Protests against COVID-19 safety measures expose lack of trust in government. Although misplaced, it is not unfounded. What would be the best strategy to deal with COVID-skeptics and conspiracy theorists?
Our Not So Public Health
During the period of partial lockdown, it may have appeared as though the economy was being sacrificed in the name of public health. However, the global attempt to halt the spread of the pandemic ultimately never departed from the basic logic of capitalist politics: politics in the interest of business.
Construction and Hunting: Malta, between ‘Progress’ and ‘Tradition’
The dusk of ‘traditional’ hunting in MaIta is near, but the coalition of NGOs is not the one that will put an end to it.
Social Class and Revolt in Parasite and Joker
While Joker depicts the anti-capitalist rebellion as merely an aesthetic dead-end event, led by a madman on a killing spree, Parasite constructs a figure of the working class that does not attempt a rebellion when crushed by the system.
Displacing the Natives in Early British Malta: Bastion Burials, Tournaments and Gibbets
As British colonial rule successfully employed various tactics to legitimize its control over the Maltese fortifications, so the needs of the civilian Maltese inhabitants living within these fortifications were progressively subordinated to those of the island fortress.
Highly Contagious: Pandemic and ‘Pan-Panic’
Why do COVID-19 updates skew so much towards death and not recovery? We need to be particularly cautious in letting numbers of death records beat us into fear. Or do we assume that people will not act responsibly unless they are shocked into a panic?
Fitness and Its Discontents: The Pursuit of the High-Status Body as Therapy. Part 2.
We live in a culture that tends to define the self in accordance to the status of its body and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. The corporal self-identity of contemporary times frequently goes under the name of ‘fitness’. It is a measure of aptitude for life in consumer culture and a service economy.
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