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If a disease can teach wisdom beyond our understanding of how precarious and precious life is, the coronavirus has offered two lessons.

The first is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence of false consciousness. In truth, we were always bound together, part of a miraculous web of life on our planet and, beyond it, stardust in an unfathomably large and complex universe.

It is only an arrogance cultivated in us by those narcissists who have risen to power through their own destructive egotism that blinded us to the necessary mix of humility and awe we ought to feel as we watch a drop of rain on a leaf, or a baby struggle to crawl, or the night sky revealed in all its myriad glories away from city lights.

And now, as we start to enter periods of quarantine and self-isolation – as nations, communities and individuals – all that should be so much clearer. It has taken a virus to show us that only together are we at our strongest, most alive and most human.

In being stripped of what we need most by the threat of contagion, we are reminded of how much we have taken community for granted, abused it, hollowed it out. We are afraid because the services we need in times of collective difficulty and trauma have been turned into commodities that require payment, or treated as privileges to which access is now means-tested, rationed or is simply gone. That insecurity is at the root of the current urge to hoard.

When death stalks us it is not bankers we turn to, or corporate executives, or hedge fund managers. Nonetheless, those are the people our societies have best rewarded. They are the people who, if salaries are a measure of value, are the most prized.

But they are not the people we need, as individuals, as societies, as nations. Rather, it will be doctors, nurses, public health workers, care-givers and social workers who will be battling to save lives by risking their own.

During this health crisis we may indeed notice who and what is most important. But will we remember the sacrifice, their value after the virus is no longer headline news? Or will we go back to business as usual – until the next crisis – rewarding the arms manufacturers, the billionaire owners of the media, the fossil fuel company bosses, and the financial-services parasites feeding off other people’s money?

‘Take it on the chin’

The second lesson follows from the first. Despite everything we have been told for four decades or more, western capitalist societies are far from the most efficient ways of organising ourselves. That will be laid bare as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

We are still very much immersed in the ideological universe of Thatcherism and Reaganism, when we were told quite literally: “There is no such thing as society.” How will that political mantra stand the test of the coming weeks and months? How much can we survive as individuals, even in quarantine, rather than as part of communities that care for all of us?

Western leaders who champion neoliberalism, as they are required to do nowadays, have two choices to cope with coronavirus – and both will require a great deal of misdirection if we are not to see through their hypocrisy and deceptions.

Our leaders can let us “take it on the chin”, as the British prime minister Boris Johnson has phrased it. In practice, that will mean allowing what is effectively a cull of many of the poor and elderly – one that will relieve governments of the financial burden of underfunded pension schemes and welfare payments.

Such leaders will claim they are powerless to intervene or to ameliorate the crisis. Confronted with the contradictions inherent in their worldview, they will suddenly become fatalists, abandoning their belief in the efficacy and righteousness of the free market. They will say the virus was too contagious to contain, too robust for health services to cope, too lethal to save lives. They will evade all blame for the decades of health cuts and privatisations that made those services inefficient, inadequate, cumbersome and inflexible.

Or, by contrast, politicians will use their spin doctors and allies in the corporate media to obscure the fact that they are quietly and temporarily becoming socialists to deal with the emergency. They will change the welfare rules so that all those in the gig economy they created – employed on zero-hours contracts – do not spread the virus because they cannot afford to self-quarantine or take days’ off sick.

Or most likely our leaders will pursue both options.

Permanent crisis

If acknowledged at all, the conclusion to be draw from the crisis – that we all matter equally, that we need to look after one another, that we sink or swim together – will be treated as no more than an isolated, fleeting lesson specific to this crisis. Our leaders will refuse to draw more general lessons – ones that might highlight their own culpability – about how sane, humane societies should function all the time.

In fact, there is nothing unique about the coronavirus crisis. It is simply a heightened version of the less visible crisis we are now permanently mired in. As Britain sinks under floods each winter, as Australia burns each summer, as the southern states of the US are wrecked by hurricanes and its great plains become dustbowls, as the climate emergency becomes ever more tangible, we will learn this truth slowly and painfully.

Those deeply invested in the current system – and those so brainwashed they cannot see its flaws – will defend it to the bitter end. They will learn nothing from the virus. They will point to authoritarian states and warn that things could be far worse.

ORDER IT NOW

They will point a finger at Iran’s high death toll as confirmation that our profit-driven societies are better, while ignoring the terrible damage we have inflicted on Iran’s health services after years of sabotaging its economy through ferocious sanctions. We left Iran all the more vulnerable to coronavirus because we wanted to engineer “regime change” – to interfere under the pretence of “humanitarian” concern – as we have sought to do in other countries whose resources we wished to control, from Iraq to Syria and Libya.

Iran will be held responsible for a crisis we willed, that our politicians intended (even if the speed and means came as a surprise), to overthrow its leaders. Iran’s failures will be cited as proof of our superior way of life, as we wail self-righteously about the outrage of a “Russian interference” whose contours we can barely articulate.

Valuing the common good

Those who defend our system, even as its internal logic collapses in the face of coronavirus and a climate emergency, will tell us how lucky we are to live in free societies where some – Amazon executives, home delivery services, pharmacies, toilet-paper manufacturers – can still make a quick buck from our panic and fear. As long as someone is exploiting us, as long as someone is growing fat and rich, we will be told the system works – and works better than anything else imaginable.

But in fact, late-stage capitalist societies like the US and the UK will struggle to claim even the limited successes against coronavirus of authoritarian governments. Is Trump in the US or Johnson in the UK – exemplars of “the market knows best” capitalism – likely to do better than China at containing and dealing with the virus?

This lesson is not about authoritarian versus “free” societies. This is about societies that treasure the common wealth, that value the common good, above private greed and profit, above protecting the privileges of a wealth-elite.

In 2008, after decades of giving the banks what they wanted – free rein to make money by trading in hot air – the western economies all but imploded as an inflated bubble of empty liquidity burst. The banks and financial services were saved only by public bail-outs – tax payers’ money. We were given no choice: the banks, we were told, were “too big to fail”.

We bought the banks with our common wealth. But because private wealth is our era’s guiding star, the public were not allowed to own the banks they bought. And once the banks had been bailed out by us – a perverse socialism for the rich – the banks went right back to making private money, enriching a tiny elite until the next crash.

Nowhere to fly to

The naive may think this was a one-off. But the failings of capitalism are inherent and structural, as the virus is already demonstrating and the climate emergency will drive home with alarming ferocity in the coming years.

The shut-down of borders means the airlines are quickly going bust. They didn’t put money away for a rainy day, of course. They didn’t save, they weren’t prudent. They are in a cut-throat world where they need to compete with rivals, to drive them out of business and make as much money as they can for shareholders.

Now there is nowhere for the airlines to fly to – and they will have no visible means to make money for months on end. Like the banks, they are too big to fail – and like the banks they are demanding public money be spent to tide them over until they can once again rapaciously make profits for their shareholders. There will be many other corporations queuing up behind the airlines.

Sooner or later the public will be strong-armed once again to bail out these profit-driven corporations whose only efficiency is the central part they play in fuelling global warming and eradicating life on the planet. The airlines will be resuscitated until the inevitable next crisis arrives – one in which they are key players.

A boot stamping on a face

Capitalism is an efficient system for a tiny elite to make money at a terrible cost, and an increasingly untenable one, to wider society – and only until that system shows itself to be no longer efficient. Then wider society has to pick up the tab, and assist the wealth-elite so the cycle can be begun all over again. Like a boot stamping on a human face – forever, as George Orwell warned long ago.

But it is not just that capitalism is economically self-destructive; it is morally vacant too. Again, we should study the exemplars of neoliberal orthodoxy: the UK and the US.

In Britain, the National Health Service – once the envy of the world – is in terminal decline after decades of privatising and outsourcing its services. Now the same Conservative party that began the cannibalising of the NHS is pleading with businesses such as car makers to address a severe shortage of ventilators, which will soon be needed to assist coronavirus patients.

Once, in an emergency, western governments would have been able to direct resources, both public and private, to save lives. Factories could have been repurposed for the common good. Today, the government behaves as if all it can do is incentivise business, pinning hopes on the profit motive and selfishness driving these firms to enter the ventilator market, or to provide beds, in ways beneficial to public health.

The flaws in this approach should be glaring if we examine how a car manufacturer might respond to the request to adapt its factories to make ventilators.

If it is not persuaded that it can make easy money or if it thinks there are quicker or bigger profits to be made by continuing to make cars at a time when the public is frightened to use public transport, patients will die. If it holds back, waiting to see if there will be enough demand for ventilators to justify adapting its factories, patients will die. If it delays in the hope that ventilator shortages will drive up subsidies from a government fearful of the public backlash, patients will die. And if it makes ventilators on the cheap, to boost profits, without ensuring medical personnel oversee quality control, patients will die.

ORDER IT NOW

Survival rates will depend not on the common good, on our rallying to help those in need, on planning for the best outcome, but on the vagaries of the market. And not only on the market, but on faulty, human perceptions of what constitute market forces.

Survival of the fittest

If this were not bad enough, Trump – in all his inflated vanity – is showing how that profit-motive can be extended from the business world he knows so intimately to the cynical political one he has been gradually mastering. According to reports, behind the scenes he has been chasing after a silver bullet. He is speaking to international pharmaceutical companies to find one close to developing a vaccine so the United States can buy exclusive rights to it.

Reports suggest that he wants to offer the vaccine exclusively to the US public, in what would amount to the ultimate vote-winner in a re-election year. This would be the nadir of the dog-eat-dog philosophy – the survival of the fittest, the market decides worldview – we have been encouraged to worship over the past four decades. It is how people behave when they are denied a wider society to which they are responsible and which is responsible for them.

But even should Trump eventually deign to let other countries enjoy the benefits of his privatised vaccine, this will not be about helping mankind, about the greater good. It will be about Trump the businessman-president turning a tidy profit for the US on the back of other’s desperation and suffering, as well as marketing himself a political hero on the global stage.

Or, more likely, it will be yet another chance for the US to demonstrate its “humanitarian” credentials, rewarding “good” countries by giving them access to the vaccine, while denying “bad” countries like Russia the right to protect their citizens.

Obscenely stunted worldview

It will be a perfect illustration on the global stage – and in bold technicolour – of how the American way of marketing health works. This is what happens when health is treated not as a public good but as a commodity to be bought, as a privilege to incentivise the workforce, as a measure of who is successful and who is unsuccessful.

The US, by far the richest country on the planet, has a dysfunctional health care system not because it cannot afford a good one, but because its political worldview is so obscenely stunted by the worship of wealth that it refuses to acknowledge the communal good, to respect the common wealth of a healthy society.

The US health system is by far the most expensive in the world, but also the most inefficient. The vast bulk of “health spending” does not contribute to healing the sick but enriches a health industry of pharmaceutical corporations and health insurance companies.

Analysts describe a third of all US health spending – $765 billion a year – as “wasted”. But “waste” is a euphemism. In fact, it is money stuffed into the pockets of corporations calling themselves the health industry as they defraud the common wealth of US citizens. And the fraudulence is all the greater because despite this enormous expenditure more than one in 10 US citizens has no meaningful health cover.

As never before, coronavirus will bring into focus the depraved inefficiency of this system – the model of profit-driven health care, of market forces that look out for the short-term interests of business, not the long-term interests of us all.

There are alternatives. Right now, Americans are being offered a choice between a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, who champions health care as a right because it is a common good, and a Democratic party boss, Joe Biden, who champions the business lobbies he depends on for funding and his political success. One is being marginalised and vilified as a threat to the American way of life by a handful of corporations that own the US media, while the other is being propelled towards the Democratic nomination by those same corporations.

Coronavirus has an important, urgent lesson to teach us. The question is: are we ready yet to listen?

Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jonathan-cook.net.

(Republished from Jonathan Cook by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. UK says:

    Everyone knows who and what is important in a pandemic, just as everyone knows who and what is important when not in one. Conflating the two is disingenuous claptrap.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  2. Oh, brother. Jonathan, you’re a burnt-out Bernie Bro who doesn’t get it. 400 people have greater wealth capital than the lower 150 MILLION here in the U.S. We are in the age of oligarchs, bro, who control your “decadent” capitalistic system. They WANT the healtcare system the way it is. Somehow I dont’see you railing much against “”them.””

    Bernie is an outright liar. He KNOWS Medicare for ALL can’t work. There’s not enough doctors right now. Try giving everyone “Medicare” insurance and see what happens. Who’s going to take care of them. Clueless.

    • Agree: James Stark
    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @N30rebel
  3. Oh, brother. Jonathan, you’re a burnt-out Bernie Bro who doesn’t get it. 400 people have greater wealth capital than the lower 150 MILLION here in the U.S. We are in the age of oligarchs, bro, who control your “decadent” capitalistic system. Don’t see you railing much against “”them.””

    Bernie is an outright liar. He KNOWS Medicare for ALL can’t work. There’s not enough doctors right now. Try giving everyone “Medicare” insurance and see what happens. Who’s going to take care of them. Clueless.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Gyre07
    , @derer
  4. In the flu season of 2017-18 the CDC reported over 80,000 deaths, 61,000 hospitalizations and 45 million infections in U.S. The Covid-19 is much milder effecting mainly the very old and weak. As of today I read that 2 people in the whole state Texas had died from it. One was 77 and had double pnuemonia, the other almost 100. If not for the Zionist controlled MSM no one would have noticed this so called pandemic. The Elites are always going to keep some kind of “crises” up for the Goy cattle to focus on. They manufacture all the wars including the War on Terror. Remember Alquada and WMD’s, how about the 2 trillion thrown away over the last 18 yrs in Afganistan. Still fighting ISIS I guess. Back in the 70’s it was the New Ice Age, thats before the Club of Rome came up with Global Warming, I mean Climate Change. The ozone should have been long gone by now and acid rain was ruining the world. The Great Lakes were about dead, air and water pollution was rendering the planet uninhabitable and we had long passed peak oil and were close to running out.

    There are going to be a lot of Gov. Cronies getting even richer on the Corona virus scam, not just from picking up bargains on the diving market. While the politically connected get richer everyone else will lose jobs, savings, businesses and get a little inflated cash.

    Cook thinks it”s going to make a difference which Zionist puppet is in the front office. Everything that is happening has been planned for a long time. It’s not only a big windfall for the Elites now but more important it conditions the sheep with austerity, shortages and more regulations so they can be more easily herded into the long planned Agenda 21. The Elite are after total control and they know if they can rob the stupid Goys of their liberties and properties by using ongoing false flags and scare tactics they will after awhile have all the cattle on the plantation.

  5. Truth3 says:

    Capitalism needs to be replaced by something far better.

    Fairism

    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
    , @Puffdaddy
  6. A123 says:

    … in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence of false consciousness.

    Under UN/NWO Globalist Elite rule we are unnecessarily intertwined. The inherent failure of Elite Globalism is that no system can be stronger than its weakest link. When violent authoritarian nations like China or Iran are part of a faux mental gestalt, that weakness is profound and crippling.

    The True Consciousness of Populism inevitably triumphs over the False Consciousness of Globalism.

    As part of the Trump’s Triumphant Populism, today the U.S. delivered a hammer blow to the failure that is Elite Globalism: (1)

    President Trump announced he was invoking sections of the Defense Product Act to help mitigate COVID-19 (Chinese Coronavirus) in the U.S. The act empowers the government with greater authority to control specific sectors of the U.S. economy, and specific industries, needed to respond to national emergency needs. …

    ♦ Companies are required to accept and prioritize contracts from the government and to prioritize “materials, services, and facilities to promote the national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies.” While this provision has historically been used to ramp up military production, in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic the act will be used for medical supplies.

    _____

    What is Mr. PRC (a.k.a. Quid Pro Joe) going to do?

    He is on the Chinese government payroll and will be cut off if he supports this Self Evident Truth. Yet the Truth is so obvious he dare not oppose it. Given his mental condition, vague noncommittal blur may work as a strategy. Risky, but all Mr. PRC has.

    😷 PEACE 😷
    _________

    (1) https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/03/18/president-trump-invokes-defense-production-act-initiates-executive-order-for-health-and-medical-resources/

    • Replies: @anonymous
  7. KA says:

    Gov can spend few billions dedicating the money for production and easy availabilities of mask,gloves,sanitizers,respiratory equipments and daily decontamination of the work places . People would go back to work, would fly,would travel. Get the gatherings in airport reduced forever by addressing the whole set up of check and scrutiny process by TSA

    Meanwhile stop giving loan or money to Wall Street .

  8. Anon[279] • Disclaimer says:

    Agree about all the bailouts. Trump is trying to catch a falling knife, throwing money at a sinking ship. All he cares about is the stock market. He’ll do anything to stop it from sinking, instead of letting it find its true floor. The stock market has been completely out of sync with main street for at least the last 6 years. It’s time to let it find its true level without constant fed intervention.

    However, it is simply unreasonable to expect a country of 330 million to have the same level of social services as that of a 5 or 10 million. Bernie Sanders is out of his mind preaching medicare for all while at the same time advocating open borders. Who can afford all this? If we are serious about medicare for all, the first thing we must do is end all immigration and deport all non-citizens. Until then, any talk of medicare for all is a waste of time.

    As for the world being inextricably intertwined, it certainly does not have to be that way. The US can absolutely pull back, end all immigration, move back all manufacturing, deport all foreigners. All it takes is will. Globalization is neither inevitable nor a necessity. It is a choice. One that was made for us by the money hungry, power hungry (((elites))) of this country. The American people chose to ditch globalism in 2016, unfortunately we elected a con artist who is another Zio-globalist in sheepskin. The whole “trade war” with China was never about bringing back manufacturing, it’s all about making them kowtow to the JWO.

    • Replies: @Anonymous,
  9. Actually, nationalism would have helped.

  10. Globalism has translated into weakness and vulnerability for our people.

    Massive job losses….reduced family formation….lower birth rates.

    Dependence on foreign nations for necessities.

    Open borders invites disease…..the southern border brings leprosy, malaria, smallpox, typhus, zika, MERSA, AIDS, polio, and INCURABLE TB, and now the Wuhan Flu.

    Reduced quality of life, higher crime rates, higher levels of substance abuse, misery, chaos.

    Only one tiny cabal benefits from globalism……while white Christian people are destroyed.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  11. Jon, you seem to have missed the real lesson. The lesson that people will learn after this fraud is revealed for what it is, will be that government can’t be trusted, period. This big hoax is being used to gain more control of people.

    To want to exercise control over other people is evil. Even God doesn’t want to control us.
    Let’s revisit this topic in a few months and we’ll know by then just what lesson has been taught to humanity at large.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes, Alfred
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  12. anonymous[998] • Disclaimer says:
    @Robert Dolan

    while white Christian people are destroyed.

