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Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

What next, premiers?

At the Coles near Quadrant‘s Melbourne office, the counting of heads allowed into the supermarket at any one time has stopped. At night, when shopper numbers are low, the rat’s maze of serpentine access lanes laid out with red tape is now routinely ignored. At a Western suburbs florist, the proprietor was telling customers a ‘closing down’ sign will go up in the window if Premier Daniel Andrews’ restrictions on commerce and normal life are not dismantled post haste. Though still well below former levels, the latest numbers from Transurban, which operates the tollways, show traffic is creeping up again. Taken as a whole these signs and portents are a pointillist portrait of a metropolis whose sap is rising.

It’s those little things, the petty violations of formerly observed edicts and protocols, that signal lockdown fatigue is reaching the point where the politicians who found it expedient to offload responsibility to their chief medical officers will soon have to demonstrate what they are paid for: making tough decisions.

The question, then, is how such a resurrection is to be managed, especially in light of the surge of COVID-19 infections over the past few days linked to the Cedar Meats processing plant? Dilute the restrictions, put  schoolkids back at their desks, allow shops to open and citizens to go about their normal business and we’ll see more outbreaks in a population prevented by the doctrine of social isolation from gaining any sort of herd immunity. In other words we’ll be back at square one, except stony broke to boot.

The various premiers’ reactions will vary, but a group of US critical care physicians’ recommendations offers a potential roadmap based on the recognition that “it is the severe inflammation sparked by the coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills patients.  Inflammation causes a new variety of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which damages the lungs [and other organs]”.

Powerline reports on the medicos’ now-regular newsletter detailing treatments and prophylactic measures:

Dr. Paul Marik, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, published a Critical Care COVID Management Protocol along similar lines. As a preventive measure, Dr. Marik recommends a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc and melatonin. Dr. Malik notes that “while there is no high level evidence that this cocktail is effective; it is cheap, safe and widely available.”

As pressure from below builds on state and federal governments and the national economy collapses, they might find it instructive to tap perspectives beyond those of their lock-’em-down in-house medical gurus.

This would be a good place to begin

— roger franklin

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May’s Quadrant
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How to revitalize
Australia’s economy

Andrew Stone’s important new book lays out an economic agenda that is coherent and comprehensive, yet politically achievable over the next three to five years by a federal government with the resolve to implement it.

Order your copy here.

Addressing immigration, the housing market, higher education reform, federal?state relations, energy policy, workforce participation, welfare reform, budget repair, monetary policy and financial system regulation, the book demonstrates that good government worthy of the respect and support of the Australian people is not merely possible but vital.

What others are saying of Restoring Hope:

Niall Ferguson: “This is an ambitious program of structural as well as fiscal reform. Let us hope there are politicians willing to take the risks inherent in such a radical strategy.” 

Peter Costello:  “Andrew Stone reminds us that improving productivity is the key to future living standards in Australia. He identifies a range of areas where this could be examined. The hard work of economic reform cannot be done without explaining the options and building public support.”

John Howard:  “Andrew Stone has undertaken the difficult task of arguing in detail for a range of economic reforms. That he has done it at a time when, in the eyes of some, reform is in the doldrums is all the more praiseworthy. His analysis of the housing issue is impressive.”

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‘People need to change
… permanently’

First-time visitors to Southern California are often struck by the similarities with Australia — the brown-grassed hills of summer, big blue skies, the suburban landscapes of stand-alone homes and, of course, the invasive eucalypts, which are everywhere and, just like here, prime fuel for the wildfires that rake the Golden State with ever more frequent infernos.

Now there are two more parallels to add to the list: a COVID-19 death toll far, far lower than initial official predictions and the ongoing, unquestioning fealty of the political class to the doomsaying  public health authorities who made them.

In the clip above, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson nails a third similarity: the suppression of even the most reasonable dissent from the approved narrative. It is, he notes, as if the US with the active assistance of Big Tech has been infected not only with the Wuhan virus but also the authoritarian intolerance of the Bejing regime which exported that plague to the world.

On this side of the Pacific, with parliaments suspended and unchallenged bureaucrats decreeing public policy on the run, there is no shortage of indications the same mindset applies. Take this, for example, from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy:

“Even if we release restrictions in the future, people need to change the way they interact permanently.”

The Wuhan virus is bad. The presumptions of those who would remake society to their will and preference are terrifying.

— roger franklin

 

 

Essential Reading

Insights from Quadrant
Insights from Quadrant

What next, premiers?

