Immunodemocracy: Capitalist Asphyxia (Semiotext(e) / Intervention)

May 4, 2021
Immunodemocracy: Capitalist Asphyxia (Semiotext(e) / Intervention)

A stimulating and profound portrayal of the epochalevent that has already left its mark on the twenty-firstcentury.Immunodemocracy offers a stimulating and profoundportrayal of the epochal event that has already left its mark onthe twenty-first century. Moving from the ecological question tothe rule of experts, from the state of exception to immunitariandemocracy, from rule by fear to the contagion of conspiracy theory,from forced distancing to digital control, Donatella Di Cesareexamines how existence is already changing—and what its futurepolitical effects may be. In her own personal style, the authorreconstructs the dramatic phases of what she calls "the breathingcatastrophe." Coronavirus is a sovereign virus that skirts its wayaround the walls of patriotism and the sovereignists' imperiousfrontiers. And it reveals in all its terrible crudeness theimmunitarian logic that excludes the weakest and hits the poorest.The Cordon sanitaire of disengagement risks expanding beyond allproportion. The disparity between the protected and the helpless—achallenge to any idea of justice—has never been so blatant. Thevirus has not introduced, but merely brought out into the open theruthlessness of the capitalism that is now wrapping us in itsdevastating spiral, in its compulsive, asphyxial vortex. Is it ourfinal warning? The violent global pandemic shows that it isimpossible for us to survive if we don't help each other. We willneed to protect ourselves from protection and the specter ofabsolute immunization. When breathing can no longer be taken forgranted, we need to rethink a new way of living together.