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Capitalism, Ecology and the Corinavirus outbreak

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Mar 18 2020 22:07
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For it’s not necessarily the oft-mentioned African-China extraction connections that will facilitate its spread, but the relatively easy access that Europeans often have to African countries. Today, many of the “African” cases of COVID-19 are visitors from Italy and France. UK, US and EU citizens often purchase automatic access at the border, while these same countries have extensive application processes for African citizens and frequently reject African visa applicants and asylees. Border promiscuity, the widespread idea that viruses move indiscriminately across borders, is therefore, a naïve expression of the outbreak narrative; viruses move in bodies, and the freedom of certain bodies, certain people, to move across borders needs to be acknowledged.

http://somatosphere.net/forumpost/border-promiscuity-racialized-blame/

COVID-19: Korean consulate issues warning after violent attack in Montreal

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Mar 21 2020 00:51

Don't normally watch the news but seeing hospitals filled past their capacity and staff forced to decide who can and can't be saved is a bit enraging to say the least. The idea this is just a "natural disaster" definitely needs to be pushed back against, pointing out how capitalism's at fault every step of the way (from the origin of viruses, their spread and resulting deaths) as some groups/organizations have done. Hopefully this radicalizes people against capitalism and more develops out of these next weeks than just rent strikes (if there is a rent freeze or landlords agree to temporarily suspend payments then that's not really challenging anything), mutual aid type stuff (shifting the burden onto regular people because meeting needs/ensuring people's survival isn't how capitalism operates; nothing against mutual aid), or ubi-type payments, some of which have the full or partial support of leftists and right-wingers in gov.

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Mar 22 2020 10:37

https://twitter.com/allyjung/status/1241364037839052800

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https://www.instagram.com/p/B7lDRbTgGEP/

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Mar 23 2020 03:03

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=43&v=sGvNiIqQWZk&feature=emb...
https://www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk/

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We are currently looking at donating to research, setting up a 24/7 national psychological support service, and ways to boost personal protective equipment for NHS workers during the pandemic.

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Mar 23 2020 12:05

By the way, I think it's worth keeping a record of the official gov.uk advice to employers - I have screencaps but unfortunately not a full archive of the old version, which explicitly talked about if employees were confirmed with coronavirus. As of today, March 23rd, they seem to have removed all references to testing and confirmed cases, but it still says:

official government advice wrote:
What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site

...It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home

For reference, here's what they were saying last week (please don't judge my 49 tabs):

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Mar 25 2020 00:45

The NHS are hiring seemingly especially. Are they testing healthy successful applicants to see whether they are carriers since being asymptomatic is a possibility? Or does one have to demonstrate their footballing/acting proficiency?

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Mar 25 2020 11:08
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The NHS are hiring seemingly especially. Are they testing healthy successful applicants to see whether they are carriers since being asymptomatic is a possibility? Or does one have to demonstrate their footballing/acting proficiency?

I saw the NHS is trying to recruit basically an army of volunteers for delivery of food/basics to self-isolating people.
My response was that it ought to be met with demands for decommodification of necessities and rent cancellation, or basically any demands that benefit everybody irrespective of employment or legal status. As opposed to proposals for UBI for the duration of the break in society's "regular programming", which have quickly become quite mainstream.

Here's a good piece by Max Haiven:

No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation
https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liber...

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Mar 25 2020 15:11

BBC: Why coronavirus is a class issue in the UK

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Mar 26 2020 17:18

Two potentially useful posts from IWW Scotland:

How to set up a stairwell/neighbourhood Covid-19 Whatsapp support group

CORONAVIRUS: YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK

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Mar 27 2020 06:03

https://itsgoingdown.org/autonomous-groups-are-mobilizing-mutual-aid-ini...

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Mar 27 2020 07:39

Great piece by Bue Rübner about the viral pandemic and the economic downturn:

Pandemic Insolvency: Why This Economic Crisis Will Be Different
https://novaramedia.com/2020/03/26/pandemic-insolvency-why-this-economic...

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Mar 27 2020 17:08

Dunno if it's worth setting up a separate thread for neighbourhood-mutual-aid-group posts or keeping them all here, but today I got a leaflet through the door from the council recommending I look up my local group on fb, and also suggesting that I have a look at Acorn(!) Interesting times.

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Mar 28 2020 00:42

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/masks4nhsheroes

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Mar 28 2020 07:23

Bill Ackman made 2.7bn betting against the markets. Business leaders and senators (just fter a briefing) have been selling off stock before the collapse. I am assuming it is pension funds (for those who have them, that have been buying at the top of the market)

Nothing like that is happening where I live, as far as I know.

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Mar 29 2020 19:30

Air pollution is right down here now. It took a few days but the roadside monitoring graph is pretty clear.

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Mar 29 2020 21:21

Although the temperature is also dropping so that could be the cause, personally I doubt it though.

