The Pandemic Has Exposed the Free Market’s Fundamental Flaws. We Need a Democratically Planned Economy.

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket again, hospitals remain understaffed and PPE and ventilators are still in short supply. We can’t leave people’s basic needs up to the whims of profit-seeking actors — we need democratic planning.

Source: The Pandemic Has Exposed the Free Market’s Fundamental Flaws. We Need a Democratically Planned Economy.

Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets 

Instead of helping unsheltered people find support and housing, the City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Services Department has been working closely with Albuquerque police to break up tent encampments, to check for warrants, and to identify people for police to arrest or issue criminal citations.  More

Source: Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets – CounterPunch.org

The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus 

  As mil­lions of U.S. work­ers face unem­ploy­ment, food inse­cu­ri­ty and evic­tion amid the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic, the lim­it­ed aid pro­vid­ed by the fed­er­al government’s flawed CARES Act from March has long since dried up.  

Source: The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus | Portside

Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Pandemic 

THE LEVEL OF hunger in U.S. households almost tripled between 2019 and August of this year, according to an analysis of new data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture. Even more alarming, the proportion of American children who sometimes do not have enough to eat is now as much as 14 times higher than it was last year.

Source: Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Pandemic | Portside

America’s Current Jobs ‘Great Depression’ 

Two well-known and highly respected mainstream economists, Carmen Reinhart, a chief economist for the World Bank, and Vincent Reinhart, chief economist for Morgan Stanley bank, have recently published an article in the widely read and influential capitalist source, Foreign Affairs, entitled ‘The Pandemic Depression’.  Arguing primarily from a global perspective, the economists have concluded the More

Source: America’s Current Jobs ‘Great Depression’ – CounterPunch.org

Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid  

The horrible irony is that the one candidate, Sanders, who could have done the most good for pandemic victims, lost the race just when he was most needed. Since then his somewhat muted support for Medicare for All and how uniquely helpful it would be at this historic juncture, is dispiriting. The thought that this relative silence originates in a desire not to offend the candidate, Biden, whom he now supports, is downright depressing. More

Source: Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid – CounterPunch.org