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The politics behind COVID-19 – Coronavirus (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 484.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the political and economic implications of the Coronavirus spread throughout the world, including a rapid uptick of cases in Europe and the United States.


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Not until well into the Democratic debate Tuesday night did the COVID-19 coronavirus come up, and it was Mike Bloomberg, not a CBS moderator, who raised it:

“The president fired the pandemic specialist in this country two years ago,” the former New York mayor said.

“There’s nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he’s defunded the CDC.”

Not 24 hours later, President Donald Trump, home from India, was in the White House briefing room, flanked by the nation’s foremost health experts, deputizing Vice President Mike Pence to head the task force to lead America’s battle against the spreading disease.

Yet, by Thursday noon, the Dow Jones average was down 3,000 points on the week, a 10% plunge from its recent all-time high.

Trillions of dollars in equity value had been wiped out.

The great bull market of the Trump presidency may be history.

Though only 60 Americans are known to have been infected, and none has yet died, fear has begun to grip the nation as well as the world. Yet, as of now, the numbers don’t justify the emotion.

The death toll as of Thursday was 2,800, out of 82,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide. The great majority of these are in China, where the virus originated, though the disease has spread to every continent, with Italy and South Korea the hardest hit outside of China.

Whatever happens medically – the mortality rate of the virus is between 2 and 3% – it’s hard to see how the world averts a recession if COVID-19 is not soon contained and controlled.

Already, Democrats are piling on Trump for cutting funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and failing to reflect the seriousness of the threat. And the issue does present a challenge to Trump’s presidency. His handling of it may determine his stature as chief executive.

Yet the issue is also tailor-made for Trump.

First, the disease comes out of Xi Jinping’s China, not Trump’s USA.

Second, the president occupies what Theodore Roosevelt called the “bully pulpit,” the White House. He can use that pulpit daily to command the airwaves and inform, lead, unite and direct the nation during what could be a months-long crisis. And Trump alone has the power to declare a national emergency, should that be needed.

If Trump acts as a leader, urging unity in the struggle to contain the virus and discover a vaccine, the hectoring from the Democratic left, already begun, can come to be seen as unpatriotic.

Also, Trump’s probable opponent this fall, who would be in charge of preventing the coronavirus from spreading like the Spanish Flu of 1918-19, is Bernie Sanders. And what are Sanders’ credentials and plans?

Under “Medicare for All,” Sanders intends to nationalize the entire U.S. heath care system and abolish the private health insurance plans of 140 million Americans who now depend on them.

As for the pharmaceutical industry, uniquely situated to assist in the crash effort to find a cure for the coronavirus, Sanders will confiscate its profits and put those profiteers out of business.

Still, given the alarming news coming from countries all over the globe, there is a risk that by November, the U.S. and the world may have tumbled into a recession. Airlines are already canceling flights to and from Asia. Cruise ships are pulling into ports and off-loading passengers. Travel and tourism are suffering terribly. Schools are closing.

Chinese factories that produce essential parts for factories and finished products in the U.S., Europe and Asia are shutting down. Supply chains are being severed. Shortages are cropping up.

The Japanese are talking of canceling the Olympics. If the virus spreads here, the question arises: Will our two parties still hold their nominating conventions this summer in Milwaukee and Charlotte?

The chickens of globalization are coming home to roost.

In recent decades, America’s economic and political elites of both parties surrendered America’s economic independence for globalism, a new interdependence of nations, where we Americans no longer rely on ourselves alone for the vital necessities of our national life.

That decision is now being exposed as the folly against which Hamilton and economic nationalists always warned.

According to The Washington Post, critical ingredients of medicines and drugs, upon which many American lives depend, are made in Chinese factories now in danger of being shut down.

In the ongoing struggle between nationalism and globalism, the globalists are taking a beating. Like the Chinese and Japanese and Koreans, Americans are not going to be looking to the WHO or U.N. to ensure their health, but to their own nation-states. And if a pandemic threatens, transnationalism’s “open borders” ideology is not a policy that will bring universal acclamation.

Like Trump’s America, all nations, in this crisis, are going to put their own people first. As they should.

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JanetC
JanetC
March 1, 2020

Well, Pat is exaggerating once again. Sanders’ Medicare for All plan will not “abolish the private health insurance plans of 140 million Americans” — it will replace those plans with better coverage and more cost effectiveness. No one will be without health insurance under Medicare for All. And before anyone jumps up to scream that it’s unaffordable, I would only ask: Why can we “afford” trillion dollar wars, but not health insurance? But I do agree with Pat on the issue of globalism vs nationalism — the globalist capitalists are the ones calling for open borders because gouging profits recognize… Read more »

Regula
Regula
Reply to  JanetC
March 2, 2020

Isn’t it funny how everybody clamors how Americans love their insurance so much? Even when it is a constant struggle as to what an insurance covers and what they don’t cover. No such problems with Medicare: they cover all medically necessary care.

How many people will become super spreaders because they can not afford to go to the hospital due to high deductibles?

The Chinese government made clear that all medical costs for the virus will be paid by the government, so people would not hesitate to get tested and get care.

China respects its people. The US does not.

