As much as the event following 9/11 triggered massive changes in our understanding of privacy rights and increased our level of acceptance of government infringement on individuals’ freedom, the pandemic of the SARS-COV-2 is threatening to change our understanding of societal hierarchy and democratic process. In this essay, we imagine a society where two classes, defined by their susceptibility to infection, emerge, and a neo-feudal system is established. We suggest that it is possible to evaluate how likely a dystopian outcome is by using Machiavelli’s understanding of the impact of the Plague on medieval Florence. We also recommend following his advice to avoid such a drift by reaffirming the primacy of politics over scientism.
Molle, A. (2021). SARS-COV-2 and the (dark) future of society: A Machiavellian approach to the end of body sovereignty and the beginning of bio-feudalism. Sociologica, 14(3), 25-42. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/11420
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