ABSTRACT. There are three expressions of the vital energies of the COVID-19 virus: from its idea, from the things and events in its ambit, and from its activity in establishing connections. Its pragmatic nature consists in its capacity for heterogeneous connections between ideas about it, the things and events that it causes (sickness and death), and the actions that can be implemented to address it (policies). Human beings’ response to it is not about one social class being confronted with another; neither is it a matter of conscience, of a struggle between the North and the South of Capital. It is about biopolitics, about the exercise of power over the living. We who live must give and guarantee life at all costs, no matter what it takes. pp. 13–19

Keywords: COVID-19; viruses; biopolitics; Foucault; rhizome


Marco A. Jiménez
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National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

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