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So, past 48 hours, the hate emails have come rushing in, same with #Facebook & less @twitter. Many go low, with "die of AIDS", "hope you die of #COVID" "fag", "trannie", "lying Jew" "academic asswipe." 1/
As one person has said to me, the groups, outlets that make you the poster boy for a day or so, are meant to silence you, scare you, shut you up. They operate like the mafia or fascist gangs, they mean to intimidate, control. 2/
But what is interesting to me are the emails that try to state a case and it's clear what they think I think: I want to destroy the economy and their livelihoods, don't care about them and am making too much out of this pandemic, too little about the devastation it's causing. 3/
So, let's be clear, it's NOT about promoting a response to this epidemic and ignoring the economic impact it is causing it has never been markets v. lives. 4/ bostonreview.net/science-nature…
In fact, economists agree: "Saving lives and saving the economy are not in conflict right now; we will hasten the return to robust economic activity by taking steps to stem the spread of the virus and save lives." 5/ economicstrategygroup.org/resource/econo…
In fact, the pitting of epidemiologists versus economists is a political strategy meant to distract, "flood the zone with shit" as Steve Bannon says. 6/ nytimes.com/2020/04/14/opi…
In fact, the entire strategy is about giving the "appearance" of opening the economy not actually paving the way for a real recovery. 7/ washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/…
So I can deal with the shit thrown at me, but we've got to get the message out, that it's not about markets v. lives, about the economy or the virus. There will be no real recovery without beating this pandemic. 8/
This means @deanbaquet and his crew, @CNN and others have to stop amplifying the lies, which simply do what Breitbart and others want: to keep the discussion on @realDonaldTrump's terms. 9/
We must ramp up the public health response, keep beating on @WhiteHouse & Congress to do their jobs, get us the resources we need NOW, while figuring out how to safely start to re-open. @CDCgov was trying to do its job this week before they got gagged. 10/ rollingstone.com/politics/polit…
It means that none of us can be silent, when @GOP's strategy is to bluff its way to November and they still won't have a real plan to get us back on track even if they win. It means more speaking up, more speaking out, not less. 11/
And it requires all of us to do this, locally and nationally: if you have a voice, use it. Because the dead and the dying can't speak for themselves. Because as bodies pile up, you do not want to be a bystander. 12/
When this is all over, you don't want to be soiled with the stain of inaction, passivity, acquiescence, in the face of evil. end/
One last thing, harassment of academics as an organized political strategy is not new and I haven't seen the worst of it. npr.org/sections/ed/20…
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