I’d like to share some observations about America and Covid after a dinner in Paris on my first International business trip since the Pandemic began. Tragically, Discussing Covid in America is primarily a political discussion. It is certainly not a
medical one. Overwhelmingly, that reality is the fault of three people. Trump, Murdoch and Zuckerberg. Trump is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans because of his insanity, narcissism, incompetence, malice and selfishness. Murdoch monetized
the insanity by stepping on the gas and building a community of anger fueled by conspiracy, rage, hate, racial animus, nativism, jingoism, misinformation, venal stupidity and contempt for American ideals of equality, fairness, justice and democracy. Zuckerberg built a mass
surveillance company that imprisons victims (Americans) in an information archipelago guarded by malevolent algorithms that turn Trump’s insanity and Murdoch’s nihilism into a dogma that is tearing the country apart when it should be coming together in the common cause of
defeating a terrible and shared common enemy, a disease that can take any of us or the people we love at any time. The Covid discussion in France feels profoundly different than the American one. Yes, there is resistance, anger and disapproval around Government actions and there
are plenty of loud anti vaxxers in France, but they seem to be contained on the fringe in a place that would have been recognizable to most Americans not so long ago. What seems most jarringly different is the frame of the conversations forged by the absence of two of the
people above, Trump and Murdoch. France has its Trump’s but what it doesn’t have is a Murdoch. In fact, there are only three societies that do, American, UK and Australian. He has been a pancreatic cancer on democracy, pluralism and decency in all three. In France because there
is no Murdoch, the conversation around Covid seems warped to this American, who is primed to experience it from a perspective wrought by Murdoch’s ceaseless cynicism and nihilism. Tonight there was no talk about any of the insanity we are drowning in in the States. The
conversation was about loss and death with one person sharing a story about his best friend who lost both parents within 30 days. All of humanity is sharing this moment of sadness, death and loss together. Covid has come for us all and taken many. In France, absent
a Murdoch and his empire of lies and division, that seems a little clearer and that is very refreshing to this American in Paris. @Feleaks

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