Thursday, April 02, 2020

'Normal' is insane

"Is the U.S. Able to Handle COVID-19? – Global Prospects Hang on This Question" (Crooke).  I would say overall that Crooke is the best writer on these big subjects, but this is disappointingly hidebound.  The problem isn't getting back to 'normal', the problem is that 'normal' is insane.

"COVID-19: The Capitalist Emperor has no Clothes" (Baraka):
"The dictatorship of the capitalist class has survived because the class reality of the dictatorship has been obscured. Limited democracy, social democracy, white nationalism in the form of patriotism, the corruption of unions, the post-war compromise between capital and labor, state subsidies for the expansion of the white middle-class, debt-driven consumption and cross-class white suppression of the democratic and human rights of African Americans provided the material and ideological basis for the perpetuation of the dictatorship throughout most of the 20th century and into the 21st.
However, the systemic failure of the capitalist order trigged by the coronavirus has reinforced the growing awareness among the population that extreme wealth inequality is not just a temporary quirk that can be remedied with tax and some redistributive policies but a fundamental characteristic of the system.
For example, the debate that took place leading up to the passing of the legislation by Congress to address COVID-19’s impact dramatically exposed a capitalist class agenda that was objectively opposed to the interest of the entire working class, the poor, and the declining middle-class.
The people saw that billions of dollars were allocated to business while millions of people are facing an increasingly desperate situation. They are facing their second pay period without a full check and they are weeks away from receiving any kind of meaningful relief. But the peoples’ bills continue to mount up while the multinational corporations get bailed out. April rent and mortgage payments are due and with everyone home and eating more but with less money for food, thousands are being forced to go without or rely on food pantries. The $1,200 payoff is an insult.
And with the tragic reality of the shamefully inadequate public healthcare system in the U.S. and the rumors that private insurance healthcare premiums might increase 40% next year, the capitalists want to shut down any discussion around Medicare for All along with any discussion on nationalizing the healthcare industry.
While millions are losing their employer-based healthcare coverage, Biden says that nothing has changed his opposition to Medicare for All. Another neoliberal Democrat.
This is not being missed by many people.
The demystification of capitalism and a realistic understanding of the role of the U.S. in the global order is a good thing and that will be the silver lining coming out of this current crisis."
One of the biggest parts of the insanity, and, in a way, the easiest to fix (tax rates, guillotines), is the existence of the 0.1%, and the accompanying bad political choices foisted on everybody else by over concentration of wealth, an evil in and of itself:   "It's Time to Make Jeff Bezos Pay" (Striker).

"The US Tax System is a vast Ponzi Scheme that only Benefits the Wealthy" (Stephenson).

Are you fucking kidding me?:  "Donald Trump - A Great President By Walrus."  It is extremely difficult to imagine him being any worse at this (he looks good in comparison with Bolsonaro, but that's about it).  Assholians always regret losing a king, so whenever a leader seems to be doing something, anything, they rally around.

