This point cannot be stressed enough: The coronavirus epidemic must be the final end to neoliberalism.

This post-Cold War era of insane hyper-capitalism that we call neoliberalism has totally whittled down the state to the bone, exposing the world to a global health catastrophe.

For decades, the majority of countries have followed this capitalist religion known as neoliberalism, preaching the secret to a "good" economy is freeing the market, privatization, deregulation, etc.

It devastated global health infrastructure, setting the stage for this pandemic

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The USA shows the most insanely dystopian outcome of this neoliberal capitalist dogma:

After privatizing everything, cutting state institutions and social spending for decades, the US is holding coronavirus testing stations in fucking WALMART PARKING LOTS
businessinsider.com/walmart-pa

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You can't think up a better symbol for the dystopian capitalist hellscape we live in than the USA holding testing stations for a deadly global pandemic in Walmart parking lots

If Hollywood did this in a science fiction movie, people would complain it's too on the nose

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As the coronavirus pandemic spirals out of control, killing thousands, the response of the US federal government is more "public-private partnerships" — a neoliberal scheme to enrich capitalists with tax dollars.

This is the suicidal end of neoliberalism
fox28spokane.com/trump-announc

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The neoliberal EU (which demanded that member states cut medical spending and privatize health services 63 times in 7 years) totally abandoned Italy, as thousands die from Covid-19

So Italy turned to China, Cuba, and Venezuela, who are actually helping it
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/17/ita

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The countries taking the lead on the global stage to help others contain the coronavirus—Cuba and China—show definitively that neoliberalism is a death spiral that must be replaced by state-oriented, planned economies built around people, not just profit
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/17/ita

The only way out of this and future health crises (without mass death—which capitalists are fine with, history shows, as long as it's the poor dying) is *aggressive state intervention*

Anyone saying there's a capitalist solution is just not serious—or trying to make a quick buck

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Chinese state media: "Collectivism plays indispensable role in China's COVID-19 fight"

China mobilized what it called a "people's war" against the pandemic

This is how China contained it so successfully, as neoliberal capitalist countries are struggling
xinhuanet.com/english/2020-03/

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The only way out of this and future health crises (without mass death—which capitalists are fine with, history shows, as long as it's the poor dying) is *aggressive state intervention*

Anyone saying there's a capitalist solution is just not serious—or trying to make a quick buck

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@benjaminnorton pointing to a country that is currently carrying out one of the largest genocides in decades and performing neocolonialism more effectively than its inventors, and saying they have policy focused on people is a load of horseshit.

That said, I've written at least three very long papers on the importance of centralized economics, especially for former colonies, so I agree with your general thesis.

@benjaminnorton also as something of an amateur student of Chinese political history, what China is focused on is not people (as individuals), but the people (as a whole). The morality or relative benefits of this approach could be debated for ages, and at some point you'd probably realize my heart leans towards the latter far too often, but... I don't remember where I was going with this. I just think it's cool that Chinese policy typical deals with entire societies.

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