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A better world is possible after COVID-19

“If there is any positive feature to the terrible plague that has struck, it is that it has stimulated reflection on the deeper malaise of the prevailing social order and its ideological underpinnings. The varied and thoughtful voices gathered here provide much insight on what must be done to confront still worse threats that are imminent and to construct a better world.” —Noam Chomsky

Experts from the frontlines of global policy tackle the implications of Covid-19

Releasing today as an eBook exclusively through the Seven Stories website, The Pandemic Pivot: A Report from the Institute for Policy Studies, The Transnational Institute, and Focus on the Global South by John Feffer is one of the first books to analyze the disastrous COVID-19 pandemic in terms of its potential as a catalyst for positive societal change.

More than simply an analysis of the current moment, The Pandemic Pivot provides both a launching point for discussions of how to move forward and a hopeful blueprint for a more just and egalitarian society, offering insight and an actionable framework for "a just transition to a regenerative, anti-racist, feminist economy" (Cindy Wiesner). As this thoughtful, highly informed book demonstrates, equity and cooperation aren’t just nice principles — they’re survival strategies for the future of humanity.

In summer 2020, 68 of the world’s leading thinkers and activists participated in eight in-depth discussions. Their task: to assess the implications of COVID-19 for key global issues as well as the potential for transformative change coming out of this crisis. They discussed a Green recovery, the global economy, coronavirus authoritarianism, migrants and refugees, budget priorities, the global ceasefire, international civil society, and multilateral cooperation. This report by John Feffer on those discussions amounts to a blueprint for how we can return to sanity and humane governance, and illuminates the way forward that is still possible if we begin soon.

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