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California’s Apocalyptic ‘Second Nature’

Mike Davis Rose Luxemburg Stiftung NYC Blog
Lake Fire in California Fire in the Anthropocene has become the physical equivalent of endless nuclear war. A new, profoundly sinister nature is rapidly emerging from our fire rubble at the expense of landscapes we once considered sacred.

The Unraveling of America

Wade Davis RollingStone
Discussion article - Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. COVID-19 attacks our physical bodies, but also the cultural foundations of our lives. COVID didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken.

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How to Save the World from Financialization

Gregory N. Heires Portside
Long before the 2008 financial collapse rocketing, debt and financial wizardry masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, with wages and productivity stagnating, inequality exploding and ecological systems teetering.

Belly of the Beast: Cuba’s Untold Stories

Reed Lindsay The New York Review of Books
Cuban doctor putting on mask In the last month, more than a thousand Cuban doctors and nurses have traveled to twenty countries to join the global battle against Covid-19. There’s historical precedence for this.

COVID-19 Will Kill More People Worldwide Due to Water Shortages

José Luis Granados Ceja Truthout
people wearing masks at fire hyrant “The global struggle against the pandemic has little chance to succeed if personal hygiene, the main measure to prevent contagion, is unavailable to the 2.2 billion persons who have no access to safe water services.”

The Coronavirus and the Crisis This Time

Sam Gindin Socialist Project
The crisis this time is unique in an especially topsy-turvy way. In past capitalist crises, the state intervened to try and get the economy going again. This time, the is not on how to revive the economy, but how to further restrict it.
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