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Left Strategies in the Covid Pandemic and Its Aftermath

Yearbook 2022

Left Strategies in the Covid Pandemic and Its Aftermath – Yearbook 2022

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transform! 2022 looks at the challenges the Covid pandemic has presented to left politics and asks what a programme of left demands for pandemic research, prevention, and treatment might look like. More than thirty years after the collapse of the East Bloc, of triumphant neoliberalism, and the rise of China as an economic power, what are the resulting geopolitical shifts behind the war in Ukraine as well as new imperatives for public intervention in the economy, with the emergence of social democracy in the US but with the structural difficulties any left politics face in the EU?

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Capitalism’s Deadly Threat

transform! 2022 is the eighth of an annual series reporting on and analysing European and world political and social developments.

transform! europe is a network of 39 organisations from 23 European countries, active in the areas of political education and critical social analysis.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

  • Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis: Capitalism’s Deadly Threat

In Memoriam

  • Ingar Solty: The Global Left, Marxism, and Democratic Socialism: Remembering Leo Panitch (1945-2020)

Europe

  • Walter Baier: The State of the Union: On the Eve of the Conference on the Future of Europe

Capitalism’s Ecological Crisis and Radical Left Alternatives

  • John Bellamy Foster: The Planetary Rift Interviewed by Haris Golemis
  • Birgit Mahnkopf: On the Political Economy of the Ecological Crisis
  • Teppo Eskelinen: Climate Change and Capitalist Development
  • Nadja Charaby and KatjaVoigt: The UN Climate Summits: Not a Solution to the Climate Crisis – But it is Important to be There
  • David Adler and Pawel Wargan: The EU’s Green Deal and the Betrayal of a Generation: A Strategy to Fight Back
  • Kateřina Konečná: Sleepwalking from One Crisis to the Next
  • Oguz Turkyilmaz: Proposals for a Democratic Energy Programme in Turkey

Politics and Everyday Life Under the Pandemic

  • Maria Karamessini: The Covid-19 Crisis and Socio-Economic
  • Disruption in Europe: Threats and Challenges for Labour Guamán, Guillermo Murcia López, and José Miguel
  • Sánchez Ocaña: The Coronavirus, Working People, and Precarity: Challenges for an Exit Based on Labour
  • Roland Kulke: A Left Perspective on the Economics of the Corona Crisis 200
  • Ursula Huws: Reaping the Whirlwind: Digitalisation, Restructuring, and Mobilisation in the Covid Crisis
  • Amelia Martinez-Lobo and Andrea Peniche: The Pandemic Crisis and Its Impact on Women’s Lives
  • Joanna Bourke: Pandemics and Domestic Violence
  • Sandro Mezzadra: Testing Borders: Covid-19 and the Management of (Im)mobility
  • Monika Mokre: Covid and the Unequal Distribution of Vulnerability
  • Fabian Fajnwaks: Contemporary Forms of the Death Drive in Pandemic Capitalism
  • Kevin Biderman, Eleanor Dare, Laura Gordon, Eleni Ikoniadou, Matt Lewis, Joseph Pochodzaj, Cecilia Wee, and Dylan Yamada-Rice: Exercises in Exorcism – Ways of Healing (Through) Art Education

Country Reports

  • Ethan Young: US Politics in Freefall
  • Dimitris Psarras: Golden Dawn: The Rise and Fall of a Nazi Gang
  • Asger Hougaard: Something Rotten in the State of Denmark? New Lessons and Old Problems for the Movements and Political Parties
  • Michael Chessum: Corbynism’s Demise: A Warning from the Brexit Moment

Anniversaries

  • Luciana Castellina: 2021: 100 Years From the Founding of the Italian Communist Party – Ten Years After the Passing of Lucio Magri
  • Walter Baier: The Constitution and Class Struggle: On the 100th Anniversary of Austria’s Federal Constitutional Law
  • Milena Gegios and Dimitris Kousouris: Histories of the Greek Revolution: The Political Framing of a National Anniversary

The Marxist-Christian Dialogue

  • Bernhard Callebaut: Catholics and the Economy: Pope Francis’s Narrative and the Challenges for Today’s Economy
  • Karl-Helmut Lechner: To Differ and Learn From Each Other – A Marxist Voice on the Social Encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’

English edition published in the UK in 2021 by The Merlin Press
Central Books Building
Freshwater Road
London RM8 1RX
www.merlinpress.co.uk

transform! europe EUPF, Square de Meeûs 25, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Partially financed through a subsidy from the European Parliament.