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Apr 3 2020 10:26
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"We have to be there, to help out," Tevez told America TV. "Of course I would gladly go and help in a soup kitchen, to do whatever.

"A great example would be for all of us, footballers, actors, to go out there and help in the poor neighbourhoods which is where help is needed. I'm available to do that.

"Any footballer can live six months or a year without getting paid. We are not a good example, we might be for other things but not for this.

"We don't have the despair that others live with day after day, those that have to leave their homes at 6 a.m. and return at 7 in the afternoon in order to feed their families the next day.

"For us, it's easy to talk from home, knowing that I have food for my children. But for those desperate people, that can't move, that if they leave their homes they will get arrested and can't feed their children, it's very worrying."

Boca's Tevez: Footballers can survive a year without pay amid coronavirus

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Given the sacrifices that many people are making, including some of my colleagues in the NHS who have made the ultimate sacrifice getting into work and have caught the diseases and sadly died, I think the first thing Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut,’ said Hancock.

'Matt Hancock calling them out is a f***ing cheek': Gary Neville slams health minister on Twitter after he called on Premier League footballers to take pay cuts to ease financial burden during coronavirus crisis

meanwhile, 2 weeks ago...

[Korean] President, ministers to return 30% of salary for COVID-19 control efforts

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Apr 3 2020 00:24

Confucianism Isn’t Helping Beat the Coronavirus: Cultural tropes don’t explain South Korea’s success against COVID-19. Competent leadership does.

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Apr 3 2020 04:15

The "essential business" thing irritates me. People still have to buy whatever is deemed essential, so it's not like they're producing or delivering essential goods and services society needs free of charge. Satisfying needs is not the aim of capitalist production; making profit is. Businesses obviously try painting themselves as essential just so they don't have to close down their operations and so that they have some sort of advantage over their competitors who have.

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Apr 5 2020 00:31

Any thoughts on this

https://twitter.com/MW_Unrest/status/1246195775731875840?s=19

Food producers are disposing of un-saleable food-products because of lack of demand (i.e. people who are able to back up their willingness to buy something with money; excluding people who need food but can't afford it), particularly with the usual consumers/businesses that absorb food-products being closed down (restaurants, schools, etc.). The surge in unemployment probably won't help either. I believe this also has something to do, correct me if I'm wrong, with the falling rate of profit: commodities are cheapned through competition and increased productivity (a producer can't choose to sell above the market or going price because people will buy elsewhere; the seller will be undercut by other sellers) where more then has to be sold, leading to glutted markets and excess supply. So even if a business is as essential as food production that doesn't mean essentials are getting into the hands of people who need it, since that's not sustainable or profitable for any business.

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Apr 4 2020 12:27
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The "essential business" thing irritates me. People still have to buy whatever is deemed essential, so it's not like they're producing or delivering essential goods and services society needs free of charge. Satisfying needs is not the aim of capitalist production; making profit is. Businesses obviously try painting themselves as essential just so they don't have to close down their operations and so that they have some sort of advantage over their competitors who have.

In the UK off-licences (liquor stores) are classified as an "essential business". smile Even though all the supermarkets sell booze. But it's a steady income stream of high tax revenue for the state.

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Apr 4 2020 12:52

I've not actually been into my local offie since the lockdown started, but wandering past it the other day I saw they'd branched out into selling toilet roll.

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Apr 5 2020 00:00
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#COVID19 homeless. Some unemployed workers have no money for rent have taken refuge in Lumpini Park. One woman interviewed said at least she can take showers there; her saving is spent on food; maybe it’s better she gets Covid, at least she’ll get room and board.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Thai_Talk/status/1246424691109056513
How many hotels are there in Bangkok?

Andrew Marshall's latest.

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Apr 5 2020 11:23

This posted elsewhere on the site is a good (if longer) summary and worth listing here as well:
https://libcom.org/news/virus-money-tree-04042020.

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Apr 6 2020 23:58

https://mobile.twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/915295999140204544

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/what-does-boris-johnson-really-kno...

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Apr 7 2020 12:12

Thought this from Freedom was pretty good: https://freedomnews.org.uk/five-quick-thoughts-on-the-limits-of-covid-19...

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Apr 8 2020 16:31

Some perspective from Lucasville prisoner Bomani Shakur/Keith LaMar: I’ve Spent 27 Years in Solitary Confinement. Here Are Some Tips on Making the Best Use of Time Alone.

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Apr 9 2020 11:38

A less than comforting if realistic assessment of recent claimed emergency measures by the UK government and NHS to respond to the expected big increase in virus infections around the big cities;
https://critical-mass.net/2020/04/08/corona-virus-pandemic-8/

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Apr 10 2020 15:23

A call to help get antifascist prisoner and experienced funeral director David Campbell out of NYC's jail system.