So we see here the United Kingdom and Cuba on a similar COVID trend. The first spike marks the moment the UK celebrates opening *everything* up this "Freedom Day". No mask mandates, no stay-at-home orders, and no restrictions whatsoever. 1/n

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The second spike is presented as the basis for invading Cuba, which, in the face of a U.S.-enforced embargo, had to this moment kept COVID in check, developed its own vaccine, and sent doctors around the world, including to NATO countries, to support overwhelmed hospitals. 2/n
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How did we arrive at such a nasty historical conjunction? This is the last time I'm going to promote my book-length piece putting together many of the shards of our broken moment. patreon.com/posts/51004873 3/n
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What, for instance, does the police murder of thirteen-year-old Adam Toledo in a Chicago back alley and the CDC's white flag of a post-Trump COVID intervention share? Upon what kind of exhaustion did Jeffrey Dahmer and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky converge? 4/n
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How is Bill Gates's virtue hoarding killing millions with COVID? What is the political economy of this accelerating incoherence? What role have epidemiologists played in the mess? 5/n
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I will admit the piece is an endurance test. Not just for its length. The rot of it all is unnerving even for the cynical among us. But our Midnight Summer's Dream is far more of a horror of a trap. 6/n
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"Capitalism," I quote artist Chiara Acu, "will try and fool us into thinking that [the pandemic] didn't even happen." 7/n
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I also end the piece with the telltales of an escape. How might we unplug ourselves out of the megamachine sending Earth to Mars without a space ship? 8/n
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You're not going to find anything close to this take anywhere else. Unlike the UK, this bar is closing early. Last call. patreon.com/posts/51004873 9/n
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