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It is 1984. A message from London.

March 25, 2020 - 00:01 -- Admin

People shuffling in the street, afraid to look others in the eye, get close, and be accused.

Fear as a silent ghost hovering above the city, watching us, like drones.

The panic in the eye of the mother as her little toddler cycles by an older woman on the street, too close.

The glee of the neighbourhood bully as she shouts at a couple embracing in the park, taking pictures with her phone.

A lament for the corona panic victims.

March 24, 2020 - 03:27 -- Admin

Spare a tear for millions of poor people around the world. They will no longer have good jobs, good health, or long life.

Weep for the poor, the sick, and the old in our own societies. Their hopes, dignity, and pensions are gone.

Light a candle for the workers in hotels, bars, tourist resorts, airlines, and elsewhere. Their jobs are gone.

Cry for the lonely whom we have just created and abandoned. They now face fines and ridicule for seeking human connection.

The Corona Dilemma.

March 22, 2020 - 01:31 -- Admin

Consider the shown picture where you are the decision maker who can pull the lever of the train tracks to avoid the coming train from going straight. If you do not divert the train, one person, John, will get run over. He is elderly and suffering from many diseases. You know him personally and all his friends and family are watching you. They are all shouting at you to divert the train, claiming it is the moral and safe thing to do.

Keeping a cool head – thinking about the covid-19 crisis: a guest post from Toby Phillips

March 21, 2020 - 20:02 -- Admin

This post is a direct response and rebuttal to the recent ‘Has the coronavirus panic cost us at least 10 million lives already? by Paul Fritjers. Paul’s post takes the current covid-19 crisis, and uses some haphazard multiplication to create an alarming narrative, muddying the policy waters on a critical issue.