Has Covid-19 read any Ayn Rand?

 
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05 April 2020 15:58
 

The coronavirus pandemic is now so sprawling that it has revealed the souls of tens of thousands of individuals, from remarkably kind nurses to online sellers seeking to corner the market for hand sanitizers (until finally deciding to donate them). One saga that we should not soon forget involves Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky. On March 16th, out of “an abundance of caution,” he said, he got an early test. For a week, while waiting for the results, he kept circulating in public, continuing his work on Capitol Hill (where he lambasted and then voted against a bill that would have offered free tests to all Americans), and even working out in the Senate gym and swimming in the Senate pool. The test results came back positive, and Paul then went into self-quarantine.

The reason to focus on this story is not to suggest that Paul is a selfish jerk; he is a medical doctor, for heaven’s sake. It’s because he is the foremost representative of libertarian philosophy in our nation’s Capitol, and that philosophy has helped produce the world we live in: one in which we struggle to solve both the coronavirus pandemic and the larger climate crisis. Last week, I tried to show how those crises were linked through the variable of time; this week, it’s social trust that’s the issue.”

By all means, read the entire article, please.

 
 
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05 April 2020 18:51
 

And the reason “an abundance of caution” is in scare quotes is to imply that the reason Paul was tested was because he was suffering symptoms of coronavirus? If one were lazy enough to accept this innuendo at face value, then one would tend to jump to the conclusion the New Yorker is hinting at: that Paul suspected he had coronavirus and selfishly exposed others to it.

But knowing that the New Yorker is mainly interested in publishing anti-Republican propaganda, a skeptical reader interested enough in finding out the truth to spend a few minutes fact checking (i.e., not your typical New Yorker reader) would find that the real reason Paul was tested was because his lung injury (suffered in 2017 after being attacked by his neighbor) makes him particularly susceptible to lower respiratory infections. Not because he was suffering any symptoms.

 
 
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06 April 2020 13:32
 

Interesting.

Antisocialdarwinist - 05 April 2020 06:51 PM

And the reason “an abundance of caution” is in scare quotes is to imply that the reason Paul was tested was because he was suffering symptoms of coronavirus? If one were lazy enough to accept this innuendo at face value, then one would tend to jump to the conclusion the New Yorker is hinting at: that Paul suspected he had coronavirus and selfishly exposed others to it.

Which is apparently the conclusion to which you jumped.  It is usual custom to place remarks attributable to another within quotations marks, such as “A statement from Paul’s office posted to his Twitter account Sunday said he was “feeling fine” and was “tested out of an abundance of caution.”  See how that works?

But knowing that the New Yorker is mainly interested in publishing anti-Republican propaganda, a skeptical reader interested enough in finding out the truth to spend a few minutes fact checking (i.e., not your typical New Yorker reader) would find that the real reason Paul was tested was because his lung injury (suffered in 2017 after being attacked by his neighbor) makes him particularly susceptible to lower respiratory infections. Not because he was suffering any symptoms.

But then, there was an abundance of news about this very issue, some of which even New Yorker readers could have been easily aware.  You seem to have missed a bit in the OP.  The author stated his purpose quite clearly in the second paragraph, it would appear.  “The reason to focus on this story is not to suggest that Paul is a selfish jerk; he is a medical doctor, for heaven’s sake. It’s because he is the foremost representative of libertarian philosophy in our nation’s Capitol, and that philosophy has helped produce the world we live in: one in which we struggle to solve both the coronavirus pandemic and the larger climate crisis.”

Interesting.

 
 
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08 April 2020 00:30
 

I propose that Covid-19, or any virus for that matter, is a perfect follower of Ayn Rand. Each individual does as much as possible to further its own objectives, regardless of any consequences. Nature eventually works everything out.