Friday, March 19, 2021

Sorry, friends, for not getting back to my blog writing place sooner.

More Ian Welsh goodness today.

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nihil obstet (responds)

January 20, 2021

I’d push the idea that Trump killed 400,000 Americans by his stupid or evil or both handling of the covid plague if I could just get anyone to apply the same standard to the American political class over the last 30 years. We know that 45,000 Americans were dying each year for lack of medical insurance back in the early aughts. Most recently the number is up to around 67,000 a year. There’s no mystery about what to do. We are the only so-called advanced country without universal health care. We could copy any of their health care structures or use their experiences to design our own. I tend to react to anyone pushing the “Trump killed 400,000 Americans in one year” argument who has not called Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, et al. murderers for their stupid and evil handling of the deaths of more than a million Americans hypocritical.

I would also note that the dismantling of a not-bad public health infrastructure since the late 70s made the reaction to a health crisis more difficult.

We have different ideas about how bad Trump has been. We can probably communicate better if we use the same standards to measure.

Ch矇 Pasa (responds)

January 20, 2021

For a nation tearing itself apart, the US is in pretty good shape all things considered. The decadence of the Republic is manifest in practically every way, and the disconnect of the brutal and misbegotten American Empire from the rotting hulk of the Republic merely means “more of the same” — because the ruling class doesn’t know anything else to do.

The carcereal state will continue unmolested, of course. Too many people are dependent on it for their power, pelf and wherewithal. The pandemic will be partially controlled sometime in the future. But not before there’s a higher death and disability toll than from the 1918-20 flu pandemic. Still, it won’t be enough dead to significantly lower population here and abroad, so the health care crisis will get worse, as it was bound to anyway. No universal health care, no rebuilt public health infrastructure. More death concentrated among the old, sick, brown, black, and poor.

Will we get “checks?” Not soon, anyway. Maybe never. The triggering factors that led to the failed insurrection will become institutionalized. “White supremacy” will be consigned to the dustbin, though male whites will continue to be in charge of nearly everything.

The rich will get richer, the poor will suffer, and everyone else will scramble to stay in place.

Nothing significant will change, but the face of power will be a slight bit gentler.

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