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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 10:49 PM

This crisis has the capacity to be apocalyptic

Engelsberg Ideas
June 29, 2020
By Peter Frankopan
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College.

... A report released by the International Labour Organisation put matters in stark terms. About 50% of the entire global workforce are in ‘immediate danger’ of having their livelihoods destroyed. Richer countries that are supporting jobs through furlough schemes may not have the resources be able to do so indefinitely; but no safety net at all exists for the majority of those with jobs in other parts of the world. As the ILO’s Director General, Guy Ryder, put it: ‘no income means no food, no security and no future.’

The consequences have the capacity to be apocalyptic. The World Food Programme warned that ‘we could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions’ by the end of 2020, with the impact most acute in the poorest parts of the world where food insecurity was an issue long before the authorities in Wuhan first identified a new emerging infectious disease. We are facing a ‘perfect storm’, said David Beasley, Executive Director of the WFP. Economic pressures, a fall in foreign exchange earnings in the developing world, export restrictions and collapsing food supply networks alongside a devastating series of locust storms in East Africa and South Asia may result in death tolls that dwarf those of the Covid-19 crisis. It is possible, said Beasley, that ‘300,000 people could starve to death every single day over a three-month period.’

...the pandemic may herald a new era of feudalism, where more and more assets are concentrated in the hands of the few. Last year, Oxfam estimated that twenty six people owned more than half of the world’s population – and the rise in fortunes will now extend this imbalance further, creating the same processes that have held back social, economic and political development in places with long and recurring experiences of disease.

This is shown by a report by Forbes in May 2020: despite unprecedented state borrowing, extraordinary pressures on jobs and growing concern about the implications of a very major contraction, the wealth of America’s six hundred billionaires had gone up by more than $400bn since the start of the pandemic. That provides considerable food for thought – or should do – for governments in developed countries where democracy and social mobility have long been cornerstones of progress and enlightenment.


This is a long article.i could not do it justice.
https://engelsbergideas.com/essays/this-crisis-has-the-capacity-to-be-apocalyptic/




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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:02 PM

1. I guess

I guess if that's the future I'll be gone pretty soon. If I lose disability and my housing with my health conditions, I'm fucked.
All I can hope for is that I die quickly once my life goes to shit and don't suffer much on the way out..

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:55 PM

5. Take care of yourself underground panther.

We can’t afford to lose you.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:23 PM

7. Thanks

Sometimes I need to hear that.

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Response to I_UndergroundPanther (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:27 PM

8. I am sorry UP

If you are the same Underground Panther who used to post here circa 2005-2010, I remember you. My ex remembers you too.

I hope things improve for you :-/.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:28 AM

2. Republicans in the White House and things turn to crap...

Again!

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:49 AM

3. k&r for visibility

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:53 PM

4. dire

It is the poorest who will take the worst hits. And it did not even get into ecological devastation or environmental crises.

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Response to CatLady78 (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:57 PM

6. +100 Good point on the environment (sadly)

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