    Ironically though, it is those who focus mainly on the “saving” of “white Christian people,” as if they are the only lives which have any value, they are the ones who actually deserve utter destruction… because they almost always whitewash the evil they have wrought around the world.

    If there was indeed a virus which would wipe out such racist psychopathic scum, I would welcome it… especially because it would by its very nature exclude the truly innocent, such as the very young.

    Perhaps such a discerning pestilence may spare me too, God willing.

    Anyway, most “white Christian people,” those pagan polytheist mangods-worshippers are already well on the path to destruction, virus or not.

  13. Gunga Din says:
    @anonymous

    White Christian people have made practically every great discovery and every great invention. Go crawl back under your rock.

  14. Gunga Din says:

    The author sounds like a real commie prick.

    • Replies: @Anon
  15. @anonymous

    Go to hell, you hateful anti-white POS.

    Whites invented nearly everything of any value in this world.

    Would love to meet you in a bar and see how much shit you would talk then.

    • Replies: @Really No Shit
  16. Neoliberal finance architecture was built by non-Engineers with zero ability to plan ahead. Interconnectivity broke America’s & EU’s Neoliberal Finance Ponzi via Subprime Mortgage Backed Securities.

    The Great Financial Crisis ushered in the Subprime Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities Ponzi, and the rest is now history.

    Max Kaiser famously stated that ‘One cannot reinflate a Ponzi scheme’.

    The USA is insolvent trillions of times over.

    Raising the deficit and dumping free money via helicopters is not going to restore the underlying fundamentals that undergird stable architecture.

    Macroeconomic Finance has decoupled all economies and markets to date.

    RW

  17. @anonymous

    You can tell that this is a Jew by the way that the comment is written. Jews are taught from birth to hate “pagans” and “idolators” – which they define as “polytheist”. Jews believe that Christians are polytheists because they believe in the trinity – the father, the son, and the holy ghost. Judaism, which is a religion of hate, teaches that idolators and polytheists MUST BE DESTROYED.

    Add to that the insane persecution fantasy that Jews have and you have Jews that are very racist against Europeans, bigoted towards Christians, but firmly believe that it is THEY that are ANTI-RACIST.

    These people obviously should be called out for what they are doing.

  18. Cyrano says:

    The first is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence of false consciousness

    Conclusion: No man is an island. Maybe so, but I believe that a case can be made that humanity is one big archipelago of morons (myself included, although hopefully not a very prominent island in the above mentioned archipelago, maybe just a rock).

    One big beef that I have with Mother Nature – assuming that it was her, without any input from any little helpers, who launched the corona virus in order to get rid of us morons – is why couldn’t she make it deadlier. Somewhere in the Great Plague range – above 50% and not the current paltry 2-7%. This is not going to get the job done. We need a disease in the Bill Gates range of desire – capable of reducing the humanity by at least 90%.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  19. @Truth3

    Define ‘fair‘.

    While you’re at it… define ‘capitalism‘.

    Note: if you think ‘capitalism‘ == ‘private enterprise‘, explain why that is a suitable term for an economy where government makes up ~40% of the economy -> US – Government Spending as a Proportion of GDP.

    As Roderick Long pointed over a decade ago, when people say ‘capitalism‘ they mean two things at the same time, and the two things are unrelated.

    He coined the term ‘zaxlebax’ as an example –

    Suppose I were to invent a new word, “zaxlebax,” and define it as “a metallic sphere, like the Washington Monument.” That’s the definition — “a metallic sphere, like the Washington Monument. ” In short, I build my ill-chosen example into the definition. Now some linguistic subgroup might start using the term “zaxlebax” as though it just meant “metallic sphere,” or as though it just meant “something of the same kind as the Washington Monument.” And that’s fine. But my definition incorporates both, and thus conceals the false assumption that the Washington Monument is a metallic sphere; any attempt to use the term “zaxlebax,” meaning what I mean by it, involves the user in this false assumption.

    And

    Now I think the word “capitalism,” if used with the meaning most people give it, is a package-deal term. By “capitalism” most people mean neither the free market simpliciter nor the prevailing neomercantilist system simpliciter. Rather, what most people mean by “capitalism” is this free-market system that currently prevails in the western world. In short, the term “capitalism” as generally used conceals an assumption that the prevailing system is a free market. And since the prevailing system is in fact one of government favoritism toward business, the ordinary use of the term carries with it the assumption that the free market is government favoritism toward business.

    Bold emphases mine, in both excerpts.

    • Thanks: antitermite, Saggy
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    , @Saggy
  20. Anonymous,[603] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    The only way human societies and peoples can become ‘One’ and operate harmoniously, is if they are FORCED to. With an extremely heavy, bloody, merciless hand.

    Perhaps humanity will be ‘One’ some day (Is being ‘One’ a good thing?). Maybe we can sing by the campfire together as a unit. If this ever come to pass, it should come about organically, over centuries. It’s being forced on us in a generation, through the most sinister sorts of skulduggery.

    We should be thankful for the ‘diversity’ in the world, and maintain it. The alternative is ugly.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
    , @U-turn
  21. @Anonymous,

    Perhaps humanity will be ‘One’ some day (Is being ‘One’ a good thing?).

    But this will be forced on the people to benefit those few who rule and profit from the system and NOT in the interest of the people.

    • Replies: @üeljang
  22. üeljang says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Benefit those few who rule to what end?

    Is there ultimately any meaning to the continuation of human life? Assuming that there is, then shouldn’t everyone’s telos be the colonization of extraterrestrial planets in order to preserve human life on a very long time scale (i.e. beyond the extinction of the Sun)?

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  23. @üeljang

    Benefit those few who rule to what end?

    To assume full spectrum dominance, absolute control, total totalitarianism in their own interests; ie. establishing the NWO.

    Ideally the human race should continue procreating and colonising other planets but space exploration is beset with technical difficulties, if it is even at all possible, despite what we’re being told. For now it would seem that making Earth livable would be the most reasonable option, and for everybody, not just for the elite capitalist oligarchs who run the corporations and their satraps who run the governments.

  24. Parfois1 says:

    Great article. Wish Ron Unz would place it where it deserves as a leading feature in this forum.

    Some commenters have already got their teeth into it, starting with the notion that Jonathan Cook used the word “globalism” as a referent for some type of global government. He does not. He used that word to describe the existing state of affairs in the world where international travel and trade necessitate unhindered mobility across borders. If anything, the word “globalism” is used as an allegory to highlight that “no man is an island”, we are in the world as members of a social group of one type or another in ascending remoteness from the family, workmates, community, region, race, nation, continent and planet Earth. Not only we are members of those social groups, we are also dependent on those groups for survival. CV-19 is only a reminder of that unchangeable truth about being human, a social being. In this sense of being-with-others we derive our sense of individual being, of existence.

    One could go further and stress the metaphysical dimension of man as dependent on his being a social being. We are nothing outside our social milieu and our realization (fulfillment of oneself) can only be achieved through our membership of social groups and death makes it clearer for us. We cease to exist as individuals but the social group to which we belong will go on and that’s why we sacrifice ourselves to save others as some health professionals are doing now.

    Of course there are misanthropes, especially among the Globocapitalist elite who don’t give a fig about human life outside their miserable selves.

    • Agree: JasonT
    • Replies: @slorter
  25. Anon[279] • Disclaimer says:

    Saving the economy = Saving the Jews.

    If you let the economy tank, the Jews will go bankrupt. We just can’t have that now can we? So of course we need a giant bailout, so the rest of America and our descendants can live to pay off our debt to the Jews, to all eternity.

    The first is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations, or a uniquely privileged species – should be understood as evidence of false consciousness. In truth, we were always bound together, part of a miraculous web of life on our planet and, beyond it, stardust in an unfathomably large and complex universe.

    Globalization is not inevitable, it is a choice. One that was chosen for us by the globohomo Zionist thugs. This pandemic would’ve been completely avoided if Trump had stopped all flights from coming into the US the day Wuhan was put on lockdown. Let no one in. Americans who are stuck overseas should be left to their own devices. They want to be the global citizens, they can go suffer with their fellow global citizens, but they don’t get to bring home the virus to infect the rest of us who have no interest in globalization.

    • Replies: @Nonny Mouse
  26. Truth3 says:
    @mark tapley

    You’re an idiot. So is the asshole CoMike.

    COVID is FAR worse than Flu. Had it. Don’t ever want it again.

    Hope you both get it so you can experience the TRUTH.

    • Replies: @Wally
  27. slorter says:
    @Parfois1

    Well at least I can agree with your sentiments! They are what I consider a human response human response!

  28. slorter says:
    @Kratoklastes

    how simple and clear you have made everything ! I was confused before I read that thanks!

  29. Pft says:

    Very interesting article here on COG, Main Core and Attorney General William Barrs “pre-crime” program. Officially known as the “National Disruption and Early Engagement Program” (DEEP)

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-what-newsweek-failed-mention-continuity-government/265954/

    Hmmm……. I might need to find another hobby.

  30. U-turn says:
    @Anonymous,

    Mankind is One.

    A greater part of that order and harmony which exists among mankind has its origin in the natural constitution of man which naturally formed societies due to a mutual dependence and reciprocal interest in securing his diverse wants and needs at a level unattainable on an individual basis.

    A greater part of the misery inflicted on mankind is due to an “extremely heavy, bloody, merciless hand” which pretends its self proclaimed genius necessary to bring about order but operates to divide and destroy societies in its effect.

  31. Antiwar7 says:

    The answer: No.

    As demonstrated by the comments here. Well stated, nonetheless.

  32. We are still very much immersed in the ideological universe of Thatcherism and Reaganism

    Defeating communism was a good thing. And within limits, the free market beats every other system we know of.

    late-stage capitalist societies like the US and the UK will struggle to claim even the limited successes against coronavirus of authoritarian governments.

    Oh boy, here we go. Whenever you hear “late stage capitalism” know this is a concept from Marxist theorists, including the Frankfurt school. It’s also an arrogant concept because it assumes they know the future already.

    • Replies: @Biff
  33. Biff says:
    @RichardTaylor

    the free market beats every other system we know of.

    When you find that ‘free market’ let us know where it’s at and what it’s like..

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  34. TkA says:

    I just skimmed this tripe, sounds like a sell for a brave new world. My cheapest shot: if life is so precious, how about the my body my choice abortion abbatoirs closing down? Second cheapest shot: the biosphere is a very thin sliver of this planet, so invoking a Carl Saganesque awe for the universe is just rhetoric. And writing books on clashes of civilization is the mark of the neocon.

  35. @anonymous

    Oops. Looks like someone with an inferiority complex is jealous of White people again. Virtue signaling and wishing genocide on people in the same sentence is a pretty neat trick.

  36. mike99588 says:

    No we don’t need complex, unworkable solutions by “enlightened technocrats” for real or imaginary problems. We need the government toadies to mostly stay out of the way. If the enlightened technocrats have something to say, say it – then I’ll decide my spending.

    What if realistic, massive IV vitamin C treatments had been available to suppress or delay the initial outbreak? like I blame pharma shills, Big Medicine and the FDA for massive interference and disinformation there.

    Everyday now, we see the pharma addled, paid off press and corrupt politicians attacking HCQ+AZM.

  37. Alfred says:

    It is obvious that there are advantages to society when healthcare is universally available and relatively cost-free.

    However, there is another side to this coin. People are responsible for looking after themselves and it is grossly unfair to saddle the cost of their abuse of their own bodies on the rest of the population.

    Here is a sample of the sort of people who really don’t elicit any sympathy from yours truly.

    This couple is ranting and raving because they were not allowed to buy 20+ cases of a soft drink

  38. chrimony says:

    Where’s this “climate emergency”? I mean outside of the usual stories that blame every weather event on global warming, and you can find the same scare stories going back a century (Tony Heller videos are very informative here). Marxism had its chance in the 20th century, and it FAILED MISERABLY. All it showed was that the pigs at the top benefited like monarchs, while the masses were treated like ants to be crushed underfoot.

    • Replies: @Wally
  39. In truth, we were always bound together, part of a miraculous web of life on our planet and, beyond it, stardust in an unfathomably large and complex universe.

    Yeah, how wonderful it was for New World peoples to become bound with Old World peoples and mostly die of diseases brought over from Europe. What a miraculous web of life that was.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  40. @aleksander

    That’s a new one:
    “Try giving everyone “Medicare” insurance and see what happens. Who’s going to take care of them. Clueless.”
    Wonder whose to blame for that one ? Could it be the Doctors deliberately shorting supply of NEW doctors so as to enhance their own existing bloated wallets.
    Perhaps the common good requires a bit of reform here ?

  41. @Alfred

    “However, there is another side to this coin. People are responsible for looking after themselves and it is grossly unfair to saddle the cost of their abuse of their own bodies on the rest of the population.”
    Yes i guess it is unfair, though “grossly” is a tad strong.
    But basic universal health care (“basic” = clinically required, so not botox etc) is not about “fair” per se but about creating a medical system that cares for ALL because such care is best (& cheapest) for ALL — ie the individual AND society.
    The “puritan” streak of morality in tbe US is a well known tool of Elites (like racism) to splinter people apart, to make the COMMON good all but impossible.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  42. Another lesson the C-virus has taught the world, or at least those who run it, is how a relatively “tame” (in terms of mortality & demographics) bioagent can, with enough media spin, make a wonderful tool for terror & control.

    @19.Kratoklastes
    Thanks for explaining “zaxkebax”, I could think of many things qualified with dual (or triple, or more) interpretations (the J-word foremost in mind) but that’d be beyond the scope of this article.

  43. Miro23 says:

    The US health system is by far the most expensive in the world, but also the most inefficient. The vast bulk of “health spending” does not contribute to healing the sick but enriches a health industry of pharmaceutical corporations and health insurance companies.

    Actually, the provision of healthcare in a country is a very good representation of who holds power in a society.

    For example, at one extreme, there is the US government. It uses its power to protect corporate and professional groups (lobbies) enabling high priced drugs, unnecessary operations, excess medical salaries and a large parasitic health insurance sector. The result is greatly overpriced healthcare (if in fact it is available at all). The public is being exploited for private profit.

    At the other extreme there is France. The French government protects the patient (choice, cost, access, quality) through intensive state control of providers and a commitment to efficiency. It’s still costly – every hospital has a list on the wall of the cost of each operation provided – so that beneficiaries are aware of the full cost even if they are receiving it free . Also they maximize efficiency through every citizen having an electronic card holding their full medical history. This can be plugged into a reader and updated in any doctor’s office, removing a mass of bureaucratic paperwork.

    Source: T.R.Reid “The Healing of America”. An excellent book comparing healthcare systems around the world (or how governments treat their citizens).

    From the book jacket:

    Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T.R.Reid visits industrialized democracies around the world – France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and beyond – to provide a revelatory tour of successful, affordable universal health care systems. Now updated with new statistics and a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, The Healing of America is required reading for all those hoping to understand the state of healthcare in our country, and around the world.

    https://www.amazon.com/Healing-America-Global-Better-Cheaper-ebook/dp/B003XQEVMQ

  44. A small quibble but the author keeps calling those who mislead and exploit us “our leaders”. That is not leadership. The correct expression is “our rulers”.

  45. This is the sort of stuff I see from 30/40-something women on Twitter.

  46. @Anon

    You’re wrong. If you led the economy tank, Jews will buy up everything for a tiny fraction of its worth, as in Weimar Germany when the economy tanked; as in post-Soviet Russia when the economy tanked.

    They will be fabulous beneficiaries of the Corona pandemic. It’s a wonderful event.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
    • Replies: @Anon
  47. @animalogic

    The problem is Americans believe they should get the most expensive care, immediately, without cost.
    One of the few accurate things George Will has said in the last 20 things is: “The problem with health care is Americans want 2009 medicine at 1959 prices”.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @animalogic
  48. The National Health System is in trouble because it was developed before modern medicine really got going. The same problem with the Medicare and Medicaid programs here in the US.

  49. Biff says:
    @Redneck farmer

    The problem is Americans believe they should get the most expensive care, immediately, without cost.

    The only people I know that want things immediately without cost are Kings, and Queens and Presidents.
    You know – Those who have Redneck farmers as loyal subjects..

  50. Time to return to Dr. Garrett Hardin’s work, and implementing certain outlook that was criticized during Garrett’s peak publishing period.

  51. onebornfree says: • Website

    Yet another Unz socialist -going on communist writer labeling the results of socialism [conveniently re-labelled as “capitalism”, but we’re no supposed to notice that], and thus calling for even more socialism-going-on-communism to “solve” the problems that socialism [re-labelled as “capitalism”] caused. Basically his solution [like most here] is: “mo’ gubmint, mo’ gubmint, mo’ gubmint!”

    What a frickin’ moron. And so it goes…..

    No regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  52. Bill Meyer says: • Website

    Jonathan makes the common mistake of believing our world’s managed mercantilist soft fascism financial system to be free market capitalism. The last time I experienced a true free market was my last garage sale. Willing buyer, willing seller, no government licenses, taxes, rules, mandates, permits, or restrictions about what the buyer or seller offered and received. It works pretty well when it’s “allowed”, but doesn’t let tyrants pick winners and losers…. And where’s the fun in that? (sarcasm)

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  53. Anon[421] • Disclaimer says:

    This is hopeless idealism all the way. (Time to rethink our profit-driven priorities?) Men are competitive by nature, they call that evolutionary psychology. This is in the DNA and all the
    Marxist blather about the withering away of the state won’t change it. There will always be
    men on horseback, white knights, saviors, chiefs, emperors, commanders and kings. You read
    about this in history, all histories, everywhere, at all times. Perhaps we get a different deal after the dictatorship of the proletariat? Right buddy, that’s but a delusion, because humans are born poker
    players, strategizers and connivers, men and women both. The homicide detectives have some good advice: “trust no one.” Oh, and you know that Machiavelli guy? He learned about power from
    Cesare Borgia who he worked for, the man who also had Leonardo di Vinci is his employ to design siege engines in the days when Papal Forces forces fought battles for control of central Italy.
    Globalism is as workable as Esperanto.

  54. Realist says:
    @mark tapley

    Your points are well taken.

  55. The first [lesson] is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands … should be understood as evidence of false consciousness. In truth, we were always bound together….

    This is just nonsense. The fact is that this wouldn’t have happened to us if we were still in the world of the 1950s because back then we had no trade with or travel to and from China.

    And now, as we start to enter periods of quarantine and self-isolation – as nations, communities and individuals – all that should be so much clearer. It has taken a virus to show us that only together are we at our strongest, most alive and most human.

