Why Joe Biden’s America loves a lockdown

Why Joe Biden’s America loves a lockdown

[Ed. – The great equalizer is also the great divider.]

COVID-19, the Wuhan virus, is an epidemiological scourge — but it’s also a clarifying catalyst for American politics. The virus’s relevance for globalization has been widely noted: this disease of Chinese origin has exposed how incapable the de-industrialized West has become of providing its own masks, drugs, and ventilators.

It has highlighted the class divide that globalization produces within countries such as America as well. The highly educated professional classes can work from home, and their jobs are relatively secure; the service class, on the other hand — the waiters and cooks and hotel maids and retail clerks and others — are out of their jobs and sh*t out of luck. Not to worry: the professional class will write all of them checks for $1,200. Let them eat cake, you know?

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