Fear acts in an affective ecosystem, but by its very nature is a domineering feeling; it tends to drown everything else out. It can therefore easily outlive its usefulness (jolting us awake), an become a hindrance (blurring out the obvious). In this post, I want to think further about the role of fear in undermining the radical potential for political change that the pandemic has opened up.
It has always been obvious that Covid-19 would impact people differently, straddling and then widening already existing divisions and inequalities. In the beginning of the lockdowns, when I wrote the previous posts, a mood of disbelief and confusion dominated. Now, several months into one of the most remarkably uniform radical policies in living memory, I […]