Strange how yesterday’s presser had Trump repeating “death” quite a number of times, as he parroted a Fox News pundit: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.” Today he is reported to announce that the economy will be back by Easter, in three weeks (Phase Two: Miracle!).
Rather than treating this moment as a means to reassess and transform the greater structural inequalities that create social division in the US, the GOP wants to preserve their class positions and even make profit from the chaos.
Yesterday, AG Barr proclaimed that Doj would only prosecute industrial-scale hoarding and price-gouging, as if all other such disputes would be the ‘dog eat dog’ variety. Rehearsing for a post-apocalypse economy that loves a ‘minimal state’.
GOP social darwinism has its champions because profits come before people. Its sado-populism comes from class-based elitism, and this crisis moment in disaster capitalism reveals the self-serving survivalism of a right-wing ‘elect’:
Social Darwinists argue that the strong should see their wealth and power increase while the weak should see their wealth and power decrease. Different social-Darwinist groups have differing views about which groups of people are considered to be the strong and which groups of people are considered to be the weak, and they also hold different opinions about the precise mechanisms that should be used to reward strength and punish weakness. Many such views stress competition between individuals in laissez-faire capitalism, while others were used in support of authoritarianism, eugenics, racism, imperialism, fascism, Nazism, and struggle between national or racial groups.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2020
One moment of GOP sanity,
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 24, 2020