[ExI] One small spark of good news

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 17 15:30:26 UTC 2020

On Mar 17, 2020, at 6:34 AM, John Clark via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Yesterday only one new case of locally originated COVID-19 was reported in China, it occurred in Wuhan where it all started. So the virus is not invincible it can be defeated, but of course China had a functioning federal government something the USA does not have.

China has a president for life who disappears people. It has a highly centralized authoritarian government with attendant corruption. Its government also hid details about the problem early on and continued to be quite hazy on what was happened until it reached the international crisis stage. Their behavior here is like the Soviets during Chernobyl. Hardly something to emulate.

And this isn’t to praise Trump. No doubt, Trump would love if the US were as authoritarian as China, especially with him being able to silence critics and control the media. (He’s already shown his proclivity got this, though thankfully he doesn’t yet have that power... I imagine we’ll see future US presidents achieving that.:/) 


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