COVID-19, Capitalism and Contagion


  • Carlo Fanelli
  • Heather Whiteside


COVID-19, Capitalism, Liberalism


In times of panic (or pandemic), it is prudent to take stock of one’s path to folly and plan for exit. It has been over forty years since Thatcher and monetarism, thirty years since the Canada-US Free trade agreement came into effect, and twenty years since the launch of the Euro. More recently, 2020 marks twelve years since the Great Recession and bank bailouts began, ten years since the turn to stimulus and sharp return to austerity, and three years since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These historical milestones already offered an opportunity for a retrospective with future implications; however, 2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year of the virus with all the attendant hardship and hope that might bring.




How to Cite

Fanelli, C. ., & Whiteside, H. . (2020). COVID-19, Capitalism and Contagion. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, 31(1). Retrieved from