We have all encountered the dark outlines of the crisis facing us by now. Everywhere there are warnings of mass unemployment unseen in decades, already vulnerable workers—young, racialized, women—hit hardest, entire industries at risk, a looming wave of evictions and foreclosures.

None of this is inevitable. That is the message we should be encountering more often.

Instead, we still too frequently hear warnings about deficits and debt, about excessive generosity today and bills coming due tomorrow.