It always has been people for themselves. I had that hammered into me in the '80s.
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I fail to see a link between government policy and the use of lemmy. I’d love for it to be explained.
I’m not saying what I prefer. I’m saying what is.
In the '80s, when the economy collapsed (almost as bad as 2008’s collapse) I was thrown to the wolves by government. As a young white male I was deemed “easily employable” by government policy and thus “obviously shirking” and given punitive levels of economic assistance. (How punitive? Five of us shared a three-bedroom slum apartment in shifts just so we could both meet rent and eat.)
This was, mind you, in an economy where if, say, a local gas station was looking for labour, there’d be 25 people in line the next morning, 24 of whom had 10 years’ experience. With me as #25. It was impossible for me to find a job, no matter how many hoops they made me jump through at the employment office nor how punitive they were in handing out the dole.
That’s when I learned that no matter what the rhetoric of the government, when the crunch comes you can rely on yourself and maybe family. And that’s about it.
The current COVID-19 crisis in Canada is just more of the same. It’s a government that pays lip service to serving the people while in reality kneeling before monied interests with lips O-shaped and ready to service.
The Canadian, various Provincial & Municipal governments can (and will) provide some basic direction they (or the specific economists/think tanks/lobbyists/etc they consult) think will best move the Canadian economy overall out of recession.
This does not mean they will do anything for individuals. They likely won’t do anything that we, as individuals, directly see.
And we shouldn’t.
In most countries (including Canada), it’s not a government’s job to guide individuals directly. It’s the government’s job to provide general direction at the level & for the areas they are responsible for minding.
The closer the level of government to the individual, the more their actions affect individuals directly. To see how a plan is being implemented (or ignored), look to your neighbourhood BIA & community groups first, then municipal governments & chambers of commerce, and work your way up. The further up you go, the less specific any plans or interventions become.
Inevitably, it has always come down to individuals and their immediate community to create their way forward. The only difference between the past & now, is that we can share our best practices online.
Tragically what gets most shared and spread the farthest is worst practices.
Like licking rats in a pandemic.
Please don’t lick rats.
Definitely true, but there’s no reason we can’t use something like the Fediverse to do better by each other. Individuals & local communities need to work together to build the world we want to see.
Business Improvement Association. They generally organize events and work to promote businesses within specific neighbourhoods (ie Downtown, Sparks Street, Donovan, etc). They aren’t everywhere, but they tend to get funds from municipal & provincial governments to help provide certain events & services in their area. What they do and how they provide their services directly impacts those who live & shop in the neighbourhoods whose businesses they represent.
What’s going on in Canada?