At the Coles near Quadrant‘s Melbourne office, the counting of heads allowed into the supermarket at any one time has stopped. At night, when shopper numbers are low, the rat’s maze of serpentine access lanes laid out with red tape is now routinely ignored. At a Western suburbs florist, the proprietor was telling customers a ‘closing down’ sign will go up in the window if Premier Daniel Andrews’ restrictions on commerce and normal life are not dismantled post haste. Though still well below former levels, the latest numbers from Transurban, which operates the tollways, show traffic is creeping up again. Taken as a whole these signs and portents are a pointillist portrait of a metropolis whose sap is rising.

It’s those little things, the petty violations of formerly observed edicts and protocols, that signal lockdown fatigue is reaching the point where the politicians who found it expedient to offload responsibility to their chief medical officers will soon have to demonstrate what they are paid for: making tough decisions.

The question, then, is how such a resurrection is to be managed, especially in light of the surge of COVID-19 infections over the past few days linked to the Cedar Meats processing plant? Dilute the restrictions, put  schoolkids back at their desks, allow shops to open and citizens to go about their normal business and we’ll see more outbreaks in a population prevented by the doctrine of social isolation from gaining any sort of herd immunity. In other words we’ll be back at square one, except stony broke to boot.

The various premiers’ reactions will vary, but a group of US critical care physicians’ recommendations offers a potential roadmap based on the recognition that “it is the severe inflammation sparked by the coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills patients.  Inflammation causes a new variety of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which damages the lungs [and other organs]”.

Powerline reports on the medicos’ now-regular newsletter detailing treatments and prophylactic measures:

Dr. Paul Marik, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, published a Critical Care COVID Management Protocol along similar lines. As a preventive measure, Dr. Marik recommends a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc and melatonin. Dr. Malik notes that “while there is no high level evidence that this cocktail is effective; it is cheap, safe and widely available.”

As pressure from below builds on state and federal governments and the national economy collapses, they might find it instructive to tap perspectives beyond those of their lock-’em-down in-house medical gurus.

This would be a good place to begin

— roger franklin

Insights from Quadrant

May’s Quadrant
now on sale

For May’s full contents, click here.

And to avoid the paywall and enjoy immediate access to the current edition and our entire archive,
click here to subscribe

Insights from Quadrant

How to revitalize
Australia’s economy

Andrew Stone’s important new book lays out an economic agenda that is coherent and comprehensive, yet politically achievable over the next three to five years by a federal government with the resolve to implement it.

Order your copy here.

Addressing immigration, the housing market, higher education reform, federal?state relations, energy policy, workforce participation, welfare reform, budget repair, monetary policy and financial system regulation, the book demonstrates that good government worthy of the respect and support of the Australian people is not merely possible but vital.

What others are saying of Restoring Hope:

Niall Ferguson: “This is an ambitious program of structural as well as fiscal reform. Let us hope there are politicians willing to take the risks inherent in such a radical strategy.” 

Peter Costello:  “Andrew Stone reminds us that improving productivity is the key to future living standards in Australia. He identifies a range of areas where this could be examined. The hard work of economic reform cannot be done without explaining the options and building public support.”

John Howard:  “Andrew Stone has undertaken the difficult task of arguing in detail for a range of economic reforms. That he has done it at a time when, in the eyes of some, reform is in the doldrums is all the more praiseworthy. His analysis of the housing issue is impressive.”

Insights from Quadrant

‘People need to change
… permanently’

First-time visitors to Southern California are often struck by the similarities with Australia — the brown-grassed hills of summer, big blue skies, the suburban landscapes of stand-alone homes and, of course, the invasive eucalypts, which are everywhere and, just like here, prime fuel for the wildfires that rake the Golden State with ever more frequent infernos.

Now there are two more parallels to add to the list: a COVID-19 death toll far, far lower than initial official predictions and the ongoing, unquestioning fealty of the political class to the doomsaying  public health authorities who made them.

In the clip above, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson nails a third similarity: the suppression of even the most reasonable dissent from the approved narrative. It is, he notes, as if the US with the active assistance of Big Tech has been infected not only with the Wuhan virus but also the authoritarian intolerance of the Bejing regime which exported that plague to the world.

On this side of the Pacific, with parliaments suspended and unchallenged bureaucrats decreeing public policy on the run, there is no shortage of indications the same mindset applies. Take this, for example, from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy:

“Even if we release restrictions in the future, people need to change the way they interact permanently.”

The Wuhan virus is bad. The presumptions of those who would remake society to their will and preference are terrifying.

— roger franklin