Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and the 1918 Influenza 

The current Covid-19 epidemic has drawn comparisons to the 1918 influenza epidemic, often referred to as the Spanish flu or H1N1 virus. The influenza flu was devastating with an estimated 500 million people — one-third of the world’s population — infected and 50 million died; in the U.S., about 675,000 deaths occurred and in New More

Source: Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and the 1918 Influenza – CounterPunch.org

The Global Fragmentation of Public Health Systems 

In many countries, what should have been a serious problem—COVID-19—quickly escalated into a crisis. Tracking and tracing capabilities were impaired or absent, central coordination was lacking, decisive actions were not taken, and lower-level staff were tasked with making life-or-death choices. This is a reflection of the US-British-led neoliberal form of capitalism that has infected the More

Source: The Global Fragmentation of Public Health Systems – CounterPunch.org

Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic 

Two and a half years ago Hurricane Maria ripped open homes across the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce, destroying the rickety electrical grid and sending thousands of people into shelters or onto the streets. People were still rebuilding when, in January, a devastating earthquake jolted the island’s southern coast. Afraid of collapsing walls and showering concrete, people moved back outdoors, where they still spend cool, wet nights under blue tarps strung to poles and tied to cars packed with coolers and lawn chairs.

Source: Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic | Portside

Mike Davis On Pandemics, Super-capitalism and the Struggles of Tomorrow 

The coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming to comprehend. There are now hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases. Tens of thousands have died. Nations are on lockdown as the disease continues to spread. The planet is in crisis. How did this happen?What are the underlying political, economic and environmental structures that paved the way for this global outbreak? Where do pandemics emerge from? Is our capitalist way of life biologically sustainable?

Source: Mike Davis On Pandemics, Super-capitalism and the Struggles of Tomorrow | Portside

Pandemics, Super-capitalism and the Struggles of Tomorrow 

The coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming to comprehend. There are now hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases. Tens of thousands have died. Nations are on lockdown as the disease continues to spread. The planet is in crisis. How did this happen?What are the underlying political, economic and environmental structures that paved the way for this global outbreak? Where do pandemics emerge from? Is our capitalist way of life biologically sustainable?

Source: Mike Davis On Pandemics, Super-capitalism and the Struggles of Tomorrow | Portside