The betrayal of science & laws during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Cameron Murray, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney:

Early 2020 was a crazy time for experts on economics and health policy. Years of experience and research was thrown out in the panicked response to the scary new virus. The author here describes exactly how scientific process was thrown out and, in a great act of doublespeak, totalitarian policy measures were enacted and then marketed as “based on the science”. While this book focusses on Australia and especially Victoria, the lessons are global, as the panic has been. The economic, political and social risks of the huge growth in discretionary government powers should concern people. I have personally expected a return to sanity amongst government globally after the initial first wave scare. But so far (as of Oct 2020) this doesn’t seem to be the case, and second wave lockdowns look likely in many places. I don’t know when the mass hysteria will end, but I hope that in the decades to come that my children and grandchildren learn from this episode the social risks that come when power is mixed with panic and fear.

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By Professor Andreas Ortmann

Book review: Sanjeev Sabhlok’s The Great Hysteria and the Broken State, 17 November 2020 [Screenshot]

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