The Covid Consensus: The New Politics of Global Inequality

The Covid Consensus: The New Politics of Global Inequality

ISBN: 9781787385221

Author: Toby Green

Format: Hardback

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Since the onset of the pandemic progressive opinion has been clear that hard lockdowns are the best way to preserve life while only irresponsible and destructive conservatives like Trump and Bolsonaro oppose them. But why should liberals favour lockdowns when all the social science research shows that those who suffer most are the economically disadvantaged without access to good internet or jobs that can be done remotely; that the young will pay the price of the pandemic in future taxes job prospects and erosion of public services when they are already disadvantaged in comparison in terms of pension prospects paying university fees and state benefits; and that Covid's impact on the Global South is catastrophic with the UN predicting potentially tens of millions of deaths from hunger and declaring that decades of work in health and education is being reversed. Toby Green analyses the contradictions emerging through this response as part of a broader crisis in Western thought where conservative thought is also riven by contradictions with lockdown policies creating just the sort of big state that it abhors. These contradictions mirror underlying irreconcilable beliefs in society that are now bursting into the open with devastating consequences for the global poor.

Book Title: The Covid Consensus: The New Politics of Global Inequality
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: May 2021
ISBN: 9781787385221
Author: Toby Green
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Toby Green, formerly a journalist and travel writer, is Professor of Precolonial and Lusophone African History and Culture at King's College London. His 2019 book 'A Fistful of Shells' won the British Academy's Nayef Al-Rohdan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, the American Historical Association's Jerry Bentley Prize in World History and the Historical Writers' Association Non-Fiction Crown.

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