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I don’t know who Bill Mitchell is, and from the looks of this tweet, I don’t think I want to know.

There are so many things wrong with the statement above:

“losin it” who retweeted this with profanity is right. Who is “we” in this context? And who is Bill Mitchell?

Comparing the systematic, organized, planned murder of 6 million, per the Nazis “undesirable” people, mostly Jews, over several years during World War II with a viral pandemic in 2020 is entirely ludicrous. Despicable even.

Again, who is “we?” And to get the record straight, the Germans did shut down their economy, whether by plan or by default. Perhaps Bill Mitchell should read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer – my review here – and see what happened to the German economy during and after the war. It’s 1143 pages though, so it’ll take a bit longer than reading his tweet.

Perhaps Bill Mitchell should read Hungerwinter by Häusser and Maugg – my review here – which describes what happened to the German people after the war, when there was no economy, after their fearless leader first blamed the German people for the loss of the war (they didn’t have the will to win) and then blew his own brains out. That book is only available in German. Not sure if Bill Mitchell could read that.

So his claim about shutting the economy down is wrong, notwithstanding being an outlandish and inappropriate comparison.

Finally, COVID-19 is a virus, not a rogue government. In first world, modern and industrialized countries like Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the virus seems to kill about 10% of those verified to come ill with it (understanding that many are probably unreported). That’s a huge percentage of fatality. In the United States, we have now 340,000 verified cases, that would mean we should expect about 30,000 to 40,000 of those to die, if we follow the same trajectory as Italy.

And here is the kicker: These are the death rates with a still functioning and moderately coping healthcare system.

What does Bill Mitchell think will happen in any country once the sick have no more place to go, when the hospitals simply can’t accept any more patients? Obviously, the death rate will go up. People will just perish in their homes.

Uncounted.

Does Bill Mitchell want an economy, or does he want to live?

I can answer for myself:

I can live without restaurant food, without movies, and without malls for a few weeks, or even a few months, as long as I get to live afterwards.

I am not likely to go to Hobby Lobby when I am dead.

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