Progressive ideals rising in coronavirus crisis, says Wisconsin professor

Sociologist and historian Harvey Kaye told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Tuesday that the ongoing coronavirus epidemic has caused progressive policy ideas to grow in popularity.

In an interview, Kaye noted that recent instances of workers demanding better working conditions amid fears of coronavirus could indicate the rebirth of the labor movement in the U.S.

"Americans themselves are asking: 'What are we going to do? What are we going to do in response to this crisis'" Kaye said. "And the response they've gotten from the White House...its not only inadequate, it's actually dangerous."

"When we see Amazon workers going out [on strike], when we see Instacart workers going out," Kaye continued, "We see something like we saw in 1932."

Employees at Whole Foods, Amazon and Instacart have all walked off the job or declared "sickouts" in recent days due to concerns over workplace conditions that they feel leaves them at risk to the spread of coronavirus.

Grocery stores and other retailers have struggled to keep store shelves stocked amid the outbreak, which has caused shortages of common household items and food supplies.