By Pablo Ouziel, University of Victoria
Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID 19 pandemic. High infection and fatality rates have brought the health care system to the brink of collapse. Similarly challenging, Spain’s economy has been greatly suffering from the 2008/9 Great Recession and the global pandemic has accentuated the severe economic crisis and deepening social inequality in the country. Dr. Pablo Ouziel is available for interviews on the on the current COVID 19 pandemic in Spain and the deep crisis the country is currently facing, living through it personally, while at his home in Catalonia. Dr. Ouziel questions the way in which Spanish authorities are responding to the crisis and is concerned about the authoritarian tendencies that surface in this response.
About the author: Pablo Ouziel is co-founder of the Cedar Trees Institute at the University of Victoria. He is Associate Fellowship at the Centre for Global Studies at the same university and is a visiting fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Pablo’s research interests include public philosophy, collective presences, horizontality, nonviolence and civic democracy. By standing within the tradition of public philosophy, the core of his work is centred on excavating networks of individuals governing themselves in numerous ways that supersede our current structures of representative government.
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