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1 May, 2020 08:08

How coronavirus defeated the US (w/ Vijay Prashad)

Lee sits down with Vijay Prashad, executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. They discuss how the US failed in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the growing cohort of working people who've been dubbed the 'precariat' because of their precarious employment, what people can do to help limit this crisis, and how foreign countries such as India and Cuba are handling it.

Naomi Karavani rips into the massive corporations that took all of the money from the small business loan program that was part of the coronavirus stimulus bill. That illustrates why a capitalist system cannot solve a crisis that requires people to work together. Natalie McGill dips into the strange plague that struck the world between the 14th and 17th centuries. The "Dancing Plague" would start with one person bursting into a boogie, then spread through the community until crowds of people danced themselves into exhaustion, and sometimes death.

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