Tue 24 Mar, 2020 03:36 pm
Socialism is typically decried as government forcing economic growth for the sake of taxation in order to pay more for more people to receive more money, care, etc.
The current economic slowdown caused by coronavirus restrictions are ultimately for the benefit of older people and others more vulnerable to the disease, so it is really like a more grassroots form of socialism that operates through fiscal/economic conservatism instead of through tax-spend government. In other words, it's not about working more to pay more taxes, create more growth/jobs, but rather about avoiding unnecessary economic activity to prevent the spread of a disease that may only be deadly for people you transmit it to and not for yourself personally.
If people would indeed just stay home more, only drive for essential needs, and generally take care of things with less economic interaction, it would conserve time and resources for those who really need them (think helping elderly relatives or others that actually need help).
Voluntary social-assistance is something we mostly forget about after Boy/Girl Scouts, but it should be the thing that we strive for as 'socialism' instead of seeing the government and economy as a synergistic apparatus for always creating more growth and jobs that waste more time and resources than they free up to be used by and for those in need.
Conservation, whether because of a pandemic virus or otherwise, is good not just for the elderly and vulnerable/weak, but also for the environment/climate and ultimately good for everyone's soul