(CNN) Covid-19 continues to awkwardly expose the weird morality of American capitalism, where it’s OK for companies to swarm for government help while individual families and small businesses struggle.
Consider the strange case of Tyson Foods. The meat giant warned in a full-page ad published Sunday in The New York Times, Washington Post and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the food supply is in jeopardy, not because of a lack of food, but because of the safety concerns that have shut down its plants.
By “safety concerns” we mean thousands of workers calling out sick after coronavirus outbreaks. And it is true that communities — watching processing plants owned not just by Tyson but by rivals Smithfield and JBS turn into Covid-19 hot zones — have closed them down. But the first reaction when you read an open letter from Tyson Foods is, “Oh my gosh, there won’t be any bacon!”