I’m Sorry, but the Economy Is What’s Keeping You Alive

Economy is life. "Poverty is easily the biggest killer man has ever known. Nothing else comes close."  

Café Phillip is a sandwich shop on the NE side of K Street in Washington, D.C. Call this the historically unfashionable K Street versus K Street NW where the major lobbying shops have historically located. Until March of 2020, Café Phillip was booming. Staffed with energetic and highly professional immigrant employees, it did huge business in a part of D.C. that was increasingly filling up with office workers and residents.

Then came the political panic related to the coronavirus. Even though there were no indications from the virus’s origin, or Asia more broadly, that it was terribly lethal, U.S. politicians panicked. In their panic they quite literally chose to fight the virus with strict lockdowns that resulted in soaring unemployment, bankruptcy, and economic desperation. It would be hard to imagine a more wrongheaded approach to a health threat. Think about it.

Economic growth has historically produced the resources for scientists and doctors that have made victories over viruses possible. Yet in their panic, politicians on the local, state and national levels forced the very contraction that would logically shrink economic resources, only to follow up with the extraction of trillions from the private economy in order to throw money at the horrendous problems they created. You really, really can’t make this up.   

If Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser can sleep at night, it’s a miracle. Café Phillip is instructive in this regard. What was formerly packed, what was formerly defined by frenzied sandwich making in keeping with its enormous popularity, is generally empty during the day. Café Phillip is still open, at least for now. Other businesses in the area are beginning to close. Panicked politicians who will never miss a meal or a paycheck decided we the people couldn’t be trusted to go to work. We might spread the virus. Lockdowns were instituted, supposedly for our own good.

Sorry, but economic growth is what’s for our own good. It doesn’t just produce resources for those eager to find cures for viruses that make us ill or kill us, economic growth also frees us to quarantine or shelter-in-place if we feel some kind of virus threatens us. Please think about this. While many had the choice to work from home amid this panic, their options would have been great deal more limited in 2000. In 1980, forget about it.  

Back to Café Phillip, to walk in nowadays is to see formerly energized employees with forlorn looks on their faces, mostly immobile as they wait for customers. It’s a far cry from what it used to be. And these are the employees that the Café still employs. The staff is a fraction of its former self, and it’s not unreasonable to speculate that if D.C.’s strict rules with regard to restaurants and offices continue, the Café will shut down.

It’s all a sickening reminder of how quickly politicians can wreck things. How they can thoughtlessly break things. They’re way too powerful on all levels.  

Worse is that they’re breaking things in response to a virus that is once again not very lethal. What was obvious in the early part of 2020 when deaths didn’t soar in China is still obvious now.

To put a number to all this, the New York Times has reported all summer that over 40% of U.S. coronavirus deaths took place in nursing homes. The people dying with the virus tend to be very old, and with some kind of pre-existing malady or maladies. Who knows what the actual numbers are, but it’s no reach to conclude that of the 200,000 reported deaths related to the coronavirus, some (or maybe a lot) were on the verge of death either way.

To the above, some will respond that the musings are those of a heartless person. No, they’re not. In truth, they’re the words of a realist.

As this is being written, the global death count from the virus is a million people, but it should once again be at least suggested that the number is inflated. To die with something isn’t necessarily to die of it.

Still, for the purposes of this piece, let’s assume it’s a million. Better yet, let’s assume two million since the virus was traveling around the world for months before anyone was really testing.

The deaths are of course sad, but the same New York Times reporting that over 40% of U.S. virus deaths have happened in nursing homes has also projected that over 285 million of the world’s inhabitants are rushing toward starvation. Yes, you read that right. The Times won’t say it directly, but the panicked political reaction to the virus that revealed itself in contraction-inducing lockdowns and other limits on activity has parts of the world’s economy collapsing, and as a consequence hundreds of millions rushing back into poverty, starvation and death. Poverty is easily the biggest killer man has ever known. Nothing else comes close.  

This would ideally get more attention from the Times. Consider the newspaper’s above-the-fold headline from Monday: “A Nation’s Anguish As Deaths Near 200,000.” Really? One senses the headline writers don’t even believe this. When old people die it’s sad, and sometimes very sad. But it’s rarely – if ever – a tragedy. Figure that death from old age is a very modern concept born of healthcare advances made possible by the very economic growth that politicians mindlessly snuffed out in their panic.

Thinking about anguish, the true anguish is born of hundreds of millions rushing back to poverty, starvation and death thanks to politicians fighting a virus with forced contraction. After that, a successful business is a bit of a miracle too. Most don’t make it, but when they do they lift up owners, employees and customers alike. Tragic is seeing what improves people, gives dignity to workers, and wealth to owners being snuffed out by politicians who will once again never miss a meal.

The New York Times might think about this as it publishes alarmist headlines that obscure actual truths reported within the paper. It’s sad when we lose our grandparents and old people more broadly, but it’s tragic to read of people starving, and heart-wrenching to contemplate formerly productive workers sitting, waiting for customers; increasingly aware that what puts a roof over their heads will no longer. Proportion New York Times, proportion.