"Coronavirus embarrassed Trump and Bolsonaro. But the global right will fight back" (Gerbaudo) (the attempts to place blame on China for the terrible incompetence of Assholian leaders and the decrepitude of the Empire, and quite possibly to deflect attention from an Assholian and/or Khazar biological weapons program gone awry, is key to understanding the 'populist'/teabagger response - it's pathetic, but it is just about all they have left as this magnificent bastard of a virus literally puts the lie to every single tenet of their modern perversion of libertarianism):
"The difficulties experienced by national populists are unsurprising given they are no friends of the issues at the heart of this crisis: health, welfare and science. On the health front, the crisis reveals the folly of decades of underfunding and privatisation of the health system. Trump, Johnson and Salvini have embarrassing questions to answer in regard to their record as enemies of public healthcare. Furthermore, the crisis calls for a sea change in economic policy that is at odds with the ideological premises of national populism, which combines chauvinism on the cultural front and ultra-neoliberal policies on the economic front.
The glaring need for state protection of strategic national industries, starting with health equipment and pharmaceuticals, is no anathema for national-populists who have already embraced trade protectionism. But the populist right has strongly opposed welfare measures that are becoming a matter of necessity to avoid social catastrophe. Having repeatedly branded these policies as “dangerous” and “anti-patriotic”, these politicians find themselves in the embarrassing situation of having to espouse them.
Another skeleton in the closet is national-populists’ disparagement of science. The coronavirus emergency confronts us with a threat that is best understood and measured through the lens of science. Epidemiologists and virologists have acquired media prominence and the public has been diligently following their recommendations. It is not clear whether this will lead to greater public trust in science and an erosion of the anti-science attitudes that national populist leaders have toyed with. However, it can be expected that citizens will take more heed of the risks flagged by scientists, including the climate emergency, which is also bound to exacerbate the spread of diseases.
National-populists are well known for stoking people’s fears. But the fears now prevalent are not of the kind these leaders are best positioned to exploit. Due to the urgency of health and economic worries, migration – the populist right’s main enemy – has fallen in the list of priorities. Travel bans, and the fact that Europe and the US are the present focus of the pandemic, are leading to a drop in migration to these regions. In fact, we are now witnessing a historic reversal, with Mexico aiming to block the border with the US and African countries suspending flights from Europe, while UK farmers are organising charter planes to fly in farm workers from eastern Europe to prevent fruit and vegetables being left unpicked. However, if the global economic crisis results in a new wave of migration like that of 2015, this scenario could drastically change – national-populists will try to validate their narrative of cosmopolitan globalisation as a dangerous vector of all sorts of ills.
If the coronavirus crisis has momentarily disoriented the populist right, this does not mean it is vanquished. It would be misguided for the left to believe that this crisis will work out in its favour. The health crisis is bound to be followed by a deep economic crisis, more similar to the Great Depression than to the 2008 financial crisis, and the populist right has already demonstrated its ability to prey on popular despair and find social scapegoats for economic ills. It can be expected that it will go down the same road, if anything becoming even more vicious.
The authoritarian measures implemented on Monday by Viktor Orbán in Hungary, with the suspension of parliament and the introduction of government by decree, may be the shape of things to come. In Italy, Salvini had no qualms about applauding Orbán’s move. We are also likely to see an exacerbation of anti-Chinese rhetoric. Trump made no apologies for calling Covid-19 “the Chinese virus”, while Steve Bannon argued that Covid-19 is a “Chinese Communist Party virus”. Salvini has proposed that “if the Chinese government knew [about the virus] and didn’t tell it publicly, it committed a crime against humanity”, and allies in Brazil and Spain are adopting a similar line.
Given the ties among national-populists, including their botched attempt to establish a “nationalist international” under the auspices of Bannon’s Movement, this synchrony should not be taken as accidental. It has all the look of a coordinated strategy to channel the rage and despair caused by the crisis’s brutal human and economic toll towards a racial and ideological enemy conveniently identified in the Chinese government. Along with self-proclaimed socialists, all opponents are likely to be smeared as “Chinese collaborationists”: centrist US presidential candidate Joe Biden has already been termed “China’s choice for president” by the conservative National Review.
What may be in store is thus something much worse than the populist right of the 2010s: an extreme right using the whole arsenal of the red scare and rightwing authoritarianism to intimidate opponents and defend its interests from demands for meaningful economic redistribution. Though it has been confounded by this crisis, the populist right has not been suppressed. It is just mutating."
'Excess deaths' seems to be a good way to get at the hidden problem (due to severe, and intentional, under-testing): "Is Italy's COVID-19 Mortality Rate Even Worse Than Officials Are Letting On?" (Durden) (also).

"China Did Not Deceive Us - Counting Death During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult" (Moon).  One of the paradoxes we're getting our fill of in the west is that the more incompetent the counting, and testing, the better the awful politicians look (in the short run).

"Why Quebec’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed" (Perreaux).  With hilarious/mischievous photo from a woke editor.

"Coronavirus: 4/1" ('Hunter Wallace').  Note the tweet by Kirk!

""Sailors Don't Need To Die": Captain Of Nuclear Carrier With Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Pleads For Help" (Durden).  A nation that is in a constant state of prepping for Wars For The Jews is a nation that has many people packed together like sardines, with nowhere to social distance.  Ships and bases are incubators.

Of course (((Marshall))) wants a bail-out of the Khazar monstrosity of the cruise industry:  "It Will Haunt History".  It's the St. Louis, again!  The more people who die on these ships the less likely this awful business will continue, which is better for everybody in the long run.

It's every goy for himself:  "Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs" (Bachner).  This may not be true - they probably just bought the stuff on the open market - but is is politically popular with the Khazars to think they might live at the expense of the goyim.

The Swedish 'experiment' on the Swedes may not be going so well, but the added steps look like nothing:  "Sweden Begins To Abandon Liberal Coronavirus Approach As Deaths Surge" (Watson).

"“Elderly, Evangelicals, and Rich” falling for Bolsonaro lies about Coronavirus".

"The US was named the best equipped country to deal with a pandemic not a year ago — what happened there?" (Andrews).  So funny!

"Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Mistook Hallmark Show For Horrifying Pandemic Conditions in Iran" (Crucchiola).  Poor Khazars, somebody should send them one of the standard Hallmark sympathy cards - Sorry The Blood Pouring From Your Fangs Was For Naught.
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