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The Inequality Virus

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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 01:52 PM
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Welp. Surprise?!


The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to lead to an increase in inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began. The virus has exposed, fed off and increased existing inequalities of wealth, gender and race. Over two million people have died, and hundreds of millions of people are being forced into poverty while many of the richest – individuals and corporations – are thriving. Billionaire fortunes returned to their pre-pandemic highs in just nine months, while recovery for the world’s poorest people could take over a decade.

The crisis has exposed our collective frailty and the inability of our deeply unequal economy to work for all. Yet it has also shown us the vital importance of government action to protect our health and livelihoods. Transformative policies that seemed unthinkable before the crisis have suddenly been shown to be possible. There can be no return to where we were before. Instead, citizens and governments must act on the urgency to create a more equal and sustainable world.

The Inequality Virus



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PAUL O’BRIEN: Precisely, Amy. The data around the world, I’m not sure it’s even worse, but it is terrible in terms of how it has discriminatorily impacted women. A lot of it is because in the informal economy, you’ve seen two billion workers go out of work. Women are often on the front lines of under-secured labor. In the Middle East and North Africa, many of them have been forced to give up their jobs at 40% higher rates of job loss even though they were already discriminated against to start with, in terms of getting jobs. And we’ve seen this in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, too. So without specific protections designed to make our economic system more gender-just, to provide basic social protection, when you have a pandemic like this, it’s going to hurt women more. Everywhere.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the ten richest men in the world according to your report have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the pandemic began?

PAUL O’BRIEN: Yep! And just to put that in context, that’s enough to vaccinate everybody on the planet Earth to get rid of this pandemic. And that’s just the profits they’ve made during the pandemic, the additional monies they’ve made. And of course, yes, it would be a good thing if they all sat around the dinner table and said, “You know, we’ve made this extra money, we had enough to start with. Let’s get rid of this pandemic.” But of course, our economic system can’t rely exclusively on their largess. What we are not doing is articulating and then passing the legislations that turns that from a voluntary philanthropic exercise into something they are required to do.
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Inequality Virus: Pandemic Widens Wealth Gap for Women, People of Color as Billionaire Profits Soar

I dunno... is there anything left (socialism!) to discuss or do we skip the niceties and start cursing immediately? You decide, I guess.

Word of the day: covillotines.


Have at it!





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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 01:58 PM
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But it is liberal leftist politicians that have led to the shutdown causing the inequality.... just saying.


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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:10 PM
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I can't help but wonder, if the world economy was allowed to function again, wouldn't that also fix some of the issues raised in the OP?



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:17 PM
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So now theyre concerned on Womens rights issues in other countries?

They sure as hell havent cared about any of it in any of those countries, or the ME until they could twist it into some talking point tied to covid.

Go figure


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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:19 PM
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Shut down businesses they said, and then wonder why people are poorer.

Are they really this stupid, are you really this gullible?

Government caused the problem. Prior to the shut downs and endless lockdowns, the poor were making huge economic strides in this country.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:23 PM
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This article is garbage. The problem is even in the article yet they ruin it with division talking points of gender and race.

Billionaires have seen their wealth and standing of living increase, Everyone else has suffered.

Rich and poor is the issue here, not race and gender.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:28 PM
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Im sorry, but this is a total "No # Sherlock" kind of thing.

What was supposed to happen? People who are most vulnerable, if they are able to work, tend to work jobs where you have to be at a job site. You can't flip burgers from home, right? And when you remove manufacturing from the 1980 US economy you are left with what we have today: an enormous service sector inhabiting the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

So you kill their jobs. You make it where they can't work. Or, maybe they can work but they work in lower/middle management and now get to do the same job for 25%-50% less (im "upper management" and am doing it minus 25% personally). Ever seen a Dollar General manager and what they get paid? And now its less? Its not like there is less business, or less traffic coming in to buy stuff.

Im sorry, but reading the first bit of this article made me unable to read any more. Its an "it goes without saying" type of deal. Of course its opened up the disparity. Poor people weren't allowed to work, while everyone else got to do "work from home".



