Capitalism, Ecology and the Corinavirus outbreak

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Spikymike
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Feb 9 2020 16:05
Capitalism, Ecology and the Corinavirus outbreak

Whilst I have been reading Kohei Saito's new book on 'Marx's Ecology' with reference to the 'Metabolic rift' my attention was caught by this short comment on possible connections between modern global capitalism, the commodification of nature and the current economic crisis with the spread of the corinavirus in China:
https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/corinavirus-nature-fig...

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Feb 9 2020 22:35

I read the article that is linked to from that blog post, by Rob Wallace, which sparked my interest to learn more, e.g. about how viruses emerge and circulate alongside the chains of commodity supply and processing. Obviously viruses that affect humans don't only move through human movements but also via the production processes in which human movement, human social health conditions, animal life/death, bacterial life etc. are all mutually implied.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2020/01/29/coronavirus-a-deadly-result/

This is from near the end:
"Let’s realize a creaturely communism far from the Soviet model. Let’s braid together a new world-system, indigenous liberation, farmer autonomy, strategic rewilding, and place-specific agroecologies that, redefining biosecurity, reintroduce immune firebreaks of widely diverse varieties in livestock, poultry, and crops.

Let’s reintroduce natural selection as an ecosystem service and let our livestock and crops reproduce on-site, whereby they can pass along their outbreak-tested immunogenetics to the next generation."

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Feb 23 2020 17:27

Coronavirus – an exercise in intensified social control:
http://dialectical-delinquents.com/coronavirus-an-exercise-in-intensifie...

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Feb 27 2020 11:09

Here's a couple of articles from left perspectives on the Corona outbreak and emergency responses to it:

Angela Mitropoulos - Against Quarantine
https://thenewinquiry.com/against-quarantine/

Giorgio Agamben in Il Manifesto
http://positionswebsite.org/giorgio-agamben-the-state-of-exception-provo...

And two on Jacobin:
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/02/coronavirus-prevention-public-investm... and https://jacobinmag.com/2020/02/coronavirus-outbreak-free-market-pharmace...

And Chuang - Social contagion: microbiological class war in China
http://chuangcn.org/2020/02/social-contagion/

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Feb 27 2020 11:26

I was just about to post the following:

'Anyone who followed my suggestion made on Jun 25 at https://libcom.org/forums/asia/interview-10102018#comment-614188 to subscribe to the Chuang blog will have already seen 'Microbiological Class War in China' http://chuangcn.org/2020/02/social-contagion. '