It turns out — and really, to no one’s huge surprise — that the back-to-work movement at odds with majority public opinion on the COVID-19 lockdown ended up being as fake as a three-dollar bill. While it may have racked up a few followers here and there from the general public, at its core it has always been orchestrated and funded by deep-pocketed lobbying networks seeking to throw their weight around, and it remains so.
… or, in the more common parlance, astroturfing.
Posted on2020 June 01|Comments Off on Bird’s Eye View of a Burning Empire
Our hearts are on fire, our cities are on fire.
As massive coast-to-coast protests continue in the United States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and displays of solidarity spring up around the globe, it’s safe to say this outpouring of grief has firmly switched gears.
What began as an outcry over institutionalized racism in policing has, over the last few days, evolved into a wider movement encompassing the generalized pain of the tragedies of COVID-19, the inadequate state of American political leadership, the decay of American institutions, and the toxic levels of socioeconomic inequality that have collectively led to escalating polarization and regressive standards of living for so many citizens.
On the matter of the protests themselves, the excesses of law enforcement, and the systems that support those excesses, news vlogger Phil Defranco put together a nicely balanced video summarizing the status quo, so I wanted to share that: