Lockdown is Reopening, Reopening is Lockdown
Since the beginning of the pandemic this year, philosophic discussions about whether to open or close a country have reigned between radical writers with strong arguments on both sides. Most famously, Giorgio Agamben made the argument against lockdown and the extension of state power, while Jean-Luc Nancy and Slavoj Zizek replied with more nuanced positions that take into account solidarity and the protection of the elderly and weaker members of society. Some of the arguments can be followed in the European Journal of Psychoanalysis.
As most European countries are responding to the rising numbers of new Covid-19 infections during this second wave with the equivalent of a second lockdown, Timothy Morton’s lecture Reopening is Lockdown. Lockdown is Reopening could not be more timely.