This does not have to happen again.

Social distancing allows us the opportunity to reflect on what was clearly possible before and rethink how our society is ordered, beyond emergency.

We can formalize both the values (“voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit”) and the mechanisms (timebanking, participatory budgeting, etc.) of what are natural and necessary for us, to create the system that we not only want, but also the system that we need. The response to today’s crisis - moratoriums on evictions, the extension of paid sick and family leave, and the release of some people from jails - to protect public health, demonstrates the ease with which we can move.

Another system is necessary.