Western states’ response to the coronavirus pandemic has been far inferior to East Asian countries’ — illustrating their inability to cope with major crises. China scholar Kenneth Pomeranz spoke to Jacobin about the decline of collective responsibility and the dangers of future pandemics.
Arjun Chaturvedi is a student at University High School in Irvine, California.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, author of Decolonising the Mind, is one of the most important African intellectuals writing about the politics of post-colonialism today. He told Jacobin how the colonial legacy in Kenya shaped his politics — and why language remains a decisive political battleground.