Excuseflation

Monopolists will never let a good emergency go to waste.

Cory Doctorow

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An old general store. Instead of a grocer, the counter is manned by an ogrish, top-hatted capitalist caricature, yanking on a lever in the shape of a golden dollar-sign. He holds aloft a carton of eggs, disdainfully, pinched between a gloved thumb and forefinger.

The decision to pass modest sums out to working people to prevent them from starving or losing their homes during the covid lockdowns made the right furious, especially inflation hawks who insist that any improvement in everyday people’s material lives will transform America into an amateur revival of Weimar, complete with wheelbarrows full of…

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