So far, there have been only 28 Wuhan virus deaths in Austria…
1. There is nothing strictly unethical about the Democrats attempting to use the current crisis to get some of their non-pandemic agenda items, like them or not, passed. That’s politics. They would be remiss if they didn’t try that. It will be unethical if their efforts materially interfere with the efforts to assist individual and business victims of the Wuhan virus, and if that is what they do, there is ample evidence to hang them, like this:
…if, that is, the facts are reported fairly. Speaker Pelosi’s House bill including such pork as support for the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts is also a “smoking gun.”
2. Ethics Quote of the Week from Dr. Fauci:
“There is a discussion and a delicate balance about what’s the overall impact of shutting everything down completely for an indefinite period of time. So, there’s a compromise. If you knock down the economy completely and disrupt infrastructure, you may be causing health issues, unintended consequences, for people who need to be able to get to places and can’t. You do the best you can…It’s almost like the fog of war. After the war is over, you then look back and say, “Wow, this plan, as great as it was, didn’t quite work once they started throwing hand grenades at us.” It really is similar to that. Obviously, testing [for the new coronavirus] is one clear issue that needs to be relooked at. Why were we not able to mobilize on a broader scale? But I don’t think we can do that right now. I think it’s premature. We really need to look forward.”
3. Julie Principle update: In his first kibbitzing webcast yesterday, telling the world what he would be doing now if he were President, Joe Biden got lost in his notes ( “We need to activate the reserve corps of doctors and nurses and beef up the number of responders dealing with this crush of cases”… [shuffling papers, gesturing to someone off-camera] “And, uh, in addition to that, in addition to that, we have to make sure that, we are… Well, let me go to the second thing….” Then he called Charley Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, “Charlie Parker.”
4. Crash the economy, endangering businesses, jobs, and yes, lives, or let millions die to protect everything else. This is the real zugswang people are beginning to talk about, including on Ethics Alarms. A discussion including the somewhat Neanderthal commenters as well as the more rational on Instapundit sparked by this idiotic meme..
Yes, the Coronavirus is a killer. No, it’s not “just a flu”.
They did not stop the economy for cancer, which is a bigger killer.
They did not stop the economy for diabetes, which is a bigger killer.
They did not stop the economy for heart disease, which is a bigger killer.
Why stop it for the coronavirus?
…is revealing of both cognitive limitations and rationality under stress. Some examples:
- ‘But 23,000 Americans have died of flu so far this year, and flu shots aren’t even mandatory. This is a contagious disease, too, last time I looked.”
- “No, it is not an influenza virus. It spread far faster than the flu, and it kills far more often than the flu does. About twice as fast and at minimum killing 8 fold as often. If it is allowed to spread uncontrolled–like we do the flu–it will kill about 40 times as often. That’s reality. Idiots who panic when made to face reality are what will destroy this country.”
- “But it IS just a flu…one that’s maybe a bit more contagious. And this hysteria surrounding it is a helluva lot more likely to destroy the country than anything the Chinese flu will do to us.”
- “But no problem with abortion, the more the merrier for the left.” “Most conservatives understand it’s a balance, in my experience. Most of the people screeching “ONE LIFE IS ONE TOO MANY!” are on the left. (And half those are dumbass media.) But honestly though. I like these threads. We still don’t have enough info to know for sure the best thing to do.”
- “As someone on the front line watching the economic devastation, talking to people who have lost their jobs, I am so disappointed in the number of my fellow Conservatives who are pooh poohing the economic effects on every day people. I’m not talking about homeless drug addicts in SF. I’m talking about working men and women who have had the rug pulled out from under them overnight. Far more people are suffering, in very real terms, from the economic downturn than are suffering or will suffer from coronavirus. And if that doesn’t break your heart and make you angry I strongly suggest that you get down on your knees and thank the Lord that you have had it so good in your life.”
It’s so productive to get angry and say your heart is broken. More broken hearts and screaming at the sky is just what we need now.
5. Good! Woody Allen’s new memoir, “Apropos of Nothing “was released yesterday after a after the original publisher backed out of releasing the book.
This means that Allen will get to have his story told his way, readers interested in him, his wit and his life will be able to read it, and best of all, Ronan Farrow and the political correctness fascists who bullied the Hachette Book Group into canceling the book as part of cancelling Allen have been foiled.
And Hactette will make less money. Maybe some of the staff who staged the walk-out to force the company’s attempted censorship will lose their jobs. That would also be good. Efforts to silence others should have dire consequences.
Meanwhile, I would rather read the Finnegan’s Wake in Pig Latin than Allen’s memoirs.
* Zugswang: The position where any action is wrong, and inaction is impossible.