This would benefit from a class-based analysis. The “indoor” servant class, whether in India or the US (where they are called service sector workers), will uniformly suffer since they are paid to work and their work has reduced — custodial staff, restaurant service, day laborers, performance artists, high contact service (like gym instructors, masseuses, yoga teachers, physical therapists …). In the US, where a large fraction of households live paycheck to paycheck or are three months from bankruptcy, this is already leading to increased depression.

As you point out, outcomes will be mixed for the middle class.

For the rich, if they get ill they can buy the best medical service, if they don’t get ill, they will only benefit. Even if the initial monetary inequity increase is small, the power inequity will increase dramatically (even if hypothetically money — power is mostly linear, there is a wealth or income threshold below which your power is zero).

Not to mention that federal “rescue” will take place at the top, the US is on the eve of a $4 Trillion give away to banks and investors, while the WSJ argues against a one-time check for up to $1,200 to individual taxpayers, which doesn’t add up to even $1 Trillion. This distribution is inefficient from the “velocity of money” perspective since the flux (rate of change of ownership of a conceptual currency unit) is 3–4X as great in the lowest income class as it is in the uppermost.

I stop to miau to cats.

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