Slumlord Capitalism vs Global Pandemic

I am reblogging directly and deal with the annoying black background. Lou was supposed to fix that but so far… it’s still black… what’s with that, Lou?
This is a brilliant article which, as I posted in a comment, will likely be labeled conspiracy theory. Why? Because it tells the truth and all truth is now de facto and officially a conspiracy.

Tales from the Conspiratum

Slumlord Capitalism v. Global Pandemic

http://www.counterpunch.org

Photograph Source: Will Buckner – CC BY 2.0

The poet Langston Hughes once wrote, “I wish the rent was heaven sent.” With 10 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Hughes’ words resonate now more than ever. As we hurtle toward a public health and economic catastrophe, we must reckon with the sobering fact that our federal government is helmed by landlords, real estate developers, and financiers whose fortunes have been made – and whose worldview has been shaped – by years of predatory and extractive business practices. These practices prefigured the federal response to the pandemic and overdetermine the nature of the state-led economic rescue that is already underway.

Jared Kushner is widely regarded as the Trump administration’s behind-the-scenes point person on the coronavirus. Kushner, like Trump, inherited his family’s real estate…

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24 thoughts on “Slumlord Capitalism vs Global Pandemic

  1. Hyperion

    I dare say this reads more like conspiracy fact than theory. It is a cold hard truth well written and heart rending. Like the virus, the political mafia bosses will live well on the host until death requiring a spread of contagion just to stay active, warm, and cozy as will their children and children’s children; like the Rockefellers, Kennedys et. al. We can scream thief and point and when the multitude of fore losers begin again, and the evictions return with vengeance the real death of the host will begin and the predatory political virus will simply retire to resplendent domains to wait for just the right time to strike again when the flesh is tender and the blood is sweet. Good article Sha’Tara. My only comment on the article would be that there wasn’t enough time to name all the predatory names so he had to settle for those we would recognize. Not a bad choice under the circumstance.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      The bad sitcom we left behind with Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo has cycled and is returning with a vengeance it seems. Let’s recall Carol Burnett’s famous soap and call it that: “As the Stomach Turns.”

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      1. Hyperion

        Yes indeed. I try not to let my mind wander out of control, but this seems exactly like a well written intro to a best selling Dystopian society novel. I wonder how the Scandinavian countries are getting along. They make some bold claims, which might be true. The only negatives I’ve heard society wise is Norwegian white supremacy and Sweden’s high incident of rape. True or not, you can’t exist anywhere without somebody finding a rat turd in a most conspicuous place. Korea, Iceland, and New Zealand are always popping up in the top 5 slots for top honors in many categories. What are they doing right or wrong that we can learn from. I was taught to look for success as a guideline. We all learn from our mistakes, but learning from success is less traumatic. I remember reading about the lull after the black plague. Poor people moved into abandoned castles and estates and food was plentiful. Things actually got better for a while because the blight of overcrowding was relieved. But then came the formation of raiders then armies trying to grab all the gusto. London has been an absolute sewer for 2,400 years. That isn’t a great record for improvement over time. I’d say the same about all large American cities but they haven’t been sewers but for a few hundred years, just getting started actually when compared to European history. Then there is China with japan at the opposite extreme. I think I know what you and I would prefer, but short of that, where do we turn for the better alternative? (short term?)

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        I’ve never liked cities: they are baited traps in which the poor, when the bait is exhausted, starve behind bars they can no longer open to return to a land that is no longer there.
        I have no “short term” solution(s) to society’s current dilemma. As I noted to someone, somewhere recently, no matter which way we turn now, we will engender massive death. We have three ways to do that. One would be to let the current C-19 situation continue, to do nothing, let the economy crash completely. Sooner than later, millions begin to starve, millions more become homeless. A second way is to declare world wide “environmental fascism” – sacrifice people to “save” nature and the environment: bitter sides are taken, chaos and bloodshed ensues. A third way is to put all out efforts together to return this behemoth of a capitalist civilization back on track; to re-engage unlimited industrial and technological growth. Result will be entropy and much sooner than anyone expect (those with a brain that is). But there are individuals “out there” who are expressing fresher thoughts than mine and they need to be listened to. I just read a rather long post on a WP blog site. Here’s the link: https://catchthemoonmary.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/post-coronavirus-world/
        I haven’t had time to study the ramifications but my mind tells me it was a “good read”.

