I have to say, once I got over the initial shock that members of my own family may die in the next year, processed that, and began to do research about the infection rates, transmission rates, and death rates, I’ve come to see this as an event being managed by two types of people in power today:
technocrats for a reintroduction of austerity, the phasing out of paper money, and the consolidation of digital business supporting the tech elites to replace the social sphere (work from home, buy from home, play on zoom/ig/facebook).
populists for stoking fear, racism and anti globalist anger to close borders, restrict trade, and consolidate power on the basis of health and safety. or to subtly imply conspiracy and stoke populist protests to take over local governments.
Both are playing to their respective voting groups (1 - meritocratic/tech/managerial class moneyed voters 2 - most everyone else)
All of the tools for authoritarian systems of government have been around since 2005, now with a pandemic we can replace the other that was Terrorism with the other that nobody can see, smell, hear, or touch - Covid. But it’s 2020 so rather than a show of force it becomes subtly psychological (Stay Home, Save Lives) and we learn that tracking, data mining, drone surveillance and self policing are necessary for the health and safety of humanity.
What i would hope could happen is that we could create a democratic vote on responses. To me there is a huge danger in allowing scientists to dictate taking away civil rights. We’ve lost the right to assemble based on data sets, not democratic votes on the validity of those sets and research. Scientific managerial governance seems to be a new proto-power structure.
What’s incredible to me is that many in banking knew a recession was coming, I’ve talked to friends and clients lots about it. The way this thing hit, and when it did, overlapping elections, really really seems suspect to me. I read all the conspiracy theories and take them with a huge grain of salt, knowing that they are written by isolated people with little to no grip on reality. But suddenly, as a result of lockdown, we are all isolated people with only a screen and a window to feed us reality. The amount of mental health issues and OCD being formed on top of the unemployment and loss of livelihood will drive many to look to IG and Facebook and YouTube for some diversion.
Amazon is racking up loot and just cut affiliate marketing revenue from 3%-8% per purchase to 1%-3%. It’s rippling through the internet slowly, but the poor and working classes not to mention black and brown people will obviously feel this the hardest. Meanwhile anyone who had stocks or a pension took a big hit, but the market is open for picking through if you have money to invest. Meaning income inequality widens, the rich buy up cheap, the poor die and bleed their money on finding a job to get them through, there is a recession through 2023 and nobody protests.
I don’t know that there will be rage or anger from this, collectively. I don’t know if people will recognize the power grabs going on right now. The bailouts that are occurring and the shift of power that this is allowing. I don’t think I really do, and will never fully understand it. There’s so much misinformation but it seems that everything I knew before about collapse and how this system won’t sustain us remains true. It’s just like GODDAMN what an opposition they are mounting.
So back to the basement, the garden, the attic to restructure how to live in this new world.