I love Damien Grant.
He’s funny, he’s clever and as a Libertarian, he’s wrong 90% of the time.
I think he’s one of the best columnists in NZ because he forces you to think outside your comfort zone.
Like I said, I rarely agree with him, but he makes me think.
His latest column where he belittles and trashes our response to Covid however is so misguided in its premise and values, a counter perspective must be penned!
Damien belittles our shared sacrifice because as a libertarian, he doesn’t have a functioning understanding of sharing.
Firstly, seeing as Damien gleefully told TVNZ he was taking the wage subsidy even though he didn’t need it, I’m not sure what moral high ground he’s lecturing the rest of us from.
Damien lecturing us on morality and ethics over Covid is like a panel of lepers judging a beauty contest.
Be that as it may, State Funded Comrade Damien raises legitimate complaints about the lock down process.
As a Post Marxist Anarchist with radical environmental tendencies, I too chaffed at the public health restrictions.
I detest the State up in my grills yet here it was literally masking me and demanding I stay at home.
It wasn’t really much of a sacrifice though was it?
Some managed to turn staying at home into our version of Gallipoli!
But we stayed home and we bore the shared sacrifice because when the virus was first out of control, we had an unvaxed population.
Let’s remember, Jacinda and Labour’s courage to put public health before profit margin saved 20 000 lives!
The consequences and costs of saving those lives has caused economic debt and because the Covid lockdown was universally sacrificed unequally in an unequal society, we have the problems we do now.
Where Labour failed was in appreciating that the lesson from Covid was that we need capacity in our State, but because of the 40 year neoliberal experiment, we don;’t have that State capacity because we refuse to tax the rich for it.
When the actions of the World gather in history to argue who responded best to Covid, China will attempt to tell the historians they with their authoritarian approach that saw people welded into homes won, but NZ, a tiny democracy in the South Pacific can staunchly stand and proclaim that we dealt with it best, based on telling our citizens the facts and asking for their consent to stay home, we agreed.
Damien sells that as a herd like culture too frightened to think for itself.
I see it as a people who trust science, the common good and well articulated leadership.
This graph highlights what Damien’s perspective misses, the real lives of those we saved…
…We all sacrificed during covid, what we leant was how interconnected we all are and how working together is the only solution to the numerous crisis we are about to be hit with.
Don’t forget, as urbanised encroachment continues, the ease with which a virus can leap across into our population only gains more opportunities, not less.
We will face this challenge again, and we can not allow self doubt and pity rob us of the leadership to make the right calls again.
I love Damien, he’s my friend.
But he’s wrong about belittling our sacrifice.
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