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(en) Czech, AFED: A3: Social Quarantine [machine translation]

Date Fri, 20 Mar 2020 10:28:16 +0200


We are facing an epidemic. Let us act responsibly and be cautious and solidary. Download, print and distribute the March issue of the A3 wall paper! ---- In recent days, coronavir has been inflected in all cases, arousing fear embedded in bales of coarse flour in a pantry, but also contempt for the uncovered coughing of public transport. It is necessary to say that the threat should not be underestimated in any way; on the other hand, it is necessary to recall the introductory motto of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Don't Panic. If we are encouraged, then we should contribute to minimize the spread of coronavirus and help the health system to prosecute and adequately assist. And also caution.
At first glance, it seems to be a danger that is in some way egalitarian - the virus can affect both the poor and the elite. But the reality in the society of inequality is a little different - the elites will always be well cared for, as they can pay for the care at high-end private clinics and their quarantine will be diametrically different from the normal worker's home in terms of comfort constraints. He just takes the bigger one, so it goes in capitalism.

It is found that where people have been trying in vain for years to work from home (especially those who need a computer and phone at the most) and allegedly could not, it is suddenly going on day by day and ordered to do so. Once again, the greatest burden is placed on manual workers who simply cannot work from home. Employers currently do not provide protective equipment against coronavirus, they will measure the entrance temperature to the maximum, and they will send the unsatisfactory ones home. And there are instances where some entrepreneurs try to get the most out of their employees, regardless of their possible exhaustion and weakness, to secure profits before any new constraints fall into it. Money does not stink for a pandemic.

The imposed restrictions create a state that is ideal for capital - go to work, go shopping, and then stay home and talk to anyone on the way. Not surprisingly, the free movement of goods has been maintained, regardless of the health of carriers who do not have the necessary protective equipment.

On the positive side, the ban on cross-border travel could cause a significant loss for the airbnb megapresses. If these services so enjoy playing alleged sharing, real sharing will not affect it, at most businessmen who make the center of Prague a dead city subject only to tourism. This effect could ultimately lead to improved housing availability... well, let's see. In the future, it would not be surprising if potentially compensated for economic losses were given primarily to those who least needed it, as was the case, for example, in the "resolution" of the 2008 economic crisis. greedy behavior caused.

Restricting air traffic will let the planet breathe briefly, whose climate conditions are so radically changing as the carbon and methane discharges from various industries increase.

Certain limitations are clearly necessary at a time of epidemic of this nature, but it is necessary to be critical and not to approach every regulation wisely. Some measures can be counterproductive or nearsighted, ie they can easily bring people into a state of emergency (child care, grandparent care, availability of food...). It is also necessary to be alert that states, governments and capital do not get used to the attractiveness of certain restrictions so much that they want to preserve them more or less, or to use them more often in situations that do not signal threats to human health and lives. capital interests (let us remember the recent abuse of the state of emergency in social unrest in France). There is a danger that governments will try to use the situation to silently enforce unpopular measures that people would otherwise take to the streets,

Politicians will want to raise political points in this crisis and show how vigorous they are. Some capitalists may impersonate Samaritans by providing various material to collect money from people who have been in financial distress because of constraints. It can be assumed that the current situation can lead to even greater rejection of people trying to flee from countries affected by war and poverty. Shooting people in need at the "Fortress Europe" border is already a reality.

Those who blame the fact that some people behave irresponsibly should see where the ideological roots of this irresponsibility lie - it is neoliberalism that has been pushed into our heads for 30 years, with everyone looking at their own self benefit because society does not exist.

There is a danger that people will start to behave suspiciously, and this will deepen social atomization.

On the other hand, it is a space for solidarity - to be interested in people around you and to deepen the principles of mutual assistance in practice.

And that is what we hope for.:

https://www.afed.cz/text/7138/a3-socialni-karantena
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