COVID upheaval may prompt long overdue repudiation of selfishness disguised as austerity - 2020-04-08
The lack of social infrastructure is a devastating reminder of the state of public resources and preparedness after half a century of inexorable conservative efforts to hollow out government in the name of austerity and private sector superiority.
Championed by the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, and often bankrolled by the super-rich, this campaign to undermine progressive theory in favour of a right-wing, anti-government mentality has been one of the most successful political undertakings of the age. It has taught voters to expect everything for nothing while exacerbating the negative impact for average people of profound shifts in technology and commercial patterns.
The wealthy and the CEO class have seen their fortunes expand grotesquely while workers have fallen behind as governments cut support programs, weakened income redistribution, and chopped regulation while freezing minimum wages, thwarting union participation, and bringing in tax regimes that favour the rich.