Permanent pandemic? Mutations, market failures and Zero COVID

Social murderThe executive editor of the British Medical Journal (hardly a revolutionary organ) recently wrote a paper citing Friedrich Engels, who defined “social murder” in The Condition of the Working-Class in England (1845) as follows: “[W]hen society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; when it deprives thousands of the necessaries of life, places them under conditions in which they cannot live…knows that these thousands of victims must perish, and yet permits these conditions to remain, its deed is murder…which does not seem what it is…because the death of the victim seems a natural one…But murder it remains.”Engels Image fhwhrdThe British Medical Journal quoted Engels to describe many governments’ handling of the pandemic as “social murder” / Image: fhwhrdThe paper concludes that, by Engels’ definition, the criminal negligence and incompetence of the ruling class during this pandemic amounts to social murder on a mass scale.

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