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Post-Covid and post-war

By David Bidussa

The idea that the period post-Covid equals the post war period is becoming more and more common. I understand the appeal of comparison, but I believe it is not only wrong, but it creates of confusion and false expectations for at least three reasons. The post-war period is politically the domain of the winner who does not aspire to solidarity but to domination; it presumes a loser on whom to pour all the causes of the ailments and finally it implies an idea of the future.
The situation we face is that there is no winner; we are in full search for scapegoats but there is no one willing to play the role of the culprit responsible; we live in the day before. The same way we had no future before and we continue not to have it now.

*David Bidussa is a historian of social ideas.