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Coronavirus trends in US and EU

  1. Patrick Newman
    June 24, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    But for the UK (and Belgium) the contrast would be even more dramatic. In terms of deaths per million population, the UK is far worse than the USA ( 632 against 373) but at least the rate of new cases is falling steadily as is the daily body count and the nationwide lockdown was very effective but relaxing public health discipline early is now introducing the prospect of a second wave. Boris Johnson, like Trump, was in denial of the threat for several weeks such that some experts believe the delay created over 20,000 unnecessary deaths.

  2. Ikonoclast
    June 24, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    There is clearly a strong correlation between science denialism and COVID-19 case rates in developed and semi-developed countries. Capitalism has an ambivalent relationship with science. Capitalists love production science and technology, including of course mining, industrial, consumerist, military, security, control and persuasion techs but they hate impact science. The impact sciences of course measure the impacts of science and technology (and natural events) on the biosphere, environments, plants, animals and humans. Capitalism does not want any interference from impact science knowledge getting in the way of profits for the few.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08042020/science-denial-coronavirus-covid-climate-change

    When it comes right down to it Capitalism is anti-science. To accept only the answers you want (from production science) and to deny the answers you don’t want (from impact science) is unempirical and not in the spirit of the proper holistic (complex systems) application of science. Cherry-picking evidence and science disciplines for promotion and demotion on the basis of ideology is not a characteristic of a science-guided or an ethics guided society.

    Capitalism is also anti-democratic. The few with great wealth control the direction of our civilization more than any others. Capitalism is anti-ethical. It destroys environments and humans for elite profits. That, as we would say in Australia, is the trifecta. Capitalism is anti-democratic, anti-science and anti-ethical. It’s a maladaptive system now in collapse. The proof is in the outcomes. All serious impact scientists know to high degree of probability (99% plus) that we are on the path to complete global collapse. It is one minute to midnight in terms of the urgency for change. The COVID-19 challenge is the last chance to change our path. Returning to business as usual (that is the continued destruction of the biosphere) is NOT an option. We must use the crisis to entirely remold our political economy. Decisions to save the biosphere must take precedence over decisions to make the rich richer.

  3. Robert Lockel
    June 25, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    “When it comes right down to it Capitalism is anti-science”

    These collective nouns. i.e.., capitalism, are thrown about with abandon by social scientists; it always disturbs historians, who are interested in specifics, to read the stuff. In Germany people call science Wissenschaft, and they call the science of the firm, whether privately or publically owned Betriebswissenschaft. What people do who study this subject is develop scientific knowledge about the firm. How the science emerges depends on conception of the firm, whether they are, for example, organic, or proprietary. I’ve been thinking about this since the 1970s, and I don’t get anywhere reading about how capitalism is anti-scientific.

    • Ikonoclast
      June 27, 2020 at 10:39 am

      1. Capitalism is a “system noun” not a collective noun. This is just as “ocean” is a system noun. If a system can be adequately described it can be given a system noun. People who cannot conceive of a political economy as a system cannot accept the need for political economy system nouns. Sometimes the blindness can go further. As fish do not know they are in an ocean, many in our society do not know they are in a political economy (and one of a particular nature). The broadest study of comparative history and comparative political economy might assist them. I am surprised I have to mention comparative history to a historian.

      2. Betriebswissenschaft correctly translated is business studies. It is not science. Anything using money in its operations and calculations is not and cannot be science. Science is done in SI units. (I will admit I have a hard definition of science. Only the hard sciences are science under my definition.)

  4. Theodore G.
    June 27, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Putting Covid-19 case rates, climate change and capitalism in the same soup makes an olfactory and gustatory failure.
    Correlations between science denialism and COVID-19 case rates in developed and semi-developed countries are an excellent example of pseudoscience.
    Apart from that, everything else is pretty much evidence based.

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