A Jealous State? The character of Covid government in the UK

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Anarchist thinkers have long identified the jealousy inherent to the modern state; an exclusive sovereignty claimed against other nation states, secessionists, non-state geopolitical actors, and especially against independent organisation by the people themselves. However, under neo-liberalism, the centrality of the state has been eroded and much of its productive capacity and governing power has been ceded to private corporations and supranational bodies. Conceived thusly, the state no longer jealously guards its sovereignty, but hands it over willingly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number298
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAcademia Letters
Publication statusPublished online - 28 Feb 2021


  • COVID-19
  • repression
  • State
  • anarchism
  • Governance
  • Government
  • NHS
  • Geopolitics
  • cronyism
  • mutual aid
  • volunteerism


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