A sampler of the politics of The Atlantic

If you are interested in the politics of The Atlantic, let me present you with the final paras of this long and astonishingly inane article which I have just received: How the Pandemic Will End.

One could easily conceive of a world in which most of the nation believes that America defeated COVID-19. Despite his many lapses, Trump’s approval rating has surged. Imagine that he succeeds in diverting blame for the crisis to China, casting it as the villain and America as the resilient hero. During the second term of his presidency, the U.S. turns further inward and pulls out of NATO and other international alliances, builds actual and figurative walls, and disinvests in other nations. As Gen C grows up, foreign plagues replace communists and terrorists as the new generational threat.

One could also envisage a future in which America learns a different lesson. A communal spirit, ironically born through social distancing, causes people to turn outward, to neighbors both foreign and domestic. The election of November 2020 becomes a repudiation of “America first” politics. The nation pivots, as it did after World War II, from isolationism to international cooperation. Buoyed by steady investments and an influx of the brightest minds, the health-care workforce surges. Gen C kids write school essays about growing up to be epidemiologists. Public health becomes the centerpiece of foreign policy. The U.S. leads a new global partnership focused on solving challenges like pandemics and climate change.

In 2030, SARS-CoV-3 emerges from nowhere, and is brought to heel within a month.

It’s all politics on the left. Saving lives is the last thing on their minds.

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23 Responses to A sampler of the politics of The Atlantic

  1. Shane

    Its a bit like Blessed Greta (PBUH), screaming for some sugar, aka attention & relevance.
    In a world with ever fewer paid & ever increasingly fickle subscribers, such turgid prose makes that choice at the subscription crossroads, ” do I or dont I?” so much easier.

  2. Nob

    Social media is filled with idiots who think this crisis will deliver them their political utopia.

    “After this, we’ll be a better, kinder blah blah blah”

    Really, they’re loving it.

    Their definition of kindness seems to be “more OPM for me please”.

  3. It’s all about power. Saving lives is the last thing on their minds.

    Fixed

  4. Terry

    ‘Saving lives is the last thing on their minds.’

    The death toll, draconian restrictions and supply shortages are happy by-products of their march to Utopia.

  5. nb

    ‘Communal spirit’ as used in this article;
    ‘Community’ as used with remarkable frequency on the ABC;
    Code words for the political system that saw 100 million members of the ‘community’ dead.
    If you’re not with the ‘community’ you’re against it.

  6. rich

    Imagine that he succeeds in diverting blame for the crisis to China,

    Wow, given that the CCP is using their propaganda machine to push the conspiracy theory that US troops brought the disease to China. For the left its all politics, all the time. Communists and terrorists ironically are the generational threat, particularly the communists within the walls and writing for the Atlantic.

  7. Terry

    @NoFixedAddress

    The original’s better 🙂

  8. Tel

    It’s all politics on the left. Saving lives is the last thing on their minds.

    Neoconservative = crypto commie.

    Bigger budgets for NATO … antagonize Russia as much as possible … invade some hapless bunch of sandal wearing tribesmen (then slowly get defeated by attrition) … bleed the nation’s treasury and run us all into generational debt … globalization, globalization, and more of the same.

    Shaking down the taxpayers for health dollars is just as lucrative as shaking them down over foreign wars. So long as the tax money keeps on coming.

  9. stackja

    Is This Why WHO Peddled China’s Propaganda on the Wuhan Coronavirus?

    China lied and people died. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that his pandemic originated in China. It’s called the Wuhan coronavirus. Period. China discovered evidence of this pneumonia-like illness in December and orders its scientists to destroy samples.

    And remember the World Health Organization pretty much spreading Chinese misinformation in January (via Fox News):

    And yet, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to praise China for its transparency over this fiasco, according to the Daily Caller. It all makes sense when you find out that China had backed Tedros’ 2017 bid to be WHO director-general. Talk about quid pro quo, huh?

  10. Terry

    @stackja

    Why do we have anything to do with the UN? We have a big enough swamp and trough problem right here, without helping feed the international version.

  11. one old bruce

    But Steve, Americans have always talked like that, at least the ones we always heard from: the elites, whether secular or evangelical religious, with a few variations in the optimistic hyperbole, always supposedly global (while showing little understanding of the actual real world ‘out there’ as in these Atlantic quotes).

