I thought this would be as good a place as any to start an ongoing conversation among anarchists about the coronavirus pandemic. I will post links to a number of articles and web sites, but first, let me briefly state my own views:
- Pandemics are an inevitable result of the crowded urban living conditions, increased mobility, and global chains of production and distribution in our contemporary world.
- There has been a great deal of confusion generated by the mass media about the science and government actions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The majority of people are not making the effort to critically evaluate the information and opinions that are being disseminated about the coronavirus pandemic, especially if these facts and arguments challenge their pre-conceived notions. They tend to react emotionally and defensively to any such challenges.
- The currently-favored government strategies of lockdowns and other restrictions are doomed to fail, because the objectives are not clearly articulated to begin with, the destructive consequences of these policies far outweighs any potential benefits, and even in a best-case scenario, an effective, widely-available vaccine would not be able to eradicate the coronavirus.
A number of opinion pieces that may be of particular interest to anarchists can be found here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/topic/covid-19
A few articles from non-anarchist sources that I have found helpful: