Will Coronavirus Kill Globalism?
As the coronavirus pandemic worsens around the western world we have seen most nations implement nationwide lockdowns. The Australian Government began with a travel ban from mainland China, extended it to Iran when the virus spread in that nation, then included Italy and South Korea.
Travel bans were resisted by governments themselves, businesses, education providers and other jetsetters for as long as possible for two reasons: One they did not want to be seen as racist and creating sinophobia, two, they did not want to jeopardise our economies which are now totally dependant on globalist connectedness to maintain high standards of living.
We saw the Morrison Government first completely ban foreigners from entering Australia, now Australians cannot leave the country, now we have state governments closing their borders to those located in other states.
Panic buying at supermarkets has partly been driven in fear that the halt of international trade will cut off our food supply and the production of other essential products.
Middle and working-class Australia have long resented the gradual shutdown of our manufacturing sector and seeing the labels made in China appearing on almost all consumer goods.
Even more alarming to Australians in recent years has been the sale of Australian farmlands and food brands to Chinese state-owned companies. The federal government’s foreign investment review board has waved most sales through.
Australian farming production has also been crippled by environmental and climate change policies. Our current drought is man-made with perfectly usable water from the Murray Darling Basin flushed out to sea. Manufacturing in Australia was crippled in a similar way with the cost of electricity assisting to make production unviable in Australia.
Containing the Coronavirus
All levels of Australian Government through decisions made by the National Cabinet, based upon medical advice have come to the position that an economic catastrophe is preferable to a human catastrophe as coronavirus infections have spread throughout Australia.
It is clear that soon only absolutely essential businesses will be open to the public: supermarkets, pharmacies, bottle shops, petrol stations, hairdressers and take away/home delivery food.
Australia will enter a recession and possible depression leaving millions of Australians out of work and forced onto government benefits. Once the virus has been contained and defeated and we are ‘over the bridge’ Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have promised we will come out stronger as a nation and the economic recovery will be swift.
The Post Coronavirus World
The Australian people will remember just how hard this pandemic was on us economically and emotionally. They will also remember that the virus was made in China, born in a filthy disgusting wet live animal market in Wuhan, China.
The racist sinophobia slur will not work in the future, Australians will want our dependence on China cut and migration from China restricted. But will politicians and businesses act to reduce our dependence on China in the aftermath of coronavirus? Or will it be back to business as usual and globalism will resume like nothing happened, leaving globalist leaders to resume their jetsetting?
It is almost every nation for themselves at the moment, with a shortage of ventilators, face masks and other medical supplies the last thing current governments want is to depend on other nations, especially China for parts to make such supplies. Australia’s defence forces are being mobilized not for military operations but to assist with local manufacturing and logistics.
History tells us that as humanity evolves, so do viruses. An outbreak of a new strand of the flu will occur in the future. Immediate lockdown measures need to be ready to go in the future, governments will need stockpiles of essential medical supplies on hand.
Quarantine and biosecurity measures between jurisdictions need to increase and be properly enforced. Plus personal and food hygiene standards all around the world need to be improved.
The estimate of how long these containment measures will last to defeat the coronavirus has been six months. This means we have a long time of further personal and professional sacrifices remaining. If this does not make our leaders and businesses rethink the globalist model then nothing will.