‘Life Ain’t Fair’ Is Passé In Post-Pandemic World, IMF Suggests

‘Life Ain’t Fair’ Is Passé In Post-Pandemic World, IMF Suggests

As expected, the IMF upgraded its forecast for global growth Tuesday, while simultaneously adopting a cautious cadence in describing the outlook. "One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the accumulating human toll continues to raise concerns, even as growing vaccine coverage lifts sentiment," the Fund said. "High uncertainty surrounds the global economic outlook, primarily related to the path of the pandemic." That's just a paraphrased version of every, single note emanating from Wall Street's m
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8 thoughts on “‘Life Ain’t Fair’ Is Passé In Post-Pandemic World, IMF Suggests

  1. TBF, in its present form, the COVID virus doesn’t represent a threat to mankind either. If you’re going to be truly cold blooded about it, a culling of old people esp. in western countries is probably a positive, from a strict utilitarian pov. As long as your loved ones are spared, of course…

      1. It’s not impossible to imagine an environmentalist, perhaps a brilliant scientist, at the end of his/her rope, taking on the mantel of Thanos. Covid, intentionally or not, could be looked at as a test case.

        Catastrophic climate change looks set to happen (barring some as yet unforeseen positive/saving side effect of global warming – my hope). HOW catastrophic? Are we talking really bad extreme weather events that wreck havoc with world wide food production? Or are we talking Earth turning into Mars? This is still influenceable.

    1. Where does one draw the line on culling? Surely, it’s reasonable to presume that some oligarchic organizations would include “surplus labor” in the same camp as old people in Western nations. Going down such a path would not leave us humans in a very good place.

      In a purely Machiavellian world, sure, culling by a ruthless autocrat can occur (and, historically, has occurred, such as the 20th century). However, in retrospect, it’s obvious that those periods were among the darkest that a human could imagine living through (because we have stories from some who did live through it).

      Purposefully culling would be a comic book outcome best left to the realm of science fiction.

      1. No but as Runamok as suggested, if you started culling surplus labor, there were times in my life where I would have met the criteria for elimination.

        And, as for my granny etc., can I volunteer my mother-in-law? 😉

        Look, I obviously wasn’t being serious – except in pushing back on the idea that COVID is a species level threat. It’s a nasty virus, definitely more deadly than the flu but it ain’t the Black Death either. Or an asteroid the size of South America rushing towards Earth. We would be fine, even if we had to achieve herd immunity by everyone catching the virus.

    2. I don’t think there is any scenario where you can contain the damage to “dead old people”. It’s too novel, spreads to effectively and has too varied a symptom range. Anything that straight up robbed people of hope would require draconian martial law or invite mass panic, neither of which allow for normal economic activity to continue. I mean we could barely get people to give up going to the gym without a coup.

      1. I dunno. I don’t remember the Spanish flu provoking mass panics but then again the newspapers were censored back then. I don’t think people would really panic – the red states didn’t, regardless of the self inflicted death toll.

        The idea that the virus could mutate into something more dangerous is fair enough. That’s genuinely scary.

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