[hackerspaces] Yet We Were Feminists

The Doctor [412/724/301/703/415/510] drwho at virtadpt.net
Wed Apr 1 18:58:17 CEST 2020

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On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:54 AM, justin corwin <outlawpoet at gmail.com> wrote:

> the phrase is "look beyond the scientific discourse centered on a panicking West". Mbembe is not a luddite, but rather centers his critique of the institutions of science. the ideals are lovely, but in this crisis we see colonial, capitalist, and nationalist divides everywhere. Why is everyone using different tests for COVID-19? because ownership of those tests and patents is valuable. why is there a shortage of ventilators in the US? because the manufacturers of them sabotaged attempts to build a strategic reserve of them in the past, and made repair difficult. and on and on.
> we can't expect science to save us on it's own, because it's dependent on the institutions that fund and shape it, it isn't a neutral force. mbembe's argument is that many of the crises we're seeing have happened before in predatory crises in Africa (like holding AIDS drugs over the heads of poor Africans with no choice but to pay) and we should learn from that.

"...so that together with the rest of the world we can put an end to the “manufacture of superfluous lives” set up by capitalism."

That's the nicest way I've ever been called a "worthless eater."

Did the hair on the back of anyone else's neck stand up reading that?

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