Chapter 10: Catastrophes: socialism or pandemic
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The end of capitalism is accelerated by wars, natural disasters and epidemics. The Covid pandemic is one such “exogenous shock”. It has forced the state to intervene in a new way. This state of exception, however, must be distinguished from the economically interventionist state. The latter is increasingly losing its special position in relation to civil society. Sustainable socialism ultimately means the death of the state. In the 21st century, this requires socially generalising state functions. Disease prevention would be one such function. A global programme of robust civil societies would regard health care as a public good and act accordingly. Corresponding preventive measures are, of course, cost-intensive and can therefore only be implemented if, for example, societies renounce large-scale armament programmes with ever new weapons of mass destruction.

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