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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 05:24 AM

How the Pandemic Laid Bare the Cruelties of Capitalism

APRIL 9, 2021

BY KENN ORPHAN

One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention.

The medical staff, grocery clerks, janitors, sanitation workers, transportation services, delivery people, all of them have been the ones on the front lines, not only of potential exposure to a lethal pathogen, but to abuse from privileged customers, clients or patients who feel their rights have somehow been violated for being asked to simply wear a mask. There are countless videos of people (mostly white and middle to upper middle class) berating workers. And this often takes on a racist tone.

Over the past year we have witnessed people throwing groceries at workers, spitting at them, calling them names. In various states, from California to Texas to Florida, there have been mobs that invaded stores like Target or Home Depot without masks and carrying anti-masker and “Covid is Hoax” signs, even physically attacking other customers and workers. And in one recent instance in British Columbia an older white male customer was asked to wear a mask in a pizza restaurant. He answered angrily: “are you f**king Middle Easter or where are you from?” Concluding with “I’m worth $50 million, you’re worth zero.” He and his companion then went on to assault a teenage customer outside tearing his mask from his face.

How disconnected from reality could one be to think that being asked to wear a mask in a store is a violation of ones’ rights? And how privileged does one have to be to think dressing down a worker is somehow a noble expression of those supposed rights? And this gets to the crux of the problem: capitalism.

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/09/how-the-pandemic-laid-bare-the-cruelties-of-capitalism/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:17 AM

1. this is why our teachers are treated so poorly

if they were paid commensurate with their education and value to society, perhaps the parents would not treat them like babysitters.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:47 AM

5. Pay teachers like baby sitters, they will benefit

$12.00 per hour (?prevailing B/S rates?) per child times hours per year
$12 x 30 students x 6 hour day x 180 day school-year = $388,800 per year.

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Response to sanatanadharma (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:55 PM

6. Yup, sign me up!

I make $54,000/year with 24 years of experience.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:29 AM

2. Capitalism is only for the poor,

what we have in America is crony capitalism.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 08:20 AM

3. Thanks for this, Judi Lynn

Thanks for this excellent article. It is important to look at the big picture. Uncontrolled capitalism is hurting so many!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 08:32 AM

4. Holy Karl Marx, Batman, SOCIALISM!!!!!!!



Been fighting this fight all my life.



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