Class and privilege amid shutdowns
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Class and privilege amid shutdowns

We outsource manufacturing to China, programming to India, and seasonal labor to Mexico. Now, our COVID-19 response outsources white-collar risk to a broad swath of low-income people in menial jobs.

Whether you agree with the lockdown or not, the U.S. approach has been fairly privilege- and class-based in terms of risk and outcomes.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. We outsource manufacturing to China, programming to India, and seasonal labor to Mexico. Now, our COVID-19 response outsources white-collar risk to a broad swath of low-income people in menial jobs.

I get to stay home; the woman handing out orders at the drive-through does not. I get to Zoom, but the janitor still needs to push the mop in person.

I'm capitalist to the core; unequal outcomes don't bother me. But pretending they don't exist -- that our rich need for safety somehow trumps the reality we're enforcing on those not so rich -- pisses me off.

Yes, I sound vaguely progressive. That doesn't mean I'm wrong.