{"174227":{"id":"174227","parent":"0","time":"1590071034","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/05\/21\/ideology-and-coronavirus\/","category":"documentaires","title":"Ideology and Coronavirus","image":"","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"ideology-and-coronavirus","admin":"newsnet","views":"35","priority":"3","length":"11170","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003EEric Zuesse\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThere are two polar-opposite approaches for dealing with the challenge of coronavirus-19: libertarian proposals prioritize the economy above the public's health, whereas socialist proposals prioritize the public's health above the economy. Libertarian countries rely on developing \"herd immunity\" to the disease, in preference to imposing social distancing and \"lockdowns,\" which aim instead to reduce the spread of the infection. Unlike socialist measures, the \"herd immunity\" approach doesn't need any regulations, because it allows the disease to spread so that the people who survive it will become predominant; it allows survival-of-the-fittest to take its course, so as to develop a 'strong herd'. Social distancing, etc., countervail that goal, by protecting the public \u003Ci\u003Efrom\u003C\/i\u003E the virus. To use both approaches simultaneously is to contradict oneself. Developing a \"herd immunity\" to coronavirus-19 (or Covid-19) might turn out to be impossible, but, \u003Ci\u003Eif\u003C\/i\u003E it is possible, then the \u003Ci\u003Eonly\u003C\/i\u003E way to do it is to \"let nature take its course.\" Anyone who isn't naturally immune to the infection must be immunized against it; and, since there isn't yet any effective vaccine against this virus, everyone who catches the disease mustn't be isolated, but instead going out among the public in order to expose as many people as possible to the contagion, so as to enable non-immune people to die-off, and thus to leave \u003Ci\u003Eonly\u003C\/i\u003E the immune people. This approach is considered to be optimum for the owners of corporations, because it allows them to continue doing business and making profit, regardless of how many employees aren't showing up for work - any such employees will simply be replaced. Only workers and consumers suffer the disease, death, and other losses - that's how the libertarian approach works. It is maximum freedom, for the owners of corporations.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAmong the countries that immediately rejected the libertarian approach were Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and Venezuela, all five of which nations took the socialistic approach even at the very start. In an \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theduran.com\/americas-percentage-of-worlds-coronavirus-cases-is-now-declining\"\u003Earticle on May 11th\u003C\/a\u003E, I documented the astounding success of those five countries (Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and Venezuela) in dealing with this crisis, and the equally astounding failure of the libertarian United States in dealing with it, and you can see all of that \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theduran.com\/americas-percentage-of-worlds-coronavirus-cases-is-now-declining\"\u003Ethere\u003C\/a\u003E, with links to all of the evidence. (And \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.worldometers.info\/coronavirus\/#countries\"\u003Ehere\u003C\/a\u003E is where all nations' data on Covid-19 today can be found and compared, all together on one page, so that the performance of each nation can easily be compared with that of every other nation and with the global averages - it's the daily international scorecard on coronavirus-perfomance.)\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe libertarian approach minimizes the imposition of regulations, and instead relies on \"nature\" to take its course, \"survival of the fittest,\" as being the best way to 'protect the herd'. It's opposite to the socialist approach, which consists of governmentally imposed rules, or \"laws,\" that aim to minimize the amount of suffering - not only of the corporate owners, but of the entire public. Of course, every country has laws, but in a socialist country, the government's right to make and enforce laws is more respected, whereas in a libertarian country, the right of individuals (and \u003Ci\u003Eespecially\u003C\/i\u003E of stockholders) to violate laws is more respected. This has nothing to do with the distinction between dictatorship and democracy. For example, Marxist countries, such as was the Soviet Union, are dictatorial socialist, whereas democratic socialist countries such as is Denmark, are, indeed, democratic, not at all dictatorial. And fascist countries, such as the three Axis powers during WW II were, are dictatorial libertarian (or dictatorial capitalist).\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAnother word for \"libertarian\" is simply \"capitalist\" or \"free-market,\" but no country is \u003Ci\u003Eentirely\u003C\/i\u003E free-market, not even those Axis countries were: capitalistic countries only favor the rights of capital - the owners of corporations - above the rights of workers and consumers, and so respect property-rights above civil rights (the rights of workers and consumers) and therefore they allow corporations much more freedom to abuse and cheat their workers and consumers - that's a freer market; it is \u003Ci\u003Elaissez faire\u003C\/i\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E(Capitalism is the same as \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.is\/078PY#selection-629.0-717.29\"\u003Ecorporationism\u003C\/a\u003E, because it refers to the owners of corporations: the \"capitalists.\" In capitalism, only the owners are actually represented; workers and consumers are not represented but only manipulated - or else any resisting or incompetent workers are fired - by the owners. Corporations were invented around the year 1600 so as to transfer all personal criminal liability away from owners onto their workers and customers, so that only workers and customers could become sentenced to prison. Prior to 1600, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.otago.ac.nz\/law\/otago638169.pdf\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Eonly bankers enjoyed such limited liability\u003C\/a\u003E. Stockholders and bondholders have limited liability - they're liable only for monetary losses up to the extent of what they have invested in the corporation, but not for any crimes that their employees and other agents of the corporation perpetrate on behalf of further enriching the corporation's owners. That's the limited-liability function, for which corporations were invented: \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/dp\/B00I0EKTEK\/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb\"\u003Eit protects owners from liability for crimes that their agents are paid to commit on their behalf\u003C\/a\u003E. Whereas mere employees can lose everything including their lives, owners can lose only what they have invested in the corporation. For example: America has \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.is\/bUCVZ\"\u003Ethe world's highest percentage of its residents who are in prisons\u003C\/a\u003E, and virtually none of its prisoners own, or even control, any corporation. In fact, almost all of them are poor. This is a libertarian country.)