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.
We need to link the exploitation of bodies to that of lands. If we start from the principle that there are continuities between bodies and ecosystems, we realise that to harm one is to harm the other. This prism helps us to understand anti-slavery revolts also as resistance to this colonial habitation.
Filwaqt li nifhem li din il-pandemija ġabet magħha diffikultajiet ġodda, urietna b’mod iktar ċar ix-xquq li kienu diġà preżenti fis-sistema ekonomika u politika dominanti qabel inqala’ dan kollu.