It becomes increasingly clear that the capitalist oligarchy which influences and controls the US economy, politics, media, labor and production, military, all our mainstream, popular ideologies and narratives, etc, is brazenly looting our economy, and indeed our (the workers who make it all possible) future. We can’t even begin to measure the damage caused by all this, and the picture economists are painting is not a pretty one.
Over 12 trillion dollars, and counting(I might be low on that number by now), has been looted under the cover of an intentionally mishandled viral outbreak that isn’t affecting most of the rest of the world in the way it seems to be affecting us. What will we do, now?
Every time the capitalists have taken something major from us under the cover of war or “terrorism”, and encroached again and again into our privacy, freedoms, mobility, opportunity, constitutional rights, etc, we have totally failed to restrict them or beat them back in any way, making them pay for what they have done. They have had no checks and balances on their power for many decades now and have taken us into numerous non-defensive wars under totally false pretenses, among a myriad of other domestic and international quagmires and bottomless pits of dysfunction, poor accounting, open corruption, human rights abuses, and violations of international convention.
Every time they do this, and every time we fail to beat them back and make them feel pain for what they’ve done, obviously they become bolder and less concerned with consequences for their actions. If they are allowed to walk away with these trillions of our dollars, which is a kind of Socialism for the Rich and Rugged Individualism for the rest of us, how bold and brazen do you think they will be next time? We now live in post-9/11, Iraq I & II & Afghanistan wars, Patriot Act world — which we did nothing meaningful about, and so this next “war economy” is much worse and far more abrupt.
Meanwhile the Bushes and the Clintons and the Obamas jet around the world, hanging out, taking cool photos together while on vacation. They did nothing wrong! Right? Just a few American Heroes, enjoying life together.
What happens if, today, you let the US oligarchy take your money to bail themselves out from the problems they caused – again – this time under the cover of an intentionally mishandled viral outbreak? The deaths caused in this country by covid19 could have been avoided, as evidenced by many, many other countries who have exponentially less deaths than the US and its closest allies, and so it is rational to accuse the US government of INTENTIONALLY letting people die by mismanaging the response, failing to unlock emergency supplies, PPE, etc. What happens if you let them explain this away as just a “really bad virus”?
It is time to recognize — it isn’t the virus victimizing killing us en masse. If the entire capitalist ecosystem of emergency systems, hospital networks, central response systems, etc were functioning like other normal countries, this might have just looked like any other seasonal pandemic. #GeneralAction #GeneralStrike is the only rational answer I can think of.
SHUT. THIS. DOWN. DO NOT pass this on to your children!