Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the launch of ‘Post-Covid/Post-Neoliberalism’ at Guadalajara International Book Fair

On Friday 3 December, Jeremy Corbyn spoke as a panellist at the launch of the new book Post-Covid/Post-Neoliberalism: Proposals and Alternatives for Social Transformation in Times of Crisis by John M. Ackerman, Rene Ramirez and Miguel Ángel Ramírez Zaragoza,  at the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Also on the panel was the former Vice President of Bolivia Álvaro García Linera and Humanities Coordinator of  National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Guadalupe Valencia.

Speaking at the launch, Jeremy addressed the themes of the book, which focuses on the need to build an alternative vision for society as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.  In his remarks, he said:

“The delay in facing the pandemic cost many lives, as well as the years of delay in the World Health Organisation and in international health systems.  For many people, it is very difficult to even access a medical consultation.  Many people have lost their wages, low-income people living in smaller economies received very little support whilst the world’s millionaires have increased their earnings by 59% in recent years.   Governments have brought in austerity programmes due to debt left by the pandemic, the rich continue to earn more and the world has become more unequal. 

It is necessary to establish a pharmaceutical company of its own that can provide the vaccines without the taxpayers having to pay for it.  All countries should propose something like this.  We have to move in the direction of social justice, and that’s what socialism is.”

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the world, welcoming around 1,000,000 visitors throughout the week, and is considered the most important cultural event in the Spanish-speaking world.

Watch the full book launch below: