Trump, Johnson, and Bolsonaro in the Swamp

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2149 ... July 20, 2020

Trump, Johnson, and Bolsonaro in the Swamp:
How is the Pandemic Going for You?

Alfredo Saad-Filho

The spectacular failures of Brazil, the UK, and the USA during the COVID-19 pandemic offer valuable lessons on what must never happen again: the wishing away of the virus, minimising the potential impact of a pandemic on public health and the economy, delaying inevitable lockdowns, the list goes on. The failures also shed a powerful light on the root causes of the devastation.

In summary, the human disaster in our selected countries is unlikely to be compensated for by a shallower economic downturn -- quite the contrary, they are likely to do worse than average -- dismantling the argument that protecting the economy should be a priority and ‘if some pensioners die [as a consequence], too bad’.

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