\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EConsequently, applying the terms \"socialist\" versus \"libertarian\" here concerns the extent to which the government sets the rules regarding what is considered acceptable in order to protect the public from coronavirus-19 infection, versus the extent to which violation of such rules is considered to be acceptable. In a country where violation of the governmentally established rules is treated as being acceptable, there are effectively fewer actual rules and enforcement of rules than in a country which has been adhering more to socialism regarding Covid-19 policy. A libertarian country is more accepting of law-violators regarding coronavirus policy, than is a socialist country, regardless of whether or not a given country is democratic or dictatorial. For example, Denmark is socialist but democratic, whereas Cuba is socialist but dictatorial; and Switzerland is capitalist but democratic, whereas \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.li\/Kuuux\"\u003Etoday's United States is capitalist but dictatorial\u003C\/a\u003E. Whereas both America and Switzerland are libertarian, both Cuba and Denmark are socialist. But no country fits 100% into any of those categories; in politics, everything is only a matter of degree, never (except, perhaps, under the Axis powers during WW II) actually polar on a given measure (and those - the Axis powers - were 100% capitalist; i.e., pure libertarian, meaning that workers and consumers had no rights - only the powerful did).\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EOn May 13th, Axios headlined \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.apple.com\"\u003E\"Coronavirus likely forced 27 million off their health insurance\"\u003C\/a\u003E and reported an analysis which estimated this to be the number of persons who had lost their health insurance in America because of the soaring unemployment which has thus far resulted from the virus. On 10 September 2019 - just prior to the virus - the \u003Ci\u003EWall Street Journal\u003C\/i\u003E had reported \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.wsj.com\/articles\/number-of-americans-without-insurance-shows-first-increase-since2008-11568128381\"\u003E\"The number of Americans without health insurance climbed to 27.5 million in 2018,\"\u003C\/a\u003E and so the total number of health-uninsured Americans now is around 55 million, which is 17% of Americans - and many of America's \"health-insured\" have only extremely limited health 'insurance', so that perhaps only 50% have health-insurance which is actually comparable to what 100% of the residents in all other industrialized nations (in all of which, healthcare is a right instead of a privilege) have.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe fewer people who have health-insurance, the larger percentage of the public will need the income from work in order to be able to pay for their healthcare, and this makes them virtual slaves of their employers. It's for reasons like this that the American model is extraordinarily libertarian, and that this model results in almost a third of the entire world's Covid-19 cases currently being in the United States, which has only 4.2% of the world's population.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Axios report closed: \"The coronavirus is blowing up health insurance at a time when people need it most.\" Destroying health-insurance will inevitably increase Covid-19 deaths. Since America is the only industrialized nation where there are residents who don't have any health insurance, America is an extreme case, which is extremely likely to be the worst industrialized nation during the coronavirus crisis. After all: even a \u003Ci\u003Enon\u003C\/i\u003E-citizen resident can receive or transmit a communicable infection. America is systematically the most vulnerable industrialized country for any communicable disease to thrive and spread. And \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.is\/fLJLG\"\u003Ethis shows up in America's shortened life-spans\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs I headlined at Strategic Culture on May 5th, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/05\/05\/americas-design-causes-it-to-fail-the-covid-19-challenge\"\u003E\"America's design causes it to fail the coronavirus-19 challenge.\"\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThat is why \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theduran.com\/will-this-document-hang-donald-trump\"\u003Ethe chief U.S. scientist who was responsible for advising the Government on the coronavirus-19 threat\u003C\/a\u003E got booted by the Trump Administration and then on May 14th warned the U.S. Congress \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.npr.org\/2020\/05\/14\/855254610\/ousted-scientist-says-window-of-opportunity-to-fight-coronavirus-is-closing\"\u003E\"that without a stronger federal response, the coronavirus threatens to make 2020 the 'darkest winter in modern history'.\"\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EAs I \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theduran.com\/americas-percentage-of-worlds-coronavirus-cases-is-now-declining\"\u003Eargued on May 11th\u003C\/a\u003E:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EIn other words: the supposed either-or choice (trade-off) that the libertarian U.S. regime and its propagandists assert, between either controlling the epidemic (continuing the \"lockdowns\" etc.) or else preventing economic collapse (\"reopening the businesses\" etc.), is fraudulent. The exact opposite is the actual case: in order to minimize the economic damage, controlling the epidemic is basic - whatever is sound policy for the public's health is also sound economic policy.\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/05\/21\/ideology-and-coronavirus\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}