As the days of the pandemic tick by, we are witnessing overwhelming evidence that the U.S. is using COVID-19 as an instrument to institute a capitalist dystopia. But this is no blockbuster Hollywood film. This is today’s new potential reality through the national security state apparatus. While there is no denying that people are suffering (and dying) from COVID-19 and neoliberal austerity, we must be acutely aware that the state’s reaction is not protecting us from the virus. Black Alliance For Peace coordinating committee member, Vanessa Beck, has maintained, “This crisis is a reminder that science has a social relationship . . .
Its important to contextualize what’s happening throughout the world today with the challenges facing us from the potential growth of COVID-19. If what we are learning is true, this virus has devastating capacity. Even if you are healthy and strong, you can hold the virus, without knowing it, for up to a fourteen day incubation period. During that time, you can unknowingly pass the virus on to countless people who do not have the benefit of a strong immunity system. This is an unprecedented element that forced me to start thinking isolation, despite the fact I’m really not concerned about . . .