The Killer's Henchman

The Killer's Henchman : Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster

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Summer 2021, the WHO announced that pandemic would end "when the world chooses to end it." Though all necessary public health measures were available, it didn't end. Those measures, used in China, New Zealand, Vietnam and a few others, were ignored elsewhere. The virus ran riot as half measures were used when hospitals were unable to handle strain. The vaccine turned out to be more mirage than oasis. Poor- and middle-income countries meanwhile experienced a global vaccine apartheid, waiting for crumbs to fall from the rich countries' table, as new, possibly more virulent variants, threatened to emerge.Stephen Gowans investigates why, when all the tools to avert a catastrophe were available, the world failed to prevent the Covid-19 disaster. Examining the business opportunities and pressures that helped shape the world's failed response, he concludes that the novel coronavirus, a killer, had a helper in bringing about the calamity: capitalism, the killer's henchman. He shows how capitalism, its incentives, and its power to dominate the political process, impeded the protection of public health.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 385.55g
  • Montreal, Canada
  • English
  • 1771862742
  • 9781771862745
  • 1,754,205

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"Stephen Gowans' Washington's Long War on Syria is probably the most important book on the war in Syria that members of the general public should be reading right now....if you do not want repetition of more of the same, of the self-serving mantra that commands us to intervene in Syrian affairs, and to remake Syria nominally for the Syrians (but really for the sake of our corporations and political elites), then this is the book you will want to read." --Maximilian C. Forte, author of Slouching Towards Sirte, NATO'S War on Liby and Africa
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About Stephen Gowans

Stephen Gowans is an independent political analyst and writer whose principal interest is how public and foreign policy is formulated, particularly in the United States. His writings, which appear on his What's Left blog, have been reproduced widely in online and print media in many languages and have been cited in academic journals and other scholarly works. He is the author of three acclaimed books, Washington's Long War on Syria (2017), Patriots, Traitors and Empires, The Story of Korea's Struggle for Freedom (2018), and Israel, A Beachhead in the Middle East, all published by Baraka Books.
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