Crises will be exploited by the wealthy and powerful unless we defy them

In this excellent short video below titled Coronavirus Capitalism, Naomi Klein reminds us that past crises such as 9/11, the financial collapse of 2008, and natural disasters are often used by governments to ram through laws and other actions that benefit corporate and oligarchic interests at the expense of the rest of us, taking advantage of the fact that the public is too alarmed to pay close attention to what is going on.

Klein says that these times call for extreme vigilance and mass mobilization to prevent the power structure in the US using the pandemic to provide yet more giveaways to the wealthy, and instead use the moment to enact progressive legislation, as occurred with the New Deal in the 1930s after the Great Depression. She says that victory will go to those who are willing to fight harder.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    “victory will go to those who are willing to fight harder”

    The Right, then. As usual. The “left” is lining up Biden to lose to Trump ffs.

  2. bmiller says

    Mass Mobilization is kind of hard when we are told to avoid any human contact beyond our closest friends.

  3. says

    @Pierce R. Butler No. 1: You beat me to it…

    @sonofrojblake No. 2: I assume that when you put left in quotation marks you meant the left-wing of the Pro-War Pro-Business party. Progressives aren’t dead yet…

    @bmiller No. 3: “kind of hard” is far from impossible, especially for generations who live and the breathe the Internet and social media.

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