#NotDying4WallStreet Goes Viral as Progressives Reject Efforts to Put Corporate Profits Over Public Health

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As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, the Twitter hashtag #NotDying4WallStreet went viral late Monday as progressives made clear they are not willing to jeopardize their own or their community’s health to protect corporate profits.

“If we have to rent strike, general strike, whatever has to happen, we will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin,” tweeted progressive radio host Benjamin Dixon. “This system crashes without our participation. But they cannot force us to participate at the expense of our lives.”

The hashtag erupted after Trump signaled Monday that he could move as early as next week to lift federal social distancing guidelines and encourage some people to return to work—even as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow and the death toll rises.

“America will again and soon be open for business. Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting,” Trump said during a press briefing Monday evening, ignoring dire warnings from health officials both within and outside of his administration.

 

 

 

Trump’s call to send people back to work despite the threat to public health was echoed by Goldman Sachs senior chairman Lloyd Blankfein, who tweeted Sunday that measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 risk “crushing the economy, jobs, and morale.”

“Within a very few weeks let those with a lower risk to the disease return to work,” said Blankfein.

As progressive advocacy group Swing Left pointed out, other influential figures have since echoed Blankfein’s recommendation, which flies in the face of health officials’ calls to extend lockdowns nationwide.

 

 

Author and activist Eric Blanc wrote in Jacobin on Monday that “we have now reached the point where, according to some experts, only a five-week national lockdown can avoid a public health catastrophe.”

“Yet the Wall Street Journal and the Lloyd Blankfeins of the world are proposing the exact opposite: ending lockdowns rather than extending them,” wrote Blanc. “Even the limited governmental measures taken so far are apparently too much for Wall Street to stomach.”

“Unless we take action, Wall Street may get its way,” Blanc added. “Stopping Trump from scrapping our existing public health measures is literally a matter of life and death. We need to do everything possible to force the White House and its corporate backers to take the urgent measures that experts agree are necessary to prevent a public health catastrophe. Our lives are on the line.”

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When I heard, That FW Trump was going to relax the social distancing and get everyone to go back to work because he didn’t like the numbers and was afraid that he would look bad and that he may not get reelected, It made my blood boil I mean how could any decent person even contemplate such a thing. The only reason that people are staying home is to negate the expected rush on hospitals and overwhelming of the hospital system, so why in god’s name would you want to do that, that’s just crazy. Then upon looking at your… Read more »
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Excellent thank you

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Can I suggest that Mr blankfein apply for a job as a stock boy or cashier in the grocery store or as a cleaning person or a nurses aide or janitor in one of the hospitals for 9.00 an hour. He should be able to do one of these jobs and pay for his medical insurance and live just fine. He wants good people to go back to work so he can get richer. We owe these folks respect and thanks already for working while we are safe at home. he makes me want to vomit