Rob Wallace, author of the recently published Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19 talks to Ashley Smith of the new Marxist journal, Spectre, about the global capitalist roots of the current pandemic, the likelihood of future pandemics, and the types of organized resistance necessary to prevent them.
AS: Of course, we have to start with Trump. What’s your take on him contracting the virus? What does it expose about the way his administration and the political class as a whole has handled the pandemic?
RW: To be honest, for at least a little bit yesterday, I had the good fortune of not thinking about Trump. In those moments I devote my mind and attention to my part in activism and research to help us get out of the catastrophe. ¶ As far as Trump getting COVID-19, I think it’s a spectacle and palace intrigue – it serves as a distraction. The very fact that he contracted it is at the same time stupefying, astonishing, and yet utterly predictable….”
Read the interview at Spectre