covid-19

The Government is Never Incompetent

from IGD by Simoun Magsalin

Power in the Pandemic under Duterte

From the beginning of the pandemic, anarchists were not surprised to see opportunistic power grabs by nation-states around the world. Governments have used the pandemic as an opportunity to deepen social control. The state showed its mortality, as well as highlighted the true misery of capitalism for many; global markets came to a halt and governments scrambled to appear as if they had a plan. At the same time, it is no surprise that many governments saw this as an opportunity to further consolidate power, as the unprecedented virus sparked fear across all of humanity.

For workers self-management not state power!

ancoms be like

from Anarchists Communists Meanjin By Iswed Tiggjan

Developing an Anarchist Response to the Covid Crisis

A common criticism levelled at the modern anarchist movement is its lack of relevance to the lives of the working class. As an anarchist this is a criticism I largely agree with. Although I believe that anarchism as a social theory and revolutionary strategy has much to offer our class, overall anarchist ideas have little presence amongst the majority of workers today. Many opponents of anarchism tend to write this off as a fundamental defect of anarchism, proof that anarchism is a petit-bourgeois ideology, and that throughout history the working class has inherently known to reject it.

Dutch Anarchists on Re-Evaluating COVID

Dutch Anarchists on Re-Evaluating COVID

From Dutch Anarchist Journal Rumoer #4
https://rumoer.noblogs.org/files/2021/05/definitieve-digitale-ENGLISH-Zo...

Corona and the fear of the unknown

At the beginning, nobody had any clue what corona was going to be. It was (and is) scary that there is something that can cause people to get sick and die that seems to hit so randomly and spread so easily. It is unclear who will get infected and how bad it will be, since the spectrum of symptoms and effect is extremely wide. Nonetheless, there is a clear image of the worst, of permanent health damage or death, and although this is the case with many illnesses and other circumstances the world over, this one has hit certain populations in a way that gives it a greater amplitude than many other viruses or causes of ill health.

About an attack on a vaccination centre

from Brussels Indymedia via Attaque

Is it inconceivable that anarchists could have attacked anti-covid vaccination centres? Could it be that they did not want to risk being lumped in with the not always very nice, or even frankly problematic, critics who have gained in strength with the arrival of the pandemic? / Again, if someone has chosen not to accompany their action with words, are we sure we are the best ones to speak for them?

So what about vaccinations?

from Athens Indymedia

While the Greek state – like many other European states – is ramping up the pressure on its population to get the Covid19 vaccination, many seem to have ceded to this imposition of “making the responsible choice”. Let it be clear that we think individuals can have legitimate reasons to get the vaccination. We do not hold a moralistic judgment on getting vaccinated or not. We think that the whole discourse about taking responsibility actually aims to give greater powers to the state by creating a dual society with privileges for those who comply and sanctions for those who don’t want to or cannot comply.

Cuba: the end of the "Revolution's" social enchantment

CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG ! ! ! !

via alasbarricadas, English translation by Anarchist News.

by Libertarian Workshop Alfredo López

Those who in the name of a future democracy or of the good functioning of the economy, come to discredit the affinities, the solidarity and the energies that sprung up in the protests, or reduce these events to “simple vandalism by libertines”, speak in name of, and with the language of the decrepit oligarchies that shamelessly raise their voice in our country once again.

Anarchist Nelson Mendez has died of Covid-19

via email

In the early morning of this rainy May 5 in Caracas, Nelson Méndez has died at 68 years old. Tireless anarchist propagandist, editor of the publications Correo (A) and El Libertario, author of several books and dozens of opinion and research articles, Nelson died as a result of complications associated with Covid-19. Nelson Méndez: (Caracas, 1952) had a degree in Sociology and was a professor at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV).

On May Day Eve

from Bandilang Itim

by Malaginoo

It’s hard to track how time flows in the quarantine. Events that happened long ago felt like they just happened yesterday, or the day before that. Meanwhile, the cries and calls of the last May Day still feel as fresh and ripe, as if the sun has set only once this past year. We can see why that is the case anyway. We still face the same issues. We still reject the repression forced onto us. We still reject the same impunity that continues to be strengthened by those in power, all while we are facing a crisis and threat to our own health.

Hamilton: Fuck the Covid Cops!

from North-Shore.Info

I was pretty upset so I made a bunch of posters and put them up around my neighbourhood in East Hamilton. Would they have been better if I’d taken more time? For sure. Should I have put “Covid is real” or something on them so it’s more clear I’m not an anti-masker or denialist? Probably. But I would say it’s more important to act, to make visible some opposition to these authoritarian measures, so that we don’t all feel scared and alone.

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