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Reevaluating Our Priorities

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/25/reevaluating-our-priorities


The GOP propaganda machine that rewrote the American English dictionary during the Reagan Regime poisoned words like “public, social, socialism”, etc. to the extent that Sanders incorporating such words into his campaigns doomed his political fortunes beyond the borders of a state with a smaller populatioin than resides within the city limits of Seattle.

The corporations, their media and politicians find Sanders a perfect medium for pushing voters’ fear and greed buttons and labeling him a “radical”, despite Sanders being radical only in the sense of George Orwell noting that “in an era of widespread deceit, telling the truth is considered a radical act”.

To successfully promote single payer medical insurance candidates need to compare and label themselves as 20th century centrists. FDR, Truman, JFK and LBJ, all centrists, promoted universal single payer. When LBJ signed Medicare into law in 1965 he noted that limiting it to those 65 and older was a compromise (to get Dixiecrats to vote for it) and he admonished Congress to expand it to all Americans.

Concurrent with 1965 US Medicare, Canada enacted universal single payer that originated in Saskatchewan, a very conservative province then and now. A half century later Canadians continue to recognize then Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas (the father of single payer) as the most popular Canadian of all time.


The CV19 crisis is not exposing “weak spots w/in our society.” It is further exposing what the political-economy of capitalism is and how the U.S. is designed to work for capitalists and its bourgeois functionaries.

If we do not say this clearly, we cannot make the concrete moves we need to, individually and collectively, to survive this crisis so we can continue to lay the basis for sustainable ecosocialism in whatever forms we develop them.

Words Matter.


The author could perhaps benefit from re-evaluating focus. Global response statistics already show that USA has been deliberately infected more eggregiously than any country on Earth. Countries which respond intelligently, like South Korea, do much better than careless countries, like Italy. Many still harbor the Surgeon General’s breezy expectation that USA’s response scores somewhere between those two.

Just yesterday, I heard with horror the official federal request of anyone who recently fled New York to please self-isolate for 14 days. This is much worse than Italy, we will sadly come to see. If it kills more than 3 million of us, that would be more than fell in every war USAmerica ever fought. It’s not neglect, it’s not incompetence, it’s deliberate public-health sabotage from multiple federal fronts, scrambled to maximum hazard daily by Orangeman.

I’d like to see more focus on the ongoing domestic war-crime against us. That would be proportionate.


This article is a lot better than i expected it to be. But the author seems to not see the obvious plain truth that industrial society has led us into an ecological unraveling that is underway and accelerating toward near-term catastrophe, with climate chaos as only the most talked about aspect of the onrushing collapse. The clear need to “reevaluate our priorities” has been screaming at us for decades.

This ecological unraveling requires humans to pretty much immediately – (we should have started in the 1940s following WWII; certainly should have started with the publication of Silent Spring in 1961; certainly should have started with the environmental movement and the first Earth Day in 1970; instead we got the “Reagan Revolution” in 1980 and the DLC Clinton presidency of 1992 with the bi-partisan duopoly imposition of neoliberalism and corporate rule and slow dismantling of the New Deal) – to immediately shift fundamentally from an economy based on the rule of capital, with colonization for extraction and profit through “externalization” of costs upheld as the “best practice” of corporate fiduciary responsibility to investors – to an economy based on social good and ecological health. Ecosocialism, as @LongGone writes above. “Care for the Earth; Care for the People; Fair Share for All” as practitioners of permaculture phrase it.

We need to dis-empower the looting class; stop their incessant propaganda, PR and advertising; end the fictions of “corporate personhood” and money as speech; carry out deep wealth reform and land reform; address the legacies of 6 centuries of colonization, enslavement, genocide and grand theft continental; reclaim ownership of our personal information, data and meta-data; and re-boot the economy on humanistic and ecological principles.

Or, continue accelerating toward complete catastrophe.


You are right, words matter. Let’s stop calling it the corona virus or the Chinese virus, etc.

The free market virus.
The Trump virus.
The virus of capitalism.
In the UK, the Boris Johnson virus.



Good article with one point off, when did Trump actually invoke the Defense Production Act? My understanding is even with broad support from his gop followers, he has refused to do this.

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i should have expanded this to include ending war – something like “to end war and dismantle the military-industiral-media-infotainment complex” – the MIMIC as others here have called it, expanding on Eisenhower’s MIC.


Apparently Ike’s first draft called the MIC the MICC, the military-industrial-congressional complex.


It was mar 13…

The Stafford Act and federal emergency powers

On March 13, [Trump declared a national emergency] under the 1988 Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Under[the Stafford, about $40 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be used by the federal government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Very well written. I’ve read that the worst is yet to come. The peak will be sometime in May. We need single payer health care, but we will need to get is in a state or two first. See Single Payer Action Network of Ohio

I’m no expert about this, but I don’t think that’s the same as the Defense production Act. This act was used during WWII, and can be used to force US companies to produce products we need for the crises we face today, like hospital PPE, ventilators, and other items in short supply.


It’s no more racist to say Italy’s abhorent results (10% mortality at this writing, highest in the world) reflect carelessness than it is to discuss USA’s carelessness, which is far more ominous. How dare you even try to conflate racism with this? I find it creepy if your mind really works that way.

USA has been extremely careless with coronavirus and other living things. Not a goddam thing to do with racism. Australia and Canada are doing pretty good. USA and UK are doing pretty awful. Intelligent minds would be inquiring minds: asking why some countries do better than others. (My gut-level hunch: it has something to do with giving-a-shit at a cultural level.)

Incidentally: Japan’s population is quite elderly. And Japan’s doing quite well with SARS2, comparatively.

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Let’s look up “dissimulation” – as I doubt you have.

The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; concealment by feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy.

Perhaps you can inform the forum how it’s possible to mention the role of various nations in history without “dissimulating” into your flagrantly baseless, despicable accusation of racism. Oh sorry, I forgot. You don’t have anything at all for the forum, let alone any useful information.

It’s hugely offensive of you to kid around like a jerk on this subject, because racism is very real in this world of ours, white-boy. It’s more accurately known as white supremacy.

Is that some language known to humans in which you write, or a special code accessible only to those with post-structuralist deconstructural skills?