Another contribution on the global COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t necessarily agree with everything that has been written in this text, but publish it as part of an ongoing discussion. This text was written by Maria Galindo from Bolivia, a perspective on the pandemic from the global south.
Maria Galindo shared this text with the media collective Lavaca (13/02/2021) and the magazine MU (both attached to the Universidad de Lavaca, argentina) , a text without prophetic ambitions, but which rather tries to think about the post-pandemic from a position of uncertainty. The result is a dictionary on the lexicon with which governments of the left and right discipline societies; a reflection on how to think politically and ideologically about vaccinations around the world, the colonial-patriarchal-extractivist order that turns neoliberalism into fascism, and how to interpret the speed of changes in the light of rebellion and creativity.
Continue reading María Galindo: Capitalism is the pandemic
Much has been written these days about the “resignation” of Evo Morales, former chief of the Bolivian state. As was to be expected, there has been no lack of furious positions on the subject – on the right and on the left of Capital – backing or attacking (as the case may be) the deposed president. Particularly prodigal have been the chronicles and approaches to this event from the vision of “nuestralatinoamericana” and from mostly an “anti-imperialism” orthodoxy. It so happens that for years we have been dependent on the interpretations and analyses of others -even though they can no longer be considered moderately acceptable from the contemporary anarchic viewpoint- and, driven by the need for reflection, other narratives have begun to express themselves with our unmistakable “brand name”.
Continue reading ‘Approaches to the situation in #Bolivia from an anarchic insurrectional perspective’ by Gustavo Rodriguez
In another provocative and essential text, the Bolivian activist María Galindo proposes to think through and act on 5 emergencies that, she says, cannot be justified by the advance of the coronavirus: fascism, colonisation, corruption and state indifference, male violence and hunger; how each of these other “pandemics” plague the Latin American countries that she baptizes Culo del Mundo/Ass of the World, “in the ambiguous sense of a place of pleasure and contempt at the same time.” Fear and hunger as means of control; financial loans as a method of colonisation; the ancestral views of health, closer to people than formal health care; the role of non-institutional, popular kitchens, managed by women; the question of whether the ways out are going to come from broken and corrupt states; sexist violence, the crisis of care and George Floyd’s phrase translated by Galindo: “In the center of the pandemic the movement I CANNOT BREATHE is born, which in Andean code means I CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE.”
Continue reading The five pandemics lashing the ass of the world
(La Paz, 17 March 2020, Radio Deseo). I have Corona. Because even if it seems that the disease has not yet arrived in my body, it has already reached people I love. Because the corona virus is wandering through the cities I have visited in the last few weeks; because the corona virus has changed everything, absolutely everything, as if a miracle, better, a catastrophe had occurred, a tragedy without a cure. No matter where you go, it was there before you were. Nowadays you can’t think of anything without the virus being involved. Looks like I’m not the only one with Corona. No, we all have Corona. All the institutions, all the countries, all the neighbourhoods, everything we do.
Continue reading “Disobedience, thanks to you I will survive”
For the 8th of March, in solidarity with the calls for a feminist strike, an interview with María Galindo, anarchist, feminist, psychologist, from bolivia, by Carolina Meloni González, for the spanish newspaper, el salto diario (25/01/2020).
Continue reading María Galindo: Giving form to a local anarcho-feminism
Bolivia. From Raúl Zibechi, reflections on the fall of Evo Morales and a “leftwing” government; a story repeats itself …
Continue reading Evo Morales: The fall of a “left government”