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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Covid-19 and conspiracy theories (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:55:47 +0300


We are informing you of this opinion letter which we received by email. Do not hesitate to do the same and send us your news and opinion letters. ---- onspiracy theories, pseudo-science and deceptive beliefs are not new. If there are indeed real conspiracies in our society, by the fact that people seek to enrich themselves more and more on the backs of others with the help of our politicians for example, conspiracy theories relate to great wacky mythologies of the contemporary world. The latter are often anchored in rational foundations, such as the creation of social consensus by monopoly media, impotence and collective alienation in the face of dominant forces and the social control exercised by the state and the big capitalists. In contrast, the myth constructed by conspiracy theories, pseudo-sciences and deceptive beliefs move away from these foundations by preferring to scientific and rational explanations scaffolding of sordid theories and puppet hunting. Rather than analyzing the effect of power and property or the origin of wealth accumulation, these theories seek to point the finger at harmful individuals or groups of people. There is nothing positive about the theories, even if some people may believe that they may question forms of domination. By looking for targets and easy answers to social relationships, these theories build the impotence of a popular response by deceiving people about the functioning of the system. Rather than analyzing the effect of power and property or the origin of wealth accumulation, these theories seek to point the finger at harmful individuals or groups of people. There is nothing positive about the theories, even if some people may believe that they may question forms of domination. By looking for targets and easy answers to social relationships, these theories build the impotence of a popular response by deceiving people about the functioning of the system. Rather than analyzing the effect of power and property or the origin of wealth accumulation, these theories seek to point the finger at harmful individuals or groups of people. There is nothing positive about the theories, even if some people may believe that they may question forms of domination. By looking for targets and easy answers to social relationships, these theories build the impotence of a popular response by deceiving people about the functioning of the system. even if some people may believe that they can question forms of domination. By looking for targets and easy answers to social relationships, these theories build the impotence of a popular response by deceiving people about the functioning of the system. even if some people may believe that they can question forms of domination. By looking for targets and easy answers to social relationships, these theories build the impotence of a popular response by deceiving people about the functioning of the system.

At the time of Covid-19, these misleading theories and beliefs are probably more present than ever in the population. An article from Le Devoir, last May, reported that up to half of Canadians believed in the context of the pandemic. Certainly, people are looking for answers to their questions. Groups are also taking advantage of this to seek to rally the skeptics of government action around them and to mobilize them in their causes. This is how the various figures of the far-right confusionist in Quebec threw themselves headlong into questioning the Covid-19 and conspiracy theories. From the plot of a secret invasion of Quebec by Islam to the plot of a New World Order against the (cyber) freedom of these hissers, there was only one step. Some, like André Pitre, host of a far-right webradio, were even able to extract thousands of dollars from the bogus campaign of false stars who sought to sue the Quebec government (see the pseudo- "Foundation for the Defense of the Rights and Freedoms of the People" - an incredible scam!). The conspiracy theorists André Pitre (Stu-Dio) and Alexis Cossette-Trudel (Radio-Québec) think, as do the supporters of QAnon's far-right conspiracy theorists, that the Covid-19 would be a fabrication in which an "elite would come into play. pedosatanist ", which Trump will eliminate (only!) if he is re-elected. (LOL) Despite the unnamed absurdity of these words and their certain function of rallying the most silly segments of the electorate for Trump, these theories have mobilized different people like ex-accountant Stéphane Blais, actress Lucie Laurier, as well as locally, in the Saguenay, a small group of people who recently carried out an action on the Place du citoyen. The internet brings about a compartmentalization of thought and it is the end of the shared criteria of truth of which Jürgen Habermas spoke. On social networks abound in reclusive, closed, comforted and withdrawn communities of thought.

That said, there are many reasons to fear the power of the white coat specialist or the government of science. In this regard, Foucault nonetheless analyzed the biases and relationships of domination that could be exerted in the relationship between experts in the medical field and their patients. Likewise, faced with the excessive control of doctors and the lack of free and informed choices, many feminist activists have long campaigned for self-health practices or alternative institutions (example: birth centers), making them more autonomous in the face of their body and their health. If we can be critical of the power of experts and reports of heteronomy, we could however hardly do without their knowledge and their contribution. There is a balance to be sought, but in this quest it is better to avoid pseudo-sciences. There are currently forms of prevention (see for example physical distancing and masks) which can allow us to limit as much as possible the number of people who die as a result of the complications of this pandemic. Forms of prevention which can prevent us from coming to the dehumanizing situations, seen in several countries, of sorting of the people who will be able to have access to emergency care and those who will not have it for lack of beds. Finally, forms of prevention that can bring us together with workers in the health sector, abandoned for decades by the state and its drastic cuts, exhausted by giving themselves to each shift for the others. For the others. It is above all for others that we should think and act. The effectiveness of preventive health care is not absolute, and measures such as smoking restrictions and protections against STBBIs have not completely stopped the scourges they combat. However, we can see that the preventive approach is far more advantageous as a society than the curative approach, whether in terms of impacts on health, costs or even on people's autonomy. When the conspirators speak of their freedom, there is indeed food for thought. Our freedom is inseparable from that of others and can only be exercised within egalitarian relationships with others. Otherwise, this so-called "freedom" only feeds the world of injustice, oppression and privilege in which we live.

Éric Troulx

Collectif Emma Goldman

http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2020/07/la-covid-19-et-les-theories-du-complot.html
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