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Capitalist-Imperialist West Stays Home Over Corona - They Grew a Conscience?

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In the UK an average of just 600 people die from influenza every year, a testament to the major socialist concept the incredibly rich island has tolerated - the National Health Service.

In the US, where the biggest socialist concept they have tolerated is Social Security - to prevent mass elder-class starvation - the lack of health care annually kills 11 times more people than in the UK (proportionally). "It's fine," they say in the US - the price of freedom. Freedom of expression above all.

However, all of a sudden everyone across the West cares about preventing mostly-preventable flu deaths. Really?

In fact, apparently the West cares more than anybody: South Korea quarantined some neighborhoods, China one major city, Iran encouraged a national quarantine, but the West wants two entire continents to stay at home.

What overreaction? The West just has a huge heart - haven't their capitalist and Christian evangelists been saying that for four centuries?

In fact, how dare you possible micro-trigger a Westerner by suggesting an overblown macro-triggering? The vastly, vastly, VASTLY greater reaction of the West than of China, South Korea and Iran is entirely merited, and this cannot be questioned. Or so they keep shouting.

The problem in the West is that those in power during the corona crisis should not be in power.

Firstly, whereas in China it is as hard to get into the vanguard Communist Party as the Ivy League, in the West all one needs is rich friends or friends with clout. So of course the quality of the West's public service response to corona could have been predicted to be comparatively inferior.

The fourth estate and unofficial branch of government, the media, is similarly compromised: I can't read Chinese to verify if they are calming a panic instead of inflaming it, but I can read the dire warnings broadcast 24/7 by the Western MSM, whose ratings are surely through the roof. Very over-dramatic, indeed. Personally, I have encouraged anyone who will listen to heed my professional media opinion regarding this corona crisis: the less time you spend watching the Western MSM the saner and more stable you will be during this crisis. Your family will thank you.

In the West technocrats are in power: thus, in an epidemic we must all listen to doctors and statistical-modelling specialists. Both are quite well-paid jobs. Western technocratism means that the West absolutely cannot have policy even partially dictated by the needs or experiences of their legion of middle-aged, single-mother waitresses; or any of the 40% of Americans who don't have $500 to cover an emergency; or any part of the Yellow Vest-supporting Europeans who have had their social safety net slashed by unending banker bailouts and austerity measures.

The interpretation of statistics, and the public policy such statistics should influence - these things surely cannot be influenced by ideology, can they? I agree though - better to listen to nerds than to not get a second medical opinion.

Let's not act like they are Cuban: US doctors are perfectly at ease with you being homeless over unpaid medical bills, and they don't want you forcing them to go work on the front lines to cover this flu crisis. Cynical? Well, I am a daily-hack journalist, but is it such a taboo thought to think when you see yet another doctor handing down a life-and-death proclamation with smug certainty, yet again? Doctors are never wrong" yet the third-largest cause of death in the US is malpractice.

Given this undoubted difference in terms of public policy servants and public policy explainers, why on earth should we assume that the West's public servants are going to outshine Eastern ones? However, what can and cannot be achieved in these countries is also very different.

On a social level China, South Korea and Iran are Asian societies which are fundamentally more patriarchal and social, whereas Western societies are more matriarchal and individualist. This means that in the West many overworked single mothers are being inflamed into OCD-level sanitizings, while non-deadbeat divorced Dads are proving their all-conquering filial love by fist-fighting over toilet paper for Junior.

As stay at home orders - which vary from suggestions to promises of fines - proliferate across the West I will go out on a limb and say that many Westerners will go far further and treat the orders as if they were martial law. Yes, Westerners insist that they are more freedom-loving and unable to tie down than any Muslim nomad, but I recall a quite compliant response during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent lockdown. American libertarianism is only for good times, it seems.

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Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has (more...)
 

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A conscience? What's that?

The US has always used disease to its advantage going back to purposely spreading smallpox to the Natives. Even though they did not know what germs were in those days, they knew how to use germ warfare.

Whether this Corona virus is a US weapon on purpose or by accident does not keep the US from taking advantage of it. It is unconscionable to keep illegal economic terrorism against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, etc. Especially during a worldwide epidemic. It is immoral and stupid, and makes the world less safe for 'Americans' too. But when has that been a concern of US foreign policy?

Nor should we forget to keep Gaza in our prayers. The US has the audacity to criticize Cuba, while Israel has kept millions of Gazans in nazi-style concentration camps for over a decade. The chosen and exceptional people have no mercy even during a plague. Now they are using "weed killer" added to "cutting the grass".

We should not expect better from our government, criminal allies, and greedy oligarchs. But we should expect better from the 'American' people. They need to grow a conscience, instead of being like the "Good Germans", which were so shamed by the US after WW2.

Now we should understand how Hitler happened!

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You are so right: Americans are exactly like the Germans in the 1930's. We have been in psychotic denial of our crimes for many decades.

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We are like feedlot cattle, wallowing knee deep in bullshi#, being fed GMO corn to make us fat and sickly, pumped full of antibiotics, steroids and whatever Gates' vaccine people come up with, confined in small quarters, seeing fear and panic in the rest of the herd but deprived of herd activities. I do not like where this is going.

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I figured it out. This is a medical false flag, a virus tied to the normal death patterns of very sick old people or people dying of cancer. Tie the virus to someone run over by a bus and then blame the virus for the death. Clever! Multinational too! Find the main players in Event 201. The virus is not much worse than any other flu, but it is blasted in all waking hours in the biggest hype job since 9-11 to make it look like the world is ending and only the government can save us. Feedlot cattle are knee deep in shi#. We are nose deep in bullshi#.

This is the Medical 9-11, a medical false flag ushering in the new WAR ON PANDEMICS, where we willingly isolate while begging the Gates GMO Frankenlabs to inject us with antibiotics, vaccines, cheer the National Guard as they monitor our movements, contacts with neighbors, restrict anything they want and the government as it needlessly shuts us down to crash the economy for the poor and middle class , making an new impoverished but docile peasant class. Sorry, but that's the picture when all the puzzle pieces go together.

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