Negative solidarity: an aggressively enraged sense of injustice. Because I endure lousy working conditions (wage freezes, no benefits, increasing precarity) everyone else must too. Mythic emblems? The Welfare Queen, (a racialized demonization of benefits for the impoverished or unemployed). The Migrant (scolded for dependency and laziness on the one hand and seen as “stealing jobs” on the other). The Public Services Worker (a teacher or government employee who still benefits, if only slightly, from union protection and collective bargaining, thus failing to suffer enough or work adequately). Will it expand in scope and intensity after the quarantine in the form of a clamor for more austerity, for persecution of the disadvantaged in the name of fiscal discipline? Or will this complex articulation of affect and imagination have to contend with a renewed sense of interdependence inspired by the countless acts of solidarity from frontline workers that got us through the crisis?
Jason Read, Jeremy Gilbert, Jo Isaacson, Steven Shaviro, Bruno George (mod)