November 15, 2020
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.
Reviews on Goodreads (none yet)
By Professor Andreas Ortmann
Book review: Sanjeev Sabhlok’s The Great Hysteria and the Broken State, 17 November 2020 [Screenshot]
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
(Note that I don’t operate the @sabhlok_backup account any more)
Sanjeev Sabhlok @sabhlok_backup quit his position as senior economist in Victoria in protest over the draconian Australian lockdowns. He tells about it from an insider perspective in his excellent book. https://t.co/dVS8xFzftihttps://t.co/IWfLPtNjWC
— Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) October 9, 2021
Thank you to @sabhlok. I have just started reading "The Great Hysteria and the Broken State". A book that puts into perspective the current Covid situation and argues convincingly against what is probably the biggest overreaction in Australia's policy history. pic.twitter.com/XMiimO4tgO
— jason haufe (@JasonHaufe) November 13, 2020
Here’s a great read “The Great Hysteria and the Broken State” (Victoria) information submitted to The Hague for crimes against Humanity (Victorians) The Great Hysteria and The Broken State by Sanjeev Sabhlok https://t.co/EM29GaRVCy via @amazon
— Shaun Sutts (@shaunsutton416) November 15, 2020
@sabhlok read your book! I flew through it in 3 days. All made sense to me, I just hope the government's of the world come to their senses.
— Nick (@Explosive_Nicka) November 17, 2020
@sabhlok I read your book over Christmas and sighed with relief. Everything I believed about the last year was true and my gut feeling was vindicated! You had the research and the proof I just had a child’s memory of the Asian flu in 1957. Thank you.
— Isabel Bromfield (@IsabelBromfield) December 29, 2020