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Craig Medred, an independent journalist from Alaska, has written periodically about the COVID-19 pandemic. Oftentimes his starting point is an Alaskan perspective, but he is always making larger points about the pandemic and reaction to it by, variously, scientists, public health professionals, government leaders, media, and the public. His latest piece, Pushing Fear, brings some much needed perspective.
Public health policy needs to reflect trade-offs in society. Had the virus truly been an existential threat to all of humanity, then the draconian response might have been the right response to preserve the germ of humanity from the scourge. But the virus is and was not such a threat. It was not likely to have been such a threat coming from the same biosphere in which humanity itself arose. An alien virus from a different galaxy? Well that might be a different matter.
Given that it was understood earlier (see the cruise ship examples) not to be an existential threat, why were all the trade-offs not on the table to begin with? Why has everyone who has suggested trade-offs and accepting some level of adverse outcomes been derided or silenced? Because it served the Progressive agenda of putting government decision-making above individual liberty.
How do we recapture liberty and bring our government and “woke” corporations back under control? By providing perspective on the pandemic and asking the simple question: What are we willing to do about lifestyles, DNA, and liberty to eliminate death from all other causes? The answer is: Very little. Life ends in death, so death avoidance cannot be the societal goal. Making our societies work for most people, providing succor to the losers in life’s lottery, that has to be the goal. Mandating face diapers and forbidding productive work is not the answer. And certainly not substituting mandates for information and persuasion to live and act in ways that are the best chance (not the guaranteed outcome) of minimizing debilitating disease and death in our world.
[Note: Links to all my COVID-19 posts can be found here.]Published in