The New Deal, Civil Rights, Neoliberalism – Losing Battle Against Poverty in the US
After the Great Depression, Roosevelt created The New Deal that got people back to work and protected the worker. He included the right to organize labour and made companies deal fairly with unions.
The civil rights movements focused on the poor, the disenfranchised, marginalized, people of colour, LGBTQ+ and women.
But then along came Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Regan and Neoliberalism ….. and trickle down economics had “no meaningful effect on unemployment or economic growth.”
USA vs Canada’s reaction to the pandemic
What were the differences in social support during the pandemic?
In Canada, citizens were loaned money to stay off work, to keep the roof over their heads, for their families and businesses, a $10 a day child care plan was put forward to get caregivers back to work, more benefits like dental care were added to the social health system….
What did the USA do? Bumped up the stock market, banks and corporations….. Did not ‘encourage’ big pharma to deal fairly with other countries re: TRIPswaiver which prolonged the pandemic. As a result, it has taken longer than needed to get to the 2/3 global vaccination goal WHO had.
What have we learned from this view? That corporations get away with literally murder. And the govts in some countries that buy into their needs are more willing to employ and increase spending on military and police to secure CEO’s safety than to take care of their citizens who actually vote them in. People who were working full time plus were going to food banks and becoming homeless while considered to be essential workers. And often the biggest difference between that and keeping their jobs was having a union.
…. lesson learned
When you want to be protected, don’t ask your govt or employer. Form a union.
documentary on Covid in USA
for a deeper dive into what the workers of the USA faced during the pandemic.
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