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Sun Apr 5, 2020, 12:58 AM Apr 2020

Financial Times comes out for redistribution of wealth

Virus lays bare the frailty of the social contract
Radical reforms are required to forge a society that will work for all

If there is a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is that it has injected a sense of togetherness into polarised societies. But the virus, and the economic lockdowns needed to combat it, also shine a glaring light on existing inequalities — and even create new ones. Beyond defeating the disease, the great test all countries will soon face is whether current feelings of common purpose will shape society after the crisis. As western leaders learnt in the Great Depression, and after the second world war, to demand collective sacrifice you must offer a social contract that benefits everyone.

The way we wage war on the virus benefits some at the expense of others. The victims of Covid-19 are overwhelmingly the old. But the biggest victims of the lockdowns are the young and active, who are asked to suspend their education and forgo precious income. Sacrifices are inevitable, but every society must demonstrate how it will offer restitution to those who bear the heaviest burden of national efforts.

Radical reforms — reversing the prevailing policy direction of the last four decades — will need to be put on the table. Governments will have to accept a more active role in the economy. They must see public services as investments rather than liabilities, and look for ways to make labour markets less insecure. Redistribution will again be on the agenda; the privileges of the elderly and wealthy in question. Policies until recently considered eccentric, such as basic income and wealth taxes, will have to be in the mix.

The leaders who won the war did not wait for victory to plan for what would follow. Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, setting the course for the United Nations, in 1941. The UK published the Beveridge Report, its commitment to a universal welfare state, in 1942. In 1944, the Bretton Woods conference forged the postwar financial architecture. That same kind of foresight is needed today. Beyond the public health war, true leaders will mobilise now to win the peace.

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Financial Times comes out for redistribution of wealth (Original Post) Qutzupalotl Apr 2020 OP
This is from the editorial board of the Financial Times. Qutzupalotl Apr 2020 #1
They've always been for redistribution of wealth. Wall Street Journal too. JHB Apr 2020 #2
Ouch DanieRains Apr 2020 #3


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2. They've always been for redistribution of wealth. Wall Street Journal too.
Sun Apr 5, 2020, 01:17 AM
Apr 2020

Of course, they don't use that wording when the redistribution is upward.

The "R"-word only gets rolled out when it's something that benefits the broader public, not just the "have plentys"

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