Those Chinese never seem to learn

This Bloomberg headline really makes me angry:

When will the Chinese learn? Censoring doctors who are trying to warn the public about failures in the response to coronavirus will always backfire, just making the problem worse. You’d think that after what happened in January in Wuhan the Chinese would have learned their lesson.

Oh wait . . .



6 Responses to “Those Chinese never seem to learn”

  1. Gravatar of Peter Peter
    31. March 2020 at 09:49

    I think you are sadly mistaken if you don’t think the same happens in America. How many public officials have already been sanctioned in the US for disagreeing with their boss. I know in the agency I work for an email from the top already came down reminding us when can be sanctioned for public speaking even on our private time about anything involving our agencies failure around the virus as “your employment here is public record hence can be construed as private knowledge. If you have an issue with the agency pandemic response, take it up with your supervisor. Be aware we have stepped up our monitoring of employee private social media monitoring. You have been notified”

  2. Gravatar of Matthias Görgens Matthias Görgens
    31. March 2020 at 10:06

    Peter, follow the link.

  3. Gravatar of Peter Peter
    31. March 2020 at 10:13

    My bad, the link got lost on my phone and I didn’t catch it, thanks for pointing that out.

  4. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    31. March 2020 at 11:05

    Peter, I forget that people often read these on phones. I hope not too many people miss the link.

    Maybe I got too clever, and will have to add something to the post. . . .

  5. Gravatar of Ray Lopez Ray Lopez
    1. April 2020 at 02:25

    Another excellent Sumner post, ironic and witty. Indeed as a Boomer I would think ‘this would never happen in America’ but sadly I’m afraid Zoomers will think this is not even news, their expectations of the American Way tempered by modern reality.

    PS–for those of you that thought you detected the second derivative of new cases in the USA was negative, and the peak was being reached, look at today’s numbers, it’s gone exponential again. It’s all over but the shouting, and finger pointing…

  6. Gravatar of Lorenzo from Oz Lorenzo from Oz
    2. April 2020 at 20:55

    Bureaucracies acting as bureaucracies do …

    One reason why command economies are as bad as they are (especially in environmental matters) is that the coercive powers of the state are handed over to production bureaucracies.

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