Coronavirus analysis links

As a contribution to our ability to study the rapidly-developing economic, social, and political dimensions of this crisis, we’re gathering the best analysis we can find from around the web to make available to our network.

Economic analysis
Most recent
The scarring | Michael Roberts
US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks | CNBC
Millions had risen out of poverty. Coronavirus Is pulling them back. | New York Times
Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers | Institute for Policy Studies
Prepare for the era of recrimination | Guggenheim Investments

The US economy has wiped out all the job gains since the Great Recession | CNBC
Poll: 43 percent of Americans have lost jobs or wages due to coronavirus outbreak | The Hill
The post-pandemic slump | Michael Roberts
Coronavirus putting world on track for new Great Depression, says WTO | The Guardian
The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back | Adam Tooze
JPMorgan now sees economy contracting by 40% in second quarter, and unemployment reaching 20% | CNBC
Trade set to plunge as COVID-19 pandemic upends global economy | World Trade Organization
Video presentation: The people’s response to the crisis: A social, political, and economic analysis | The People’s Forum
The coming debt deluge | Jerome Roos
A Greater Depression? | Nouriel Roubini
A debt jubilee is the only way to avoid a depression | Michael Hudson (Washington Post – You may be able to get around the paywall using this browser extension)
U.S. jobless claims jump to 3.28 Million, quadruple prior record | Reade Pickert
Coronavirus job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate may hit 32%, Fed estimates | CNBC
Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history | Nouriel Roubini
Pandemic insolvency: Why this economic crisis will be different | Bue Rübner Hansen

Political context and organizing
Most recent
The pandemic offers a chance to transform the US’ cruel policies toward poor people | Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and Philip Alston
May Day in times of pandemic, automation | Committee on US-Latin American Relations
Reopening the economy will send us to hell | Mike Davis
12.7 million workers have likely lost employer-provided health insurance since the coronavirus shock began | Economic Policy Institute
Unemployment filing failures | Economic Policy Institute
A third of NYC food pantries have closed, swelling bread lines during coronavirus lockdown | Gothamist

What does this pandemic mean for poor people in Vermont? | Vermont Workers Center
In the face of COVID, let’s reorganize society around the needs of the poor | Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
America’s wannabe caesar | Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
A socialist cry for civilisational change: COVID-19 and the failure of neo-liberalism | Vijay Prashad
The second phase of unemployment will be harsher | The Atlantic
The tech ‘solutions’ for coronavirus take the surveillance state to the next level | Evgeny Morozov
“A private for-profit healthcare system is completely incapable of handling this crisis” | Rompeviento TV (In Spanish/En Español)
Six thousand families line up in their cars for hours at a food bank in San Antonio | Daily Mail
The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery | Pew Charitable Trusts Stateline
The People’s Response to the Crisis: The State of Kerala Leads the Way | The People’s Forum
The People’s Response to the Crisis: Abahlali baseMjondolo and the National Union of the Homeless
Homeless, Not Helpless! A National Online Press Call and Teach-In | The National Union of the Homeless
Worried About Inequality After the Pandemic? Start By Listening to the Women Ringing the Alarm for Decades | Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
North Carolina Workers Strike for Safety, Fair Wages, and Real Support for the Unemployed | BreakThrough News
From elections to politics | Nijmie Dzurinko
The revival of the National Union of the Homeless | Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
National Union of the Homeless coronavirus update 1
National Union of the Homeless coronavirus update 2
Podcast: Mike Davis on coronavirus politics
Podcast with transcript: David Harvey on anti-capitalist politics in the time of COVID-19
Coronavirus is the perfect disaster for “Disaster Capitalism” | Naomi Klein
The people’s response to the crisis: A working class, internationalist perspective | The People’s Forum
The people’s response to the crisis: Grassroots organizations in the US and Italy | The People’s Forum
US relief package is a giveaway to big business | People’s Dispatch
Pandemic could spark unrest among West’s urban poor | Reuters
A president unfit for a pandemic | Boston Globe Editorial Board
The real pandemic danger is social collapse | Branco Milanovic (We’ve included this article as a window into how leading organizations and thinkers of the ruling class are assessing the current crisis, and the thinking behind the programs they are putting forward)

Demands and policies
International People’s Assembly | In light of the global pandemic, focus attention on the people
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival | Poverty amidst pandemic: A moral response to COVID-19
Put People First! PA | Governor Wolf: Protect our working class residents!
Coronavirus: A call for solidarity in a time of crisis | Abahlali baseMjondolo/South Africa’s Shackdwellers’ Movement
Fight for $15 COVID-19 McDonald’s Demands
US Peace Council: Appeal to End Sanctions

Other resource lists
The coronavirus crisis and the crisis of poverty: Resources for study | Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice

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