Post COVID Societal Changes Predictions Thread

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PanickyFool

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Oct 25, 2017
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So we are going to get through this, probably in several months to a year, but we will be changed. The last time Western society went through such a forced change would be WWII. So... Let's go for some predictions:

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  • USA finally gets socialized medical.
  • Some sort of defacto UBI through a massive change in unemployment benefit requirements.
  • Largest wealth transfer in history as old white people die and pass it onto their white kids (income tax free!)
  • USA increases retirement benefits for survivers, because of massive wealth loss.
  • Cities become "net-killers" again.
  • Small business dies, mass bankruptcy of small business, USA become more like Europe.
  • Terribly run city/states and public transit systems go broke. (Looking at you NYC/NYS/MTA).
 
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Oct 28, 2017
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I think this will lead to the first major leftist push in America post-WWII. This will expose how fragile, flawed, and unsustainable our terrible capitalist system is and a lot of disenfranchised, ignored and oppressed people will finally take to the streets.
 

entremet

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Oct 26, 2017
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I think this will lead to the first major leftist push in America post-WWII. This will expose how fragile, flawed, and unsustainable our terrible capitalist system is and a lot of disenfranchised, ignored and oppressed people will finally take to the streets.
It's been smoke and mirrors since 08 anyway, which was a huge transfer of wealth upward as well.
 

PogChamp

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Oct 27, 2017
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Coronavirus suppresses voter turnout except for his fanatical base and Trump wins re-election.

I win either way with this prediction.
 

Triscuitable

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Oct 27, 2017
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I don't think there's a chance in hell that single payer healthcare, UBI, or retirement benefits would even be considered by the GOP or DNC. They simply stand to lose too much profit, and as we've seen with how the GOP has handled this outbreak so far, I don't think they give a damn about Americans dying by the dozen. However, I appreciate your optimism, OP.

Though perhaps "optimism" isn't the right word.
 

shoptroll

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May 29, 2018
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Nothing changes. Everything goes back to the status quo in 6-12 months.

Edit: whatever is going on with the financial markets will probably have a bigger impact than the virus
 

jelly

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Oct 26, 2017
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They'll have to write off business costs as well as paying people during the period surely. Nobody is really talking about but the economy basically needs paused and made free for the duration if things get really bad.
 
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