Work, income and wealth must be distributed more fairly, and a number of “rules of the game” in our society must be changed. The upheaval forced by the crisis will hopefully force even hard-boiled defenders of the existing to rethink – if only because otherwise dramatic distribution conflicts threaten.
“Our test would be an absolute breakthrough,” says Ringeisen. It would massively improve the diagnosis of infected persons and enable them to be quickly quarantined so that they do not infect other people. The test should be introduced as soon as possible. He specifies mid-May as the date.
Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker spoke out in favor of interpreting Germany’s military defeat as a liberation and postulated that May 8 was a “gateway to the future”. The real goal is a nationwide public holiday, as demanded in the petition. The Berlin Senate could also lobby for such a gesture, that May 8 be considered the day of liberation from National Socialism.
by Marijke Colle, May 2020 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/18832845.php
“Radical reforms are needed. The policies of the last forty years must be reversed. The government must play a stronger role in the economy. It must no longer regard public services as costs but as investments. It must find ways to make work less precarious and less insecure. Redistribution is back on the agenda. The privileges of the rich are once again under scrutiny. Policies such as wealth tax, which were recently considered madness, must be reintroduced.”
What was thought to be temporary has remained until today. Temporary rules became law. Snowden warns of a similar process in the context of a real crisis. Surveillance is accepted on an unprecedented scale. The virus is dangerous. But the destruction of our rights is fatal because it is permanent, Snowden believes.
“The gaps in the market-oriented health care system” is an interview with Anne Jung, spokeswoman for global health at Medico International, on the situation in the countries of the South. The corona-virus is exacerbating an international health crisis that has existed for some time.
How do you prepare for the time when the affluent society crumbles? French intellectuals have even declared a new science – “collapsology.” Solidarity is the humane and enlightened answer, not the assault rifle. Rep. Omar proposes a rent and mortgage moratorium until the pandemic fades. Landlords can find other ways to make money than rents and evictions.
by Stephan Kroll and Christian Hofmann, April 2020
The car companies should now be converted into providers of mobility needs based on socio-ecological sustainability. Reduction of working hours – short full time of an average of 30 hours/4 days per week for all – is part of the neceesary radical change to save human lives amid plutocratic neoliberalism.
Human survival should have priority over profit maximization!