COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

New York to China and Back

  • Rob Wallace
  • Alex Liebman
  • Luis Fernando Chaves
  • Rodrick Wallace
Keywords: Health, Agriculture, Capitalism, Ecology, Political Economy, Inequality


The cause of COVID-19 and other such pathogens is not found just in the object of any one infectious agent or its clinical course, but also in the field of ecosystemic relations that capital and other structural causes have pinned back to their own advantage. The wide variety of pathogens, representing different taxa, source hosts, modes of transmission, clinical courses, and epidemiological outcomes, all the earmarks that send us running wild-eyed to our search engines upon each outbreak, mark different parts and pathways along the same kinds of circuits of land use and value accumulation.

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