nto work, sure. But you can’t coerce them into spending, investing, consuming. You can’t hate peo… But you can’t fight a depression that way. You can bully and frighten people back into work, sure. But you can’t coerce them into spending, investing, consuming. You can’t hate people into loving. Can’t torment people into decency. Can’t bully people into caring. And you definitely can’t fight a nation’s collapse into poverty and …
This is a very good and very simple illustration of the failure we must now endure. The only question is the speed at which this will happen. For those states that hold onto the scientific need for isolation and extreme care in dealing with a limited return to public activity and can, somehow support their population without UBI, there may be a slow return to confidence. But we know that will require universal on-demand testing, effective COVID-19 treatments, and an effective vaccine.
Without all of those things, we know that it is playing Russian roulette with the SARS CoV-2 virus. A majority of the population now, also, knows this. That is why the great majority in polls want to keep things closed until there is some effective change that allows a return to public life. A carnival barker’s shill provides none of that. The reaction to being forced into danger will produce a backlash such as we have never seen.