The horror films got it wrong. This virus has turned us into caring neighbours

Across the world, Covid-19 has triggered community action on a vast scale. It’s a powerful reply to both government and private money criticism.

This is a very important signal - especially in these times. A must read for everyone who wants to make sure this crisis is not wasted or used by forces that want to diminish the promises of democracy.

There is no guarantee that this resurgence of collective action will survive the pandemic. We could revert to the isolation and passivity that both capitalism and government control of the economy have encouraged. But I don’t think we will. I have the sense that something is taking root now, something we have been missing: the unexpectedly thrilling and transformative force of mutual aid.


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