Eric Zuesse – Corona Virus Policy Contest Between Libertarianism versus Socialism: The Latest Results

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Corona Virus Policy Contest Between Libertarianism versus Socialism: The Latest Results

Early in the “Corona Virus” – subsequently called “Covid 19” – Pandemic, Denmark and Sweden were often being compared with one another because both are Scandinavian countries, but on 13 March 2020, Denmark had started a Lockdown and imposed strict recommendations for businesses and personal behavior, whereas Sweden did nothing of the sort, and so the two countries were considered to be especially suitable to serve as being an almost controlled experiment in what the results would be of Socialism versus Libertarianism in social policy (Regulations) regarding a communicable disease.

On 26 March 2020, EuroNews headlined Neighbours Denmark and Sweden miles apart on Corona Virus confinement. Whereas both countries had socialized Healthcare, and were also otherwise generally considered to be similar, Sweden was pursuing Europe’s most Libertarian policies on Corona Virus or Covid 19, and yet Denmark had a 15% higher percentage of its population who had come down with that disease. On 29 June 2020, I headlined “‘Herd Immunity’ Is a Failed Response to Corona Virus: Comparing Denmark versus Sweden on Corona Virus,” and reported that in early April Sweden’s population percentage who had the disease had switched (increased so fast as) to become 14% higher there than Denmark’s population percentage who had Corona Virus, and that Sweden’s percentage was also increasing much more quickly than Denmark’s. So, at that time, as of 28 June 2020, Sweden had 2.5 times as high a percentage of its population who had contracted the disease, as compared with Denmark’s percentage. There were 131 reader comments to that news report, at Reddit, and they were overwhelmingly in denial, and pro Libertarian, anti Socialist, though each comment had a different excuse for their reality denial.

CNN headlined on 28 May 2020 Sweden says its Corona Virus approach has worked. The numbers suggest a different story” and made clear that, at least up till that moment in time, Sweden’s approach was a failure, not only in competition as compared to Denmark’s, but globally.

Then, on 12 May 2020, Foreign Affairs, the prestigious journal of America’s Council on Foreign Relations, bannered “Sweden’s Corona Virus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s: Herd Immunity Is the Only Realistic Option – the Question Is How to Get There Safely”, and presented the standard Libertarian argument. “There are good reasons for countries to begin easing their restrictions. It will take several years to tally the total number of deaths, bankruptcies, layoffs, suicides, mental health problems, losses to GDP and investments, and other costs attributable not just to the Virus but to the measures used to fight it. It should already be obvious, however, that the economic and social costs of Lockdowns are enormous.” In other words: the best “Regulation” is to let Nature rule, not to impose any human imposed Regulations, but just “the free market” should reign.

On 7 January 2021, the Scandinavian Journal of Public health headlined “A comparison of COVID 19 epidemiological indicators in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland” and reported that

Compared with its Nordic peers, Sweden had a higher incidence rate across all ages, a higher COVID 19 related death rate only partially explained by population demographics, a higher death rate in seniors’ care, and higher all cause mortality. Sweden had approximately half as much mobility change as its Nordic neighbours until April and followed similar rates as its neighbours from April to July. Denmark led its Nordic peers in testing rates, while Sweden had the highest cumulative test positivity rate continuously from mid March. (…)

Looser Government restrictions at the beginning of the outbreak are likely to have played a role in the impact of COVID 19 in Sweden. In an effort to improve epidemic control, Sweden has increased testing rates, implemented more restrictive prevention measures, and increased their intensive care unit bed capacity.

Here are the figures as of 30 April 2021

Denmark cases per Million = 43,282

Sweden cases per Million = 95,909

Denmark deaths per Million = 428

Sweden deaths per Million = 1,384

But Denmark versus Sweden aren’t, by any means, the only indicators that Libertarianism was failing on Covid 19.

On 1 August 2020, I headlined “India and Brazil Are Now the Global Worst Corona Virus Nations”, and that statement was forward looking, predictive, and not referring only to the numbers at that time but to where the various Nations were heading, and it was referring only to medium sized and large Nations. For example, not to the worst performer of all, Andorra, which currently has 171,029 cases per Million and a population of only 77,367 people. Andorra has had a total of 13,232 cases, which is 17.1% of its entire population. The only country that has a population of over 10 Million and which is among the nine worst – and America scores as being absolutely the world’s 10th worst – is Czechia, the Czech Republic, which has 152,046 cases per million. At the end of this article, Czechia will be discussed.

As of 30 April 2021, the following are the world’s only Nations that have had more than 6,000,000,000 Covid 19 cases.

USA = 33,044,872
India = 18,881,587

Brazil = 14,592,886.

