Anti-lockdown protests & COVID conspiracies

2:30pm Saturday 18 September

About this session

As the pandemic rages on, thanks largely to deliberately lax health measures enacted by pro-business governments worldwide and a vaccine distribution that has thrown the global fault lines of wealth inequality into stark relief, the far-right has seized the opportunity to go on the offensive against public health measures, often with the enthusiastic participation of business owners and anti-vax nutjobs.

More alarmingly, the left in some parts of the world, notably in France, have been drawn into these demonstrations which have nevertheless retained clearly right-wing, anti-public health demands. How should the left respond to public health measures like lockdowns or mandatory vaccines? This session will ask those questions and put forward a socialist analysis of the forces behind the anti-lockdown and anti-vax rallies.