Presidents and janitors, the poor and billionaires, old and young, for the third month already enthusiastically, with clear signs of a psychological epidemic, are discussing the topic of COVID-19.
For example, quite recently European experts have declared the uselessness of a lockdown. The Norwegian Public Health Agency said the quarantine was not needed to contain the coronavirus infection. Lockdown caused more social damage than disease. At the same time, Norway showed one of the most favorable statistics on the epidemic.
“Our current assessment is that it would probably be possible to achieve the same effect and avoid some of the sad consequences without the closure of enterprises and people in quarantine,” said the head of the agency, Camilla Stoltenberg. According to Norwegian statistics, the majority of schoolchildren were deprived of a normal chance for a good education, as the country was not ready for distance education. Experts also believe that the victims would have died without isolation.
Specialists of Great Britain agree with the opinion of the Norwegian colleagues. In particular, Nobel laureate, Stanford University professor Michael Levitt said that isolation did not save lives.
“I think that quarantine has not saved a single life. I think he could have cost us our lives. It saved several lives because there were no accidents and the like. But the social damage - domestic violence, divorce, alcoholism - was quite large."
The professor and his colleagues said that the UK government has gone down the path of panic and erroneous prediction. Scientists believe that the lockdown claimed 10-12 times more lives than COVID-19 could have done, reports The Daily Mail.
However, few people discuss that against the background of the epidemic, a process is taking place that is much larger and affects the life of everyone, regardless of property, educational and other levels. It is about the entry of capitalism into the final phase of its existence. This spring, he passed the point of no return, and ahead of him is the invariant, albeit not instantaneous, collapse of capitalism, which dominated the planet for about two and a half centuries. It is safe to say: tomorrow will be radically different from yesterday. Accordingly, the already globally planned and time-bound victory over the coronavirus will by no means open the way to a familiar, warm, comfortable world.
The world crisis of capitalism, as predicted by thinkers belonging to different schools and directions, began with the weakest link in the global capitalist system - the USSR and its CMEA partners. After 30 years, the initial stage of the global crisis of capitalism, largely due to the collapse of the high-tech USSR and on this basis, and under this condition, the rise of China, has come to an end. This winter and spring, one after another, the pillars of the capitalist global economy are crumbling.
With all the differences and fundamental contradictions between scientific and ideological schools regarding capitalism, they more or less agree that it is characterized through private property, capital, primarily in the form of active production assets - machinery and equipment, wage labor opposing it through competitive, state regulated market.
Each school builds its relations and hierarchies between these basic characteristics of capitalism. But for understanding what is happening, this is not so important. The important thing is that from the standpoint of almost any political and economic school, capitalism comes to an end. As you know, the goal of the capitalist is ultimately profit.In the ascending stage of capitalism, profits were obtained primarily as a result of expanded reproduction, ensuring a better organization of labor, the use of more modern technologies, and original entrepreneurial solutions.
Then, with the onset of the general crisis of capitalism, a significant part of the profit, which was then converted into capital, began to have its source not from production, but from operations in the financial and stock markets, or, in direct words, speculation. But now it is enough just to at least live in the right country, and at the most have direct access to central banks.
Property as the main factor of profit is irrevocably a thing of the past. In place of ownership comes the possibility of unhindered access to central banks, state budgets, government orders and other similar instruments.
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