Los muertos no son números: gestión política de la muerte en tiempos de pandemia

Translated title of the contribution: The dead are not numbers: political management of death during the pandemic

Elio Gasda*

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Abstract

The text analyzes the management of death by the pandemic in the Bolsonaro's administration. Such a political decision is understood in a context of violence present since the origins of the conquest and colonization of Brazil: the genocide of Indigenous and African people enslaved in the Americas. The killing of the poor by COVID-19 clearly exposed the essence of neoliberal capitalism. The pandemic is the perfect setting for Bolsonarism to put its necropolitics into practice. It is also possible to identify a killer state as a new stage in the neoliberal management models. The destruction of basic state structures causes the genocide of the most vulnerable groups among its own people. This genocide is illustrated by the drama of the women from Yanomami Sanöma infected by the virus, and the disappearance of the bodies of their dead babies, also infected. The Yanomami people do not bury their dead ones. The bodies are cremated after a funerary ritual that can last for months. There are four requests for Bolsonaro's investigation into crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. This essay concludes with Pope Francis' call for global solidarity as a way out of the crisis.

Translated title of the contributionThe dead are not numbers: political management of death during the pandemic
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Moral Theology
Volume10
Issue numberSI2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Bolsonarism
  • Brazil
  • Necropolitics
  • Pandemic
  • Yamomami

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