A reader pointed out that my previous post is very negative, and doesn't mention any of the very positive responses to the pandemic that are being rolled out.
A prohibition on evictions.
Water and electricity not being cut off for nonpayment.
Student loan forgiveness.
A relaxation of rules for employment insurance, and emergency funds for those who don't qualify.
In some cities, free public transit.
Paid sick leave. A suspension of rules about needing doctors' notes for sick days.
Every single one of these decent, humane responses to this health crisis injects a piece of socialism into our world.
When the crisis has passed, governments will have to work overtime to erase our memories and return to ruthless business as usual.