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There are small examples that people have not forgotten critical social thinking even in the Corona crisis

In recent days, the much-cited new normality in the post-Corona period has been well observed in Berlin. The streets fill up again, only the tourists are still missing. Street musicians appear again and people stop again. But not only the ubiquitous masks show that we are far from normal.

The Home Office brings German police officers back from Afghanistan on suspicion of the corona, the second time within a few days. It is only succinctly stated that the officials who live in a secure facility may have been infected by Afghan employees. However, the question of the consequences of the spread of corona in the country destroyed by various wars with a desolate health care system is not being asked. So instead of setting up a health center in Afghanistan, from which everyone affected by the virus can benefit, for a lot of money Return campaigns for German citizens only organized on suspicion of the corona. This shows once again that the people of the global north know how to defend their privileges in such a pandemic. The new thing is that you also practice it completely uncovered.

The new normality is also vividly demonstrated in Göttingen. There was a Corona outbreak reported and showed a skyscraper from which a man was taken by the police because he is said to have violated quarantine requirements. Apparently, contact restrictions were not observed, the text says. It was made clear that the Infection Protection Act still applies, which means that people can be taken out of their homes because they are said to have violated conditions. The man, who is said to have violated conditions several times, is now “under house arrest in a city apartment where he is guarded”.

Why was the special control of the shisha bars pointed out?

In addition, the special control of the shisha bars in Göttingen was announced. It seems forgotten that after the racist rampage in Hanau, in which 9 people were mostly murdered in these bars, there were also warnings in liberal media, Stigmatize hookah bars. If thousands of violations of the Infection Protection Act in Lower Saxony and Bremen to be reported, one has to ask why the hookah bars are particularly emphasized during the controls. People in church services and in dining restaurants were also infected without these locations and locations being particularly emphasized.

In addition, the list of bids and bids differs from state to state. This can lead to people being identified in one city for activities that are allowed in other cities. It is often forgotten that the dystopian prognoses about the consequences of Corona did not materialize in Germany. According to the current status, people who have warned weeks ago against demonizing the coronavirus to the killer virus and who have compared the new illness with the flu could be confirmed. At times this was placed in the vicinity of a corona denial. It doesn’t have to be about trivializing Corona and the flu. Both diseases can be dangerous and should be taken seriously.

When the second wave threat fails

The particularly good news was that even the official Virologist Drosten until autumn and winter no longer believes in the second wave of corona spread. This message was not particularly well received by the majority of the media. One had the impression that some commentators were really angry that a disciplining instrument might become blunt if it is said too openly that a second wave is unlikely to be expected. After all, it was easier to convey the special measures in the new normal if it was said again and again that everything will get worse in a few months if you do not discipline yourself now.

Frank Capellan has this discipline desire in one comment Expressed well on Deutschlandfunk:

“Corona is over!” has now reached many Germans. The Chancellor did not even succeed in demanding contact restrictions in private apartments. A fatal development. Because Merkel may seem brittle, she is not unworldly. She rightly warns of wild parties, which are now officially possible again. Does anyone really believe that young people in particular can now be prevented from having corona parties?

Frank Capellan

He has also made it clear that more authoritarian statehood is needed to implement the desired measures.

Eyes shut and go for it. Hope everything goes well and there is no second wave of infection. Unfortunately there is not much left of the successful German way of dealing with COVID-19. It would be important to make federalism crisis-proof. With more rights for the federal government. After Merkel’s surrender to the countries’ outbidding competitions, it became clear that effective pandemic control must be coordinated from above and not left to local health authorities.

Frank Capellan

When Drosten’s criticism becomes an insult to the majesty

It should be noted that such calls for more state and authority come into being, while not only in Germany but in many neighboring countries a new normal is coming in and parts of the population are also wondering what mistakes have been made in the past weeks and months. Such a discussion of errors, of course, cannot rule out Drosten, the most important virologist. Promptly want liberal and left-wing journalists have also identified an anti-drosten campaign by the Bild newspaper.

Of course, it is known that the Bild newspaper is a populist press that takes up the mood of the population and develops its campaigns. The focus was on unemployed people who didn’t want to put up with everything, or the “bankrupt Greeks” for whom German taxpayers were supposed to pay. Only the critical questioning with Drosten and the criticism of his positions must become part of a discussion about a culture of errors in the Corona question. In the past few weeks, Drosten has not only been a scientist, but an important part of the state apparatus and his actions in it can and must be discussed and criticized.

It is only unfortunate that the criticism does not come from the left and critical media, leaving the Bildzeitung the role of an opposition newspaper that it does not have. Here we experience on a media level what we have been able to pursue in the political arena for weeks. The more leftists of all stripes stand behind Merkel in the corona shutdown, the more rights and irrationalists can act as opponents. Ex-left radicals like the Socialists turned Rote Salon Leipzig cannot understand why left-wing groups are even criticizing capitalism at a time when the corona crisis has shown that capitalism is unable to build a health system that guarantees health for all. If the Rote Salon forgets not to mention that one could be glad that the virus did not become virulent in times of block confrontation, because the nominal socialist countries could have dealt with it much worse, then that is just ideology. Indeed, the example of Cuba shows how a small island, which still claims to take a non-capitalist path, is becoming a role model for health policy worldwide. There are always occasions for ex-leftists to say goodbye to left-wing positions. The corona crisis is an opportunity for some.

Change of subject through reminder to distance

In addition, it should not be underestimated how the corona crisis changes the relationship between man and body. Stefan Ripplinger has it all in one essay pointed out in New Germany. It is based on everyday observations from the past few weeks.

During the Corona period, we saw the disgust turn into fear and hate. I saw a young, hooded woman who was standing a meter away from me on the subway and was shaking my back as a member of the “risk group”. When the wagon door opened, she fled from a bush fire like a gazelle. I saw another young, hooded woman on a compartment bench, with room for one person to her left and right. When an elderly lady wanted to sit down with her, she shooed her away like an annoying fly. Distance rule! It was striking that the old, vulnerable people handled this rule much more generously than the young, less vulnerable people.

Stefan Ripplinger

The author is also concerned about the long-term consequences of such literal a-social behavior. It also connects with the enforcement of digital capitalism.

It is therefore unlikely that the distance will disappear as soon as the crisis is declared over. Distance did not first establish itself with Corona, but with the post-industrial economy and the technological and atomized society and now, at least temporarily, has gained absolute power. In a recent survey among French people in the “Home Office”, four fifths said they wanted to continue working after the crisis, so that they could “concentrate better”.

Stefan Ripplinger

Resistance and distance

It is therefore all the more important not to see a virus carrier and enemy in every other person. In Berlin-Wedding are politically unpopular suspected of transmitting viruses. In the new normal there are many reasons to protest together, which can also be done at a distance.

You only need to pick out two current topics. Lufthansa wants state support, and there have been disputes with the EU bodies. Now a decision has come out that should cause protests for several reasons. Low-cost airlines like Ryanair should also benefit. This company is one Expression of anti-unionism, Exploitation of workers, and the environment.

It would be a left-wing position not to side with Ryanair or Lufthansa, but to call for the socialization of the European aviation industry, which does not mean nationalization. They are to be led by the workers’ councils and a social council of good living, which should ensure that the particular interests of aviation workers and the right to mobility can be reconciled with the societal interest for a clean environment. The cessation of domestic and short flights would be the first step.

Now that the aviation industry has received such generous support, the auto industry wants to be saved again with plasticine. The alliance Sand in Gear protested with one action Day on the other hand. These are small examples that show that not all people have forgotten social thinking in Corona times.

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