It was once said that the handgun was the great equalizer; and in it’s day, it was. The power it contained made weak men great and brought the elite down to an even level. One might nick-name their rifle “AT&T” because it let’s you reach out and touch someone over long distances.
Recently, the coronavirus “Covid-19” has become the newest “great equalizer”. It has done what so many had thought to be impossible: expose exactly how fragile capitalism really is. Many have defended our current economic model, but Covid-19 shows that in many ways, the economy (and the world) does not HAVE to be the way it currently is…..
- It showed who is considered “essential” and who is not. But being “essential” is not always a good thing, since you have a greater chance of coming in contact with someone who is infected, thus actually making you “sacrificial”.
- It underlines exactly how universal healthcare is needed by one and all.
- It showed that it IS possible for many people to tele-commute from home.
- It showed that financial assistance can be used to help the people, without everyone getting all wound up with insults about “socialism!!”.
- It showed that major changes CAN be enacted on a global scale, quickly.
- It pushed non-essential businesses to change their product line to remain “essential” in an ever adapting marketplace.
- It showed that an economic recession hits hard and fast, even if you are prepared for it.
- It showed that man-made atmospheric problems, such as smog and global warming, can be quickly improved simply by shutting down production.
- The New York mafia is taking a hit from the novel coronavirus pandemic after many of its money-making outlets have been shuttered.
- Americans are driving less and that’s cutting into red-light camera revenue.
- April 15th was historically “tax day” in the United States, but that date can be changed without dire problems.
- Insurance companies CAN cover healthcare costs, if they want to….
And so much more.
Is Covid-19 really “an attack by the anarchists to show exactly how fragile our capitalistic economy really is” (as some have claimed), or is it just a natural part of our biological world that we don’t understand yet? Dead men tell no lies…..