Things are not getting worse, they are getting clearer, says Cormac Russell.
Ever since members of the human race have commenced settlements and domesticated animals as a feature of organizing society, issues like COVID-19 have been present. Cormac, author of Rekindling Democracy, says there has been at least a decade-long awareness that we would be contending with pandemics.
The encroachment on the planet has consequences. As we scale up and we cut deeper into the Amazon rainforest, etcetera, there are fallouts for all of us, he says.
“We are in a context and in a time when our awareness one way or the other is forced towards a pandemic-conscious future, the limits of what institutions can do about that, and among other things, an economically grim decade ahead,” he says.
In Rekindling Democracy, Cormac makes the case that, “if you're waiting for the ‘big man' to get his act together so he can come and save you, or do no harm to you, you're going to be disappointed. So, you’d better get organized, you’d better find your power. And you’d better find ways of keeping yourself and other people safe. It's its neighbour-to-neighbour, citizen-to-citizen, where our greatest hope is.”