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April 2020

The COVID-19 crisis poses a double challenge: beyond the terrifying public health emergency, the vitally necessary immediate response has been an economic shutdown of unprecedented proportions. But that is only the beginning of our difficulties. When the medical emergency passes, we will re-emerge into a shattered economic landscape. The challenge of restarting—and in some sectors, even rebuilding—a severely stressed economy will remain, with the inequalities of wealth, power, and control we faced beforehand now amplified many times over.

February 2020

Increasingly, people around the country and the world are realizing that the series of intersecting crises we face are not by chance, but by design. From staggering wealth inequality, to the looming threat of climate change and irreversible damage to our ecosystem, to surging xenophobia, racism, and authoritarianism, these crises are generated by an economy structured to concentrate ownership and power. And yet, many of the solutions being put forward focus on merely regulating or reforming the existing institutions that make up this extractive economy. The time has passed for simply tinkering at the edges of this system. Instead, we need to develop the architecture of a more democratic and just economy, and we need to do it fast.
March 21, 2020
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March 2020

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks, we are facing unprecedented social and economic challenges and it is becoming abundantly clear that our current systems are woefully insufficient and inadequate. For instance, due to our profit-driven model of medicine, many Americans fear the economic consequences of going to the doctor if they are feeling ill or being tested for disease. Due to our lack of a social safety net, millions of working families are facing financial catastrophe as businesses close, schools shut, and cities are locked down. Millions more are being expected to work in increasingly dangerous conditions due to lack of paid sick leave and child care. All the while, financial markets are becoming increasingly volatile and many analysts now see a deep recession as an inevitability.
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