The current (and general) crisis of neoliberalism isn’t a product at first remove of the contradictions internal to this (capitalist) model of political govenance and economic accumulation. Instead, it’s author is a deadly and contagious microbe and its lighting-like spread to all parts earth. It has, to paraphrase the Communist Manifesto, nestled everywhere, settled everywhere, made connections everywhere, and wreaked havoc and death everywhere. Although to be fair, the very existence of this microbe/transmissable virus, the speed of its spread, and its deadly and disruptive effects owe a large debt to its subsoil, that is, the expansionary and explotive nature of historical capitalism.

Or to put it differently, this global system of exploitation of human labor and nature, morphing and thickening over time, laid the groundwork for this modern day plague in multiple ways.