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@mouseroaring 1/I am so sorry but glad you are taking every precaution. Denial is extraordinary. I'll spell out a bit what's ahead unless steps are taken to avoid:
@mouseroaring 2/People in the more affluent parts of the world have trouble visualizing this - even policy makers have trouble -- as they have not experienced scarcity or social breakdown. But from having been in conflict areas and areas where the rule of law is fragile...
@mouseroaring 3/ and also being informed by the experiences of my husband who's been in conflict areas and scarcity areas around the world...his experience confirm my own re what happens when societies are destabilized by crisis...
@mouseroaring 4/The next little while is foreseeable. In the US, 48 per cent of people live from paycheck to paycheck. When people run out of money it's not the virus that will be the most dangerous (though that will be dangerous, I don't mean to minimize), it's that millions of people won't
@mouseroaring 5/be able to feed their kids, keep the lights on. Crime and looting are a risk. Elites who have been cosseted by being in gated communities or doorman buildings won't be able to visualize what happens to desperate people and how unsafe conditions can become quickly. When people..
@mouseroaring 6/have no food or income and their kids are home and hungry, all bets are off re social order as people will risk anything to feed their children and society becomes feral very quickly. There will be National Guard or military in...
@mouseroaring 7/the streets to maintain order but it won't be the order of a free democratic society, it will be enforced order with risk of social chaos, high crime and looting when the military or police are occupied elsewhere.A blackmarket will flourish. Bodyguards will be sought after by..
@mouseroaring 8/the wealthy. In vacuum, elites around policymakers will grab every resource as in the trillion dollar stimulus package -- that's just the beginning. The plunder of the treasury will be unrelenting. Information will be managed. And worst of all, in the US, policymakers ignore
@mouseroaring 9/the fact that uninsured people will be crowding emergency rooms -- they already are -- because they lack access to primary care and can't afford to stay home and take care of themselves; soon there will be massive soup kitchen and food pantries that will further spread illness.
@mouseroaring 10/ Much of this breakdown could have been prevented by basic human decency social welfare policies such as free health care, unions and tenant protections. When the health care crisis passes, power will be further concentrated into the hands of a few and it will be the task of..
@mouseroaring 11/ two generations to keep the memory of free peaceful democratic advanced societies alive and demand back the rights and resources that will have been centralized. There, sorry, I said it. But our collectively seeing worst-case outcomes in advance may help us avoid them.
@mouseroaring 12/Hm, my detailed thread about the stages of social breakdown got a single RT when such threads from me typically get much different figures. Maybe no one is interested in that subject. But I’m not sure I trust the neutrality of the algorithm just at the moment.
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