TOXIC SOCIALITY: REFLECTIONS ON A PANDEMICJosie Appleton
Josie Appleton reflects on the restrictions and lockdowns enforced across Europe during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the virus has come to signify a new fear of unbridled social interaction. From vaccine passports to mask mandates, she argues that governments have criminalised free sociability in the name of fighting the virus, and asks whether it’s time for us to resist a ‘new normal’ of anti-social interaction.
Josie Appleton is director of the Manifesto Club civil-liberties group, which researches and campaigns on contemporary threats to everyday freedoms, from on-the-spot fines to restrictions in public spaces. She is author of Officious: rise of the busybody state, published by Zero books, and writes about the past and present of freedom at notesonfreedom.com as well as for a range of other publications.
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