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Going Down with the Ship

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The mightiest Empire ever to have existed is being brought down by a bug. Aesop had nothing to say about this, but someone out there will know whether the situation is unique. (I breathed a sigh of relief upon learning that the former British Foreign Secretary, one of the ubiquitous Cameron brothers, is heading the International Relief Center for the Corona Response in camps where refugees from Turkey end up, and in Gaza. I wouldn’t want him to be without a job.)

Hand-washing will serve in future as the ideogram representing the most devastating epidemic since the Black Death wiped out an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Medieval Eurasia, however this one is worldwide. China, with one point four million people, got control over the scourge in just a few months, while the land of the free must find ways to bring emergency funds to workers and small businesses without appearing authoritarian! (In the same vein, the Republican leader of the Senate ruled out ‘socialistic’ nationalizations of vital medical industries.)

The link between the rejection of authoritarianism and the ancient principle that captains must go down with their ship is individual........

© New Eastern Outlook