Suddenly we are living under war capitalism.
As in any war, people are dying. Nothing very meaningful can be said about that. One can look at the videos coming out of the high tech hospitals. They convey something of the awfulness of death in a modern clinical setting. One can hope that one’s loved ones will be spared such a fate. Life, in such conditions, is a sorrowful lottery.
Some general observations are possible though. Much of this has already been chewed over in the more perceptive media.
Who, even three weeks ago, could have predicted the wholesale move away from neo-liberal practices ? Who could have anticipated the sudden re-discovery of the long discarded ethos of the “Fordist” state and it’s paternalism – intervention, intervention, intervention – into finance, production, distribution, law, social interaction and personal behaviour?
In less than twenty days almost forty years of neo-liberal deregulation has…
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