Culture Wars/Current Controversies

US is unprepared to protect residents from virus while states are reopening, former acting CDC director says

It’s interesting how the Left and Right have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns.

The Left has an abiding faith in the managerial state, worships at the altar of the therapeutic state, professes scientism, never misses an opportunity to call for expanding the welfare state, dislikes and distrusts business interests, and generally has a “health first/safety first” ethos. The Left also tends to be more concerned about racial/ethnic disparities.

The Right has (comparatively) more skeptical view of the managerial state, a greater skepticism of scientism and/or “experts,” dislikes “cultural elites” (narrowly defined as liberal politicians, intellectuals, entertainers, media figures and weird artists), holds to a critical view of the welfare state, professes bourgeois economism, and is generally less fearful of “danger.” The Right is also more concerned about petite bourgeois class interests and urban/rural disparities.

By Christina Maxouris, CNN

With more than half the country now into at least the first stage of reopening, one expert says the US still hasn’t done enough to protect residents from the coronavirus.

“I don’t think you can say, how much suffering are you willing to bear in order to restart the economy until you have done everything possible to ensure that every single person in American can take measures to protect their own health, the health of their families and the health of their communities,” Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Tuesday. “That’s just not the case right now.”


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