This is fairly brief and fairly obvious. Essentially, national sovereignty is bad, autonomy is bad and global bodies, like the WHO, should be in charge. The entire pandemic has had an under-current of Global Government – it was literally suggested several times, including by Gordon Brown – and this is just another brick in that wall.
21 BRILLIANT IDEAS TO REMAKE THE WORLD
The Graun’s got a brand new section filled with brand new ideas. OK, not brand new ideas – one world global government and NATO-backed protests in our designated enemy states have definitely been suggested before – but ideas nonetheless.
Blocking and reporting people who disagree with you, instead of “engaging with their hate” isn’t a new idea either, it’s just most of us grow out of it by the time we leave primary school.
One big, government-backed social media network that allows the state to harvest all your private data and then use it to better society? I suppose that’s a bit of a new idea, but I’m not sure I like it very much. “Facebook are selling your private data, you’d be better off giving to the government for free” I don’t find a very persuasive argument.
My personal favourite is putting a hard limit on how much people are allowed to travel by air. You see, if everyone is only allowed to fly, say, five times a year, then those people who “choose not to fly” (see: poor people) can make money by selling their flight credits to people who want to fly more than five times (see: rich people).
Classicly unhelpful neo-liberal “altruism”. Leveraging the desperation of poor people and the earnest belief of environmental campaigners into a barter system that only benefits the rich, and will have absolutely no impact on air travel at all. Brilliant.
BONUS: “THE NEW NORMAL” ISN’T JUST ABOUT COVID19
This week’s bonus section takes the form of a challenge. Simply put, how many mainstream articles have you read which in some way compare, parallel or equate the coronavirus “pandemic” with some other pressing issue – most especially the environment or climate change.
They have two more at least this week.
The signs are there, when the pandemic ends the “new normal” will stay with us – to prevent future pandemics, save the environment and halt climate change.This Week in the Guardian #13