Hello and happy 2021. As I write this post a political revolution is taking place here in my home country of America. Protestors are storming the capitol building carrying alternative American flags and weapons to disrupt the inauguration of Joe Biden. This is what a coup looks like up close…
When I co-founded the grassroots disaster response effort at www.mycovidresponse.org my friend advised me that during a public health crisis of this magnitude that some foundational institutions in our country might collapse. So I am not surprised by these events, even if their particular shape or form could not have been foreseen.
It reminds me of the scene from the hit blockbuster movie ‘The Big Short’ where Brad Pitt says ‘Just don’t fucking dance.’
His point if you don’t have the attention span for the video was that every +1% in unemployment drives a significant increase in depression, suicide, crime, fraud, theft, murder, and substance abuse… and unemployment is through the roof.
I grew up in the country and have lived in cities and suburbs. I have therefore talked with people from every part of the social and economic strata excepting perhaps the super elite. I can understand the anger.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, we saw a decade of corporate and governmental greed. The corporations and the ruling class here in America got richer and richer while everyday people struggled. Medical bills, basic services, student debt and a lack of employment opportunities have crippled middle and lower class America. A recent article suggesting that The Life of Homer Simpson is Unattainable for Most of America is a particularly good illustration of this point.
To be clear, I am in no way condoning the violence that’s taking place. But I’ve been hearing rumblings of a revolution for the last 15 years of my life. Ever since the middle of my university years, I’ve been hearing, seeing, and feeling a growing dissatisfaction, sometimes bordering on desperation against the American Ruling Class.
The pandemic and its economic, social, and public health pressures have catalyzed revolt. People don’t have work, entertainment, or social activities to distract us from the real problems that have plagued our country for decades. And we have a president who is encouraging violence to perform a hostile takeover of our country.
Whatever’s happening feels bigger and more consequential than 9/11.
I hope to God that decency, humanity, wisdom and virtue can prevail here in America.