ISSN 1865-3480
ISBN 978-0-85036-770-6
Printed in the UK by Imprint Digital, Exeter

David Adler
Walter Baier
Kevin Biderman
Joanna Bourke
Bernhard Callebaut
Eric Canepa
Luciana Castellina
Nadja Charaby
Michael Chessum
Eleonor Dare
Teppo Eskelinen
Fabian Fajnwaks
John Bellamy Foster
Milena Gegios
Haris Golemis
Laura Gordon
Adoración Guamán
Asger Hougaard
Ursula Huws
Eleni Ikoniadou
Maria Karamessini
Katerˇina Konecˇná
Dimitris Kousouris
Roland Kulke
Karl-Helmut Lechner
Matt Lewis
Birgit Mahnkopf
Amelia Martínez-Lobo
Sandro Mezzadra
Monika Mokre
Guillermo Murcia López
Andrea Peniche
Joseph Pochodzaj
Dimitris Psarras
José Miguel Sánchez Ocaña
Ingar Solty
Ogyz Turkyilmaz
Katja Voigt
Paweł Wargan
Cecilia Wee
Dylan Yamada-Rice
Ethan Young

Editors: Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis
Managing Editor: Vaggia Lyssikatou
Editorial Board: Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis,
Adoración Guamán Hernández, Dagmar Švendová, Andreas Thomsen

English edition published in the UK in 2021 by The Merlin Press
Central Books Building
Freshwater Road
London RM8 1RX
www.merlinpress.co.uk

transform! europe EUPF, Square de Meeûs 25, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Partially financed through a subsidy from the European Parliament.

ISSN 1865-3480
ISBN 978-0-85036-770-6
Printed in the UK by Imprint Digital, Exeter

Nidžara Ahmetaševic´
Katerina Anastasiou
Ricardo Antunes
Walter Baier
Loren Balhorn
Étienne Balibar
Jan Campbell
Mario Candeias
Eric Canepa
Luciana Castellina
Donatella della Porta
Daniel Finn
Aníbal García Fernández
Haris Golemis
Margareta Gruber
Claudia Krieglsteiner
Tamara Lajtman
Dunja Larise
Steffen Lehndorff
Francisco Louça¯
Michael Löwy
Gerassimos Moschonas
Leigh Phillips
María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop
Silvina Romano
Axel Ruppert
Anna Saave
Ariel Salleh
Donald Sassoon
Seraphim Seferiades
Veronika Sušová-Salminen
Jana Tsoneva
Asbjørn Wahl

Editors: Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis
Managing Editor: Vaggia Lyssikatou
Editorial Board: Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis,
Adoración Guamán Hernández, Dagmar Švendová, Andreas Thomsen

Preface

  • Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis: Left Strategies in the Covid Pandemic and Its Aftermath

The Covid Pandemic and the Social and Political Left

  • Leigh Phillips: A Programme for a Pandemic Justice Movement
  • Ricardo Antunes: Pandemic Capitalism: What Now? 46
  • Asbjørn Wahl: Covid-19 and Working-Class Power 59
  • Donatella della Porta: Contentious Politics in Critical
  • Emergency Junctures: The Pandemic and Progressive Social Movement Organisations

Geopolitical Shifts and Conflicts

  • transform! europe Peace Manifesto: Stop the War! An Appeal for a Europe of Peace
  • Veronika Sušová-Salminen: Can We Avert Further Wars? The West, Russia, and China in the World of Seismic Shifts
  • Jan Campbell: China and Europe in the Foreseeable Future Silvina Romano, Tamara Lajtman, and Aníbal García Fernández: The Geopolitics of Covid in Latin America

The Marxist-Christian Dialogue

  • Walter Baier: What Can the Socialist Left Learn From the Pope?
  • Margareta Gruber: Without the City of Man There Can Be No Paradise on Earth: The Bible Ends with a Vision of a Megacity
  • Michael Löwy: Marxisms and Christianities: Recent Publications

Europe

  • Étienne Balibar: The Eternal Impossibility of a Democratic Europe and the Tasks of a ‘Party of Europe’
  • Katerina Anastasiou and Axel Ruppert: Discuss Security – Reclaim the Future
  • Nidžara Ahmetašević: Europe – from Fortress to Dungeon
  • María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop: Migrants and Refugees: Pariahs of Europe

Social Democratic and Radical Left Political Strategies

  • Luciana Castellina and Donald Sassoon: Social Democracy and the Radical Left: Old Divisions and the Imperatives of the New Socio-Ecological Crisis
  • Gerassimos Moschonas: Social Democracy’s Electoral and Ideological Retreat, the European Union, and theRadical Left’s Dilemmas
  • Steffen Lehndorff: From the New Deal of the 1930s to the Green New Deal of the 2020s
  • Loren Balhorn: Class Struggle for Social Democracy
  • Seraphim Seferiades: ‘Populism’ as a Cognitive Barrier: A Political Approach
  • Dunja Larise: Why Is Austro-Marxism Still Worth Studying in the 21st Century?

Ecosocialism/Ecofeminism

  • Ariel Salleh: A Relational Logic for The Left – Interviewed by Haris Golemis
  • Michael Löwy: For an Ecosocialist ‘Great Transformation’: Fourteen Theses
  • Anna Saave: Ecofeminism Now

European Country Reports

  • Jana Tsoneva: Neoliberal Hysteresis: Lessons from Bulgaria’s Abortive Vaccination Campaign
  • Mario Candeias: Decisive Elections and the Future of the Left in Germany
  • Claudia Krieglsteiner: Pandemic De-Socialisation in Austria
  • Francisco Louçã: Portugal: Time Is Running Out

Anniversary

  • Daniel Finn: The Contested Legacy of Derry’s Bloody Sunday

Authors and Editors
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