EP 77: New Normals are Here Again

I return to the topic of the Pandemic and the strike wave; first by sharing establishment musings on the true reach of the Crisis. I harp about the cult of work and share a related reading from a Victorian Marxist. I follow that with discussion of movements, organizing, and share various thoughts about the tools at our disposal. I finish with a beat about the relationship between pandemics and ecocide.

Music: First World problems: Weird Al Yankavok

Sources
MIT Writer lays out the coming expansion of the Surveillance state.
technologyreview.com/2020/03/17/905264/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing-18-months/
Bloomberg compares this to WW1 disruption of current thinking
bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-03-16/coronavirus-foreshadow-s-bigger-disruptions-in-future
A Marxist 140 years ago responds to leftist calls for ‘The Right to Work’ with the opposite
theanarchistlibrary.org/library/paul-lafargue-the-right-to-be-lazy
A Call for new movement building with mutual aid
yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2020/04/06/coronavirus-community-collective-response
Militant strategy suggests general strike
befreedom.co/2020/04/07/from-strike-wave-to-general-strike

Learn ecology, or this will continue forever
www.ecowatch.com/pandemics-environmental-destruction
Howie Hawkins names SP leader as VP; The start of a better leftist coalition?
independentpoliticalreport.com/2020/05/howie-hawkins-announces-running-mate
Referenced talk of further dehumanizing of education.
usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-05-05/new-york-to-work-with-gates-foundation-to-reimagine-education-governor


Extra Readings
Call for Rent Freee from NY State Senator
www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/cancel-rent-coronavirus-new-york
Coverage of direct actions on MayDay
https://itsgoingdown.org/may-day-2020-roundup/


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