Monthly Archive: April 2020

What the Left Should Know about Opening the Economy

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By Louis Colombo (April 27, 2020) I’ve seen too many posts implying that opening up the economy/getting back to work is simply an effort to boost the profits of the rich. Invariably, these posts come from folks on “the left.” I won’t debate the truth in that claim, but if this is all that gets posted, seen, shared, communicated, then…
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Astroturf Protests Have Some Grassroots Backing

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By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Aoril 23, 2020) The face of US fascism/white nationalism, a right wing populist element to it, but also the major Republican party donors, Koch, DeVoss, Coors, etc. The Republican Party has become a US-style Fascist organization with its storm troopers and radical ideology, the price worth paying apparently for the billionaire donors, themselves libertarian and neoliberal (privatize…
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We Are At Risk with Business as Usual: A Tale from Taos

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By Rivera Sun (April 21, 2020) I want to share a story. It’s personal. Here in Taos, NM, our governor was on the early side of the stay-at-home orders. Our businesses closed, the town turned into a ghost town. We even have a nightly curfew. But here’s the thing: our total COVID-19 cases are 15. They have plateaued for two…
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“Open the Economy” is a Right Wing Attempt to Doom Working People

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By Zakk Flash (April 20, 2020) They don’t want to “open the economy.” That’s bullshit language, cooked up in some think tank and seized upon by the media as a neutral descriptor instead of a right-wing euphemism for dooming hundreds of thousands of immunocompromised, elderly, homeless, imprisoned, and marginalized people to an early, painful death. These folks need our support….
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What If You Opened the Economy and Nobody Came?

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By Mark Naison (April 20, 2020) As protests against state wide shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to erupt in many states, people are missing one key point. So long as people continue to die in large numbers from COVID-19 and our health care system is stressed well beyond capacity, a large percentage of the population will continue…
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We Need a People’s Bailout

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By Red Corbeau (April 19, 2020) It is difficult to argue for a ‘stay at home’ strategy to limit the deaths when so many unemployed people are now wondering where the money is going to come from for food and rent. I understand the temptation to deny the severity of this pandemic and, out of fear, clamor for an immediate…
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Structural Racism is the Reason People of Color Are Dying of Covid-19

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By Teka Lark (April 13, 2020) The Surgeon General, Dr. Adams, stated, to paraphrase, that we people of color (Black people and Latinos) need to lay off the alcohol and healthfully eat so that we won’t die of the COVID-19. People were quite (understandably) outraged, but I also found something similar in the Chicago Defender that also outraged me: “If…
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Conspiracy Theories of the Left: 5G, Corona Virus, and Aliens

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By Arun Gupta (April 10, 2020) I am on a listserve of leftists who are debating the role of 5G and chemtrails in the pandemic, with some claiming there is no virus at all. One person is even trotting out anti-semite conspiracist David “lizard aliens rule us” Icke. This isn’t coming out of thin air. These conspiracies on the Left…
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To Be in the United States During a Pandemic

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By Jasper Smith (April 9, 2020) To be in the United States during a pandemic: – People without homes are told to stay home. – People without clean water are told to wash their hands. – People lose their job and with it their healthcare. – Most people don’t have enough savings to cover two weeks of lost income to…
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