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Coronavirus and the experts: Which will cause more harm?

By Greg Strange
web posted April 6, 2020

Experts – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em!  We need their expertise, but one expert will tell you one thing while another tells you the opposite.  Sometimes the same expert will tell you opposite things at two different times.  What the . . .?!

Take President Fauci – er, I mean, Dr. Fauci – for instance.  That would be President Donald Trump’s head honcho bigwig infectious disease doctor advising him on all things coronavirus.  On January 26, 2020, this medical “expert” said during an interview on a radio program that, pertaining to the coronavirus, “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States.”  That was his “expert” opinion at the time.  Funny thing is, though, the last time I checked, the United States is now closed for business, lights out, curtains drawn, shut down until further notice.  Presumably, either Dr. Fauci or some other equally brilliant “expert” will let us all know when it’s safe to go back to normal again – if indeed anything will ever be normal again.

Incidentally, five days after Fauci delivered his monumentally incorrect “expert” opinion on the radio, Trump correctly ceased incoming travel from China, one millisecond after which he was branded a racist and his action was referred to by Joe Biden as “hysterical xenophobia.”  Now, we actually have certain states, in the throes of their lockdown madness, trying to prevent fellow Americans from other states from coming in.  What is that, hysterical out-of-state-ophobia?

But the larger point is, the same “expert” who originally said there was nothing to worry about, proceeded to do a one-eighty and now believes that anything less than destroying the world’s greatest economy could result in millions of deaths.  Damn these "experts!"

The problem with "experts" is, just because they know a lot about some particular subject or field of science doesn’t mean they have any wisdom, or a good grasp of the big picture, or even plain old common sense.  So, not withstanding that Dr. Fauci was monumentally wrong about the virus back in late January, he came to understand that it is highly contagious and the best way to stop it must be to isolate everybody from each other, and thus, a national shutdown was needed.  And he may be right about that one issue of stopping the spread.

But if you ask him what will be the economic and social consequences of that, his response might well be, “That’s not my area of expertise.  I’m just trying to stop the virus.”  So, if the cure turns out to be worse than the disease, well, we should have consulted other “experts” about all of that other messy stuff.

Well, here’s something that any unsophisticated, nonexpert deplorable can understand.  If you shut down the world’s most dynamic economy, the consequences will without a doubt be catastrophic and potentially far worse than anything the virus alone would have caused.  Tens of millions of people will experience financial, social and psychological devastation, the likes of which few now living have ever seen.  Broken lives, broken families, desperation, hopelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, poverty, hunger and crime will all be the result.

And also . . . death, plenty of death, the avoidance of which is what the shutdown was supposed to have been all about in the first place.  But death on a potentially large scale will come, not immediately, but over time.  So for instance, because of all the shattered lives caused by the economic catastrophe, there will be increased suicides and various forms of self-destructive behaviors that will result in death.  There will also be millions of unemployed people who no longer have their employer-provided health insurance and whose health concerns will go unattended, in many cases leading to death.  There will be an increase in the use of alcohol and drugs, which in many cases will result in death.  There will be an increase in violent crime, some of which will result in death.

Does an “expert” in epidemiology or virology think about any of these very real consequences or does the “expert” only focus like a laser beam on his/her area of expertise, leaving the rest of it to get sorted out by someone else?  The fact is that expertise, without accompanying wisdom, common sense or humility, can be extremely dangerous on a large scale.

It reminds one of another global emergency, about which we are constantly warned by “experts,” as well as eager leftists, and that emergency is . . . wait for it . . . you know what’s coming . . . climate change!  “Experts” tell us that if we don’t do something, and pronto, it’s gonna be curtains for Planet Earth, or at least for the human beings inhabiting it.  It’s a “climate emergency,” we’re told.  But every apocalyptic climate prediction that has been made for nearly fifty years now has been wrong, and yet, we are still advised to listen to the “experts.”

First it was the impending ice age.  Then, after a classic one-eighty, it was global warming and the melting of the polar ice caps.  After that, it was simply “climate change,” which would encompass virtually anything that could possibly happen, meteorologically speaking.  So, under that absurdly broad umbrella it became standard procedure to gratuitously blame every extreme of weather on “climate change” and then to scream that the sky is falling.

And what do the “experts” advise us to do about this alleged emergency?  Reduce carbon emissions.  And how do we do that?  By getting rid of fossil fuels.  And what do we replace them with?  Windmills and solar panels.  And are those viable alternatives to fossil fuels?  No, of course not.  So what would happen if we got rid of fossil fuels?  We would have to go back to the horse and buggy days.  Is anybody willing to do that?  Don’t make me laugh.

Seriously, if we followed the advice of climate “experts,” the global economy and the modern world would collapse.  But they’re the “experts” on climate, damn it!  And they know what they’re talking about!  We only have __ years left to do something, or else!  Or else what?  Or else millions – nay, billions – may die!  And how many will die if we destroy the modern world?  That’s not our field, we just do climate.

There are dark days ahead and the “experts” won’t be able to shield us from what’s coming.  In fact, “experts” may well be responsible for much of it.  It is totally possible that a more moderate response to the coronavirus might have worked.  Granted, there would have been a higher death toll, but that could well have been balanced out by not having a ruined economy, which itself will cause much misery and death.

We can be certain of one thing.  The left has seen very clearly how a national emergency can be used to exercise maximum control over a submissive population.  At the moment, nearly the entire country has willingly submitted to what is basically house arrest, even at the price of a ruined economy which will have its own devastating consequences.  If – or rather, when – the Democrat Party regains the presidency and the senate, look for large scale emergencies to come out of the woodwork which will require authoritarian solutions.  Will anybody have the will to resist by then?  It’s an open question. ESR

Greg Strange can be reached at gpstrange30341@yahoo.com. (c) 2020 Greg Strange.

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