The famous Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has warned against the authorities’ handling of the corona pandemic. He envisions «extremely serious ethical and political consequences» promoted by the new security and preparedness regime. He is afraid of how state powers exploit the crisis for more totalitarian control and «biopolitics,» but not the least of which is what kind of life we are left with when life is mostly about survival – as a «naked life» («just life» from his Homo Sacer series).
The criticism against him after these statements made in both Italy’s il Manifesto and French Le Monde is that he does not pay attention to «the others,» that is, the weakest who are most likely to die. Precisely the reason for the government’s health measures against the coronavirus.
But Agamben’s objections to the authorities cannot simply be swept away. At the same time, we must not be naive, as the virus pandemic will probably be prolonged. Are the European …
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