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:29 PM
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This virus has hurt the mid to lower middle class pretty bad. The poorer people are taken care of, but the lower to mid middle class have acquired quite a bit of debt over the years and the grim reaper has come to collect what is owed. So we have more people close to or below the poverty line and even the upper middle class has now dropped to the mid middle class now and with the upcoming new taxes by this administration, these people will all suffer while the rich get even richer.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:31 PM
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Prior to the shut downs and endless lockdowns, the poor were making huge economic strides in this country.


Bollocks. This is an old trend being reinforced by the pandemic, which we likely wont find in your imagined alternative set of data.

Now you know.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:34 PM
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I think this chart illustrates your post quite well. The group most likely to think things were OK were also the ones most likely to easily be able to work at home and weather the lock downs, for the rest -- the $50K and under set -- they're the ones paying for it in the worst ways.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:34 PM
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This virus did what it was intended to do, stop the progress of the small emerging businesses entrepreneur rob them of their american dream, and made the people now slave of the government, welfare, stimulus check and unemployment benefits,

The biggest winner, China,



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:35 PM
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What was supposed to happen?


From the top of my head:

- UBI
- Free Healthcare
- Suspended Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:38 PM
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Who pays and how?

And if you say me. Then what stops me and others like me from simply giving up trying anymore because everything I work hard for goes straight out of my paycheck to those things I never asked for and don't want.

And when everyone does it, who pays and how?



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:41 PM
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Its always the same song and dance with the gov/globalists.

Theyre doing the same thing now with petrol and the energy sector here in the US (being in texas im sure you are accutely aware)

Theyre gonna shut all this down, then theres going to be an energy crisis that "only the government can fix", and we will be in another situation where were at the mercy of those who dont care about us , to "save " us.

These sort of plays are how you implement a complete socialist system. They NEED us to be completely dependent

They know Americans are fiercely independent and dangerous to their establishment if we can sustain ourselves, and they cant have that
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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:43 PM
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Rich and poor is the issue here, not race and gender.


Both.



5. A world of climate safety

Climate breakdown is the biggest threat ever to human existence. It is already destroying the livelihoods and taking the lives of the poorest, economically excluded and historically oppressed communities. Women
in these communities are among the most affected.

To prevent this, we need to build a green economy that prevents further degradation of our planet and preserves it for our children. We need an end to all subsidies for fossil fuels, and an end to fossil fuel corporations
and their rich shareholders making profits from government bailouts. The fight against inequality and the fight for climate justice are the same fight. The pandemic has shown us that massive action by governments is possible in the face of a crisis; we must see the same level of action to prevent climate breakdown.

The future depends on the choices we make now.

We are at a pivotal point in human history, a moment that will be written about in history books. We cannot return to the brutal, unequal and unsustainable world that the virus found us in. Humanity has incredible talent, huge wealth and infinite imagination. We must put these assets to work to build a more equal human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.

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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:49 PM
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originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan




What was supposed to happen?


From the top of my head:

- UBI
- Free Healthcare
- Suspended Patent Rights on COVID-19 Vaccines


As it regards any of that, what is missing is the other side of the ledger. UBI is a nice phrase...how does it get paid for?

On a related note: UBI is relinquishing the means of production to overlords. That is a path to enslavement. If the solution is that we will tax corporations to pay for the populous....the end result of that is we become the product and not the customer.

There was a show about this. I want to say it was a Black Mirror episode, but i cannot recall. The gist is that humanity had given over to an AI to take care of them. The way things fell into working was it was all funded through consumption. When there was no one to consume, the factories began making robots so that there would be more customers. Without me having to type 1000 words, I am hoping you are able to imagine the dystopian nature of this.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:51 PM
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posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:51 PM
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We cannot see and prove there is covid 19,. But we can see and prove there is 5g.



posted on Jan, 26 2021 @ 02:52 PM
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a reply to: PublicOpinion

When governments shut down the working class' job sites and infringe on their Right to earn a wage, the working class' financial position weakens tremendously. Who'd have thunk it?

The liberal governments, of course, will paint this as a problem with capitalism and the "wealthy" will be the bad guys. Ultimately, however, this is entirely on the hands of #ty "leaders" running most major cities and many states in the US and running national governments in multiple countries. Instead of killing the golden goose (job creating industries and investors who actually build jobs) we should be delousing the goose, which would remove the parasitic liberal governments from feeding off of the goose's lifeblood.



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