The Pandemic Caused by Privilege and Capitalism. (PT. 1)

The Pandemic Caused by Privilege and Capitalism. (PT. 1)

Joesph Feuerstein

By Joesph Feuerstein

Mar 12 · 9 min read


As of now, there are a total of 154,617 “confirmed” cases. Covid-19 has killed 5,794 with 48 dead in the United States as of today.

Consider this. Its the rich, the privileged, the entitled, those that dress nice, who can afford to travel, that spread/created the pandemic. Right now viruses tentacles has wrapped the world and It has nothing to do with race, religion, or creed, but income. It’s not the American or other countries’ middle class or working poor who’s debt slavery, and the cost of expenses to travel would exceed their monthly to yearly expenses for most incomes. It’s those who can afford to be sick. Exotic and distant faraway places, afforded by wealthy Traveller’s be it business or leisure these people exasperated the problem. That being said it is my opinion Corporations and capitalistic interests drove the pandemic to spread. We should judge people based on wealth and privilege to travel to afford such luxuries to far off destination for a stay at how much plus food drink etc. That’s not your average person, who does it regularly unless it is education-related for families who can afford to send their child to study abroad or part of a student exchange program business, then those same kids go on spring break or travel home furthering the spread. Or traveling for business purposes, and how much does the average corporation/business spend on travel expenses to euro Asia. It has nothing to do race religion or creed I would never say such ignorant things we are far beyond that point, it is worldwide now. Now It has to do with more with have and have nots. Do you have enough money to travel, do you have a good enough job that you can afford to take time off when your sick, are you traveling for business or pleasure.. capitalism or capitalistic / privilege cause this to spread People didn’t heed health warnings or warnings weren’t properly given out possibly for capitalistic/national security reasons, one out of many because it would cause a panic on the market. Globalization (so-called free trade) caused this. Hopefully, we’ll realize the value of producing things ourselves. Profits over people sadly, but at the end of the day, some Governments are short-sighted enough care more about short term profits they do about the long term gains of its health of their citizens and the workforce they provide.

We are on the edge of having one of the greatest workforce restructuring thanks to AI and Robotic Automation according to leaders in the technology field saying with 10 years 25% — 40% of the workforce being replaced by technology. Now with working/receive an education remotely becoming a standard thanks to the pandemic will the likelihood of an automated workplace/workforce also increase? What I’m trying to say is, will the pandemic increase the chances of that? Could warehouse Automation that could load content without the threat/help stem the disease, paired with Self-driving Transportation self-driving vehicles home delivering meds, foods, etc help the current and future situations?

before the virus..after the virus..- Mecca

Now eve of a pandemic It will also be one of the greatest workers schedule restructurings will occur of the next few months to account for those affected by the virus. If the virus is going to directly affect your life, it is most likely to be through stopping you from going to work putting more of a burden on the rest of the workforce, either because there is no school or they are sick and in turn Shifts will change, nonessential functions will be put off, and the department will have less flexibility to respond to problems affecting your workers wallet and inturn yours, cause quotas to not be met and supply chains to struggle, and at worst bankrupting your business that you are employed at causing you to be unemployed.

I live in American, which means I am privileged with rights and freedoms and education and healthcare; to an extent, sadly depending where you on income class, religion, and color to different degrees. World wide though 80% don’t have internet, according to Gallup the Average income worldwide is 10k and really There are 2 classes and honestly, two political parties; “Have” and “Have nots”. The “working” rich and working poor. Ignorant, entitled behavior that ignores the risk, therefore risking the lives of others could cause this to spread further. People with weak or compromised immune systems also face heightened risks aka Adults aged 60 and older, small children, and those facing Immunity issues This includes people who just recently had an organ or bone marrow transplants. Those who are undergoing chemotherapy. Who have HIV, Diabetes and who have rarer immune system deficiencies. people who have underlying health problems, people who have compromised immune systems have higher chances of getting sick and dying and should take extra precautions, but how can you do that when healthcare workers can not in some cases even test themselves let alone the proper equipment/space? The majority that “have”, the well off, also have the privilege of apathy and ignorance, and paired with an epidemic it can cause possibly deadly results.

