One noticeable characteristics of various kinds of "new normal" measures implemented in developed Western democracies in response to COVID19 is that they seem to be the more harsher and radical the more the country in question is developed. One could say that, in contrast to more autocratic polities, Western democracies begin to display an eerie signs of openly totalitarian policing of their citizenry. In this podcast we'll try to analyze how underlying metaphysics of individualistic freedom could just be the cause of that and how we could end up with the seeming paradox: totally collectivized politics based on totally individualized principles.
In the second part of his take on current crisis, which is now apparently fading out into something repeatedly named "new normalcy", Mihai addresses the wider issue at stake: the technocratic, automatic, reaction it provoked and its implications for every day life. Technical approach is conditioned by its inherently limiting nature which necessarily produces a reduction of plentitude of the real to isolated aspects of it, that can ultimately be controlled or, at least, be confined into controllable context. While this may be a sound approach for the specialist, dealing with special problem, it certainly becomes ominous when it takes on metaphysical reach. The ensuing result can be understood in terms of the rejection of hierarchy of reality, which Mihai exemplifies with examples from everyday life both of individual and the society at large.
Also, as a bonus you get some weight loss advice (no fat shaming implied).
It had to happen. Until now we managed to avoid giving our account on global pandemic, without giving away the depth of our heresy at the same time; to wit, that we actually do not belong to overwhelming majority that knows absolutely everything there is to know about it. Yet as not knowing anything is as impossible as knowing everything, Mihai Marinescu volunteered to give his survey of the social effect of the lockdown in his country and to point out some rather ominous symptoms of the political and social shifts it could produce in the future.