Why the US is in serious trouble, by Alan Kohler.
The whole approach to the virus in the US, to the extent that there is a “whole approach”, is based on the idea that it will be over quickly and there will be a V-shaped recovery in both health and the economy.
That is clearly not going to happen. Many states and individuals have not locked down hard enough or long enough to get on top of the virus, so the disease is likely to drag on.
And a lot of people are staying indoors and locking down voluntarily because they’re afraid of the virus, and they aren’t going to see the sort of decline in cases and deaths that Australia and New Zealand, for example, have experienced, so they are going to stay inside.
According to an article in Bloomberg, most of the decline in restaurant attendance happened before stay-at-home orders were issued, and polls show that most Americans are very wary of returning to their normal activities, even if the government says there’s no need to worry.
It’s exacerbated and complicated by the fact that COVID-19 has become a matter of bitter left-right culture wars, with the far right taking to the streets, with guns, to protest the lockdowns and declare they won’t do it. That’s happening to some extent in Australia and elsewhere, but nothing like it is in the US.
In fact, Bill Gates is even coming in for vicious attacks because of his funding of the hunt for a vaccine. There are claims that he is going to spread nanobot mind control systems through it, with 5G used to talk to the nanobots, and Gates will apparently make billions from this.
Meanwhile the Trump Administration is rushing towards a cold war with China, far more aggressively and dangerously than it did with tariffs over the past couple of years.
It’s one thing to call for an independent inquiry into the source of the virus as the Australian Government is doing — which is making the Chinese Government mad enough — but Trump has gone straight to the verdict and declared China guilty, not just of being the source of the virus but doing it deliberately and using it to attack the US.
He said last week: “This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this. It could have been stopped in China. It should have been stopped right at the source, and it wasn’t.” …
In general America appears to be on the precipice of a major economic depression and social collapse, and this has now gone to the top of the list of dangers from the pandemic, daylight second.