The Pandemic has been particularly useful to the Powers That Be:
This is what the COVID hysteria is all about. Without this, we would all be allowed to know that COVID is a mild respiratory disease that is only dangerous to the very old and the very sick. This is why we are being lied to and locked up:
Ten years ago I wrote that the Tea Party is a Marxian response to the looting of the Middle Class:
The deal that Progressives made in the 1930s - the economy would provide a surplus that the government would use to buy social peace - is shattered, as the government finds that it has consumed the entire surplus, and is still hungry for more. The median family is worse off now then they were ten years ago, because they pay more taxes and make about the same. Government at all levels is squeezing the majority of the population at an increasing rate, taking a higher share of National Income, with no end in sight.
Now I'm sure that I could do a better job with the numbers (say, another 15% accuracy), but the trajectory is unmistakable, and is one that Marx clearly understood:Within the
capitalistProgressive State system all methods for raising the social productivity of labourtaxes are put into effect at the cost of the individual worker [...] All means for the development of productionraising of tax revenue undergo a dialectical inversion so that they become a means of domination and exploitation of the producers; they distort the worker into a fragment of a man, they degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine, they destroy the actual content of his labour by turning it into a torment, they alienate from him the intellectual potentialities of the labour process [...], they transform his life into working-time, and his wife and child beneath the wheels of the juggernaut of capitalThe State. [...] It follows therefore that in proportion as capital accumulates, the situation of the worker, be his payment high or low, must grow worse.- Karl Marx, Das Kapital
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The only thing to add is that Donald Trump was a symptom, not a cause. Accelerating the immiseration of the Proletariat using Covid hysteria will lead to a very clear outcome, historically speaking. It will come faster with the collapse of legitimacy we are seeing in the Organs of the State.
I would think that a bunch of Marxist Intellectuals would understand this, but maybe they're too busy looting their political opponents to notice.