The Politics of COVID-19, Readings #48

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

Tech

India was already a surveillance state. Its Covid-19 app goes even further
Gautama Mehta | Coda Story

Big Tech searches for a way back into healthcare
Richard Waters | Financial Times

Fever-Detecting Drones Don’t Work
Faine Greenwood | Slate

Strategia Amazon: ecco come si elimina la concorrenza [Italian]
Milena Gabanelli | Corriere della Sera

Class & Labour

We're Not All In It Together
Rajan Menon | Boston Review

How European workers are reinventing themselves during lockdown
Melissa Heikkilä | Politico Europe

Die elitäre Idee von Corona als Chance [German]
Roger Letsch | Unbesorgt

"Es ist ein Witz, dass in der Krise niemand zurückgelassen wird" [German]
Ralf Streck | Heise

A geografia da desigualdade digital escancarada pela pandemia [Portuguese]
Ana Mônica Medeiros Ferreira et al. | CartaCapital

Covid-19 aumentará desigualdade em hora muito infeliz para Brasil, diz historiador [Portuguese]
Fernando Canzian | Folha de S.Paulo

Public Sphere

Free Speech During a Pandemic [Podcast]
David Kaye | The Lawfare Podcast

During crises urban residents fled and cities panicked. Will things be different post-pandemic?
Henry Grabar | Mother Jones

Pandemic Narratives and the Historian
Alex Langstaff | Los Angeles Review of Books

Interview zu Covid-19 und Kultur: „Das wirkt wie ein Brennglas“ [German]
Dennis Pohl | SPEX

Future

What Globalization Will Look Like After the Coronavirus
Arjun Appadurai | TIME

Urbanität in der Krise: Die Stadt nach Corona [German]
Wolfgang Mulke | Taz

Las ideas sencillas y nuestro futuro, por Michel Wieviorka [Spanish]
Michel Wieviorka | La Vanguardia

Chantal Mouffe: «Je ne vois pas le "monde d’après" comme un boulevard pour la gauche» [French]
Simon Blin | Libération

Capitalism

How Healthcare Industry & Silicon Valley Plan to Profit from Coronavirus Crisis [Video]
Naomi Klein | Democracy Now!

Rereading Marx on machines in the time of COVID-19
Gavin Smith | FocaalBlog

Petróleo, covid-19 y valor-trabajo [Spanish]
Ismael de la Villa | Cuartopoder

Ora brevettano pure la natura: la salute oggi è solo business [Italian]
Martine Orange | Il Fatto Quotidiano

Academic

Food in a time of COVID-19
Nature Plants

Mutated COVID-19 may foretell a great risk for mankind in the future
A.A. Dawood | New Microbes and New Infections

Excess Mortality From Covid-19. Weekly Excess Death Rates By Age And Sex For Sweden.
Karin Modig, Marcus Ebeling | Karolinska Institute

Public Health

Krisenbewältigung: Bisweilen ist Schwarzmalerei wünschenswert [German]
Boris Holzer | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

El coronavirus baja a la ciencia de su pedestal, ¿habrá una crisis de confianza? [Spanish]
Sergio Ferrer | Sinc

Sur la piste de l’origine animale du coronavirus [French]
Cyrille Louis | Le Figaro

Il disastro del sistema sanitario lombardo pubblico e privato. Intervista a V. Agnoletto [Italian]
Sara Zanisi | Il pungolo rosso

International

Poverty or virus?: Lebanon’s uprising despite the pandemic
Anne Kirstine Rønn | Eurozine

The Deadly Consequences of Neoliberalism: The Covid-19 Pandemic in Germany
Thomas Sablowski | Socialist Project

La Cina deve risarcire i danni transnazionali da Covid-19? Orizzonti ad oriente [Italian]
Fabrizio Marrella | SIDIBlog

Ernesto Araújo e o nazismo no Brasil [Portuguese]
Ricardo Evandro S. Martins | Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil

Context

Renew the Deal
Lizabeth Cohen | The Atlantic

When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19
Phillip I. Lieberman | The Conversation

Wie Humboldt die Seuche jagte [German]
Andreas W. Daum | Süddeutsche Zeitung

Social Toll

Shelter, Displacement, and the Pandemic City [Video]
Sara Rankin et al. | Verso Books

Isolation, Death, and Grief at a New York Women's Prison
Lyra Walsh Fuchs | Dissent

Le prix de l'invisible [French]
Nathalie Blanc et al. | La vie des idées

Carceri: la salute di Caino sotto il Covid-19 [Italian]
Angelo Perrone | Fondazione Critica Liberale

Economy

Is this the end of globalisation? [Podcast]
Ha-Joon Chang | Bridges to the Future

Understanding Pandemic Monetary Policy [Podcast]
Nathan Tankus | The Majority Report

Coronavirus Will Stretch, Not Break, Global Supply Chains
David Fickling | Bloomberg

Escalada militar em meio à “crise pandêmica” [Portuguese]
José Luís Fiori, William Nozaki | Outras Palavras

Democracy

Coronavirus: Roberto Esposito über moderne Biopolitik [German]
Roberto Esposito | Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Coronavirus: «Seule la démocratie peut nous permettre de nous accommoder collectivement de la non-maîtrise de notre histoire» [French]
Jean-Luc Nancy | Le Monde

Stato di eccezione, stato di assedio o uso emergenziale del potere? [Italian]
Claudio Corradetti | Il Rasoio di Occam

Il problema oltre il COVID-19: fermare la militarizzazione del mondo [Italian]
Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis

Utopia e pandemia: é tempo para o campo democrático superar o passado [Portuguese]
Igor Tadeu Camilo Rocha | Entendendo Bolsonaro

Anthropocene

The Sickness in Our Food Supply
Michael Pollan | New York Review of Books

A moment of reckoning - when coronavirus meets climate change
Jale Samuwai | Al Jazeera

El tráfico de especies exóticas y su riesgo epidemiológico no cesa, pese al Covid-19 [Spanish]
Ana Ayuso | El Independiente

La crise du coronavirus révèle l'ampleur du défi climatique [French]
Hortense Goulard | Les Echos

Um novo pacto mundial verde e da saúde [Portuguese]
Álvaro Vasconcelos | Público