This is what comes next for America and the rest of the West.
There is no way out of this.
This plane is crashing.
We are locked in our seats, there are no parachutes and the engines have already exploded. The wings are shaking and about ready to fall off.
Within 10 minutes, all the food was gone.
For years, the Ronda della Solidarieta (Solidarity Patrol) charity has served up free dinners twice a week for Rome’s needy, passed out at twilight in the shadow of the city’s ancient ruins.
But as Italy begins to feel the effects of its most punishing economic crisis since World War II, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of those in need has shot up.
On one recent evening, a large crowd pressed forward for the 130 bags of food handed out by volunteers, watched over by Red Cross workers.
An undercurrent of desperation hung in the air despite the setting sun and idyllic backdrop, and some people left disappointed, arriving too late for a bag of their own.
Among the crowd were new faces unaccustomed to asking for help. One, who gave her name as Anna, said she had travelled across town for the food.
Unable to work as a cleaner during Italy’s two-month lockdown, she has skimped on meals to pay rent on her shared apartment.
Another one million people will now require food assistance, bringing the total number to 3.7 million Italians, the main agricultural lobby Coldiretti estimated last month, calling them Italy’s “new poor”.
The problem is global. Earlier this month, the charity Oxfam estimated that half a billion people around the world could be driven into poverty by the virus crisis.
Elsewhere in Europe, Spain plans to roll out a basic income to combat new poverty, while in Britain, nearly one million people — 10 times the average — applied during two weeks of April for the government’s main form of state aid.
In the United States, tens of millions of people have lost their jobs.
But to many in Italy, economic hardship feels like a double punishment.
More than 30,000 people have died from COVID-19 — one of the highest tolls on the planet — while Italians have displayed notable solidarity during the crisis.
La Repubblica daily has estimated that 11.5 million Italians, half the official workforce, have stopped receiving income and started applying for aid.
Last month, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development forecast that 27 percent of Italians could fall into poverty were they to forgo three months of income, in a report based on 2018 data.
Among those swelling bread lines across the country are former cooks, cleaners or shop assistants who lost their jobs after a nationwide quarantine was imposed more than two months ago.
Some never had fixed employment but got by working odd jobs, or in the informal economy. Others were professionals.
Declining savings rates mean the vast majority of Italians don’t have a nest egg to fall back on.
“I’m mortified,” said Maria Loprete, 65, who worked for 30 years at Milan’s La Scala, latterly in the cloakroom, before the internationally renowned opera ceased activity in February.
Before the pandemic struck, Loprete volunteered with a church organisation to help the homeless.
“Now I’ve found myself in the same situation as these people who need help,” she said.
Before the lockdown, the Nonna Roma association helped 300 Roman families with food and other necessities.
The number of requests has now swelled to nearly 4,000, its president, Alberto Campailla, told AFP.
“The make-up has changed,” Campailla said.
“It’s not only those families in absolute poverty, but also people now who maybe were working under the table, who were self-employed, young professionals, and then so many migrants. All these people have no work.”
Each weekend, the group’s volunteers drop off boxes filled with staples, along with fresh fruit and vegetables and a cake, to people requesting help.
Many of those interviewed by AFP said they were still waiting for food stamps from the city which enable a family to obtain up to 100 euros’ worth of groceries a week.
We should remember that in Italy, over 99% of people who died had comorbidities.
The average age of death was 80.
There was never a crisis, save for at the hospitals in one single region.
The United Nations manufactured this hoax and they did it on purpose in cooperation with all of the governments of the Western world and the media.
We do not know what their plan is, but it is absolutely clear that they intended for the economies of the West to collapse and intended for the masses to be sent into brutal poverty, worse than any third world country.
It’s likely that the Italians will respond to this by electing an authoritarian government and kicking out all the immigrants. So there is some upside here.