If I had any doubts that the United States was in terminal decline and that China was going to be the world’s next superpower, our response to the pandemic has eliminated them.
Alex Jones & Co.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis.
Nearly every country in the world is currently dealing with this problem. We can look at how differently various countries have responded to it. The death toll speaks for itself.
In China, the virus is being treated as a straightforward scientific and medical problem. It is simply a malicious bit of genetic code. They crushed it with their lockdown and have been dealing with new outbreaks. South Korea has taken it seriously and is rigorously policing its borders.
In this country, Alex Jones and Infowars have responded to the virus with their usual combination of paranoid conspiracy theories, rejection of science and medicine, hucksterism and exaggerated lolbertarianism. Notice how this is all woven into the QAnon Trump personality cult.
I watched this video the other day about how the U.S. responded to the 1957 influenza pandemic. I was struck by how China has become the modern scientific superpower while the United States has clearly slipped and regressed into a primitive, superstitious Third World society. The two countries have been trading places over the course of a generation.
Note: The 1957 influenza pandemic had an IFR of 0.1% to 0.3%. We also had a vaccine for it. The IFR of COVID-19 is 0.8% to 1%. We don’t have a vaccine.