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Darkest moments

It’s arduous to fathom the magnitude of incompetence and neglect which have led to a respiratory illness’s international unfold, regardless of the amassed data from earlier epidemics and the dedication of pros on the frontlines. However there are different, ongoing crises which have been put apart for approach too lengthy. Humanity must sort out them, and shortly, to keep away from additional harm.

The ecological collapse is rooted in colonial heritage and has been warned about for 4 a long time now. The housing disaster, worsened by the pandemic, has been raging for the previous dozen years. Gender inequality and the harm racialized and different marginalized folks endure by means of discrimination, exclusion and persecution date again millennia, prompting some to even counsel they’re a part of human nature.

We prefer to imagine in any other case.

However as a substitute of pretend cheer, we’re recommending a choice of articles chosen by members of the Eurozine workers that replicate on our present second. Even when the authors don’t have any readymade options, they suggest a systemic understanding of our issues, a prerequisite for locating methods out of our present calamities. In shopper societies, it’s uncommon to lack particular solutions, but it’s the solely sincere approach we are able to get heading in the right direction.

Subsequent yr will probably be powerful. Calendar cycles don’t remedy something. We have to overcome grave democracy failures, well being and environmental threats, historic inequality and the reluctance to alter for a standard objective. And we should come to phrases with our losses, each private and social.

But overcoming is all the time rooted within the agency perception that one thing else is feasible. And never solely that: it’s additionally ours to make.

Amongst all of the hardship of 2020, I’m proud to see how the Eurozine community and our Vienna-based staff stood the take a look at of this making an attempt time. The Eurozine community of cultural journals is constructed on mutual understanding, cooperation and help, values which are crucially essential now. We’ve managed to develop our publishing and readership and have held an internet convention. And we hope to satisfy as a community in Budapest subsequent yr!

Above all, thank you, pricey readers, on your curiosity in Eurozine and your rising help by means of these occasions. We want you a significantly better new yr, one which we’ll proudly look again on subsequent December to see how far we’ve come from the Cape of Hopelessness. Till then, let’s maintain out and dare to face the unattainable duties forward.

So, as a token of our dedication, listed below are among the Eurozine Workforce’s private favourites from this yr’s publishing.

Cover for: Our favourites from 2020

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