Browsing All posts tagged under »Covid-19«

Political opportunism & Covid-19

May 19, 2020

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The arrival of Covid-19 opened the door to rightwing political parties and has given some politicians the opportunity to exercise authoritarian tendencies. That is the view of leading Swedish epidemiologist Professor Johan Gieseck. In an interview last week he said the existence of the latest Corona virus had enabled politicians to “show decisiveness and strength”, […]

Tax, war & the Covid-19 future

April 22, 2020

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If, as governments and international in stitutions aroun d the world say, we are at war that is costing all economies dear, why is the historic means of funding such conflict — and financing the subsequent peace — not used? It seems to have been forgotten that wars and subsequent reconstruction were financed by taxing corporates and the rich.

‘Worst crisis’ is poverty, not Covid-19

April 19, 2020

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The "worst crisis since World War 2" is not the latest Corona virus. It is poverty and the attendant hunger and ill health in often crowded and squalid living conditions. These are the breeding grounds of diseases and epidemics that are all too often ignored by governments that serve the interests of the corporate world over the wellbeing of people. United action — solidarity — by the majority of citizens can — and should — change this appalling state of affairs.

A post Covid-19 future worth striving for

April 17, 2020

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Poverty is the biggest danger facing not just South Africa, but the world today. So it is perfectly understandable that poor people, oprdered to stay at home and socially distance, may see this as an invitation to starve, perhaps to death.

Post C-19: let’s not settle for normal

April 6, 2020

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Covid-19 and the response of authorities in proclaimed democratic states around the world has clearly illustrated that while all citizens are notionally equal, some are more equal than most others — while a tiny minority are very much more equal than the rest. While the media often concentrates on the fact that the likes of […]

Post Covid-19: why we don’t need ‘normal’

April 4, 2020

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There seems to be a consensus that the world will not be the same again in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, But while business and the elites plan for a possible return to business as usual, this appears to be te last thing we need since the 'normal' we had was precisely the problem.