Labour and consumption. A new opportunity for capitalism resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

Keywords: COVID-19, labor, consumption, telecommuting, economic recovery


The article presents a philosophical discussion about how the economic restructuring after the COVID-19 recession is based on two main factors: labour precariousness and consumption stimulation. From a review of data and literature about global economic growth and incomes from big companies like Amazon, it is possible to suggest that capitalism is facing a decline yet not a structural crisis. Nonetheless, labour after the outbreak is damaged by the application of flexibilization and informality – particularly telecommuting and immaterial labour – as seen in countries like Ecuador, Italy, India, and United States. Also, companies and governments are calling for a boost of consumption to save the economy based on fiscal policies, consumerism, and a ‘cleaning’ of consumption. In conclusion, a theoretical alternative is a microphysics of struggle understood as a politicization of the private space and a re-definition of labour as a material activity that requires better conditions for workers.  


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Author Biography

Marco Ambrosi De la Cadena, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy

Ph.D. student of Philosophy at Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele; current research project is Aristotelism and Education in the Real Audiencia de Quito XVI-XVIII. Research interests are Social Epistemology, Gender, Political Philosophy, Social Movements, and History of Ideas. 


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How to Cite
Ambrosi De la Cadena, M. (2020). Labour and consumption. A new opportunity for capitalism resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Religación, 5(26), 188-198.