/blogs/2020/04/workers-just-time-moment

He also talks about how a recession and reorganization of global supply chains was already looming before there was any sight of a pandemic, and how the outbreak has created a simultaneity and edge to the situation that it would otherwise have lacked.

"In any case, now is the time when workers can intervene to demand all the things they have been denied for decades, including health protection on and off the job. They might not just make demands on employers but confront politicians for universal free health care. The pandemic has made Medicare for All common sense for millions.

This means union support for the actions workers are already taking and encouraging others. It also means building on the awareness millions of workers now have of how essential they are to the system and how little their bosses or the government care about them."

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Apr 19 2020 13:06
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Boris Johnson skipped five Cobra meetings on the virus, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears. Failings in February may have cost thousands of lives

The Times:
Coronavirus: 38 days when Britain sleepwalked into disaster

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And in that context, we are starting to hear some bizarre autarkic rhetoric, when barriers are going up, and when there is a risk that new diseases such as coronavirus will trigger a panic and a desire for market segregation that go beyond what is medically rational to the point of doing real and unnecessary economic damage, then at that moment humanity needs some government somewhere that is willing at least to make the case powerfully for freedom of exchange, some country ready to take off its Clark Kent spectacles and leap into the phone booth and emerge with its cloak flowing as the supercharged champion, of the right of the populations of the earth to buy and sell freely among each other.

PM speech in Greenwich: 3 February 2020
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-in-greenwich-3-february...

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Apr 21 2020 23:28

British and Thai hi-so swanning it in Hua Hin:
https://www.thaienquirer.com/10041/thailands-rich-and-famous-sent-their-...

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Apr 22 2020 15:26

Some new worthwhile stuff via Freedom:
Liverpool SolFed guide: Coronavirus: Information for workers
Syndicalist unions and Covid-era resistance: A CIT roundup

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Apr 23 2020 18:21

Billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Progressive Movement leader, calls for a UBI and a Siamese New Deal:
https://mailchi.mp/fccthai.com/the-bulletin-volume-877#mctoc6

Communities in Phuket and Chiang Mai engaging in mutual-aid:
https://www.thaienquirer.com/11963/in-the-absence-of-state-support-the-p...

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May 11 2020 13:11

Perhaps a bit obvious, but I would say that now is a very good time for everyone to be sharing these resources in their neighbourhood groups: https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/work-refusal https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/know-your-rights

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May 12 2020 15:02

[Thou Shalt] Honour The Asparagus!: Romanian Agricultural Labour In Germany During The COVID-19 Season

Strawberry Fields - Marina Lewycka

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May 21 2020 04:19

Havent read it yet but here's a piece in English from Trenkle of wertkritik

https://www.krisis.org/2020/climate-crisis-and-social-transformation-in-...

Also releasing a book it seems

https://www.lehmanns.de/shop/wirtschaft/52907493-9783897712928-shutdown

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May 21 2020 10:51

Might as well cross-post these here:
This Script Sends Junk Data to Ohio’s Website for Snitching on Workers
Ohio Has Stopped Kicking Workers Off Unemployment After A Hacker Targeted Its Website

Would also be kind of interested to see theoretical/analytical stuff about the car demo phenomenon - I appreciate that things can't just carry on as normal in the middle of a pandemic and that non-ideal tactics are better than no tactics at all, but also the whole thing feels weirdly like an inversion of Reclaim the Streets-type stuff to me. I kind of think there's something interesting to be said about it but can't articulate exactly what.

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May 22 2020 04:09

Things here in Brazil are pretty bad, the death rates are climbing while the confirmed cases still increasing in a frenetic pace, despite of the massive sub-notification. The real picture is much worse than we can see through the official data. One of the reasons of the tragedy is the total compliance of the federal government with the pandemic; since the beginning Bolsonaro is downplaying the problem only to protect the murderous interests of the business that wanted to reopen the economy. The federal government has been totally negligent to build a safe social net to rescue the poor that is being badly hit by the crisis. The underlying strategy is to push the most vulnerable to an economic situation of despair to increase the popular pressure against the social distancing and demoralize the opposition.The market fundamentalism ideology is 'helping' in legitimize the government's inaction as its fatalism preclude any public and collective response to making the necessary lockdown the less painful possible to the workers.

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May 22 2020 09:15

zugzwang, krisis text finishes mid-sentence just as we were hoping to get the punchline??

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May 22 2020 11:10
Spikymike wrote:
zugzwang, krisis text finishes mid-sentence just as we were hoping to get the punchline??

I'm guessing that was not intentional. I'll message them about it. It's still one of the better analyses I've read, even if the social movement ideas leave some questions unanswered.

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May 22 2020 12:01

Well zugzwang, It's pretty good but leaving just after the sentence ''It can only be constituted in a struggle over the socially universal'' leaves much open to the imagination! And I recall finding some of Robert Kurz's (formerly with Krisis) ideas about how an effective social movement of opposition might arise despite an otherwise clear analysis of the fault lines in modern capitalism to be less than convincing.

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May 23 2020 02:15
Spikymike wrote:
Well zugzwang, It's pretty good but leaving just after the sentence ''It can only be constituted in a struggle over the socially universal'' leaves much open to the imagination! And I recall finding some of Robert Kurz's (formerly with Krisis) ideas about how an effective social movement of opposition might arise despite an otherwise clear analysis of the fault lines in modern capitalism to be less than convincing.

It's fixed now, was just the other half of a sentence. I've never heard the expression before but fwiw the preceding sentence says "a social alternative will not grow out of any niche" which I guess means any particular political/communist group against others. I'm actually not sure if that part is invoking Hegel (?) or if just got translated awkwardly, Krisis being a German group after all. Besides that I thought the rest of the text was perfectly readable and a good overall analysis/contribution.