You’re on your own

The Australian has an op-ed by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – a former Nigerian politician and now elitist globe-trotter.

As a global community we have a duty to make the protection of the most vulnerable people our priority, to ensure we leave no one behind. We know countries will want to focus on their citizens first. This is natural and understandable. But they must also care about citizens from poorer countries. Until every country is safe, no country is safe in this interconnected world.

She is quite right – it is in everyone’s best interest interests that contagious diseases be managed at a global level. But her argument and appeal is exactly backwards.

She is appealing to our common humanity – but we saw our people responded to the crisis in the first instance. It was devil take the hindmost and grab as much toilet paper as you can. Crapping on about the vulnerable and leaving people behind is not a powerful argument no matter how morally correct it may be.

Adam Smith recognised this problem almost 240 years ago:

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own  necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens.

An inter-connected world is a good thing for everyone. An inter-connected world will do more to bring the “vulnerable” to economic prosperity. Keeping the world interconnected means controlling contagious disease. Ironically this is one area where global coordination is a good idea. Unfortunately the body charged with that task was too busy persecuting smokers and worrying global warming to actually do its job.

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30 Responses to You’re on your own

  1. H B Bear

    Whenever you hear “protecting the most vulnerable” reach for your wallet.

    You know it’s a cash grab.

  2. PB

    Laqueesha be like a writer n’ sheeit.

  3. Some History

    Unfortunately the body charged with that task was too busy persecuting smokers and worrying global warming to actually do its job.

    Anti-smoking and climate change alarmism involve much tortured, embellished “facts”, 5-star conferences, 5-star accommodation, 5-star dining, 5-star touring, and loads of congratulatory back-slapping. Quickly managing a pandemic requires work, something that the WHO bureaucrats have never done in their lives.

  4. Roger

    Until every country is safe, no country is safe in this interconnected world.

    Close the wet markets in China then, or declare China a pariah state until it does.

    You can have your interconnected world, or you can have the wet markets, but you can’t have both.

  5. Bronson

    I’m from a poor country so listen to me. Why is the country you’re from poor? Could it be the deep rooted persistent corruption at all levels, the lack of rule of law and property rights, etc? What are you doing to combat these issues in your country before you ask others to tip more money in?

  6. Nanuestalker

    @ Some History

    True
    :clap:

  7. H B Bear

    Interconnected world = some Ch1nk sits down to his bat soup, you lose your job, business, house and can’t go to the beach.

  8. Before you can look after others, you must be able to look after yourself.

  9. notafan

    No reason for Nigeria to be poor.

    Oh hang on.

    Unusual suspects.

  10. jupes

    Unfortunately the body charged with that task was too busy persecuting smokers and worrying global warming to actually do its job.

    Not to mention being a bought and paid for Chicom shill.

  11. Nob

    Bronson
    #3401714, posted on April 9, 2020 at 9:30 am
    I’m from a poor country so listen to me. Why is the country you’re from poor? Could it be the deep rooted persistent corruption at all levels, the lack of rule of law and property rights, etc? What are you doing to combat these issues in your country before you ask others to tip more money in

    Rivers of unearned donated cash creates corruption.

    “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature” as they say.

    Endless charity destroys poor countries.

  12. Colin Suttie

    “An inter-connected world is a good thing for everyone.”

    Given the majority of pandemics like this one have their roots in China, some examination of this statement, rather than presenting it as if it were self-evident, might be in order. IMO the connection of China to the inter-connected world, by allowing them into the WTO, is one of the gravest mistakes made in modern times.

  13. stackja

    Since 1945:
    “I’m from the UN.”
    “I’m here to help you.”

  14. feelthebern

    The UN (& its tentacles) is the biggest terrorist organisation on the planet today.
    Discus.

  15. Roger

    IMO the connection of China to the inter-connected world, by allowing them into the WTO, is one of the gravest mistakes made in modern times.

    A masterstroke by the West’s political class, who’ve been wrong on China for 50 years.

    Henry Kissinger has much to answer for.

  16. stackja

    Why was Red China forgiven for its actions in Korean War. More recently the HK terror forgotten?
    Now Wuhan virus.
    Red China needs to be isolated until it shows it can be “trusted”.
    I doubt Red China can be trusted under X-1.

  17. max

    Hubris of central planing and central knowledge.