Olivia Kroth
March 1, 2020

“The Japanese are talking of canceling the Olympics.”
Ha! I hope they will cancel the summer Olympic Games. Then the WADA sanctions against Russian sportspeople will have been all in vain! What a wonderful lesson for WADA, couldn’t be any better!

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 1, 2020

WADA is compromised + infiltrated w/ corrupt US puppets plants + shills as the OPCW for years to wage a war/smears/sabotages + propaganda campaign against any/all Russian athlets + Russia.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Brokenspine66
March 1, 2020

Yes! There are 15 board members in WADA, 13 of them come from NATO countries. Of course WADA decisions will be biased to serve western states, as Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov pointed out, and rightly so.

Olivia Kroth
March 1, 2020

“The chickens of globalization are coming home to roost.”
I agree. The chickens have come home to roost in a very prolific way. Surprise, surprise! All sorts of unpredictable disadvantages are waiting for the perpetrators, who invented this bio warfare virus and placed it in China. Serves those gangstas right!

Jane Karlsson
Jane Karlsson
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 2, 2020

Olivia, serious scientists do not think this virus is a bioweapon. You are starting to remind me of Priti Patel.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jane Karlsson
March 6, 2020

Never mind, Jane Karlsson. I have my own opinion about this topic. I do not really care of whom I might remind you. Why should I care?

Cyndy
Cyndy
Reply to  Jane Karlsson
March 20, 2020

Serious scientists would not be commenting on a virus they have no personal experience with.

“The very next day…
300 US military personnel arrived in Wuhan for the Military World Games on October 19.
The first coronavirus case appeared two weeks later, on November 2.
Keep in mind that the Coronavirus incubation period is 14 days. So, fourteen days later…
The first occurrences in December appeared

https://www.unz.com/article/was-the-2020-wuhan-coronavirus-an-engineered-biological-attack-on-china-by-america-for-geopolitical-advantage/

George Hartwell
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 13, 2020

Yes, a bioweapon. Yes from the USA with love. Plus the bioweapon attack on pigs and poultry. The USA has used biological weapons against her own people to test them. It seems to be an inherently psychopathic country or maybe it is the deep state CIA with Operation Paperclip Nazi SS personnel.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
March 1, 2020

Very disappointing video. This virus has proved no more dangerous than flu. On that basis the worldwide overreaction of our rulers is inexplicable. However this has arisen, it is mighty convenient for those wanting to clamp down on our liberty, which is much more important than the small chance of dying from this EVEN if one catches it. Personally I ‘d much rather take the risk than have myself compulsorily quarantined or worse still forced to be vaccinated.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  ManintheMoon
March 1, 2020

I, on the contrary, find this video very interesting and full of useful information. Thank you, Alex and Alexander, for this good analysis. I appreciate your hard and conscientious work.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 2, 2020

James Corbett puts my point much better than I could, Olivia. The Duran provides an invaluable and brilliant – I’d say unique – insight into US politics and international relations, but I am afraid in this case they are just relaying stuff you can read in the mainstream press. The most worrying aspect of this scare is the way it’s being used – in China firstly but in the West also. If they can shut down cities in Italy over this, imagine what can be done in the event of say an economic collapse? I think we should be alert.… Read more »

Regula
Regula
Reply to  ManintheMoon
March 2, 2020

That is a very shortsighted view of Covid19. First of all, there are remedies against the flue which does not ordinarily cause viral pneumonia. Covid19 does cause viral pneumonia and there are no medictations to help. It is so contagious that it is almost impossible to protect against: 25 Chinese doctors died from it despite heavy protection. Some 1500 nurses in China caught the virus and many died from it despite protective gear. For older people – that includes your parents – Covid19 can be a death sentence. The death rate among severely ill is 50% to 80%. So it… Read more »

George Hartwell
Reply to  ManintheMoon
March 13, 2020
Jane Karlsson
Jane Karlsson
March 2, 2020

Trump a good crisis manager? First thing he does is appoint Mike Pence as coronavirus czar. Well done Trump, that should fix it.

Of course, if his objective is to give the public someone to blame if it all goes wrong, it’s a masterstroke.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jane Karlsson
March 6, 2020

Yes, indeed. President Trump is a good crisis manager, the best the US has at the moment.

Regula
Regula
March 2, 2020

The US had plenty of time to prepare for a virus that has been sequenced and analyzed by the Chinese: the Chinese didn’t have that advantage. The US could have prepared both, sufficient protective gear and face masks for all to cut down on transmission in public places. But Trump and the CDC thought epidemics affect only the Chinese. Now the US government and the disease experts, amplified by the media, deliberately misinform the public as to what to do, and not to wear masks to hide their utter blunder and shortage of protective gear not just for the public,… Read more »

George Hartwell
Reply to  Regula
March 13, 2020

I have great respect for the accuracy of your analysis and the clarity you declared how the USA in her entitlement did not make simple defensive preparations. Thank you.

George Hartwell
March 13, 2020

Here a sober second thought would support the thesis that a national U.S. health care system would mean the whole country would be much safer in this pandemic. Chinese factories that produce essential parts for factories and finished products in the U.S., Europe, and Asia will open soon but China is not extending credit to the USA and America, I believe, missed the debt payment in February. critical ingredients of medicines and drugs, upon which many American lives depend, are made in Chinese factories and, as I said, China is not extending credit to the USA. Cash on the barrelhead!… Read more »

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