In a stunning threat to individual freedom, a powerful international body is eying coronavirus restrictions as an instructive lesson for climate change restrictions.
In an address for Extinction Rebellion about coronavirus and climate change, Michael Marmot, a commission chairman at the World Health Organization (WHO), praised massive government programs that will “socialize the economy.”
According to Marmot, “What the Covid crisis exposes is that we can do things differently. We must not go back to the status quo, we cannot do that,” said Marmot, according to the March 28 UK Independent.
According to the March 28 UK Guardian, Marmot said in his remarks that the coronavirus “has revealed what governments are capable of doing” responding to asserted crises like coronavirus and the asserted climate crisis. Moreover, “The urgency with which the government had acted showed that the response to an emergency could be swift and decisive.”
Marmot described government intervention in the economy as a means for socialism, asserting that government should maintain such a socialist model even after the coronavirus wanes. “Coronavirus exposes that we can do things differently,” Marmot said. “We must not go back to the status quo ante.”
For most people, onerous government restrictions responding to the coronavirus and budget-busting plans to compensate for those restrictions are a necessary (or not) evil. For climate activists and international bodies, onerous government restrictions and budget-busting plans are an inspirational guide for how to permanently transform society in the name of the so-called climate crisis.