Pandemics throw into sharp relief the structural inequalities in our societies. The brutality of the British empire and today’s Hindu-supremacist BJP government in India have exploited the divisions of race and class, exacerbating the effects of deadly disease
“As a true picture of British history, with its imperial connections stretching back hundreds of years, this country’s statuary is beyond inadequate – it’s downright offensive…”
Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.
Instead of writing about my ten favourite records this month, I have decided to review just one.
It’s important to oppose imperialist intervention in Ukraine and say no to Putin’s war. Already Russian military forces have seized Crimea. Russian imperialism is no more progressive than that of the US and NATO – we should oppose all of them. And war would be a disaster for the people of Ukraine. This useful article by Alex Callinicos sets out how Putin’s power play fits into the system of inter-imperialist rivalry. The old slogan, “neither Washington nor Moscow”, is an especially good one now.