Those are now the Covid 19 giants (the worst performing major countries), which, back on August 1st, is what I was expecting them to be, by the present time. Ultimately, I expect Brazil and India to be scoring even worse than the United States. All three countries have been exceedingly lax in their anti Covid 19 policies, extraordinarily Libertarian regarding this.

On 20 September 2020, I headlined All eight of America’s Worst Hit Corona Virus States Are Now in the South.” That reported “the worst 11 states (…) are Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Iowa, Arkansas, and Texas” – and all 11 of them had voted for Donald Trump, the more Libertarian (and losing) candidate, in 2020. The United States therefore provides overwhelming evidence of the failure of Libertarianism regarding Corona Virus policies.

On 14 March 2021, I headlined “Republican States Have Higher Corona Virus Rates than Democratic States” and – ranking all from the best (N° 1) to the worst (N° 51) – reported that the average State which had voted for Trump scored 33.3 or two thirds of the way down the list of the 51 states and DC, and that the average State which had voted for Joseh Biden scored 19.5 out of the 51.

The more corrupt a country is, the more Libertarian it is, and on 5 May 2020, I headlined “America’s Design Causes It to Fail the COVID 19 Challenge” and reported that because America is an extraordinarily corrupt country (very Libertarian, as compared to other Nations), “America is designed so as to fail the Corona Virus challenge. The power of big money (concentrated wealth) is destroying this country. It controls both Parties and their respective media, so the public don’t know (and certainly cannot understand) the types of realities that are being reported (and linked to) here.”

India and Brazil are nipping at America’s heels on this, but, still, the record up till the present moment shows America as still retaining its title as being the worst of all major Nations on Corona Virus performance.

Finally, here, will be considered what might be the strongest exception to the general principle that Libertarian policies are inferior to Socialistic policies in order to control and limit a Pandemic: Czechia. Wikipedia’s article “COVID 19 pandemic in the Czech Republic” says

The Czech Republic was the first [11] European country to make the wearing of face masks mandatory from 19 March onwards [12]  COVID 19 testing was made widely available with drive through locations from 14 March, [13] and from 27 March anyone with a fever, dry cough or shortness of breath was eligible for a free test. [14] From 13 April onwards, COVID 19 testing capacity significantly surpassed demand. [15] Contact tracing in the country also included voluntary disclosure of mobile phone position and debit card payments data for previous days and the quarantining of identified contacts. [16] By 1 May 2020, altogether 257 COVID 19 related deaths were identified in the Czech Republic compared to 2,719 in similarly populous Sweden, which did not impose a full Lockdown. However, Belgium, also with a similar population, had suffered 7,866 deaths at that time, despite having implemented an early and strict lockdown. (…)

By April 2021, the Czech Republic has recorded the highest confirmed death rate in the world after Hungary. There are some root causes speculated.

None of those proposed explanations of this is any sort of scientific explanation for it. A great deal remains that is important to know but that is currently unknown about Covid 19. Obviously, Czechia is the most challenging case, not because it is the worst, but because it has been a leader in adherence to international guidelines but has nonetheless disastrously failed on this Virus. If that’s not a warning for the world to do lots more Research on the Covid 19 problem, then nothing is.


Libertariannews’ media often try to obfuscate the importance of the Covid 19 results in the various countries by pretending that a Covid 19 “case” means merely someone who has tested positive for having become infected by the Virus, but that is very definitely NOT TRUE. Like virtually all Libertarian beliefs, that belief is based upon wishful thinking in order to dismiss and discredit scientific findings which are inconsistent with those beliefs. In fact, the “2020 Interim Case Definition, Approved April 5, 2020 (and still in force as of 2 May 2020) makes crystal clear that the definition of a Covid 19 “case” is VERY DIFFERENT FROM AND FAR MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN merely having the infection. Libertarians want to be deceived, because they want to continue believing the myths that they cling to, but news media try to exploit those ‘Free Market’ myths in order to build their own following (and to please the ‘Free Market’ winners – the billionaires – who benefit by having as large a percentage of the public as possible be deceived into believing the ‘Free Market’ myth (that they became so wealthy by virtue of their virtue and genius, instead of by their cunning and psychopathy). Justice in this world is the opposite of natural: it is un natural and can be imposed only by careful skepticism and scientific human planning, not by any ‘Invisible Hand’ of anyone, or any group of people, who constitute an actual Deep State. They own and control the MainStreamnewsMedia and many of the non MainStreamnewsMedia, and also the vast majority of members of Congress and other key Government officials, but that’s the opposite of Justice; it is, instead, institutionalized Injustice. Libertarianism and corruption go hand in hand, and always will. Outside the United States, Libertarianism is more commonly called neo Liberalism, but it’s the same thing.

Originally posted at Strategic Culture

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic versus Republican Economic Records, 1910 – 2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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