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Calling it a liberal culture may be giving it too much credit. After all, our cultures are quite willing to inflict quite impressive amounts of suffering on individuals for much worse reasons. Getting involved with the wrong chemicals or drawing the Mouse™ without leave. Yet at the mere suggestion that there are powers beyond them, the blind idiot gods of commerce scream in incoherent rage. The tabloids tell us how the cure can't be worse than the disease, the serious moderates on TV tell us we just can't yet know if this virus is incubated in schools like all the others, politicians are self-flagellating over their sins and declare loudly that there shall be no more lock downs. The face mask becomes a symbol of blasphemy. It's not even about the inability of dealing with short term pain. All the same people who now tell us we can't close the schools and the economy can't stand another lock down were hooting and hollering at the idea of expansionary austerity. Our culture is a weird death cult.
by generic on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 01:07:46 PM EST
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