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Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus -- of us

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You can almost smell the fear-laden sweat oozing from the pores of television broadcasts and social media posts as it finally dawns on our political and media establishments what the coronavirus actually means. And I am not talking about the threat posed to our health.

A worldview that has crowded out all other thinking for nearly two generations is coming crashing down. It has no answers to our current predicament. There is a kind of tragic karma to the fact that so many major countries meaning major economies are today run by the very men least equipped ideologically, emotionally and spiritually to deal with the virus.

That is being starkly exposed everywhere in the west, but the UK is a particularly revealing case study.

Dragging their heels

It emerged at the weekend that Dominic Cummings, the ideological powerhouse behind Britain's buffoonish prime minister Boris Johnson, was pivotal in delaying the UK government's response to the coronavirus effectively driving Britain on to the Italian (bad) path of contagion rather than the South Korean (good) one.


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According to media reports at the weekend, Cummings initially stalled government action, arguing of the coming plague that "if that means some pensioners die, too bad". That approach explains the dragging of heels for many days, and then days more of dither that is only now coming to a resolution.

 

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Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. He is the 2011 winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East" (Pluto Press) and "Disappearing Palestine: (more...)
 

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The congress could not stop themselves from giving billions more to the criminal class. Suspending austerity to pay off the people but still ripping as they go.

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Well said, as always. Appreciate your reporting and truth-telling. I'm going through an extended"fury" stage of grief in the "5 stages of grief" because all I feel is OUTRAGE that this pandemic will be used to divert us and keep us busy with trauma, death, and sensationalist media hype while the parasites destroy us economically, go for the biggest grab and devaluation in the U.S. in the past 150 years, and give to to the top of the scumbag heap, along with their bought minions and sheeple with stockholm syndrome. but this one will be global.

20 (mostly white) men own as much or more wealth than the bottom 50% of our 8 BILLION people... bet none of them will die of covid-19!

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