    Idea behind UN was to stop wars.

    but law of Bureaucracy tell us that original goals will change over time, that growth of Bureaucracy will expand rapidly.

  18. Ed Case

    The reasons for the Korean War are murky..
    It’s possible that if the U.N. hadn’t intervened but had supplied Rhee’s armies with weapons the war might never have happened, since getting bogged down in Korea would have left the PRC vulnerable to attack by the ROC from Taiwan and it’s armies in the Golden Triangle.
    As it turned out, the USAF bombed Korea to rubble and killed > 3 million, doing the PRCs dirty work for them.

  19. B.A.Lert

    The world has been interconnected for the last few hundred years.only speed of travel and communication have changed. Other than that it’s all pretty much the same we even have plague ships again. Unending charity in the name of self determination creates poverty and corruption.

  20. feelthebern

    You forgot the Joooos Ed Case.
    It’s always the Joooos with you lot.

  21. Cynic of Ayr

    Oh let’s be a bit fair. There are many charity workers. Hundreds if not thousands.
    I’ll freely admit that many of them are suckers, in that the “staff” of the charity are well – very well – paid.
    As far as the toilet paper fiasco, I’d guess that only ten percent of the population was stupid enough to fall for this. The rest of us were merely bemused. Those not bemused were mystified to the point of astoundment!
    (It’s a word! Astound. If there’s more of it, it’s astoundment.)

  22. Tim Neilson

    It’s possible that if the U.N. hadn’t intervened but had supplied Rhee’s armies with weapons the war might never have happened, since getting bogged down in Korea would have left the PRC vulnerable to attack by the ROC from Taiwan and it’s armies in the Golden Triangle.

    I don’t follow the logic.

    If there had been fewer anticommunist troops in Korea then it’s more likely that the PRC would have been afraid of getting bogged down there?

  23. DB

    That Adam Smith quote is a gem.

  24. Ed Case

    Ed Case? History?

    Haven’t written any history books, stackja.
    Have read a few.
    People forget, or never knew that Taiwan, now an ”International Pariah”, used to be called the Republic of China. It was one of the Big Five winners of World War 2 and was one of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council until 1971, when it was expelled from that organisation.
    The Republic Of China was on the brink of defeating the Communists in the Civil War when the US called 2 ceasefires and embargoed Arms sales to the [WW2 Allies] ROC in 1948.
    So even granting the existence of Hanlan’s Razor [Hanlon’s razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways, including: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.] at some point
    you’ve got to look at the history and apply Occams Razor [“If you have two theories that both explain the observed facts, then you should use the simplest until more evidence comes along” “The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations.”]

  25. Kneel

    Before you can look after others, you must be able to look after yourself.

    Yep – first rule of emergency services: make sure you don’t put yourself in danger, or you’ll just make things worse. You know, like: don’t pull that guy off the wires that are electrocuting him, punch him off them!

  26. Ed Case

    If there had been fewer anticommunist troops in Korea then it’s more likely that the PRC would have been afraid of getting bogged down there?

    Thanks for your reply Tim.
    The PRC weren’t afraid of getting bogged down in Korea with the Americans there, they had hundreds of thousands of troops in Korea and the American [U.N.] Forces were expressly forbidden from crossing the border into China. Truman blockaded the Formosa Strait with the Seventh Fleet to prevent the ROC [Taiwan] from attacking the Mainland in support of the Koreans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
    So, knowing all those facts, it appears that without American involvement the PRC would never have dared to attack Korea.

  27. Squirrel

    “Until every country is safe, no country is safe in this interconnected world.”

    That’s a very smooth sales pitch on behalf of the world-wide army of globalist ticket-clippers – pity for them that they have been exposed as so compromised by this crisis.

  28. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “As a global community we have a duty to make the protection of the most vulnerable people our priority” says YoYo Booga Booga, a really fat Nigerian scammer (a tautology) with a face like a bloke. As Adam Smith described, she is a beggar.

    A rich beggar – they all are, the ruling classes from Zuma’s bog down south to Morocco and Sudan. They vote each other onto the World Health Trough and the United Useless Nations and pocket every zac sent to them by useful idiots such as Tim Costello. For the money gifted to Africa in my lifetime ordinary people ought to be living like the Prince of Monaco.

    You should have seen them being chaufered around the Empire Games here a couple of years ago, sitting up in all their regalia like Jacky Jacky, looking down their nose.

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