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Scars of Coronavirus

Scars of Coronavirus

By Yasin Alkan 0 Comment August 6, 2020

The coronavirus is said to be an egalitarian virus because it infects the rich and the poor. But
this is not the case. For example, a rich person can get tested or have himself treated in a country
where the health sector is not public, while poor people cannot access these situations. The
coronavirus showed us that inequality as well as neoliberalism was shaking. The privatized health
sector has been nationalized in some countries, and applications for unemployment funds have
increased more than ever. Moreover, while the USA and Canada brought cheap seasonal agricultural
workers for cheap labor from neighboring countries at normal times, they had to stop this policy due
to the virus. It also showed us the difference of democracy and authoritarianism. The transparency or
silence of some countries in the number of cases, and measures in the precaution taken for the
coronavirus were related to the management methods of the countries. This was also the case for
anti-racist protests. The countries intervened in the events within them in a way that their
management style allowed. For example, if protests were in Russia instead of America, already  nonhuman police violence would be more non-human. Thanks to viruses and protests, we witnessed
that populism both collapsed and resurrected at the same time. The Hungarian government
abolished its parliament, while US President Trump visited the church, where the activists alleged
that they were looting and they “got in with shoes”. Discourses against WHO from NonGovernmental Organizations and decreased trust in WHO also enabled us to reconsider the strength
of the NGOs.
Best of all, we have seen that we are still dependent on nation states as humanity. We
started to live according to the decisions of state administrators instead of multinational companies,
which became stronger thanks to globalization and started to assume the roles of states. While the
concept of the state was valued and strengthened, we also saw the power of non-governmental
organizations to influence state actions through protests. The masses that shaped their lives against
the state’s restrictions and measures against the virus did not obey state institutions in acts against
racism or even changed the functioning of state institutions. The existing gear that country wide
governments can use to counter the brand new threat, treaties, multilateral organizations, and
cooperation among national law enforcement agencies are unwieldy, and unsuited to the task.
It seems that neoliberal policies will not be given up in the future but will be revised. The two
phenomena on the world showed us the balance between states and non-state organizations must
be provided. In the period when globalization is felt in many parts of the world, multinational
companies and non-governmental organizations will always survive, but states must take steps not to
lose their independence and authority. The value of democracy and “accountability of the public”
may increase due to the populist and unrealistic practices of authoritarian governments that risk
world health. In this case, they may have to make a choice in the measures to be taken against the
incompatibility that will occur as globalization, state, and democratic strides progress. If European
leaders need to keep democracy, they ought to make a preference among political union and
economic disintegration. I think we can see the effects of neo-neoliberalism while democracies will
be built above the nation state level. Maybe companies that go to different seas for cheap workers
can use the people of their country as cheap labor.


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