    Wow, the lesson is the exact opposite. Borders are needed is the lesson most of us are learning. Even Germany was forced to close its borders.

    When death stalks us it is not bankers we turn to, or corporate executives, or hedge fund managers. Nonetheless, those are the people our societies have best rewarded. They are the people who, if salaries are a measure of value, are the most prized.

    But they are not the people we need, as individuals, as societies, as nations. Rather, it will be doctors, nurses, public health workers, care-givers and social workers who will be battling to save lives by risking their own.

    No, it is not bankers we turn to. Nor is it those awful diversity administrators that our colleges seem to find necessary. They are well-paid in terms of academia, yet they are horribly biased against poor whites. (Poor whites were and still are rare in the elite schools, yet somehow “diversity” doesn’t extend to them.) And social workers? What are they doing about this?

    Or will we go back to business as usual – until the next crisis – rewarding the arms manufacturers, the billionaire owners of the media, the fossil fuel company bosses, and the financial-services parasites feeding off other people’s money?

    Or rewarding the unnecessary diversity administrators, all the whiny feminists who get to write op-ed pieces in the NY Times about some tiny complaint, all the phoney socialist professors making a nice salary while around them there are adjuncts who are starving, etc.

    Despite everything we have been told for four decades or more, western capitalist societies are far from the most efficient ways of organising ourselves. That will be laid bare as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

    We all know that this crisis is a crisis because the leaders in China lied early on about what was happening. (That’s efficiency for you!) Taiwan, which is more capitalist, figured out very quickly that they were lying and closed themselves off, with the result that they have been spared most of the trauma.

    …they will suddenly become fatalists, abandoning their belief in the efficacy and righteousness of the free market. They will … temporarily [become] socialists…. If acknowledged at all, the conclusion to be drawn from the crisis – that we all matter equally, that we need to look after one another, that we sink or swim together – will be treated as no more than an isolated, fleeting lesson specific to this crisis…. Those deeply invested in the current system – and those so brainwashed they cannot see its flaws – will defend it to the bitter end. They will learn nothing from the virus. They will point to authoritarian states and warn that things could be far worse…. This is about societies that treasure the common wealth, that value the common good, above private greed and profit, above protecting the privileges of a wealth-elite.

    This is just nonsense. I went into academia filled with ideas like these, and in fact, there are lots of people in academia who pay lip service to these ideas. But socialists lie. Even though everyone in academia believes that wealth should be redistributed, somehow wealth in academia doesn’t get redistributed. There are people in it making six figures while others starve. In addition, academia more than any other segment of society is riven by class issues, which no one wants to acknowledge. (“You went to that lowly state university and not an elite school? You must not be very good.” “I went there because I was too poor to go elsewhere, asshole.”) I’ll take capitalism over that hypocrisy any day.

    In 2008, after decades of giving the banks what they wanted – free rein to make money by trading in hot air….

    What banks want is to make a profit by making loans to people who are good credit risks. Leftist politicians forced them to make loans to people who weren’t.

    We left Iran all the more vulnerable to coronavirus because we wanted to engineer “regime change”….

    What is this obsession that leftists have with defending the current Iranian regime? Even in my days as a leftist, I hated that regime. I hated it because (1) it murdered a lot of leftists, and (2) it dragged Iran even further in a reactionary direction than the previous regime had been. Yet, leftists continue to defend it. Much of this essay consists of stuff I used to believe but abandoned when I saw how hypocritical academic leftists were, but liking the current Iranian regime was something I never got into. I am just completely puzzled by this. What gives?

    Anyway, the obvious lessons from this episode are that our elites led us astray, globalism needs to be questioned (in particular, the idea that essential items can be manufactured elsewhere), and controlling borders is necessary. Less obvious lessons are that maybe living packed together in cities and using mass transit isn’t such a great idea.

    • Agree: GazaPlanet
  56. Alfred says:
    @Cyrano

    We need a disease in the Bill Gates range of desire – capable of reducing the humanity by at least 90%.

    Just wait until 2020 and your wish will be fulfilled.

    We still see the worst season with 4 different models converging on 2022.

    Coronavirus still appears to be a normal virus (Jan 27, 2020 by Martin Armstrong)

  57. Anon[342] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gunga Din

    The author sounds like a real commie prick.

    Sounds like you’re still drinking the National Review neocon Kool-Aid. A lot of what Cook says here is consistent with what Tucker Carlson says in his book Ship of Fools. Or in traditional Catholic social teaching and encyclicals (e.g., Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891 or Pope Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno in 1931).

    As German Jesuit economist Heinrich Pesch, S.J. (d. 1926) said, “Socialism is the pus that forms when the body gets sick from capitalism.”

  58. onebornfree says: • Website
    @onebornfree

    Will We Allow the Coronapocalypse to Bail Out the Failure of Socialism?

    “…Our near completely socialized capital markets, the furthest things from free markets, are imploding because their multiple layers of Ponzi scheme have been revealed as fictions. COVID-19 just blew up their false assumptions.

    They exist to support through bureaucracy and taxation the desperate promises of governments acting like absentee parents buying their children presents instead of being proper role models and leaders.

    That’s what these ‘aid’ packages being discussed in capitols around the world right now are, just more unpaid-for promises of dysfunctional absentee Boomers, trying to buy our love for another day.

    But, the truth is staring us in the face. The institutions of socialism are revealed to be inadequate……”:

    “Will We Allow the Coronapocalypse to Bail Out the Failure of Socialism?”:
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/03/thomas-luongo/will-we-allow-the-coronapocalypse-to-bail-out-the-failure-of-socialism/

    Regards, onebornfree

  59. @mark tapley

    they can rob the stupid Goys of their liberties and properties by using ongoing false flags and scare tactics they will after awhile have all the cattle on the plantation.

    You have priviledges, not liberties, and all property belongs to the State. Try setting up a lemonade stand without first obtaining permission and purchasing a license from the State to do it.

    As to property ownership, stop paying property tax on “your property” and see how long you stay on it.

  60. @anonymous

    White people went around the world lifting people out of the Stone Age. If you are not white you owe white people way more than you could ever pay. Now go back where you belong you ungrateful piece of trash.

  61. Bankers, corporate executives and hedge fund managers are the real dregs of society and most of them should be strung up from highest poles in the land along with most lawyers but on the other hand, farmers, teachers, doctors etc should be rewarded amply. The evil that will do us in is lurking within the society in plain sight and until it is destroyed we continue at our own peril!

  62. @Alfred

    People are responsible for looking after themselves and it is grossly unfair to saddle the cost of their abuse of their own bodies on the rest of the population.

    And who is promoting GMO foods, “fat is beautiful”, sick homo lifestyles, etc.? People only go along with what they’re told to follow, and going along with government edicts and believing MSM lies is what is called “responsible”. So why now blame them for being at fault and burdening the health system when all they did was follow the rules? Seems a bit unfair. The cost of those they led astray should fall fairly and squarely on the government and the idiot taxpayers who followed the programme.

    This couple is ranting and raving because they were not allowed to buy 20+ cases of a soft drink

    What, only soft drinks? Now if it was 20+ cases of hard liquor, I’d understand.

    • Troll: Truth3
    • Replies: @fish
  63. Corvinus says:
    @Twodees Partain

    There is no fraud nor hoax. Covid-19is real. The citizens of the U.S. have given their consent to be protected and safe. We all have to make sacrifices for the well-being of our society.

    • Replies: @BigJimSportCamper
    , @fish
    , @TkA
  64. the mistake is a simple one
    believing knowing homo homini lupis makes you less lupis
    the opposite is true

  65. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    The two important lessons being taught are actually these:

    “Never give a sucker an even break,” from comedian WC Fields and

    “Never let a crisis go to waste” from former WH Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, Rahm Emanuel.

    Now let the looting begin!

    • Agree: George, Thomasina
  66. @Robert Dolan

    Beat him up with facts and reason but don’t be a common thug and threaten him with a barroom brawl … it’s beneath a truly white man!

  67. Saggy says: • Website
    @Kratoklastes

    What a great example of doublespeak – zaxlxbax. ‘Capitalism’ is certainly double speak, and I think nearly every ‘ism’ word is. With many of them have not 2 meanings, but multiple meanings, like ‘fascism’ (see 26 definitions of fascism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definitions_of_fascism) or no meaning at all, like ‘neoliberalism’.

  68. This whole article founders on the assertion that we have ‘capitalism’. It depends on how you define it. If you mean free markets, industries free of regulation, the absence of strong ties between government and business, we don’t have capitalism at all. The Farm Bill, bank bailouts, patents, copyright, HUD, etc etc…. None of those are capitalist in that sense.

    We have a form of crony capitalism, particularly Jewish vulture capitalism.

    • Agree: Thomasina
  69. Agent76 says:

    Mar 19, 2020 COVID-1984: A Global 9/11

    This report exposes the current censorship campaign by the social media giants who are working in lock step with governments and global institutions taking a page directly from the Event 201 global pandemic exercise simulating a coronavirus outbreak.

  70. Anon[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @Nonny Mouse

    They already own everything anyway, what’s the difference? Who do you think own Wall Street, Hollywood, DC, SV, media, academia, the law profession, the judiciary, publishing, retail, grocery, drugs, healthcare, real estate, travel, leisure and entertainment industries? All Jews. That’s why this country is so effed up. Trillions of our wealth have been siphoned off to Israhell through these fifth columnists. Let them all go under. The American economy needs to die in its present form before we can rid ourselves of these vampire squids.

