I think all the time about how we probably could have completely nipped the pandemic last April if we had ever managed a consistent 75-80% lockdown for even just a month.
No real support for that was ever on the table with the people in power. It wouldn't have been hard, it wouldn't even have interrupted profits all that much. Instead we turned the whole globe to a charnel house so some fucking millionaire could keep making safes or whatever.
But, honestly, I don't think it's all on the people in charge. We were far too complacent to their demands, on balance. The auto plants in Detroit were shut down by wildcat strikes. We should have seen a whole lot more of that energy last year.
Eventually we need to admit to ourselves that we as a people need to take charge of our own situation if we want anything to change. It's not going to be easy. In fact, it will probably bring a lot of pain. But we're ALREADY hurting. We may as well hurt in PURSUIT of something.

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