The Politics of COVID-19, Readings #1

The most important contributions on the political, economic, and social effects of the unfolding crisis.

[For the full list of readings in Part I of the Politics of COVID-19 Reading List, see here]


Coronakrach [French]
Frédéric Lordon | Le Monde diplomatique

El relato oficial del coronavirus oculta una crisis sistémica [Spanish]
Joan Benach | CTXT

3 more…


Coronavirus is not Guilty
Jule Goikoetxea, Zuriñe Rodriguez | Brave New Europe

Le Covid-19 est-il un accélérateur des transitions ? [French Podcast]
Christian de Perthuis | L'Invité(e) actu

3 more…


Emergenze e democrazia. Cosa mette alla prova l’emergenza COVID-19? [Italian Podcast]
Nadia Urbinati, Giovanni De Luna | Radio Popolare

Wie Rechte das Coronavirus zur Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge benutzen [German]
Frank Jansen | Zeit Online

5 more…


Why Nigeria knows better how to fight corona than the US
Crystal Simeoni | International Politics and Society

Un piano Marshall anti-virus [Italian Podcast]
Emiliano Brancaccio et al. | Radio Popolare

3 more…


Big Pharma Prepares to Profit From the Coronavirus
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept

An effective economic response to the coronavirus in Europe
Maria Demertzis et al. | Policy Contribution

8 more…


Wash Your Hands, Again
Rupert Beale | The LRB Podcast

Podia ter sido diferente? Teria sido possível evitar a pandemia em Portugal e na Europa? [Portuguese]
José Manuel Fernandes | Observador

12 more…


Against Agamben, is a democratic biopolitics possible?
Panagiotis Sotiris | The future lasts a long time

Humanities Coronavirus Syllabus
Sari Altschuler, Elizabeth M. Dillon | Northeastern University

Teaching Pandemics Syllabus
Catherine Halley | JSTOR

5 more…


Naomi Klein: Coronavirus Is the Perfect Disaster for ‘Disaster Capitalism’
Marie Solis | VICE

Ivan Krastev: "La crisis del coronavirus va a reforzar el nacionalismo" [Spanish]
José Ignacio Torreblanca | El Mundo

2 more…


Alone Against the Virus
Amy Kapczynski, Gregg Gonsalves | Boston Review

Coronavírus: quatro crônicas do fim do mundo [Portuguese Video]
Antonio Martins | Outras Palavras

10 more…


Can Coronavirus Force Policy Types to Think Clearly About Intellectual Property?
Dean Baker | Center for Economic and Policy Research

Inoculating Against Globalization: Coronavirus and the Search for Alternatives
Sam Gindin | Socialist Project

10 more…


The new transparency: smartphones, data tracking, and COVID-19
Mark Andrejevic, Neil Selwyn | Lens

La Silicon Valley sauvée par le coronavirus ? [French]
Corine Lesnes | Le Monde

8 more…


Keeping Business Alive: The Government as Buyer of Last Resort
Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman | Gabriel Zucman

Cronaca di una pandemia annunciata [Italian]
Nicoletta Dentico | Sbilanciamoci!

4 more…


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19): What we know?
Feng He, Yu Deng, Weina Li | Journal of Medical Virology

The deadly coronaviruses: The 2003 SARS pandemic and the 2020 novel coronavirus epidemic in China
Yongshi Yang et al. | Journal of Autoimmunity

Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2)
Ruiyun Li et al. | Science

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