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  71. Kinda off topic, but not really. Why haven’t any of the rich and famous sick died? Shouldn’t at least a few have perished already? At the very least hospitalized and on a ventilator. I think maybe it is time to step away from the nation state concept, and realize we have entered a ne feudal -oligarchical nightmare. The human herd is currently experiencing a test cull.

    Seriously elitists you need to kill a few of yourself here to maintain the US vs China narrative.

    • Replies: @Herald
  72. @Corvinus

    I did not consent to be imprisoned in my home home for a bad flu virus. How and when did you consent?

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  73. Poco says:
    @anonymous

    Yet I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath for some Christian society to find a cure or vaccine while typing on a computer and enjoying a Christian invented infrastrucure.

    One thing you can be sure of, no one expects any kind of solution to come from the muslim world. Including muslims.

  74. fish says:
    @Corvinus

    We all need to thank Brother Corby from reading from the “Big Book of Corporate Government Communications”!

    We will now pass the plate…

  75. An enjoyable and thoughtful article, especially your section A boot stamping on a face; but what lies at the base of all of it–for example why socialism “works” in places like Nordic/Finish cultures, that people always love to point out, is because those cultures are homogeneous (excepting recent and forced immigration upon them).

    If and when our society wraps up this Fourth Turning, and we have socialized health care and free money and Obamaphones, the only positive, if absolutely demanded and forced by the coming white minority–is that white people can stop being the tax slaves of everyone else (who basically get all these things now-living in a soft socialist caste at this time), and can start reaping the benefits of the same socialized system.

    To be more blunt, a question I’ve asked for a decade, perhaps the answer owing to white people’s need to be independent, to strive to greater things–but why have more white folks ages 16-30 simply just started making babies and receiving welfare. Why do they keep trying to participate and excel in a culture that they ultimately do not benefit from, but instead slave for, including paying the tab on all these bailouts? You think your average black or brown “American” is paying a penny in taxes for any of this stuff?

    If anything, maybe this virus will have the effect of truly leveling the playing field. Maybe these GenY and Zers will wake up, quit striving for anything and just live off the system. Clearly, it won’t work out long term-somebody has to pay the bills, right? But for the next decade, why bother? Let the “minority” workers who work in all these forms of government, go to work every day and pay taxes to support the rest of us.

  76. fish says:
    @Commentator Mike

    What, only soft drinks? Now if it was 20+ cases of hard liquor, I’d understand.

    NOT SHOWN: 55 Gallon drum of well vodka.

  77. N30rebel says:
    @aleksander

    An army of Cuban doctors.

  78. Gyre07 says:
    @aleksander

    Talk about “clueless’. But I’m pretty sure you believe that the British industrial revolution was the high point of western civilization too.

  79. Corvinus says:
    @BigJimSportCamper

    “I did not consent to be imprisoned in my home home for a bad flu virus. How and when did you consent?”

    We all consented for the welfare of society to have protections and safeguards in place, even when we personally disagree. It has been shown that this virus is transmitted by way of large groups of people congregating. Our individual liberties are secondary to the civilization at large. Now, you do have a choice. Feel free to leave your home, as you are not imprisoned. Just realize there will always be positive/negative consequences for our actions.

    • Replies: @Bill Meyer
  80. Agent76 says:

    Mar 22, 2020 Dr Vladmir Zelenko, MD, finds cure for Coronavirus

  81. Question – Will DaCoronaVirus Lead Us Back to Sanity? – https://crushlimbraw.blogspot.com/2020/03/will-dacoronavirus-lead-us-back-to.html?m=0 – each crisis has within itself the seeds of further destruction or restoration – which will it be?
    The problem of using terms like capitalism, socialism, Christianity, etc. has a built-in limitation – The ingrained presuppositions and ignorance of millions of people, combined with binary thinking – produce massive misunderstandings as we use words and phrases which we PRESUME to mean the same thing to all – they don’t!
    I usually provide links for further and in-depth reading, and have discovered that most folks ain’t interested. It’s easier to blather on about what we KNOW – that AIN’T so!

  82. Wally says:
    @Truth3

    – I guess that’s why common influenza kills many times more.

    – I guess that’s why you supposedly “had it” and did not die.

    – Now shoot other foot, Greta.

    Greta Thunberg Says She And Her Father Likely Had The Coronavirus
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/25/greta-thunberg-says-she-and-her-father-likely-had-the-coronavirus/

    • Replies: @Truth3
  83. @anonymous

    Yes if only White Christians had never visited Africa. We all know the continent was on the verge of utopia before those nasty Whites showed up.

    The continent where they would bury twins alive in the belief that they were a bad omen.

    The continent where they still chop up albino children for magical powers
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/tanzanian-children-albinism-hunted-body-parts-receive-prosthetic/story?id=49496498

    Damn you White people!!! They were just a few years from Wakanda.

  84. Sean says:

    There are ominous parallels.

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-01-02/how-spanish-flu-could-have-changed-1919s-paris-peace-talks
    Wilson wasn’t the same man. He tired easily and quickly lost focus and patience. He seemed paranoid, worried about being spied upon by housemaids. He achieved some of his specific goals but was unable or unwilling to articulate a broader vision for a better world. In other words, he acted like a man with residual neurological problems stemming from a recent bout of Spanish flu.

    Over the next crucial weeks, Wilson lost his best chance to win the peace by agreeing in principle to draconian terms favored by France. The final settlement punished Germany with a formal admission of guilt, enormous reparations and the loss of about 10 percent of its territory.

    We know what lesson they took. There is a time for openness to experience, and there is a time for fear and disagreeableness. I am talking about the natural genetic variation that fits some people for certain circumstances.

  85. Wally says:
    @chrimony

    Indeed, Comrade Cook said:

    “As Britain sinks under floods each winter, as Australia burns each summer, as the southern states of the US are wrecked by hurricanes and its great plains become dustbowls, as the climate emergency becomes ever more tangible, we will learn this truth slowly and painfully.”

    – Britain is not sinking – hence insurance rates have not changed and leftists continue to seek coastal real estate

    – Australian police arrested ca. 200 people for arson, after leftist incompetent vegetation non-management policies

    – the great plains are not dustbowls – a brief but historically common drought is long over

    – the now Marxist “climate emergency” was once “global cooling”, “global warming”, “climate change”

    – according to Communist “environmentalists” the world should’ve ended years ago, repeatedly

  86. Nice beginning,alarm bells start ringing,get louder, crescendo ~climate catastrophe, stop reading. I often read his columns, not any more.

  87. @UK

    I think the free market is the answer to the virus. Just end all regulation, and let the free market roam as it will. That will knock the virus on its ass in a trice. All we have to be is be free. Let capitalism rule with glory and honor. That’s the way to do it.

    • Replies: @Truth3
  88. TkA says:
    @Corvinus

    And I’ll take your word for it even though your pseudonym might confuse the dyslexic. Sounds like a verbatim quote frm DHS.

  89. So you really think ol’ Bernie gives a crap about the American people? Oh, and BTW, the criminal psychopathic elites are not “narcissists”….they are called criminal PSYCHOPATHIC elites for this reason–they are PSYCHOPATHS! (Oh, and Bernie is one of them!)

  90. Thomasina says:
    @Anon

    “Let them all go under.”

    I’m with you on that!

    But…but…but…they were not stupid. Just as a welfare mother uses the threat of “but my children will suffer” when there’s talk of cutbacks in social services, the wealthy have made sure they are entwined with Mom and Pop’s pension fund, and when the stock market is threatened, they cry out “but the old people invested in the market and mutual funds will suffer! We must bail them out.”

    We made a mistake by letting our hard-earned money be handed over to Wall Street, pension funds, etc. It allows them to loot, and when they f*ck up, we can’t let them go down because that would mean WE go down.

    Same with housing. “We’ve got to bail out the banks, REITS, etc., otherwise Mom and Pop’s home value will decline.”

    The elite have carefully steered the herd into their products and because now our very livelihoods/retirements are entwined in these instruments, we don’t want to see them go down either.

    They have us. Machiavelli must have a rule stating this somewhere: when you design a system to fleece the people, design it so that they suffer as much by its demise as you do.

    Am I wrong about this?

    • Agree: Parfois1
  91. Truth3 says:
    @Wally

    Why I think COVID-19 is a Bio-Weapon created at Ft. Detrick…

    1. 5 types (strains) of COVID-19 have been found in USA… only 3 in Wuhan.

    2. I think my episode can be traced to a Special Forces or Airborne soldier. I have my reasons.

    3. The CIA uses Special Forces and Airborne specialists (noncoms mostly) in Black Ops.

    4. The contact trail for me included a Ft. Detrick conection.

    5. I think it escaped Ft. Detrick accidently.

    6. Military personnel and civilian contractors and their familes were likely victims.

    7. I think it was taken to Wuhan by US participants in the Military Games there.

    If I said it was CIA intentional I am sure I would have to hide in Siberia.

    • Replies: @John Chuckman
    , @Parfois1
  92. Thomasina says:

    What cities are being hardest hit? Is it the sanctuary cities? Crowded with illegals from cultures where hand-washing is just not practiced?

    Go ahead, get some take-out tonight! But just before you take your first bite, consider who made it and whether they might have just used the bathroom, but didn’t wash their hands.

    Who were the care workers looking after the elderly in the Kirkland facility? I’ll bet they were mostly immigrants or illegals. Were they washing their hands after wiping up after each elderly resident? Apparently not.

