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7) That’s who’s running giant chunks of the country. People with a complete lack of imagination, unable to conceive of anything more important than shoving money upwards, or becoming powerful because that’s what’s important to them. Even *virtuous* to them.
8) When Lindsey Graham whines that you can’t be too generous with unemployment, because people will take advantage of it, it’s because he can’t imagine somebody who wouldn’t exploit the system. Because HE WOULD.
9) Trump can’t imagine anyone who’s not try ing to cheat the system, or fuck other people. Kushner can’t imagine anything but exercising power. An entire political movement incapable of imagining any virtue than work and obedience to your betters.
10) So Governors like Abbot and Reynolds can’t imagine a solution *other than* “get back to work!” To do anything less than the most extreme version of capitalism is to invite the most nightmarish version of socialism. To do less than force people to work would invite ruin.
11) What are we supposed to do — help people? With TAX MONEY? That money’s for bailing out respectable rich people, who we know are virtuous, because they are rich. Saving corporations. Money flows UPWARD, not OUT.
12) What’s crazy is other countries said “Let’s use our national resources to cover everybody for two months, and we’ll go from there once we think it’s safe.” But *even with the examples*, they STILL couldn’t wrap their head around the idea. Impossible. UN-possible.
13) To a great degree, it’s to be expected — we’re a half century into a long memetic war waged by plutocrats to transform the virtue of hard work into a fetish of servitude.
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