    Why did Prohibition take off mostly in the USA? Because of all the do-gooders, mostly religious back then, who were going to solve all the world’s problems. Post WW2 it was the same, the Peace Corps, JFK…

    It’s in that Light on the Hill thing. While ordinary Americans were just trying to get by and make a living for their families, their elites were fixing the world: Wilsonism. We all got caught up in the JFK spirit, then ‘All the way with LBJ!’ – I watched his ticker tape parade thru Sydney. Where did that get us? Where did it get ordinary Americans too? Lots of big talk.

  12. one old bruce

    Oops, that should be City upon a Hill.

    ‘Light on a Hill’ is the ALP, but where did they get that eh?

  13. Mother Lode

    Imagine that he succeeds in diverting blame for the crisis to China

    Aren’t they just saying the equal but opposite?

    With the distinction that even the Chinese did not deny it – even closing down the market they said it started in – until it began to embarrass them.

  14. one old bruce

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_upon_a_Hill

    -It all comes from Puritan evangelism, revived by 19th Century Methodists whose prosperity and energy propelled progressivism all the way to Woodrow Wilson, then on to us here and now.

    At some stage you just have to step back and say, ‘What the hell is all this?’ Not just see it as politics as-usual, the ongoing tit-for-tat – No the whole thing is a circus where the show keeps going round and round repeating past mistakes, like listening to the elite blowhards.

  15. lily

    For several years the elderly in Australia especially pensioners have been denigrated by media and much of society. They add to the cost of health care, the nation cannot afford to keep paying a pension to them,they should sell their houses and live of the proceeds and so it went on. A elderly friend mentioned to me one day that she often felt embarrassed to say she was on the pension.
    Suddenly because of a virus the elderly have become the most valuable asset Australia has to the extent that the Government is prepared to bring the country to its knees to save them.
    What will the feeling be in a few years time when the younger generation wake up to the fact they are faced with paying off a massive debt and their lives may never be the same and that it was all done to save a few elderly people.

  16. Terry

    ‘…it was all done to save a few elderly people.’
    No, “saving old people” is merely the fig-leaf employed to assist the general population to welcome their newly acquired yokes.

    I am not saying that no action be taken to mitigate the threat of the contagion, only that those enthusiastically “saving us” would be a little less motivated if “the cure” did not come with a nice dose of liberty restriction and the enticing prospect of expanded power and control once this crisis passes (which it is unlikely to do without quickly being replaced by another “emergency”).

    Australians will need to forcefully insist that our entrenched technocrats return any power-creep they’ve acquired as a result of the “COVID-19 Crisis”. Recent history shows those technocrats are disinclined to voluntarily return any power at all, ever, and that Australians are similarly disinclined to demand its return, whether due to ignorance, apathy or passivity.

    I am amazed at how quickly and silently freedom seems to disappear.

  17. Tim Neilson

    The nation pivots, as it did after World War II, from isolationism to international cooperation.

    After?

    Did all those GI’s die storming the beaches of California and raising the flag on Coney Island?

  18. thefrollickingmole

    Why did Prohibition take off mostly in the USA? Because of all the do-gooders, mostly religious back then, who were going to solve all the world’s problems. Post WW2 it was the same, the Peace Corps, JFK…

    Giving women the vote/universal suffrage.

    So feelz and social pressure trump reason and pragmatism.

    Its a failed experiment.

  19. Lee

    Imagine that he succeeds in diverting blame for the crisis to China, casting it as the villain …

    Of course, China had no part in the Coronavirus at all!
    What is it with these people, and their grovelling to the Chinese government?

  20. John Smith101

    The establishment and their media enablers wield control over this nation through means that are well known. Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and reputation. And they will lie, lie and lie even more.
    Source: Donald Trump, Oct 2016 speech

    President Trump was not the first president to recognise the threat to Western civilisation, and the democratic process, posed by the media. On 27 April 1961, President John F Kennedy delivered an address at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, titled The President and the Press.
    Excerpts from the speech (paraphrased):
    There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.
    . . .
    For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence – on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
    Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.

  21. Scott Osmond

    Some one better send them some mouthwash so they can freshen up after all that CCP cock they’ve been sucking. Amazing how many of the media are towing the CCP line. Can we have them tagged as agents of foreign influence yet?

  22. John Smith101

    Can we have them tagged as agents of foreign influence yet?

    Covered: 18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

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