LAWRENCE WITTNER – Itâ€™s hard to take seriously Trumpâ€™s claim that U.S. workers have thrived during his presidency. Indeed, even before the disasters wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, American workers received a raw deal.
KATRIN BENNHOLD – The coronavirus pandemic is shaking bedrock assumptions about U.S. exceptionalism. This is perhaps the first global crisis in more than a century where no one is even looking for Washington to lead.
DAVID FRUM – Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is prioritizing the Republican Party rather than the American people during this crisis.
PAUL ENGLER – There are times in history when sudden events â€” natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, wars, famines â€” change everything. They change politics, they change economics and they change public opinion in drastic ways. Many social movement analysts call these â€œtrigger events.â€ During a trigger event, things that were previously unimaginable quickly become reality, as the social and political map is remade
MARIE SOLIS – Naomi Klein explains how governments and the global elite will exploit a pandemic.
GEORGE LACKEY – We need to step up and use our strategy heads to think clearly enough to map out campaigns that win.
ROBERT R. HOLT – In May 1946, The New York Times reported that Albert Einstein had sent a telegram appeal to several hundred prominent Americans, asking for contributions to a fund â€œto let the people know that a new type of thinking is essentialâ€ in the atomic age. Einstein wrote in his telegram: â€œThe unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.â€ It is clear from other statements made by Einstein that the new thinking he called for was to abandon competition and the preparation for war, and to focus instead on cooperation and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Einstein added that, to be successful, such changes presupposed the eventual creation of a world government.