Manolis Glezos: PRESENTE!
I had the honor of spending a day with Manolis several years ago—a brilliant revolutionary and an activist until the end. I wrote about our day together in the opening of Demand the Impossible!
The literature of contagion is vile. A plague is like a lobotomy. It cuts away the higher realms, the loftiest capacities of humanity, and leaves only the animal…Every story of epidemic is a story of illiteracy, language made powerless, man made brute.
But, then,the existence of books, no matter how grim the tale, is itself a sign, evidence that humanity endures, in the very contagion of reading. Reading may be an infection, the mind of the writer seeping, unstoppable,into the mind of the reader. And yet it is also—in its bidden intimacy, an intimacy in all other ways banned in times of plague—an antidote, proven, unfailing, and exquisite.
When they make big profits, we lose.
When they lose money, we bail them out—and we lose again. If they need us when it all goes south, they should share when times are flush.
This is why the airlines should be publicly owned and democratically governed.
COVID-19 has exposed a zillion contradictions in the capitalist economy such as health care as a product for making money as opposed to a universal human right, and the collapse of government institutions in the US and most of the capitalist world due to the takeover of all government functions by private institutions bent on maximizing profit and minimizing costs. Now comes a public bailout for private profit.
Airlines are now cutting flights and laying off workers—and coming for massive public relief.
Italy has just renationalized Alitalia Airlines.
People all over the world are demanding public ownership of a public good.
Let’s join the mighty chorus: Nationalize United and American now!