Actions and words have weight, and what you do and what you say define a person as much as a government/ Governing body whether they be Federal, County or Commonwealth. The disease has been around since December, and how many tests have been manufactured so far? We have over a couple hundred thousand tests made.. with a million promised by the end of the week according to Vice President Mike Pence, but I’m not holding my breath, when according to the “Atlantic article stating “surveying local data from across the country, we can only verify that 4,384 people have been tested for the coronavirus nationwide, as of Monday at 4 p.m. eastern time” an article from the Independent states “ Small businesses, in particular, are struggling as supply chains dry up, leaving them without products or essential materials. Factory closures in China have led to a record low in the country’s Purchasing Manager’s Index which measures manufacturing output. China is the world’s largest exporter and is responsible for a third of global manufacturing, so China’s problem is everyone’s problem — even in the midst of a trade war between the White House and Beijing.” Last Friday the New York Times states “It is nearly impossible to know precisely how many people in the United States have been tested for the coronavirus. The C.D.C. reported Thursday that it had tested 1,583 patients since the beginning of the outbreak, but it is not making public how many tests are being done at state and local public health laboratories, despite publishing similar data on the seasonal flu. Many local labs are just beginning to receive long-delayed test kits and, even at full capacity, will be able to run only about 100 tests per day. A total of 71 public laboratories in 47 states and the District of Columbia had the capacity to test for the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which represents government laboratories around the country. That’s up from just eight labs able to process tests last Thursday.” One has to wonder if a Medicare for all American Healthcare Systems would insulate and be an improvement over the current affair during a Pandemic. Expansion and creation of new social programs like higher education and medicare for all will provide a safeguard for those weaker economic country’s in regards to restructuring its economy would speed up the cost and length of self-repair to its economic system. Social programs that provide food, healthcare, and education to allow it to rebuild the workforce. This is not counting for possible climate change effects creating massive migration(lack of habitable environments and the coastline pushing further because of the poles melting causing a lot of coastal species to die) human climate refugees and diseases(melting permafrost now 28 new viruses along with diseases ticks, parasites, and mosquitoes breeding Furthermore, who will profit from this tragedy other than the news outlets who get ad money per click of fear, will their profits go finding a vaccine? Who is going to be able to afford/receive those tests/vaccines first other than federal workers and government officials along with their friends? There are questions then answers and those with the answers seem to dodge, fudge, and avoid the questions or put out incongruent paralleling data. According to the Washington Post the President has told 16,241 false or misleading claims.

Question Time. They haven’t even released accurate numbers because there isn’t enough tests to give it So nobody knows how many people are infected there’s no official count because not everybody’s been screened. if we have only 100k tests. for the United State a country with a population of 300- 400 million.. But no way to test the sick. they will never be an accurate count because we weren’t prepared, not enough tests, and not enough time to backtrace to stop the spread that’s the Bottom line correct? maybe the people in power weren’t ready or didn’t care. They had the privilege to be apathetic. Based on the current recent actions, it seems they cared more about markets than they did about lives. What if ..there is not enough tests/testing, because if the true number of infected were to be released it would cause panic if I was in a position of power to prevent widespread panic possible market issues and I was behind the eight ball I don’t think I would give the right numbers. At least that’s what I’m expecting of our president. Every Tragedy has a vulture that profits politically with snake oil and commemorative coins/plates buyer beware. Did The Privileged Politician, Business consultant Traveling, Corporate Media, who traveled to theses places, who could afford such trips and sick time, commit to self-isolation/quartine and tell those who were traveling with them that they were a possible hazard to those in flights when traveling back? Did they wear protective gear when in possible contaminated areas? Shouldn’t Indiscriminate temperature/testing be done before entering schools, medical facilities, public transportation facilities aka airports/bus stations etc, etc.

The Privileged incompetent cannot come out and say hey sorry I’m incompetent so they conspire to cover up their incompetence, with excuses, and too little to late action. SO wash your hands, social distance, don’t go to nursing homes, stay away from hospitals, stay away from people who have immune issues like cancer diabetes HIV, etc patients.. if you’re over 60 don’t fly. Try to do your shopping early morning or right before closing where there’s the least amount of people. Use the pharmacy drive-thru. Wash your hands before and after you smoke, eat, use the toilet, hell after you touch anything, etc. Picture it like a snowstorm. But it’s worldwide and we are 12- 18 months before we have a shovel aka vaccine according to a recent USA Today Article. After everything is read I pose my question again to you my reader, “Could an argument be made, that the rich, who dress nicely, who can afford to travel, entitled and privileged that spread/create it? Was the spread of this Pandemic Caused by Privilege and Capitalism?

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‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’: Rashida Tlaib Proposal Calls on US Treasury to Fund Coronavirus Recovery From US Mint

‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’: Rashida Tlaib Proposal Calls on US Treasury to Fund Coronavirus Recovery From US Mint

Tlaib’s “Automatic BOOST Act” calls for a universal payout of $2,000 to everyone in the U.S. and $1,000 a month after that.

By Eoin Higgins

Progressives on Saturday welcomed news that Rep. Rashida Tlaib is calling on the U.S. Treasury to exercise its power to issue platinum coins to fund the coronavirus recovery, calling the move an example of thinking outside the box and celebrating the universality of her proposal to give everyone in America cash payments. 

“I fully support the House Financial Services Committee Democrats #COVID19 economic response proposal,” the Michigan Democrat tweeted Saturday. “I also want to encourage leadership to consider my truly universal relief proposal on behalf of #13thDistrictStrong.”

“This is a really ambitious and creative plan from Rep. Tlaib taking advantage of ideas that financial experts began exploring during the debt crisis showdowns of the Obama years,” tweeted HuffPost reporter Zach Carter.

The “Automatic BOOST to Communities Act” (pdf) would deliver a $2,000 pre-paid debit card to every American, with $1,000 being paid monthly after that until a year after the coronavirus crisis ends. Tlaib proposes to pay for the cost of the program by calling on the Treasury to use its authority under federal law to issue two trillion dollar platinum coins. The move would not add to the debt.  

