The Politics of COVID-19, Readings #41

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

Context

COVID-19 and the Harsh Reality of Empathy Distribution
Peter Sterling | Scientific American

Notes on a Pandemic: How society has responded to Covid-19
Hessom Razavi | Australian Book Review

Meet The Renegade Scientist Behind Hydroxychloroquine, Donald Trump's Miracle Coronavirus Cure
Katy Lee | The Esquire

Under Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Europe Feels the Pinch from Slowed Intra-EU Labor Mobility
Monica Andriescu | Migration Policy Institute

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Capitalism

The exodus of finance from the third world
Prabhat Patnaik | Monthly Review

Coronavirus and the legacy of austerity [Podcast]
Frank van Lerven | Weekly Economics

Konsum: Brauch' ich das? [German]
Elisabeth Raether | Die Zeit

Servizi pubblici impoveriti e precari. Come affronteremo la “fase due”? [Italian]
Giulia Rodano | HuffingtonPost Italia

Il virus che c’era già. Neoliberalismo e pandemia [Italian]
Fabrizio Capoccetti | La Fionda

A grande crise da globalização [Portuguese]
José Pedro Teixeira Fernandes | Público

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Democracy

Global Health Expertise in the Time of Coronavirus
Charles Ebikeme | African Arguments

Across the World, the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Become an Invitation to Autocracy
S.Y. Quraishi | The Wire

Welcome to the era of Coronialism
Oren Yiftachel | 972 Magazine

“I became a pariah.” Coronavirus victims’ data is leaked on social media in Pakistan
Ramsha Jahangir | Coda Story

Corona-Demonstrationen: Rechte, Linke und Esoteriker? [German]
Rüdiger Soldt | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die zweite Welle des Corona-Populismus [German]
Hans von der Burchard et al. | WELT

Pandemia, principio di precauzione e governo della complessità [Italian]
Walter Ganapini | Valori

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Economy

COVID-19: how to transform the industrial policy toolkit in developing nations
Keston Perry | Developing Economics

What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do?
Jeffrey Cheng et al. | The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy

Kritik der moralischen Ökonomie [German]
Reinhard Heinisch | Wiener Zeitung

Adam Tooze: «L’ampleur de la crise s’aggrave de jour en jour, sous nos yeux» [French]
Marie Charrel | Le Monde

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Future

The Coronavirus Won’t Usher in an American Welfare State
Lane Kenworthy | Foreign Affairs

The Coronavirus and Our Future
Kim Stanley Robinson | The New Yorker

Covid-19's future: small outbreaks, monster wave, or ongoing crisis
Sharon Begley | STAT

«Avec l’urbanisme tactique, l’espace public devient un terrain d’expérimentation» [French]
Coralie Schaub | Libération

Abbiate cura - Società della cura e reddito di autodeterminazione [Italian]
Cristina Morini | Global Project

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Class & Labour

Coronavirus Class Politics: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
Common Dreams | Common Dreams

Singapore Was A Shining Star In COVID Control – Until It Wasn't [Podcast]
Jason Beaubien | All Things Considered

“Similar to Times of War”: The Staggering Toll of COVID-19 on Filipino Health Care Workers
Nina Martin, Bernice Yeung | ProPublica

We're modern slaves': How meat plant workers became the new frontline in Covid-19 war
Oliver Laughland | The Guardian

Covid-19 e avanço tecnológico. Nasce um outro mundo do trabalho. Entrevistas especiais com Ruy Braga Neto e Rafael Grohmann [Portuguese]
João Vitor Santos | Instituto Humanitas Unisinos

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International

Ghana responds to the coronavirus
Wunpini Fatimata Mohammed | Africa is a Country

The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders
Sinan Ulgen | Foreign Policy

Pandemics without borders, South Asia’s evolution
Kanak Mani Dixit | The Hindu

‘We will all die in silence’: Rohingya in Bangladesh fear Covid-19 disaster
Callum Rice-Coates | The National

Amerika probt schon mal die Wiedereröffnung der Wirtschaft [German]
Jörg Bibow | Makroskop

Au cœur de la tempête, le système multilatéral survivra-t-il? [French]
Cyrille Louis | Le Figaro

A quarentena do Mercosul [Portuguese]
Leonardo Granato, Tatiana Berringer | A Terra é redonda

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Public Health

Natural spillover or research lab leak? Why a credible investigation is needed to determine the origin of the coronavirus pandemic
Filippa Lentzos | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Inside Germany's Covid-19 testing masterclass
Stephen Buranyi | Prospect Magazine

The Symbolic Power of Virus Testing
Kristin Hedges | Sapiens

Hartmut Rosa: “Los intentos de controlarlo todo, la ciencia, la tecnología, la política... nos han llevado a lo opuesto” [Spanish]
Pablo Elorduy | El Salto

Chi sono i nuovi contagiati [Italian]
Elena Zacchetti | Il Post

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Academic

Protecting healthcare workers from inhaled SARS-CoV-2 virus
John W Cherrie et al. | Occupational Medicine

Downloading COVID-19 contact tracing apps is a moral obligation
Mike King | Journal of Medical Ethics

Tracing infection from mobility data
Caroline Ash | Science

Racial, Economic and Health Inequality and COVID-19 Infection in the United States
Vida Abedi et al. | medRxiv

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Tech

How the Crisis Could Embolden Big Tech
Lizzie O’Leary | Slate

COVID-19: can technology become a tool of oppression and surveillance?
Petra Molnar | openDemocracy

Datenschutz-Folgenabschätzungen - Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser [German]
Ingo Dachwitz | Netzpolitik

De la crisis sanitaria a la era del control digital [Spanish]
Félix Tréguer | Le Monde diplomatique

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Social Toll

One thing the pandemic hasn’t stopped: Aggressive medical-debt collection
Alec MacGillis | Salon

Expertin zu Frauen in der Coronakrise: „An die Bruchstellen ran – jetzt“ [German]
Patricia Hecht | taz

A favela pela favela: como comunidades se unem contra coronavírus diante da omissão do poder público [Portuguese]
Heloisa Aun | Catraca Livre

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Public Sphere

Retrieving Agamben’s Questions
Babette Babich | Philosophical Reflections

Five Inexplicabilities of the Pandemic
Keti Chukhrov | e-flux conversations

Learning from the Virus
Paul B. Preciado | Artforum

Kritik an Giorgio Agambens Thesen [German]
Andrea Dernbach | Der Tagesspiegel

Giorgio Agamben, La medicina come religione [Italian]
Giorgio Agamben | Quodlibet

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Anthropocene

Driving home ‘single-use’: plastic politics in the times of the COVID-19
Tridibesh Dey, Mike Michael | Discover Society

Biodiversity or Bust
Tudor Alexis | Project Syndicate

La economía del petróleo y el clima (en tiempos de pandemia) [Spanish]
Eduardo Giordano | Público

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