Den fremragende amerikanske journalist John Tierney, der tidligere har skrevet for bl.a. New York Times, havde i denne uge en artikel i the City Journal om nedlukning. City Journal er et meget respekteret magasin, der udgives fra the Manhattan Institute i New York. Magasinet kan ikke just siges at være i periferien af amerikanske medier, og det er derfor særligt interessant at se, hvad det vælger at udgive.
Tierney dækker særligt tre studier i artiklen, og citerer – til vores store stolthed – to punditokrater! Artiklen, der også omtales på bl.a. Cafe Hayek, er stærkt kritisk og reflekterer således en del af den vending der sker i de amerikanske og britiske medier for tiden. Hele artiklen er stærkt anbefalet. Her er blot et par udpluk.
“Long before Covid struck, economists detected a deadly pattern in the impact of natural disasters: if the executive branch of government used the emergency to claim sweeping new powers over the citizenry, more people died than would have if government powers had remained constrained. It’s now clear that the Covid pandemic is the deadliest confirmation yet of that pattern.
Governments around the world seized unprecedented powers during the pandemic. The result was an unprecedented disaster, as recently demonstrated by two exhaustive analyses of the lockdowns’ impact in the United States and Europe. Both reports conclude that the lockdowns made little or no difference in the Covid death toll. But the lockdowns did lead to deaths from other causes during the pandemic, particularly among young and middle-aged people, and those fatalities will continue to mount in the future.”
“Meantime, the lockdowns did have other significant effects on health. Rates of smoking, drinking, and obesity increased. The number of excess deaths from non-Covid causes in the U.S. rose by nearly 100,000 annually due to extra deaths from stroke, heart attack, diabetes, obesity, drug overdoses, alcohol-induced causes, homicide, and traffic accidents. Many of these excess deaths, which occurred disproportionately among working-age adults, were presumably related to the lockdowns’ disruptions in people’s lives and in medical treatments. The delays in screening for heart disease and cancer will continue to have a deadly impact in the years ahead.”