A catchphrase of the pandemic is that “The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare inequities and distortions that demonstrate that capitalism needs … exactly the policy changes I have been proposing all my adult life.” Googling “COVID-19” and “laid bare” gets you 3.62 million hits. The top three as of this writing were “COVID-19 has laid bare how unprepared we are for crises,” “The pandemic has laid bare structural inequalities” and “A crisis in capitalism laid bare by COVID-19.” I especially like the crisis of capitalism bit. The only crisis of capitalism COVID-19 has revealed is that if you shut capitalism down, it doesn’t work very well. People are surprised by that?
On CBC Radio the other day they were going on about how COVID-19 has laid bare the crisis in daycare. “Daycare is infrastructure,” went the argument. You can’t get women back to work unless you provide them with daycare — free, unionized, taxpayer-funded daycare on demand in which the daycare workers receive, regardless of demand and supply for their services, at least the median income for all workers.
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