Marching Plague

Marching Plague: Germ Warfare and Global Public Health
by the Critical Art Ensemble [Autonomedia]

This small book was originally intended to provide documentation and background for the Critical Arts Ensemble's vanguard political art project "Marching Plague," which sought to critique and undermine the US government's post-9/11 fearmongering around biological weapons. The project hit close to home for it's target, however, and the FBI's prosecution of a CAE principal on bioterrorism compsiracy charges became a subtext of the book (and delayed its publication for two years). The book includes a focused, independent narrative on the history of biological weapons development and attempted use. More broadly useful is its examination of how and why the government and mass media have colluded to generate hysteria about bioweapons, exploiting the public's ignorance to keep us distracted from real political issues and, not coincidentally, crises in global health. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey