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(BBC-US)   So the rich are getting richer during the current pandemic. Just a replay of the Bubonic Plague Era   (bbc.com) divider line
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2020-07-03 2:32:55 PM  
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The American taxpayer is being robbed blind.  We got a 500 billion dollar stimulus to split between us, meanwhile the Federal Reserve has printed up 6 Trillion dollars and spent it on stocks for the donor class. Trump's elites only pandemic response has been the largest smash and grab in the history of humanity, worse even than that which occurred at the fall of the Soviet Union.
 
2020-07-03 1:39:29 PM  
6 votes:

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Just like the bubonic plague era.
 
2020-07-03 1:58:39 PM  
5 votes:

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


^

The black death actually gave workers power.
 
2020-07-03 1:32:35 PM  
5 votes:
Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.
 
2020-07-03 2:42:29 PM  
4 votes:
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2020-07-03 2:29:22 PM  
3 votes:
Could probably count on one hand the number of years since the plague that rich haven't gotten richer.
 
2020-07-03 2:22:46 PM  
3 votes:
Speaking of which...

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2020-07-03 2:11:30 PM  
3 votes:

dkulprit: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

^

The black death actually gave workers power.


In England yes, it essentially ended feudalism as the social consensus was destroyed.  But by the time of the Peasant's revolt in 1381 the backlash had hit.
 
2020-07-03 3:35:55 PM  
2 votes:
Maybe the workers should form some sort of anarcho-syndicalist commune where they they take turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week...
 
2020-07-03 2:36:26 PM  
2 votes:
The rich get richer during any situation because they tend to have better money management skills than the poor.
 
2020-07-03 2:25:45 PM  
2 votes:

GardenWeasel: Speaking of which...

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So?  Same thing happens to about a dozen people in the American Southwest each year.  We also now know how to stop it dead.  Basic antibiotics simply destroy it.
 
2020-07-03 2:09:13 PM  
2 votes:

Sexy Jesus: SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.

Good for the gravediggers though.


Not really, back then the gravediggers usually caught the plague because of their close proximity to the infected deceased.

...but I suppose they were always looking to hire, so there was that.
 
2020-07-03 3:53:16 PM  
1 vote:

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Automation will replace those positions so the Virus is actually helping the stock holders since they didn't have to spend money on pink slips and severance packages.
 
2020-07-03 3:32:55 PM  
1 vote:

AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.


Don't be absurd. There's all these unemployed workers, and they've been out of work for *months*, so they're not "fresh" (as a headhunter once had the gaul to tell me), so they'll take whatever low wages the companies offer.

I'll bet you think that you can beat a casino, too.
 
2020-07-03 2:58:57 PM  
1 vote:
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Seems like a good time to throw a high society party.
 
2020-07-03 2:47:02 PM  
1 vote:
Switzerland (Germany, Austria, etc) paid employees their normal wages during the lockdown. My wife and I did quiet well in our jobs during the lockdown - we both work in industries that did well in the pandemic. Our unemployment and pension taxes went up and we gladly paid the increase.

General taxes and interest rates probably won't go up here for at least a few years according to the government. Borrowing is still incredibly cheap. They do expect to have to raise taxes and interest rates once the pandemic is over in order to pay for the deficit spending now.

/ Just a brief from one of the more responsible parts of the world.
 
2020-07-03 2:26:04 PM  
1 vote:
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2020-07-03 2:25:07 PM  
1 vote:
rent-seeking is a time honed and proven tradition, pandemic or not.
 
2020-07-03 2:24:21 PM  
1 vote:

gar1013: A deadly disease sweeping through that was brought over from an area that is now part of China?

What are the odds?


This is nothing compared to the Plague.  No one who isn't a loon is predicting more than 2-3% deaths.  The plague killed 60%+ in Europe and 40%+ worldwide.  That outbreak is in an entirely different weight class than COVID-19

dkulprit: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

^

The black death actually gave workers power.


For a while, yes.  But there was a backlash against that, with rulers heavily curtailing the gains made, in some cases simply negating agreements that allowed higher wages than pre-Plague.  One thing that was used were sumptuary laws, where certain people could only own certain things (particularly clothes).  Basically, if you could not show your family had wealth before the Plague, and you were seen owning certain luxury goods, they could fine you and confiscate the goods.  The Plague created cracks in the feudal system, but most of those were plastered over rather quickly and heavyhandedly.
 
2020-07-03 2:18:25 PM  
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SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.


except now we have a domestic military that is happy to shoot up people with rubber bullets and stun grenades and that's only their first level of force.  Who needs the Pinkertons to break up strikes anymore?
 
2020-07-03 1:52:51 PM  
1 vote:

SurfaceTension: AirForceVet: Labor costs will go up, though, with so many dead workers lying about.

Just like the bubonic plague era.


Good for the gravediggers though.
 
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