It really is going to get that bad
40 million Americans losing their homes is four times the amount seen during the 2007-2010 Great Recession.
Across the U.S., more than 40% of renter households are at risk of eviction, according to a new analysis by global advisory firm Stout Risius Ross.
This is a calamity in any era, but during a pandemic! It'll cost thousands of lives.
Another 1.434 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. Prior to 2020, the all-time record for claims in a single week was just 695,000.
Overall, a total of more than 54 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits during the last 19 weeks.
There were only 152 million Americans working when employment peaked back in February. So how is that even possible?
How is this even tolerated?
Food insecurity for U.S. households last week reached its highest reported level since the Census Bureau started tracking the data in May, with almost 30 million Americans reporting that they’d not had enough to eat at some point in the seven days through July 21.
In the bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Survey, roughly 23.9 million of 249 million respondents indicated they had “sometimes not enough to eat” for the week ended July 21, while about 5.42 million indicated they had “often not enough to eat."
So how is this not the top headline every day?
How could Congress go home during a time like this?
It's not incompetence. It's by design.
Our elites are predators. They are taught that they have no obligation to other people. Greed is good, and whatever makes money is good. If someone else has less money, that’s because they deserve less money, and because they create less good.
In their daily lives, the rich become rich through passive income and exploiting other people; paying the lowest wage or price possible (Walmart and Amazon both famously fuck suppliers over, though in different ways), getting as much government money as possible, and making sure that they don’t have to work to make money, and that the stock market always goes up in the long run, along with other asset prices–no matter what’s actually happening in the economy.
Neoliberal elites are predators. This is true in every neoliberal country. It is simply most advanced in the United States...
You are food or a money-producing asset to elites.
You are not human, you do not have a right to anything. Not due process of the law. Not food. Not housing. Not affordable medicine or health care. Those things are for people with enough money, and if that’s not you, you don’t deserve them.
This is THE most important thing you can understand about society today. You can’t count on US elites to care about you at all. If it is in their best financial interest to impoverish you, kill you or any other thing, they will do so.
This may seem hyperbolic, but it meets the most important test of truth: It predicts their actions with far more accuracy than any other hypothesis.
If it was just incompetence, like for example, the favorite excuse of liberals, “Never assume malice when incompetence will explain something,” then they wouldn’t keep getting more and more money.
Our elites have the same world view as feudal lords.
The working class can never be crushed enough.