Source: AIER

  1. cechas vodobenikov says

    utter nonsense—growth has zero to do with poverty—US 2nd highest GDP per PPP and 2 million families extreme poverty …45% of the population 400$ away from homelessness
    1 million homeless, 2.4 million incarcerated in prisons (jails not counted)
    zero dignity of work for non unionized immigrants in a nation plagued by the most bullying on the planet— Gorer and Sennet

  2. Raptar Driver says

    The medical industrial complex has never had a clue how to fight viruses. They still don’t. Just like NASA Can’t put a rocket into space yet they landed on the moon, really?

  3. plamenpetkov says

    as usual, you are missing the obvious. The fake “panic” was all by design. The whole corona virus is a fake pandemic designed to destroy the current system and to bring in total 1984 style control over the population. They dont care if people will die or if businesses will close. In fact, thats their aim. 7.8 billion people is way too much for their liking. They dont need “consumers” anymore and 7.8 billion people is pretty hard to control. As Kissinger famously said: it’s easier to kill a million people than to control them.

  4. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

    We could protect ourselves very effectively if we would all just ignore politicians.

    1. ke4ram says

      The real problem is we have been ignoring them for decades while they enacted tyrannical laws, beefed up police and armies.

      1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

        The problem came from us also ignoring the Constitution like they do.

        1. cechas vodobenikov says

          us constitution–a ruling class document: Charles Beard that contains inherent contradictions which encourages dictatorship (Kurt Godel)

  5. ke4ram says

    It should be obvious by now this fake virus never existed. It’s concept was used as a launch to implement the “Green New Deal”, give defeated Global Warming new legs, conjure up reasons to implement a police state, with intentions to kill off a major portion of the population. Those behind this need to be tried and convicted for crimes against humanity and nature itself. Public hangings and firing squads need to be reintroduced.

    1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

      It doesn’t matter if it existed at all if the people were foolish enough to do as the media and politicians suggested, which is what really caused all of the chaos and destruction.

      1. ke4ram says

        In the beginning we did not know if the virus was real or not so most went along,,, including yours truly. By now it is obvious the virus never existed, the major problem being they will not stop their stupid dictates and rules which shows this was all planned from the beginning. Even major protests do not stop them. They arrest and beat people.

        That the virus does not exist shows fraud from the very beginning. The PCR test they use is totally unreliable and spits out positives like a rigged slot machine. They use this to frighten people. It’s obvious the test doesn’t work or the death count would be screaming higher. They’ve been testing now for over 10 weeks. Plenty of time for the virus to incubate and show it’s face. So yes, it matters a lot. Millions out of work, never to get their jobs back. Hundreds of thousands of businesses out and not coming back.

        They need to pay for this,,, and pay dearly.

        1. disqus_3BrONUAJno says

          I was more worried about my blood level of calcifediol until I was finally able to have it tested. After I found out that my 25(OH)D was 51ng/ml, I stopped worrying about infectious disease, and COVID in particular, because I found out that all the people who supposedly died of COVID had 25(OH)D levels below 30ng/ml.
          Even the NIH knows about the importance of minimal levels of 25(OH)D:
          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih dot gov/pmc/articles/PMC7352679/

        2. plamenpetkov says

          sure they need to pay, harh-har BWAHAHAHA. Who is gonna make them pay? You? Me? As Rambo’s captain famously said in his first(good movie): IT’S OVER, JOHNNY, IT’S OVER!
          All we can do is run and make sure we dont get killed in the upcoming shuffle.

          Cuz covid-19 is just the prelude. The real fun will begin in 2021. Just wait, you aint sen nothing yet.

          1. ke4ram says

            That’s what Napoleon, Mussolini and many others in the past felt until they found themselves decorating a lamp pole or in a jail cell.

            1. Raptar Driver says

              Yes they all will be held accountable , karma is a bitch.

  6. thomas malthaus says

    “It’s all a sickening reminder of how quickly politicians can wreck things. How they can thoughtlessly break things. They’re way too powerful on all levels.”

    Should we include activist judges?

    I agree with the title’s premise. It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that federal stimulus is responsible for creating the economic multiplier effect.

    We can discuss the variants of capitalism ad nauseum, but the levels to which the multiplier effect is executed–however unequal–is the basis for our current disaster-in-wait.

  7. Undecider says

    I wouldn’t agree it was a panic against the unknown. All these politicians are part of the club and the order was given to carry out economic warfare, in the name of fighting the virus.

    They problem they’re having now is this prolonged campaign of siege warfare was ill-timed as they chose to do it while sailing into the summer with increasing temperatures. Then parading out their geek tyrant Bill Gates who has a well developed history of wrecking populations with vaccines. The relative newcomer to the minds of many was that pipsqueak Fauci who ended ep being a dirtbag on Gates’ payroll. In other words, their marketing team for COVID sucked.

    Now all they have is the challenging task of keeping the farce going with more and more people becoming awake to the scam.

  8. John Larcha says

    Americans willingly became a country of degenerates during the last few decades they may or not deserve what is coming but for sure they will be decimated evolutionary biology will take care of that.

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