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The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History

BY DENNIS PRAGER MAY 05, 2020 10:31 AM EST
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The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many — including world leaders; most scientists, especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists; those who work in major news media; opinion writers in those media; and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people — as so preposterous as to be immoral. Timothy Egan of The New York Times described Republicans who wish to enable their states to open up as “the party of death.”

That’s the way it is today on planet Earth, where deceit, cowardice and immaturity now dominate almost all societies because the elites are deceitful, cowardly and immature.

But for those open to reading thoughts they may differ with, here is the case for why the worldwide lockdown is not only a mistake but also, possibly, the worst mistake the world has ever made. And for those intellectually challenged by the English language and/or logic, “mistake” and “evil” are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.

The forcible prevention of Americans from doing anything except what politicians deem “essential” has led to the worst economy in American history since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe. And the consequences in much of the world will be more horrible than in America.

The United Nations World Food Programme, or the WFP, states that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation — double last year’s figures. According to WFP director David Beasley on April 21: “We could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries. … There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself” (italics added).

That would be enough to characterize the worldwide lockdown as a deathly error. But there is much more. If global GDP declines by 5%, another 147 million people could be plunged into extreme poverty, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Foreign Policy magazine reports that, according to the International Monetary Fund, the global economy will shrink by 3% in 2020, marking the biggest downturn since the Great Depression, and the U.S., the eurozone and Japan will contract by 5.9%, 7.5% and 5.2%, respectively. Meanwhile, across South Asia, as of a month ago, tens of millions were already “struggling to put food on the table.” Again, all because of the lockdowns, not the virus.

In one particularly incomprehensible act, the government of India, a poor country of 1.3 billion people, locked down its people. As Quartz India reported on April 22, “Coronavirus has killed only around 700 Indians … a small number still compared to the 450,000 TB and 10,000-odd malaria deaths recorded every year.”

One of the thousands of unpaid garment workers protesting the lockdown in Bangladesh understands the situation better than almost any health official in the world: “We are starving. If we don’t have food in our stomach, what’s the use of observing this lockdown?” But concern for that Bangladeshi worker among the world’s elites seems nonexistent.

The lockdown is “possibly even more catastrophic (than the virus) in its outcome: the collapse of global food-supply systems and widespread human starvation” (italics added). That was published in the left-wing The Nation, which, nevertheless, enthusiastically supports lockdowns. But the American left cares as much about the millions of non-Americans reduced to hunger and starvation because of the lockdown as it does about the people of upstate New York who have no incomes, despite the minuscule number of coronavirus deaths there. Or about the citizens of Oregon, whose governor has just announced the state will remain locked down until July 6. As of this writing, a total of 109 people have died of the coronavirus in Oregon.

An example of how disinterested the left is in worldwide suffering is made abundantly clear in a front-page “prayer” by a left-wing Christian in the current issue of The Nation: “May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.”

“Merely inconvenienced” is how the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, a Protestant minister and president of the North Carolina NAACP, describes the tens of millions of Americans rendered destitute, not to mention the hundreds of millions around the world rendered not only penniless but hungry. The truth is, like most of the elites, it is Barber who is “merely inconvenienced.” Indeed, the American battle today is between the merely inconvenienced and the rest of America.

Michael Levitt, professor of structural biology at Stanford Medical School and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, recently stated, “There is no doubt in my mind that when we come to look back on this, the damage done by lockdown will exceed any saving of lives by a huge factor.”

To the left, anyone who questions the lockdown is driven by preference for money over lives. Typical of the left’s moral shallowness is this headline on Salon this week:

“It’s Time To Reject the Gods of Commerce: America Is a Society, Not an ‘Economy,'” with the subhead reading, “America Is About People, Not Profit Margins.”

And, of course, to smug editors and writers of The Atlantic, in article after repetitive article, the fault lies not with the lockdown but with President Donald Trump. The most popular article in The Atlantic this week is titled “The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump.” The elites can afford to laugh at whatever they want. Meanwhile, the less fortunate — that is, most people — are crying.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in May 2019, is “The Rational Bible,” a commentary on the book of Genesis. His film, “No Safe Spaces,” came to theaters fall 2019. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.

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  • art727art727 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Juan!, pre!,maganda ang research mo at sana meron namang mag -responde at i -counter ang mga sinabi niyang ehemplo..kasi tanda ko pa nung nagaaral pa ako !! Sa speech 1, na subject namin noon, ang assignment na ibigay madalas ay ang ma-assign kaming manood ng mga stage drama at mga debatehan!, ng mga kilalang speakers sa ibat ibang professors ng ibat-ibang paaralan, mahilig akong manood kasama mga kaeskwela ko duon, (usually) sa mga small (stage) theatre sa Hollywood bvd, at Sunset blvd.Noon pa iyon..At matapos ang programa!, sinasabi sa aming mga nanood kung sino ang nagwagi sa debate..at duon naman kung pag-sasadula sa entablado? ipinaliliwanag at sinasabi din ang mga may katuturan at natutunan isinusumite namin kinabukasan ang mga aral sa eksena.. At yun ang mga report na aming ginagawa.. Binasa ko ang mga report sa iyong sinulid..at naka-ka aliw..
  • Alpha_Greenv_2Alpha_Greenv_2 PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited May 6
    Funny that SJWs in America always complain that their rights are always violated, always complain that the Government is authoritarian, Trump is a Racist and that "you don't have right to tell me what to do with my body" crap feminists always say... YET, during this whole crisis, they are very well behaved and do whatever the Government tells them to do and SURPRISINGLY agree with the proposed VACCINATION requirements Bill Gates is fantasizing about. Really really odd and hypocritical behavior. 

