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Pandemic War diaries – First of May Edition

Sebastian Lotzer

“The disaster is that there really is absolutely no left… There’s just emptiness… There’s nothing, nothing at all.”

Nanni Balestrini

Berlin. Let’s start with what is the only thing that makes any sense at all, because everything beyond, all the fizzled out affects, all the powerless rage, grief, all the overwhelming fear dissolves as if in an experimental arrangement in the complete agony of isolation and separation, as if it had not existed. So let us start with the hope, which is said elsewhere, that a person can survive a month without food, a week without drinking, but not four seconds without them. So let’s talk about hope.

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Unrest in #Beaubreuil, #France: “We are at war”… against the police!

For a week now, riots have been continuing in the suburbs of France. Several hundred riot cops have been sent to the districts. By the middle of the week, it is said that there were about 2,000 cops, then no more numbers were published. Instead, dozens of videos are circulating on social networks from the various cities in which long columns of CRS [1] vans can be seen.

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Pandemic Diaries – The Anticipated Uprising

Sebastian Lotzer

“The epidemic will end, but not the measures, possibilities and consequences that it has triggered and that we are now experiencing. We are giving birth to a new world of pain.”

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Pandemic War Diaries – The Blow from the Butterfly

Sebastian Lotzer

“Yet it is all too obvious that in today’s world it is information that defines what exists. Literally, only what is reported in the media actually exists. This point of view proves those right who say that turning off the TV would be enough to stop the spread of the epidemic.”

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Giorgio Agamben: Social Distancing

Been turned around till I’m upside down

Been all at sea until I’ve drowned

And I’ve felt torture, I’ve felt pain

Just like that film with Michael Caine

The Godfathers

The flu is more dangerous, Robert Koch Institute [1] relativizing danger of coronavirus. (27.01.2020). Nobody plans to impose a curfew, it is fake news, the Federal Ministry of Health (14.03.2020). Germany is not planning to impose a mask compulsory at present, Federal Minister of Health Spahn (31.03.2020).

War is peace! Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is strength!

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Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on the plague

Sebastian Lotzer

let’s start here. because everything else wouldn’t make sense. let’s talk about here. our powerlessness, our lack of perspective. our hollow words, our empty gestures. let’s talk about the smile that has disappeared from our faces, let’s talk about the gray that has eaten its way deep into our souls. let’s talk about the monotony of our political discussions. let’s talk about the fact that we don’t believe our own promises anymore. let’s talk about the fact that we can only somehow hold on without any prospect of change.

winter is coming – 2018
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The Emerging #Pandemic Fascism – Fragments of Dissonance

Germany. March 27, 2020. A police van in every park in Berlin. The crew watches every activity of those who dared to venture into the spring sun with suspicion. Three children playing football are a reason to intervene. It was years ago that we learned that from three upwards you are a terrorist organisation.

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Insurrection in times of the #Coronavirus

Now, finally, that destabilizing event that could block the capitalist system has arrived. And unlike what we imagined, the cause is not the action of a group of revolutionaries or a social group of a territory or even a population in revolt. The event originates in the capitalist body itself and spreads within it at the same speed as a virus spreads in an organic body, blocking various functions of the system.

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