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Soph0571

(9,685 posts)
Fri Apr 10, 2020, 07:03 AM Apr 2020

Coronavirus is not some great leveller: it is exacerbating inequality right now

Coronavirus is not some grand leveller: it is an amplifier of existing inequalities, injustices and insecurities. We hear the constant invoking of the second world war: but despite the horror of Nazi bombs, the living standards and health of poorer Britons benefited from rationing and full employment. In the age of Covid-19, the rubble of economic collapse will fall on those who suffered the most from the last crash: the young, the precarious, the low-paid.
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So save us the platitudes of coronavirus as the great leveller; abandon this sickly myth that we are all in this together. For some, this is a time of grand inconvenience, of undoubted stress, of a self-evident loss of freedom. For others, this is both a national and personal disaster, a present defined by turmoil and of futures snatched away.

[link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/09/coronavirus-inequality-managers-zoom-cleaners-offices|]

Coronavirus: They tell us it's a great leveller... it's not


“History will look back on this moment, and those who had the means but nevertheless failed to do everything possible to assist and protect the most vulnerable, will be judged harshly.” IWGB’s general secretary Jason Moyer-Lee

When you live in the epicentre of a Pandemic the likelihood of you having your own outside space is very limited, because urban spaces in the centre of cities means flats for most people and much more so if you live at the poorer end of the housing market or in social housing. I woke up this Good Friday to glorious sunshine. Any other Easter we would have popped into our local supermarket for baguette, cheese and a rough red and headed to our local garden square. Now the queue for the supermarket is twice round the block and you are told off if you sit on bench outdoors. We are blessed that our apartment is reasonably situated, but I do not see how when people live in reduced circumstances, they can stand staying in on such days and compelling them to stay indoors seems almost cruel. They are certainly more in it that we are.
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Coronavirus is not some great leveller: it is exacerbating inequality right now (Original Post) Soph0571 Apr 2020 OP
Amen. The "we are in this together" marketing shit is obnoxious jberryhill Apr 2020 #1
Thank you. durablend Apr 2020 #2
We have to be the equalizers! ck4829 Apr 2020 #3
Don't publicize that. The bastards will applaud and then want to unleash even more. Goodheart Apr 2020 #4
I have no proof but I think tRump and the repukes are doing a happy dance that minorities are mitch96 Apr 2020 #5
K&R ismnotwasm Apr 2020 #6
K&R Solly Mack Apr 2020 #7
Rec 100% I have seen other articles about same in NYC and the areas hit lunasun Apr 2020 #8
It is the same in every urban centre n/t Soph0571 Apr 2020 #9

durablend

(7,556 posts)
2. Thank you.
Fri Apr 10, 2020, 09:23 AM
Apr 2020

Same thing I've been saying. Big business sees this as a damn blip in their raking in more money.

mitch96

(14,144 posts)
5. I have no proof but I think tRump and the repukes are doing a happy dance that minorities are
Fri Apr 10, 2020, 09:59 AM
Apr 2020

dying at a greater rate than whites..... YMMV
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