    Whatever happened to WOKENESS? fvcking hypocrites. 
  • RamblerNextGenRamblerNextGen PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited May 7
    Rahm Emanuel, who served as Chief of Staff of Obama once said: Never let a serious crisis go to waste. And that has always been the mantra of the socialists even back in the 1800s when they first started making rounds. 

    It's how the Bolsheviks took control of the Soviet Union in 1917. And it's how Mao tightened his grip on China in the 1960s. 

    The covid crisis is the perfect launchpad for them to finally control the world. The CDC estimates that the global deaths of the seasonal flu is between 291,000 and 646,000. As of this writing, the death tally of covid-19 is 265,094 and we're almost halfway into 2020. 

    Covid-19 is a serious illness, perhaps a little more serious than influenza. Deaths are always heartbreaking however way you look at it. But shutting down the economy, forcibly locking people up in their homes is not the way to go. You are just prolonging the inevitable, which is more deaths induced by untreated illnesses, a weakened healthcare because of a non-functioning economy, more suicides, and an unimaginable loss of billions of jobs which brings the entire world into a global depression. 

    People and the so-called experts have traded their God-given common sense in place of charts and models and endless analyses. In a true liberal fashion, they are obsessed with not just flattening the curve so as not to overwhelm hospitals, but to completely wipe out a virus in the most unnatural way (locking people up). That is a God-complex that is driven by an irrational urge to elevate humanity, make a God out of humanity, make an Eden out of a cursed world. 

    There were reports of people in China being dragged screaming and their houses welded shut by the government. Think about that. When a government starts doing, you know it's not about health. And sadly, we're seeing almost the same spirit in ultra-liberal places like California, or should I say commiefornia. 

    There's a meme I've read that goes something like this: When the government bans worship but allows abortion clinics, liquor stores, and marijuana businesses to operate, it's not about health.
  • Alpha_Greenv_2Alpha_Greenv_2 PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited May 8
    Kamusta naman ang lockdown sa Pinas? is there a significant decrease in COVID cases per day? it seems not. No decrease pattern seems to be emerging. Good luck nalang kung yan ang magiging basehan ng mga government officials natin kung susundin nila ang GCQ sa May 15.

    So ganito nalang tayo habang wala pang vaccine? at vaccine daw 18 months pa (or could probably be longer). Let us all watch the slow and painful death of our country's economy. Not only that, according to a study, human isolation can lead to depression, increase usage of drugs and alcoholism.....which ultimately all leads to death. And Oh, if economies collapse and people get hungry, crimes will increase, just saying too in case you forgot that, sasalakayin kayo sa mga bahay niyo ng mga gutom na squammy gusto niyo ba yun?


  • DunedainDunedain PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 9
    "So ganito nalang tayo habang wala pang vaccine?"

    Most likely. Meanwhile in my miserable corner...








    Just making the most of things to keep myself busy (and sheltered). :)

    PS. Yes, I have two different 3D printers.
  • gooseberrygooseberry 🐯 Tiger Squad🥈
    ^ are you in contract with Nintendo? I need games for my Switch! lol. ;) 

    Glad you're entertaining yourself Kuya Dunedain. 
  • DunedainDunedain PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 14
    ^ are you in contract with Nintendo? I need games for my Switch! lol. ;) 

    Glad you're entertaining yourself Kuya Dunedain. 
    I get Switch games from Walmart, Target, and Micro Center. Sakaling wala hinahanap ko (for my kids), I go to Amazon. Only way to reward my kids and keep them pre-occupied other than me and my wife home school them.

    Just keeping myself busy and level headed. Madami nang nasisiraan ng bait. Hindi kaya ang Social Distancing.

    PS. Additional 3 months quarantine in Greater L.A. More stimulus coming soon. Meanwhile, Germany and SoKor just had a relapse. Stay safe. Stay sane.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-13/u-s-cases-up-1-6-accuracy-questions-over-tests-virus-update?
  • gooseberrygooseberry 🐯 Tiger Squad🥈
    edited May 14
    ^ We are in the same coast. The best coast is the left coast. :) 

    /I rarely play my Switch cause I'm still working. Harder than last Christmas 2019, BC. (Before Corona) lol. 
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  • DunedainDunedain PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ We are in the same coast. The best coast is the left coast. :) 

    /I rarely play my Switch cause I'm still working. Harder than last Christmas 2019, BC. (Before Corona) lol. 
    Matter of perception. If you're looking at the globe upside-down, it's on the right coast. ;)

    It's my kids who play the Switches (yes, both my kids each have own Switch). I'd rather be on my PCs (i5-3570K and i9-9900K). I can be productive and/or just messing around with games. Speaking of productivity, modding my CR-10S with a Z-Brace (to eradicate Z-axis from wobbling) and an Ultra-Flexible Removable Magnetic Build Surface (no more use of glue stick or hair spray needed nor spatula to pry sample off the build surface).

    Keeping my sanity through creativity. :hang_loose: Stay safe.



  • parang ito na nga ang gateway either war or maybe the new world order, may gamot sa bawat sa sakit kaso sa COVID 19 meron yn ayaw lang ilabas kasi totally successful sila para kontrolin ang bawat tao sa mundo!
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