Cooperative Economy vs. Capitalism

Worldwide Launching: Coalition for Universal Peace and Sustainable Life

The COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition will launch twice on May 23—09:00 and 21:00 EST time—unveiling a Manifesto signed by thousands of people and scores of organizations worldwide. The COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition began forming in March by 60 academics, activists, writers, artists, workers and students from a score of countries. Brief introductions of founding members are …

Joblessness surpasses Depression record and this virus isn't going away soon

Time for a Little Truth About the Economy and the COVID-19 Pandemic

(This story is being published jointly by ThisCantBeHappening.net and Tarbell.org) The auto industry is gearing up to bring back at least half its workers and to begin producing cars again. Across the country, states and localities are attempting to restart businesses that have been shuttered for as much as two months because of the Coronavirus …

With 20-50% of pandemic deaths in nursing homes there are really two pandemics

Institutionalized Elderly are Facing a Massacre, not an Epidemic

There are really two pandemics currently wreaking havoc across the US. Both involve the same COVID-19 virus, but while they are both terrifying and dangerous they differ in the type of damage they are causing. One epidemic is a general contagion afflicting everyone. Even as the number of people it kills still remains relatively low …

Epidemic Epistle V: A COVID-19 crisis diary by Dave & Gary Lindorff

Becoming a Marginalized Person in a Pandemic is Eye-Opening

Body bags piling up in a Detroit hospital (click here to view video) By Dave Lindorff           As a white male from a middle class family in which both parents had gone to college, a dad who was a tenured professor with a  PhD in electrical engineering and degrees from MIT …

John Prine and Bernie Sanders:

Honoring Two Men Just Brought Down by the Coronavirus Pandemic

  Two hugely important people were taken down by COVID-19 this past week. Both have left a legacy, the importance of which cannot be ignored. John Prine The first struck down last week is one of the greatest modern songwriters of my lifetime, John Prine. One of my favorite musicians, Prine was a humble, funny …

Epidemic Epistle III: A COVID-19 crisis diary by Dave & Gary Lindorff:

It’s Spring and I’ve Turned 71 in a Pandemic-Induced Recession

  I’m feeling a little weird these days.  No, don’t worry! I’m not coming down with suspicious flu-like symptoms. So far fortunately, I’m managing to stay healthy despite my 71 years and a lung condition that makes me particularly at risk of any respiratory illness that comes along — much the worse if it’s a …

No helping hand from the little hands man

Americans Stranded Abroad — Another Coronavirus Crisis Scandal

Neshamah Maillard understands the necessity for ‘social distancing’ to combat the deadly health crisis from the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, Maillard never thought in her wildest imagination that the ‘social distancing’ required for Coronavirus meant her staying over 3,500-miles from her daughter. But Coronavirus chaos resulted in Maillard, a Philadelphia-area resident, being thousands of miles from …

Huge layoffs = major recession; Raging infections and deaths = major epidemic:

Neither Pandemic Nor Economic Collapse is Going to Be a Short-Lived Crisis

  On Thursday, April 2, the bottom fell out of the US economy, as the US Department of Labor reported that an unprecedented 6.6 million more workers in the US had been laid off and had filed claims for unemployment compensation payments with their state Unemployment Offices last week. That stunning news followed the already …

Could this virus and economic crisis be a revolutionary moment?

Marx on the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Ron Ridenour Copenhagen — “A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of” COVID-19. For Marx and Engels writing the Communist Manifesto, in 1848, that spectre was communism, their political system of choice. This flaring ghost they described frightened the capitalist class, which endeavored to exorcise its breath. The contemporary specter (thesis-see note) is a new …

Hundreds of billions of bucks for arms, nothing for hospital beds, medical tests, masks and ventilators:

We Have Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus

4/3 Update:  By the time the sacked captain left his ship on orders from a miffed Pentagon brass because of his leaked letter pleading with the Navy to allow his threatened 5000 crewmembers leave the ship for quarters in hotels in Guam where they could be quarantined and  separated to prevent further spread of the …