First, the imperative of exploration has been propelled to unforeseen forms of behavioural control and regulation by the algorithmic combination of data and the exertion of artificial intelligence facilitating anticipatory government, predictive policing, social scoring, and smart orders. Second, capitalism’s extractive dynamic and the imperative of relentless growth have from the very beginning colonized “nature” and incurred ever new ecological imbalances and crises. Deforestation, land grab for industrial production, agroindustry, strip mining, and urban sprawl have invaded fauna’s and flora’s habitat. The infinite variety of viruses and bacilli, amoeba and bacteria delivered by animal hosts, like fleas, flies, rats, bats, lice, civet cats and even dromedaries, invariably indicate that civilization has recklessly crossed a border. COVID-19 brought capitalism to a grinding halt, albeit temporarily, and called into question law’s equipment to cope with a pandemic. The disease should be taken as a warning and a metaphor that something is deeply wrong with capitalism and should be used as an occasion to rethink our relationship to nature.
Dorothy H. Crawford, Deadly Companions, 2007, pp. 184-193, 204-210
William McNeill, Plagues and Peoples 1976, pp. 1-13, 176-207
Klaus Günther, Smart Orders
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