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Ricardo

Acting as if one is Already Free: David Graeber’s Political Economy and the Strategic Impasse of the Left

It is here that I think Graeber’s work is most valuable. I want to explore those parts of his thinking critically important to developing a Left that is post-Corbyn, post-Sanders, post-populism in general – but still in the first phase of an epochal pandemic. Particularly in the wake of Joe Biden’s electoral success in the US, in the wake of electoral defeat for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour and selectoral defeat for Bernie Sanders, a new argument about strategy and tactics is beginning to play out in the English-speaking Left. This debate has only just begun to grapple with what capitalism portends in a world of environmental decay. But the questions Graeber foregrounded, most notably on political economy, can provide important signposts. I don’t claim that this is the only reading possible of Graeber’s work. But I do argue that the questions therein, and at least some of his answers, should be more central to the Left.

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Viral Visualizations : How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online

Controversial understandings of the coronavirus pandemic have turned data visualizations into a battleground. Defying public health officials, coronavirus skeptics on US social media spent much of 2020 creating data visualizations showing that the government's pandemic response was excessive and that the crisis was over. This paper investigates how pandemic visualizations circulated on social media, and shows that people who mistrust the scientific establishment often deploy the same rhetorics of data-driven decision-making used by experts, but to advocate for radical policy changes. Using a quantitative analysis of how visualizations spread on Twitter and an ethnographic approach to analyzing conversations about COVID data on Facebook, we document an epistemological gap that leads pro- and anti-mask groups to draw drastically different inferences from similar data. Ultimately, we argue that the deployment of COVID data visualizations reflect a deeper sociopolitical rift regarding the place of science in public life.
https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.07993

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NYTimes: #QAnon Is Thriving in #Germany, The Extreme Right Is Delighted.

The porosity of the far-right across the Atlantic should be concerning everyone, including other members states that are ignoring this societal drift at the own risk.

toxic melting pot of conspiracy theories has the potential, with the pandemic to craft a very toxic landscape that will potentially put entire democracies at risk, including "sane, strong" democracy like Germany or even the entire European project.

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K: The Overlooked Variable That's Driving the Pandemic - The Atlantic

To fight a super-spreading disease effectively, policy makers need to figure out why super-spreading happens, and they need to understand how it affects everything, including our contact-tracing methods and our testing regimes.

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It turns out, what was true 2 months ago (children's don't spread or less)
Is now false, new evidences suggests otherwise, it's a pandemic, knowledge change over time, things we thought were correct assumptions become false assumptions and that's normal, after all we're talking about a virus, a pandemic, we're talking about a living spreading disease not the composition of a beverage.

reaction to more science shouldn't be fear, it should be knowledge, knowing how to adapt, knowing how to behave.

This thing that, truth shouldn't be told because it spread fear is typical cult mentality to enforce a state of paralysis into people.

We, You should Believe less & Know more

Ricardo

There is a place on the Internet with more cats and cool Humans than the other place filled with rants, fights, battles, info wars and coordinated stalking operations.
Oh and up to now, in that corner of the internet, there isn't much conspiracies theories, isn't even a thing, People wear masks and have higher goals in life than fighting against common sense measures to fight a pandemic. Also most of them are in the fight to get ride of Trump & restore some form of sanity on every possible issues.

You're welcome to that place!






Ricardo

Someone should code/build a simulation training game for Governments, Politicians to train their response strategy, the simulation could integrate several proven approaches to tackle the pandemic, include mask & other measures and ability for players to test unscientific approach before finally listening to science and allow this pandemic to be taken care by those most competent to take care of the crisis.

Politicians that fails the simulation should resign & avoid political representation for life.



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Something I can't stand in so called serious news papers, established media is what I call Fashion Politics.. It often emerges when there is loads of very serious issues to talk about, serious things to get into the public information landscape but instead of handling these real issues, someone, somewhere, let's say Politico Europe for example, has this bright idea that, an article about who's wearing the best mask is something people would be interested about.. All of that in the middle of a pandemic, and financial, social, ecological simultaneous crisis..

I just don't get it.

Who's the editor at PE that said, oh great idea from our new intern, yeah let's write about fashion politics, who's wearing the best mask, the best jacket, or who's making more buzz on social media with his hair, or whatever superficial idea that can be found.

This constant Peopleisation of politics, even more in time of crisis is horrible, it's a distraction, a trigger, a nuisance into the stream of information, it's not journalism.

It doesn't help anyone, it's not a service, keep it for the boring rainy Sundays afternoon, when this systemic crisis is done. If ever.






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Coronavirus

It's like there is two main problems most countries can't solve :

Information is key to survival, awareness of the issues, ability to adapt behavior, willingness to be a solution participant instead of an unconscious spreader.

It's the difference between being aware of dangers and an actor of your own survival & your community survival

Or

simply being a sheep, lost between what you should do and what social pressure push you to adhere, believe, adopt and if you're on the misinformed gang, you're probably an active spreader, asymptomatic or not and since you believe all kinds of absurd theories, beliefs that allow you to be part of a tribe, your discernment is flawed, biased, inexistent, absent, because instead of looking at the fact, you decide, conscisouly or not to adhere to a flock, to join a tribe, instead of watching for your own tribe until this is behind us.

When this first stage is broken you have explosion of cases, saturation of Healthcare systems, medical staff overburdened & exhausted and people dying.

I think this pandemic showed a few things :

- Information landscape doesn't inform
It divides.
- Politicians don't understand Science
Most ignored all the signs or came about too late, loosing precious time.
- Politicians are inept at putting life before economics
Even in the middle of a pandemic we're putting our markets, money, business before human beings & the planet, its a choice that shows a lot about our inhumanity

To be continued.



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