Well-known Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek wrote:
"Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.
[Obama's former chief of staff] Rahm Emanuel famously said:
Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before.
Naomi Klein documented in the Shock Doctrine that the Neoliberals and Chicago school followers advocated a kind of "disaster capitalism". Specifically, whenever a natural, economic, war-related, or other disaster strikes, these folks pounce and use the opportunity to quickly impose a brand of economic policy which benefits the elite at the cost of everyone else (by increasing unemployment, pushing the cost of essential goods through the roof, and otherwise increasing poverty), while people are still in shock and before they can react.
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