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Coronavirus and the ‘Shock Doctrine’

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/18/coronavirus-and-shock-doctrine

This incredible opportunity to shift the Overton Window leftward in a serious way featured lead off hitters Pelosi and Schumer getting outmaneuvered by Steve Mnunchin and Tom Cotton.

Liz Warren, Bernie, and AO-C issued a set of conditions on which to base industry bail outs that DIDN’T INCLUDE PUBLIC OWNERSHIP STAKES in those begging for handouts.

And the American people – so cowardly, compliant, unimaginative, and conditioned to expect less for themselves while their oligarch masters buy up their assets for pennies on the dollar – just respond to getting the shaft by blaming the next lowest group on the totem pole. And the lowest group on the totem pole responds by hoping and praying we can replace a megalomaniac with a corporate sock puppet.

Climate chaos can’t get here soon enough.