“Tlaib wants to take advantage of an obscure Treasury authority to issue new currency through minting platinum coins, and then give that currency to people,” said Carter. “No new debt, no weird Federal Reserve programs, just cash straight to folks.”

The bill also uses a broad definition of “every person,” including non-citizens, children and other dependents, those in territories and protectorates, and those without bank accounts. 

Under the bill, “an emergency corps will conduct a targeted outreach program to at-risk populations (homeless, elderly, etc) to ensure they receive cards, and at the same time perform a wellness check to assess whether they need additional assistance,” said Modern Money Network president Rohan Grey, who helped write the bill.

“It’s been a thrill to work on this proposal, but it is important to note that while emergency cash relief is critical, it is not sufficient on its own,” Grey added. “We need far-reaching debt and expense relief, additional income and benefit protection and expansion, including direct payroll support, repurposing and public ownership of key industry, and direct worker support through a job guarantee that supports emergency and solidarity work, remote work, and begins planning for what the post-crisis recovery looks like.”

Source: ‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’: Rashida Tlaib Proposal Calls on US Treasury to Fund Coronavirus Recovery From US Mint | Common Dreams News

Things You Can Do This Weekend Inside

Things You Can Do This Weekend Inside

By Patrick Wilson

While increasing numbers of us are spending more time social distancing, attempting to avoid the Coronavirus, we are finding ourselves with a whole lot of time to worry about the situation at hand. Many of us have had a very high stress level since the 2016 election. The ineptness of our government to handle the situation, or even let us know the seriousness of it is apalling. If we are to persist, we need to take care of ourselves.


Yoga blends a bit of the mind, body and soul. There are many proven benefits both physically and mentally. Yoga reduces stress. It improves respiration, energy and vitality. Maintains metabolism. Improves cardio and circulatory health. Some studies have shown that yoga helps increase the maximum uptake of oxygen. According to, “After a three-month yoga program, the women had significantly lower levels of cortisol. They also had lower levels of stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression.”

Spa Night(or Day)

There are so many times that we wish we had a day or two to nurture our needs. For some, it might be lighting those candles and actually soaking in the tub without thinking about the time. A facial, manicure/pedicure, massage, we can by treating ourselves stay a little healthier. Others might like to organize their space, polish that gear, start to get rid of that extra stuff that’s just sitting around. Cleanse the body, cleanse the house, cleanse the soul.

Read a Book

What a great opportunity after a spa night or day, or even perhaps during, to rekindle our love for books. The smell, the crispness of the pages, the first fold. Letting our imaginations take us to different times and places, learning new things. Maybe pull out that old copy of ‘Rules for Radicals’. This is a great time to read a book.

Have a Party

Having a Party is a social event. Going to a bar/club many times is a social thing. Having tea with the ladies is definitely a social thing. Even that afternoon sesh is a social thing. Just because we can’t do those things in person right now doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the same things virtually/remotely. Facebook live allows you to add other users to your stream which goes out on facebook. There’s also Hangouts(google), and YouTube(also google) which offers ways for you to make that stream public or private(you and your guests).

Live Performance

Many musicians and bands are playing online shows using facebook or other online mediums. They are doing it for good causes. Many of these performances, although free, offer the opportunity to donate a few bucks, which normally goes to struggling artists and the places that they normally perform. Maybe you haven’t performed in a while, but why not. People are doing it informally in the comfort of their kitchen or living room. You don’t even have to be a musical artist. Now is a great time to share our passions.

Do a Cooking Show

Have something that you’re really good at making? We all have plenty of devices that are connected to social media. Why not get things organized and do a facebook live and teach others how to make your dish too. People are able to interact with your stream as well, so this is also great social interaction. If you can’t break bread together, why not kinda make it together this way.

Play Board Games

If you’re at home with family and loved ones, think about pulling out some of those old dusty board games. Sooner or later you are going to want to do something besides stare at television and computer/device screens, and board games offer not only a diversion from the news but an opportunity to interact on other subjects. With televised sporting events canceled, those that like to wager are finding different outlets for their entertainment.

Germinate Seeds

Marijuana is legal now in many states. Thank Goodness, right?! In many states, it’s also legal to grow your own. In the northeast, it’s about the right time to start seedlings. This is very simple to do. You obviously have to get some seeds. I would recommend buying some legally, that way you at least have an idea what you are going to get. There are tons of how-to videos and instructions online that can help you with the process. Grow and Share. This is also a great time to germinate flowers and vegetables for planting in spring.

Make a Podcast or VideoBlog

Are you a media junkie? Do you have expertise in an area that is of public interest and pertinent? Maybe you teach a college course or two. Share your knowledge as it relates to current events. You can help to not only educate the public, but also give diminished voices a place to be heard. There are many simple ways that you can do this using your phone, tablet or computer.

Take an Online Class

Students around the world are going to be continuing their educations online for the near future. Part of our health is our mental health, and nourishing the mind is as important as the body. It doesn’t matter what your age or educational level is, there are free educational opportunities online that are structured and will allow you to learn valuable new skills.