Ph'nglui mglw'nafn Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
- Apr 3, 2020
I suspect a great deal of it goes into core societal attitudes. The Swedes got away relatively lightly with their soft touch approach - but that's surely in large part because Sweden has relatively highly developed social support systems, and a population that broadly takes social responsibilities seriously and were more inclined to observe good practice. Contrast that with the relatively narcissistic "me me me" attitude likely more prevalent in the individualist USA and UK.There are some ugly, selfish people with dubious motives for sure but I think most just want to meet up with friends, laugh, have fun etc. without worrying about this virus.
After that, the governments of both the UK and USA thoroughly fucked up their responses. No point mincing our words: they had to get a clear and consistent message out there, and what both of them did was dither to the max, try to do nothing, and then suddenly slam down the gates whilst undercutting their own safety procedures. Trump bred complacency to start with, and then sabotaged trust in basic infection control measures because he wanted to look tough. Johnson has spent a non-stop ten months destroying the credibility of the British government (more like three years if we include when he wasn't PM.) They can't have personal responsibility any more, because they've blown the crisis control management they needed to accomplish it. They've already effectively caused the deaths of tens of thousands of their own citizens, and the kindest thing I can say is they've wrecked everything so badly there's probably no good answer left to them any more. Economic pain or deaths - take your pick.