Biopolitics implies a hierarchy with the immunized at the top and the de-munized, who will be excluded from any act of immunological protection, at the bottom.
We’re trying, despite many obstacles, to flatten the curve—to avoid mass death. Doing this, we know that we’re living in a moment of historic importance.
Lockdown is a form of quarantine, a practise used to try to stem the spread of disease for hundreds of years by controlling humans.
Outbreaks have sparked riots and propelled public-health innovations, prefigured revolutions and redrawn maps. Just as there are many ways for microbes to infect a body, there are many ways for epidemics to affect the body politic.
The virus communizes us because we have to face it together, even if by isolating ourselves. It is a chance to really experience our community, argues Jean Luc Nancy.
The era of peak globalisation is over. For those of us not on the front line, clearing the mind and thinking how to live in an altered world is the task at hand.
The outbreak of coronavirus has become more than a deadly epidemic. It is also a canvas on to which people’s deepest fears and prejudices are being projected