Political Economy of COVID-19: America’s Exceptional Failure and Future Scenarios

The COVOD-19 global pandemic has revealed in stark form the many dysfunctional features of US neoliberal capitalism. From the failure of the public health system to the inability to provide the population with the necessary protective and medical equipment. What…

Political Economy of COVID-19: America’s Exceptional Failure and Future Scenarios

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The COVOD-19 global pandemic has revealed in stark form the many dysfunctional features of US neoliberal capitalism. From the failure of the public health system to the inability to provide the population with the necessary protective and medical equipment. What are the ideological, structural, and systemic sources of this failure? How has the crisis been managed and in whose benefit? Will the lessons learned translate into a more humane society that prioritizes the human needs of the population? Or will the crisis result in the further concentration of corporate power and rollback of democratic accountability? This lecture will address all these questions from a political economic perspective that analyzes this crisis in the context of neoliberal capitalism.

MEET THE SPEAKER: David Jaffee is Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has served as an administrator and faculty member at UNF since 2000. Jaffee teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Change and International Development, and Data Analysis. He is currently serving as co-chair of the Jacksonville chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

This presentation took place at the June 2020 meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society.

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