We Won’t Go Back to Normal Because Normal Was the Problem

Yes, ‘normal’ was the problem!

The Most Revolutionary Act

Li Zhong (China), Paintings for Wuhan, 2020.

Li Zhong (China), Paintings for Wuhan, 2020.

Dear F­riends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago, the planet was in motion. There were protests in Delhi (India) and Quito (Ecuador), eruptions against the old order that ranged from anger at the economic policies of austerity and neoliberalism to frustration with the cultural policies of misogyny and racism. Ingeniously, in Santiago (Chile), during its wave after wave of protests, someone projected a powerful slogan onto the side of a building: ‘we won’t go back to normal, because normal was the problem’. Now, in the midst of the novel coronavirus, it seems impossible to imagine a return to the old world, the world that left us so helpless before the arrival of these deadly microscopic particles. Waves of anxiety prevail; death continues to stalk us. If…

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3 thoughts on “We Won’t Go Back to Normal Because Normal Was the Problem

  1. While I would like to see permanent changes resulting from the challenges of Covid-19, there will be very few if any that are meaningful. Other events which seemed sufficiently impactful to result in permanent change did not. Society is remarkably resilient and quickly reverts back to the previous norm. There was a time when I was more socially active and actually involved in organizing protests when all of us believed we could change the world into something better. Disappointed, we can still hope but now being more realistic, it is difficult to see what it will actually take.

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