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The political uprising we should have expected

July 28, 2020

A few months ago (it was published March 19th), Politico asked me and other “thought leaders” to predict how Coronavirus would change the world.

The answers are here, and include various fancy people predicting “a decline in polarization”, “less individualism”, “a healthier digital lifestyle”, “science reigns again,” and my personal favorite, Tom Nichols’s prediction that we will have “a return to faith in serious experts.”

I think my prediction was the least optimistic, entitled “Expect a political uprising.” The full statement is this:

The aftermath of the coronavirus is likely to include a new political uprising—an Occupy Wall Street 2.0, but this time much more massive and angrier. Once the health emergency is over, we will see the extent to which rich, well-connected and well-resourced communities will have been taken care of, while contingent, poor and stigmatized communities will have been thoroughly destroyed. Moreover, we will have seen how political action is possible—multitrillion dollar bailouts and projects can be mobilized quickly—but only if the cause is considered urgent. This mismatch of long-disregarded populations finally getting the message that their needs are not only chronically unattended, but also chronically dismissed as politically required, will likely have drastic, pitchfork consequences.

It makes me sad to feel so right about this.

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  1. Ranu Boppana
    July 28, 2020 at 11:48 am

    You are so right Cathy! Especially at the beginning of the pandemic there was an almost irrational searching for any kind of optimism. I think the alternative was just too frightening for people to contemplate. And now look at the mess we are in.

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  2. Lotus
    July 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    This country has lied to itself about what it really is for so long that it has few emotional resources to deal with the starkness of unvarnished reality.

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  3. July 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    yes, but did anyone predict that mask-wearing would be an issue worthy of fisticuffs!? 😦

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