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Pandeconomics

People are dying. People are fired. People are broke. People are numbers.

The first sentence refers to the pandemic. The other three are day-to-day economics, now stressed by the first one.

I am neither an economist, a capitalist, a communist, a business manager or an union delegate. Therefore I cherished the dream of this intensification of the last three sentences forcing a change to the paradigm of global economy. Reality has another agenda.

On TV the other day an expert said businesses must be competitive or fall. Small and big business managers said there is no margin for a raise on minimum wages. Sacking is mainstream and governments shrug beatifically while giving sermons on not having illusions. The vision on unemployment keeps the same. Are jobs lacking? Too bad. Life goes on to the employed. The others are cast to get in line for social welfare whilst business managers refuse to both paying taxes and keeping jobs. The reason? Businesses must be competitive.

How many businesses are based on offshores and export their job vacancies? How many business headquarters are nothing but post office boxes? How many workers are enslaved on countries with no human rights? Why are these numbers seldom told or not told at all?

Politicians and business managers make haste to discredit such questions by labeling them as extremist, radical and demagogical. The pandemic will not end this. When catastrophe occurs, people in power do not come to their senses. They will only increase their efforts to maintain power.

Pandeconomics means the stressing of people being fired and getting blamed for not working. They will continue to be labelled as parasites by the ones who fired them so that taxes for social welfare are cut. Social classes become only three. Bosses, workers and unemployed. In other words, extremely rich, survivors and extremely poor.

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Dystopia Is Now

Imagine a world where your life is at stake each time someone is less than two meters near you. Masks are mandatory for death not to happen. You are dangerous to the ones you love the most and they are dangerous to you. People can not touch each other. A disinfectant is to be available all the time. News show nothing but rates on disease and death.

Labs are racing for the cure. Hospitals are an inferno where exhausted doctors and nurses in airtight suits are overwhelmed with crowds of dying people in need of intensive care. Governments, politicians, banks and corporations increase their disputes for money and power, blind to the death and poverty around them. Demonstrations of workers and small business owners deprived of their means to survive get violent, irrational slogans denying the global danger of socializing are shouted, everyone loses their minds in waves of despair.

Coming on 2020, everywhere near or far away from you.

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Politics And Pandemic

People are dying. Small businesses are closing. Riots are emerging. Labs are racing. Multinationals keep on playing. Politicians keep on gambling.

I know nothing of finance, which might the reason for being unable to reckon how can it be possible not to having enough money in each country for a proper confinement and the provision of food, shelter and healthcare for the population. I simply don’t get it. When money is not enough it is somewhere else. The drama for small businesses is having bills and wages to pay. Most bills come from banks and multinationals. Most multinationals or big nationwide businesses own politicians.

To my eyes, the economic drama of the pandemic would be solved if there were food for everybody and bills for no one. Why the hell are water, gas and electricity services still collecting?! How can banks still have the nerve to collect from mortgages, loans and interests?! When will governments understand that a universal dignified income is the only means to put an end to financial havoc? The lack of medical personnel would be solved in an instant. Having guaranteed dignified income, physicians and nurses only had to be called.

But I know nothing about these things. Perhaps the premise of the lack of money on one side meaning the excess on the other is false. I’m a lunatic. An ignorant naïve. Maybe so.

Meanwhile, people are dying and politicians keep on gambling.