Koronakrisen: En milliard har blitt ekstremt fattige mens mange milliarder har blitt lagt til billionærenes formuer

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Utdrag:
"Extreme Poverty for one Billion: The long term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are horrifying for the poor and wonderful for the super rich. As the current billionaire owners of Amazon, Microsoft, Big Tech have seen their fortunes soar during Corona, one billion individuals who are among the poorest in the world have tumbled into extreme poverty, according to the UN.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has described a high-damage scenario, stating that 80 % of the pandemic-induced economic crisis will persist for more than a decade. This will produce a situation which basically stalls growth for a much longer time than expected.

“According to the research, the wealth of the current billionaire class grew by 27.5 percent at the height of the crisis, from April to July, reaching a combined $10.2 trillion. The billionaires had mostly benefited from betting on the recovery of global stock markets, UBS said, noting that their wealth had hit “a new high, surpassing the previous peak of $8.9 trillion reached at the end of 2017".

“We have an opportunity to invest in a decade of action that not only helps people recover from Covid-19, but that re-sets the development path of people and planet towards a fairer, resilient and green future". The report indicated that focused investments could prevent the rise of extreme poverty, however, lifting 146 million from its grip, and even exceed the development trajectory the world was on before the pandemic.”

Covid-19 is economic goldmine for the wealthiest: In the Western hemisphere, the strategy seems to be for national governments now lose power as private capital control takes over the government’s former role.

A new report by UBS and PwC reveals that the world’s super-rich “did extremely well” during the coronavirus crisis this year, increasing their already-huge fortunes by more than a quarter, according to a UBS and PwC study. Their wealth grew by close to 30 % from April to July alone.

The inequality gap is rocketing, fueling the allegations that a modern version of feudalism is being implemented in the West, where the few own almost everything. “Billionaires did extremely well during the Covid crisis. Not only did they ride the storm to the downside, but they also gained on the upside [as stock markets rebounded],” said Josef Stadler, the head of UBS’s Ultra High Net Worth department"".

Kommentar:
Realøkonomien som lavere samfunnsklasser lever i, og finanskapitalens økonomi er to forskjellige verdener. En skulle tro at børsene falt med en gang økonomien ble smadret for arbeider og middelklassen. Men selv om titalls millioner små og middelstore bedrifter har måttet stenge, og flere hundre millioner har blitt arbeidsløse, stiger Nasdac og S&P 500 børsene til nye høyder, og gjør de superrike enda rikere.

Under koronakrisen har det blitt ventelister på utvalgte modeller fra Bentley, armbåndsur for flere millioner, privat jetfly og yachter på flere hundre fot. For eksempel Jeff Bezos bestilte akkurat en yacht på 130 meter fra et nederlandsk verft til 5 milliarder kroner. Det mens han presser sitt personale på varelagrene sine på lønn og betingelser hele tiden, personale som allerede er underbetalt og hard presset.

Bezos nye yacht er så stor at den kommer med et egen supply-skip. En provokasjon og en demonstrasjon av en av verdens superrike i disse tider, men det er de superrike som er en del av den globale storkapitalen som står bak tidene vi er i, nå med større forskjeller enn i Victoria-tiden.