    Go ahead, you Open Borders people – open up those borders to the Third World. Then add them to the huge numbers of homeless in California, sh*tting all over the sidewalks. Crowd them into houses and transit systems.

    Your benevolence is breathtaking. But nature has a way of taking away that breath.

    • Replies: @OscarWildeLoveChild
  93. Truth3 says:
    @obwandiyag

    Capitalism doesn’t exist.

    We have Jewish Oligarchic Predatory Corporatism.

    Socialized losses. Jewish gains.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    , @Parfois1
  94. In truth, we were always bound together, part of a miraculous web of life on our planet and, beyond it, stardust in an unfathomably large and complex universe.

    O, so that who one must be Baptised to be a child of God is not true but “we are stardust” is true?

  95. Bill Meyer says: • Website
    @Corvinus

    Oh…”We” consented?? My signed copy of the contract must have been printed on magic disappearing paper granting “authori-tay” livestock rights over me and my kin.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  96. Thomasina says:

    And what did the Chinese Communist elites immediately do upon hearing about the virus?

    Why, they hightailed it out of Dodge and flew it around the world in planes, taking it to their second, third or forth homes or their bnb’s in Spain, Italy, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Paris, Thailand, Singapore.

    Whether capitalist or communist, the elite always have an “out” – a second place to flee to, and a second place to hold their money (tax havens).

  97. derer says:
    @aleksander

    “Try giving everyone “Medicare” insurance and see what happens.”

    Are you suggesting that only selected people should have a health care. You have screwed up view as to what is the role of a government. It is not to bail out (or babysit) the incompetence of corporate welfare bums but to remove FOR PROFIT health care, education and justice. I am willing to pay my taxes for those sectors which are absolutely unsuitable to function under free market mechanism. However i object to use my taxes for failed industries – like disgraceful 2009 bankers bailout.

  98. Corvinus says:
    @Bill Meyer

    Yes, we all consented. We live in a community. We pay taxes. We observe the law. It is called the social contact. You can choose to break it, but there are consequences. You can also choose to leave as well.

    We will be inconvenienced. We will suffer hardship. But we are looking out for the well-being of our society. You know, the general welfare. Don’t you discuss this important concept on your radio show?

  99. Truth3 says:

    Something under 8,000 people per day die in the USA.

    When the daily death toll of COVID-19 hits 10,000, people will stop thinking it’s a hoax.

    If they don’t wise up then, they are either being obstinate or obtuse.

    Headlines will be screaming “Worse than 9/11” the day the death toll hits 3,000.

  100. As of today – according to Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Center – 460,250 people are infected, 113,220 have recovered, and 20,856 have died from the virus. In 2009, the swine flu H1N1) infected 1.6 million people worldwide and killed anywhere from 151,700 to 575,400 (according to the CDC).

    Yet, there was none of this MSM induced mass hysteria. So who gains? The Jewish Reign started in Russia in 1917 and triumphed in 1945. But its days are numbered, and it is trying with all its might to save itself any way it can.

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”

    Rahm Emanuel

  101. @Truth3

    If it is a weapon, that is a serious possibility.

    Please note that the US is a signatory to the international convention against bio-weapons but it carries right on with a great deal of secret research into them.

    It has a whole galaxy of labs in Ukraine and in the old Soviet states of Central Asia.

    I guess it takes the same cavalier attitude it takes with so many international treaties and agreements.

    After all, when you think you are God, you can do anything.

    • Replies: @Truth3
  102. Truth3 says:
    @John Chuckman

    Doesn’t matter what the USA signed on to.

    Our Government does not even obey it’s own laws.

    Israel gets aid even though it did not sign the NPT and developed Nuclear Weapons.

    That’s against 1961 AND 1976 US Law.

  103. derer says:
    @anonymous

    Assuming that only white-people are racists…by implication the profound author “Anonymous” must be therefore white. Or am I wrong?

  104. Polymath says:

    The lesson I’d like it to teach the world is “if you don’t understand math, STFU about any topic involving both numbers and people dying, for the greater good”.

    • Replies: @Kim
  105. another phoney baloney article, going on about capitalism and ‘how we organize ourselves’.
    not a peep as i skimmed this rubbish about the blatantly obvious facts: it’s all about control of all humans worldwide, of their money, but really of their opinions and indeed ALL of their thoughts. ‘we’ll know we’ve won when everything the public believes is false’–ex cia director what’s his face under reagan. anyone remember orwell or huxley? these elites may, just may, have had some clue what they were talking about.
    so,
    anyone who thinks the corona virus is real,
    climate change is real,
    the 911 official story is real,
    the osama assassination is real,
    any presidential candidate is real
    and let me add etcetera etcetera——-
    you people are morons!

  106. @Thomasina

    the “Social contract” does not exist when it comes to “everyone coming together” to protect our nation from illegals, who very often (disproportionately) are engaged in criminal behavior, drunk driving, destroying schools, neighborhoods, etc. It only applies to things like, making sure you quarantine if you think you have symptoms for the ‘social good’. Then there is a social contract…

  107. sally says:

    I think everyone has a good bit of truth to their comment. Each of us is upset, none of us are completely satisfied but what Covid-19 has done has shown many of us that the nation state system (NSS) no longer serves the masses.

    What brought that home for me, what the debt problem experienced by the nations forced to shut down. 2 trillion is the bill today, and that means the banks will be increasing the debt payable to the Federal reserve, and the nation state (USA) will be forcing the humans it governs to pay the interest on that debt for ever. and that new virus induced debt will be added on top of the total amount due to the Fed.. so that eventually the American people can never earn the money it takes to repay the debt owed by the USA to the Fed. At that point, the Fed (a private corporation) will own America and the USA will be its puppet.

    So what is the solution to this problem, needed is currency so house bound, jobless people can buy what they need to survive? The answer was solved by the British Colonist in America, they issued script paper that did not need to be repaid and that bore no interest. After the America Revolution, and during the American Revolution the revolution was financed by privately issued continental script, Lincoln faced with Bankers unwilling to give him the money to fight a war to end slavery, so Lincoln issue an interest free, USA government issued never need to be repaid script to finance the war between the states. Then came JF Kennedy, he proposed to drop the federal reserve, to have the USA issue its own script, again with no interest and no need for the script (currency) in circulation to be repaid. For each of the transgressions against the private debt created each time the a public government increased its currency in circulation the private bankers made massive accounts receivables, and the governed populations were forced to pay the interest on that debt.. (basically the deal between the private bankers (fed reserve) and the USA government)..

    So it is the debt based creation of money that burdens societies and allows private bankers to make enormous passive profits from the currencies that keep societies going. The bankers figured out how to strangle the populations of the world. How can the problem of private third party debt financed currency be solved?

    Simple, the government just issues its own currency and charges no interest and offers that once a currency is placed in circulation it never needs to be repaid.. People will still use it as currency.. But how can it be tracked so that people can study the economy? How can counterfeiting be traced and stopped. Simple again index the serial numbers of the currency to some fixed object.

    The object i like is the surface of the moon.. Each place on the moon can be located by a coordinate system, x, y, and z . and so we divide the surface of the moon into millimeters and issue each bit (bill) of currency indexed to one of the millimeter spots on the moon.

    everyone in the world can use the currency for any activity they wish, but the private bankers (because there is no interest) can no longer earn a passive profit, because there is no interest and no debt created when the currency is issued, no matter how much the activities of societies need to facilitate their transactions. The time value of money disappears, it is the same today as the day it was issued. I call this new global currency the $Millimoon currency, the $Millimoon dollar, or just $M, whatever. In order to comprehend the truly global peace making potential of a moon referenced to non interest bearing, serial numbered $M currency one need only collapse the nation state system into one single global government. There are no move any nations, the people of every nation become citizens of the entire globe, language differences, cultural differences and things that are territorial disappear, and the ability of governors to manipulate the minds and activities of the masses disappears because within interest bearing currency there is no profit in currency (the passive income of the dollar disappeared when interest is no longer an obligation of the governments)

    THE NSS it divides 8 billion people into 206 different crucibles.. and allows those with access to the top to manipulate the leaders who in turn manipulate the masses caught inside of each container in ways that differentiate the people in Container A from the people in Container B. This differentiation results in polarization.. whereby the people in A are taught to hate, fear, despise or be jealous of, the people in the other container B…206.

    Once again the problem in our world is the nation state system because it divides, polarizes and pits the humans in one nation against the humans in another nation. Consider A child born in NYC to Jewish Parents, is swapped on the day of birth with a Child born in Tehran to Shea Parents. Neither child is aware that its parents are not its biological parents, on the 21st birthday of the two children, neither child knows their biological parents, actual place of birth, nor the language of their biological parents, each child hates the other.
    Currency is the same. When the world does not use interest free currency to facilitate its active economic transactions, currency becomes a weapon of war to be used by one nation against another nation. Eliminate the different nations, and the currency reason for war disappears.

  108. sally says:
    @mark tapley

    I think everyone has a good bit of truth to their comment. Each of us is upset, none of us are completely satisfied but what Covid-19 has done has shown many of us that the nation state system (NSS) no longer serves the masses.

