Saturday, 21 March 2020

it’s going to disappear—one day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear

In a damning indictment against the Trump regime’s handling of the corona crisis and a disgusting example of greed self-enrichment at the cost of untold lives and livelihoods by downplaying the public health threat and short-selling America (it is indeed easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism) a senator and intelligence committee chairman capitalised on his insider knowledge and privately warned an exclusive group of donors at a luncheon about the potential of dramatic, societal disruptions caused by the global pandemic.

The forecast was issued weeks before the true scope of damage became clear to the public and at crucial juncture when stronger measures could have stopped the spread and spared the integrity of that country’s already broken—in fact on the same day as Trump dismissed what health experts were advising as a hoax on the part of the opposition political party and pandering to the basest tendencies of his electoral base—and only came to light from a secret recording by someone in attendance sufficiently alarmed to reach out to the press. I hope against hope that we are wrong and that Trump gets vindication but I fear for what a sustained state of emergency will befall America—and anyone else that diminishes this enemy that won’t argue back but rather just has its way—and the rest of the world will have to corral it with a cordon sanitaire, internationally people knowing that Trump and his ilk are not representative of the people in general and that the majority of Americans are not violent and racist but it quickly becomes a far different relationship with the knowledge that all are infectious. America could have rid itself of its parasitic despots peaceably (one of course cannot say whether there would have still been an global epidemic under different leadership but the response would be measurably different in the US and for nations suffering more because of Trump’s politics like Iran and Argentina) but now they either struggle with the consequences—or bring out the pitchforks. “It could get worse before it gets better. It could maybe go away. We’ll see what happens.”