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State of Emergency? Bring It On!

State of Emergency? Bring It On!
6 months ago

State of Emergency? Bring It On!

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The most surprising aspect of the coronavirus pandemic is the reluctance of leaders with authoritarian ambitions, like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, to declare a state of emergency. Doing so …
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Us Too: The Virus and “Social Distancing”
6 months ago

Us Too: The Virus and “Social Distancing”

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It often happens that external events look as if they have been predetermined from inside. For instance, Spanish conquistadores came and defeated Aztecs when their empire was already crumbling under …
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The Need for Speed
6 months ago

The Need for Speed

Glance at any major news source homepage right now, and you’re bound to see a headline photo of mask-clad passengers being temperature scanned while in line for their flights, or …
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Solitude, Dasein and a Pandemic
6 months ago

Solitude, Dasein and a Pandemic

I am alone during this COVID-19 pandemic, like many others. My family spreads across two continents and I recently took residence on a third, a move coinciding with a new …
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The State of Biopower in the Age of the Coronavirus
7 months ago

The State of Biopower in the Age of the Coronavirus

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The unfolding global crisis induced by COVID-19 has led states to scramble as they collect scarce medical resources, impose business shutdowns and national quarantines, and close off borders to slow …
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Our Mysterious Being
7 months ago

Our Mysterious Being

 

Communovirus

Jean-Luc Nancy

–translated by Victoria Derrien–

An Indian friend tells me that at his place people talk about the communovirus. How come no one thought of it before? It’s …
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Forever, Decameron
7 months ago

Forever, Decameron

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There was at the time—not at the other end of the earth, but in its heart—not an island, but a city. It was called Florence. And on the off chance …
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F Is for Failure
7 months ago

F Is for Failure

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When I was growing up in Puerto Rico, more than thirty years ago, I heard a cruel joke attributed to the Cuban comedian Álvarez Guedes. The joke relied on the …
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Why Are We Tired All the Time?
7 months ago

Why Are We Tired All the Time?

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The coronavirus epidemic confronts us with two opposed figures that prevail in our daily lives: those who are overworked to exhaustion (medical stuff, caretakers…) and those who have nothing to …
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