    What brought that home for me, what the debt problem experienced by the nations forced to shut down. 2 trillion is the bill today, and that means the banks will be increasing the debt payable to the Federal reserve, and the nation state (USA) will be forcing the humans it governs to pay the interest on that debt for ever. and that new virus induced debt will be added on top of the total amount due to the Fed.. so that eventually the American people can never earn the money it takes to repay the debt owed by the USA to the Fed. At that point, the Fed (a private corporation) will own America and the USA will be its puppet.

    So what is the solution to this problem, needed is currency so house bound, jobless people can buy what they need to survive? The answer was solved by the British Colonist in America, they issued script paper that did not need to be repaid and that bore no interest. After the America Revolution, and during the American Revolution the revolution was financed by privately issued continental script, Lincoln faced with Bankers unwilling to give him the money to fight a war to end slavery, so Lincoln issue an interest free, USA government issued never need to be repaid script to finance the war between the states. Then came JF Kennedy, he proposed to drop the federal reserve, to have the USA issue its own script, again with no interest and no need for the script (currency) in circulation to be repaid. For each of the transgressions against the private debt created each time the a public government increased its currency in circulation the private bankers made massive accounts receivables, and the governed populations were forced to pay the interest on that debt.. (basically the deal between the private bankers (fed reserve) and the USA government)..

    So it is the debt based creation of money that burdens societies and allows private bankers to make enormous passive profits from the currencies that keep societies going. The bankers figured out how to strangle the populations of the world. How can the problem of private third party debt financed currency be solved?

    Simple, the government just issues its own currency and charges no interest and offers that once a currency is placed in circulation it never needs to be repaid.. People will still use it as currency.. But how can it be tracked so that people can study the economy? How can counterfeiting be traced and stopped. Simple again index the serial numbers of the currency to some fixed object.

    The object i like is the surface of the moon.. Each place on the moon can be located by a coordinate system, x, y, and z . and so we divide the surface of the moon into millimeters and issue each bit (bill) of currency indexed to one of the millimeter spots on the moon.

    everyone in the world can use the currency for any activity they wish, but the private bankers (because there is no interest) can no longer earn a passive profit, because there is no interest and no debt created when the currency is issued, no matter how much the activities of societies need to facilitate their transactions. The time value of money disappears, it is the same today as the day it was issued. I call this new global currency the $Millimoon currency, the $Millimoon dollar, or just $M, whatever. In order to comprehend the truly global peace making potential of a moon referenced to non interest bearing, serial numbered $M currency one need only collapse the nation state system into one single global government. There are no move any nations, the people of every nation become citizens of the entire globe, language differences, cultural differences and things that are territorial disappear, and the ability of governors to manipulate the minds and activities of the masses disappears because within interest bearing currency there is no profit in currency (the passive income of the dollar disappeared when interest is no longer an obligation of the governments)

    THE NSS it divides 8 billion people into 206 different crucibles.. and allows those with access to the top to manipulate the leaders who in turn manipulate the masses caught inside of each container in ways that differentiate the people in Container A from the people in Container B. This differentiation results in polarization.. whereby the people in A are taught to hate, fear, despise or be jealous of, the people in the other container B…206.

    Once again the problem in our world is the nation state system because it divides, polarizes and pits the humans in one nation against the humans in another nation. Consider A child born in NYC to Jewish Parents, is swapped on the day of birth with a Child born in Tehran to Shea Parents. Neither child is aware that its parents are not its biological parents, on the 21st birthday of the two children, neither child knows their biological parents, actual place of birth, nor the language of their biological parents, each child hates the other.
    Currency is the same. When the world does not use interest free currency to facilitate its active economic transactions, currency becomes a weapon of war to be used by one nation against another nation. Eliminate the different nations, and the currency reason for war disappears.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  109. MBlanc46 says:

    Yes, capitalism is fundamentally flawed. But putting Comrade Sanders in charge would make things an order of magnitude worse.

  110. anonymous[319] • Disclaimer says:
    @A123

    What?! I had to recheck your post.

    Nothing from Uranus about Islamo-something-or-the-other?

    You’re slipping, you hasbarist mofer.

  111. FB says: • Website
    @Alfred

    Thanks for the video…our own ‘Beef the Mighty’ and ‘Trinity’ at Walmart…stocking up on soda pop…LOL

    • LOL: Parfois1
  112. Corvinus says:
    @Bill Meyer

    “The last time I experienced a true free market was my last garage sale. Willing buyer, willing seller, no government licenses, taxes, rules, mandates, permits, or restrictions about what the buyer or seller offered and received.”

    That works on a limited small scale. For the society at large, that would not work consistently and effectively. Besides, most American consumers desire protections, and fought for licensing, taxing, rules, mandates, permits, and restrictions. They gave their consent. Remember, the Founding Fathers insisted that companies be regulated, i.e. they receive a license from the state in order to operate.

  113. Herald says:
    @Old and Grumpy

    I doubt you are off topic, but you are definitely moving into dark waters that will be far too turbulent for many, even perhaps for some of the many enlightened UR contributors.

    As for the rich and famous, they are being allowed to parade their infections, as that will good for upping the fear factor, though the grim task of dying will be left to the more anonymous, especially those that are critically ill and/or terminally ancient.

    We are now in very dangerous territory, but it might just be a practice run this time, with possibly more lethal strains mysteriously popping along with every winter.

    Perhaps a grave danger, in the fairly near future, will lie with the vaccines that are now being cobbled up in a myriad of places. This great haste by itself, would make them potentially unsafe, but worse is the real possibility that some of them may be intended to be harmful and will act as a key player in the long planned global population cull.

    The deafening hype is partly meant to have the public clamouring to be vaccinated, but even more dangerously, it will present an ideal opportunity to make the coronavirus and other vaccines mandatory.

  114. @Truth3

    Yes, it does, you mook. And it doesn’t work. As the present emergency proves again and again.

  115. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    To be fair, they gave syphilis and stupidity in return.

  116. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @sally

    >”Lincoln…faced with Bankers unwilling to give him the money to fight a war to end slavery…issue[d] an interest free, USA government issued never need to be repaid script”

    >” Kennedy…proposed to drop the federal reserve, to have the USA issue its own script, again with no interest and no need for the script (currency) in circulation to be repaid.”

    Both were murdered, too. Cohencidence?

    Finally, who/what is this “Fed”? Is it a god untouchable by humans? Is it like the arrogant Marquis St. Evrémond, thinking itself immune from any and all consequences?

  117. Parfois1 says:
    @Truth3

    You have framed a sequence of events leading to the conclusion of a believable outcome and anyone capable of reasoning who had gone through a similar course would necessarily come to the same conclusion.

    But there are those who, had they gone through a similar experience, for whom the logical conclusion would conflict with their core belief system (dogma), they would rationalize it (a defence mechanism) to make it compatible with that pre-existing belief (cognitive dissonance). Hence you are called a liar – and the psychological balance restored.

    Much easier to deal with than the shattering realization that the “defence” establishment might be suspect of being involved in the biowarfare business.

  118. Parfois1 says:
    @Truth3

    Capitalism doesn’t exist.

    Hope you are right! Meanwhile, until the day all corporate profits, dividends and salaries above (say) $100,000 are paid into public revenue to provide free healthcare, education and pensions for all people, Capitalism is the existing economic system. This system (based on the wealth of the capitalist class) in turn sets up the political structure and institutional framework (including “democracy”) that protects and promotes the interests of the capitalist class.

    As long as the commons, that is, resources (including labour, also called human resources) are converted into private profit, there is Capitalism. It may exhibit different forms (eg. fascism, financial capitalism, imperialism, etc.) but the underlining common factor in capitalism is the appropriation of common resources for private gain.

    If your idea of Capitalism is “free-market capitalism” (whatever that means), you are right because it cannot exist because its fundamental tenet is “free competition”. In a competitive world, eventually there would be the “winners” leading to the formation of monopolies or cartels who would use their competitive advantage to suppress lower-clout competitors. So you end up with a system that is familiar to all of us.

    You could object to the above and say that the competition on the “free-market” would be such that every participant would be fair and egalitarian to avoid the emergence of “winners”. Are you serious? Can you imagine a 100m dash where all competitors would crawl along and cross the line all at the same time? It would not be “free” anyway.

    To counter that argument (about winners’ competitive advantage) you would necessarily establish rules to prevent abuse of power, as most capitalism systems have in place – in itself a recognition that “free” becomes “unfree”. But that would defeat your definition of “free market” because it would be a regulated market. So, the notion of “free market” is a pie-in-the-sky strawman to sustain the myth of “freedom”, “democracy”, etc. the ideological slogans of Capitalism.

    One does not need a course in dialectics to understand the above observations, they are simple facts revealed to our minds in our everyday world. But, if one needs a philosophical foundation to validate our belief system (for instance that “there is free-market capitalism”) one must engage in metaphysical explorations, such as Hegelian dialectics, to get a glimpse of it, not of a static solid form, but as a continuously changing phenomenon, always evolving from one stage to another. Even if you could start with a hypothetical tabula rasa free-market, it would soon change into a monopoly, oligopoly or something else very different from its beginning.

    Come to think of it, I wonder if anyone has done an experimental study on the theory of “free market”, say similar to Zimbardo’s roleplay prison experiment.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  119. Kim says:
    @Polymath

    Let’s say I were a master of numbers, how would I calculate this “greater good” that you talk about? And what would it be greater than? And would everyone agree with you that it was indeed greater?

  120. @Redneck farmer

    If that’s true then they need to be educated to accept the best care appropriate to their malady. Universal health care is not a Caligula’s orgie of gratification, but an attempt to provide appropriate care to those in need.

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