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      3. Hyperion

        Thank you for the reference Sha’tara. I am fully on board with entropy or laws of diminishing returns. I’ve seen it in action on many occasions. In cases of throwing good money after bad for little gain. The reduction of civilization might even come as a combination of those things you listed and even a cataclysmic natural disaster as well thrown on top of crumbling infrastructure, ineffective government, and a panicked and unprepared society. I see a pale horse riding into town. Perhaps we should get used to small things having bigger impacts as entropy takes down our ability to recover successive blows to the fabric of society. The end result when it’s all over, if we survive, is a chance to start over and get it right.

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      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Quote: throwing good money after bad for little gain.” Yes, only too common. It’s primarily what gambling consists of. I’m always (and I mean ALWAYS!) amazed how quickly people justify their gambling habits and how they defend it by pointing at the times they won. When I point out that I’ve never “lost” a lottery draw for example, they look disgusted and say, “Well of course, you’ve never bought a ticket” as if that make me the stupid person with no sense of daring.

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      5. Hyperion

        Ha ha ha! Yes indeed! it’s like investing and going to the horse races. Both are fixed to benefit the gazillionaires by robbing people of their lunch money and rent and making them feel good about it. I tell all the investors wailing about the market crash that my tin can under the mattress hasn’t lost a dime. Isn’t it a neat trick to avoid something and actually keep all your money? I think my parents taught me that or was it being dirt freaking poor and being thankful for a dollar? Hmmmm. Now you have me thinking again. No telling what kind of bloviation will follow.

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    2. Sha'Tara Post author

      What is needed now in Canada, the US and Britain/the EU is a general strike – somewhat preferable to a bloody revolution I think. Who could lead such a thing? I vote for Greta Thunberg – lord knows she has the balls for it and it has to be a woman this time so as to break the patriarchal cycle of malfeasance. I can already see her with the red flag leading the masses against the police cordons and sending them fleeing in every direction! Do I feel another epic coming on?

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      1. Hyperion

        Perhaps Greta is another Sheana Atreides who leads the rebellion against the God Emperor Leto II. Or Aenea from the Hyperion Cantos. I’m also partial to Red Sonja the Hyrkanian Warrioress, Conan The Barbarian’s lady friend. She knew how to kick bootie. Ahhh, but I digress.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Greta could be the one who walked out of the pages of fiction, myths and history to become the real life heroine of our own times. I would give her the space and the encouragement to do that. At this stage I would not even ask her what her agenda was, I’d stand by her and take a bullet or knife for her. This is where my thinking has now brought me, and it’s a good place.

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      3. Hyperion

        She certainly has the will and she is an intelligent young lady. Even tho there are some who don’t take her serious, she is serious and knows her calling. I would like to believe that we aren’t so evil that her life would be threatened by the noble cause of caring for the planet and calling world leadership to task for their poor showing in conservation. Perhaps she is a world leader in the making.

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      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Quote: “I would like to believe that we aren’t so evil that her life would be threatened by the noble cause of caring for the planet and calling world leadership to task for their poor showing in conservation. Perhaps she is a world leader in the making.” Based on personal experience, you’ve just stated 3 reasons why she would be on the System’s hit list. Can you see them?

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      5. Hyperion

        Sadly yes. If nothing changes, we both realize she is becoming a martyr when she could back away and save herself. Some people don’t back away and they end up making a difference and some die young. We won’t know until we see the outcome. Facing those odds and defeating the system is what heroism is about. We through that word around like gummy bears to kids, but a real hero faces their battles and fights smart.

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      6. Sha'Tara Post author

        I believe she’s a “Joan of Arc” type and not mentally designed to back away from any challenge. She may get tripped up as Joan was but I believe (and love to be able to prove that, or hear her state it) that she’s already factored that possibility as part of her chosen path.

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      7. Hyperion

        She needs an Army of followers so she is never alone without witnesses out in public and during travel to known destinations. Being guarded by a couple of Ex spec ops will teach her the methods of stealth and security. Someone would have to spend a lot of money to get at her. It’s a war. Might as well be a warrior.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      The death cultists are the ones who are mainly “creating” the entropy epidemic. Population numbers rising are also helping. A few more decades of “growth” and it’s bye-bye earth, it was nice knowing you.

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  2. usfman

    And so our king granted us our wish to go back to work so life can get back to normal where we are the serfs and he runs the show as our master.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Yes, until the sheeple morph into sheep dogs. People don’t want change: it’s “inconvenient.” I’m done discussing or re-blogging anything to do with… what’s the name of that virus again?

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