Pandemic Capitalism

James Meadway
The political economy of covid-19, and after
Created 28 Mar 2020
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  • Can the left survive covid?
    20 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 15 5
    Chartist demonstration, Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Source: William Edward Kilburn, via Wikimedia Commons We should be very clear about what happened in the last week. The British left, with som...
  • Working from home returns
    13 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    The government’s “Plan B”, alongside the seriously undesirable introduction of vaccine passports in England, includes the advice to work from home where possible as of this morning. This guidance from...
  • Omicron, the Zero Covid fallacy, and the redivision of the world
    06 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash I was struck by an editorial in the Global Times (“a daily tabloid that is an arm of the People’s Daily”) last week, following the WHO’s announcement that the Omic...
  • The Omicron variant
    28 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 7 1
    Photo by De an Sun on Unsplash The naming of variant B.1.1.529 of the SAS-Cov-2 virus as “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation, as a result of its increased transmissibility, has under...
  • Growth, inequality, and the future of capitalism
    21 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 6 2
    Potteries landscape, 1926. Source: Wellcome Collection. Creative Commons licence. Been putting together some notes on growth and contemporary capitalism. There’s a definite sense, I think, in which it...
  • We need more than a Green New Deal
    14 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 6 0
    I had planned to write a bit about the Hungarian economist, Janos Kornai, who died a few weeks ago, and in particular in his work on “shortage economies”. I think his insights about “actually existing...
  • Climate Kalecki, capitalist autonomy, and the non-ending of the world
    07 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 12 0
    A debate has opened up in the New Statesman between Adam Tooze and Richard Seymour that I thought started to bring out some of the strategic dilemmas the ecological movement – or, to be honest, humani...
  • Pessimism as a spur to action
    31 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    Bushfire at Captain Creek, Queensland, Australia. Source: Wikimedia The argument over whether the current price spike is transitory or something more persistent continues. For my part, both sides of t...
  • Optimism bias and the pandemic economy
    24 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 6 0
    Beachgoers enjoy a day at the seaside, Huntington Beach, California, 1928. Source: Daniel Wortel-London, Twitter. Think back to the early months of covid-19, back in March 2020 or so. There was a wide...
  • Occupy London Stock Exchange, ten years on
    17 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    Occupy London. Source: Nathan Meijer/Flickr Friday marked a decade since Occupy London Stock Exchange took up residence outside St Paul’s Cathedral. The original Occupy LSX plan was to meet up at St P...
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