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?
People might be misled into thinking they have nothing to worry about: unlike the journalist, they do not intend to cause “trouble” to moguls. Some might assume that bowing to crooks in power guarantees their safety. But this idea is deceptive.
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.
There is a sentiment that racism in Malta is something very new, or that currently we are ‘only’ in the early stages of racism for people to actively take a stand against it. But racism isn’t a child going through different stages of development until it reaches maturity.
Racist sentiments are often classified as the ‘real’ feelings of ‘the people’, a daring protest against a superficial veneer of political correctness, as authentic voices of the silent majority. The anti-racist in contrast is typically construed as unwilling to understand these deep feelings. But is this so?
Our politicians have made a joke of institutions, procedures, décor, political debate and partisan politics. This is what will continue to dominate the political landscape if it is not for a strong democratic civil society.
Let us not forget the lessons we’ve learned during the quarantine and the better air quality we enjoyed during those few months. We all should be more willing to embrace a new model of transport.