5 reviews for Social Murder & Covid-19

  1. Chris

    My review is a mix of reflection and takeaways from what I consider an incredible eye-opening program.
    I grew up within a home with loads of love but very little money and as I grew up have attempted to build my and my family’s lives to, in my perception, the lap of luxury. But, in the eyes of social media, public perception, and of course now my family’s (from constantly viewing what they don’t have), it is a mediocre to poor life.

    As I listened to Dr. Bezruchka’s description of social murder and how it now affects millions, the high blood pressure, continual headaches, the struggles with confidence and self-worth, etc., made a bit of sense. The feeling of despair I get every time my wife looks up from her phone and says, “Oh, look what the Smiths are doing, again, how come we never do that” never seems to fade. No matter how many hours, how many jobs, or how many side jobs I do, I can never manage to keep up with the Smiths. At one point in my life, I had even borrowed money from a friend and sold some lifelong items just to take my family on a short vacation that was barely close to what the Smiths could do.

    After listening to your talk and putting my insanity into perspective, I have to thank you, Dr. Bezruchka. It’s only been a few days, but I am starting to look at things through a different lens. Maybe all these years, the emotional perils felt, not necessarily financial or living, were just another outcome of a global concern more than my inability to provide a lifestyle outside of my ability.

  2. James in WA


  3. Charles Keil

    I’m really proud of the Univ. of Washington for having a plain-spoken social critic on the faculty of the Department of Global Health. I would like to hear the Dr. talk about his experiences in Nepal, about his childhood and early schooling that shaped his worldview. I would also like to hear him describe his world vision.

  4. Jack in MA

    This was the best presentation on this topic I’ve ever heard. Brilliant. Well-formulated.

  5. Phoebe

    In the midst of meaningless work and over-consumption, the guilt and shame of not being able to afford to live has resulted in deep depression in our household. I forced myself to wake up early today and turn on the radio instead of doom-scrolling, wondering how long until we experience yet another “death of despair” in my immediate community.

    I’m very grateful for having caught Dr. Bezruchka’s speaking on the radio. It helps to remember that the meritocracy is a myth. It helps to be reminded that what we’re experiencing as the proletariat is by design. Thank you, Alternative Radio, for airing his words.

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