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The Pandemic Pivot looks at how COVID-19 is changing the world by showing us (briefly) what a radical cut in carbon emissions looks like, dramatically revealing the shortcomings of economic globalization, distinguishing real leadership from incompetent showboating, and proving that governments can indeed find massive resources for economic restructuring if there’s political will.Our new book lays out a progressive agenda for the post-COVID era, which relies on a global Green New Deal, a serious shift of resources from the military to human needs, a major upgrade in international cooperation, and a significant commitment to economic equity. Check out our new video to hear from the experts quoted in the book.The coronavirus forced leaders around the world to hit the pause button. Even before the pandemic recedes, many of these leaders want to press rewind to return to the previous status quo, the same state of affairs that got us into this mess in the first place.We can’t pause and we can’t rewind. We need to shift to fast forward to make our societies Greener, more resilient, and more just — or else we will sleep through the wake-up call of COVID-19.We won’t likely get another such chance.

Source: A Pandemic Pivot – CounterPunch.org

 

…I believe, is a failure to question basic assumptions, and to grapple, not with the last war, but the war we are fighting currently. In a word, economists are like almost everyone else: they are myopic with respect to the implications of climate change.Economists, and I stress, most people, even me, have not quite admitted to themselves, nor fully gamed out, that the global economy, in broad strokes, is unsustainable. More to the point, it is killing us. Capitalism is an inherently growth-oriented economic system, but infinite “growth” was bound to end up a problem on a finite planet.

Source: What the Election Should Have Been About – CounterPunch.org

Trump administration declares coronavirus uncontrollable, attacks press for covering new outbreaks.

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally on Saturday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is 40 miles away from Kenosha, Wisconsin; Kenosha is where an unarmed Black man named Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in August, and where a Trump supporter named Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with murder for shooting two people to death at a September protest. Trump made his Wisconsin appearance in front of a “Thin Blue Line” version of the American flag, an image that has been adopted by police officers and right-wing members of the general public as a response to Black Lives Matter protests; the flag was also flown at the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, rally during which a white supremacist intentionally ran over and killed a counterprotester with his car.

Source: Trump administration declares coronavirus uncontrollable, attacks press for covering new outbreaks.