Online discussion hosted by Socialist Democracy
Capitalism is the virus
Speaker: Daniel Tarade
1 July 2020
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, socialists insist that “Capitalism is the Virus!” Such a phrase is not a casual flip of the script or a ‘what-about-ism’. Popular discourse surrounding virology (and epidemiology) simply accounts for capitalist rhetoric. Neo-liberals apply concepts of natural selection and “survival of the fittest” to viruses, to humans, to businesses, to ideas, and to our capitalist economy. By picking at these threads, the slogan — capitalism is the virus — becomes more analytical. Simultaneously, we critique capitalism by highlighting how the material conditions it fosters prompt pandemics and how the solution is socialism. The virology of capitalism - Daniel Tarade
About the speaker
Daniel Tarade is a PhD Candidate in Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He is an active member of Socialist Action and Extinction Rebellion and a frontline grocery store clerk at Karma Co-op (CUPE 1281).