What is ultra capitalism ?
Ultra-Capitalism is an ideology that argues that the means of ensuring financial security for the nation and it’s citizens, is to pursue a policy of radical libertarian free markets which actively encourages businesses, corporations and industries to compete in the market of their respected country. From this the ultra-capitalist perspective states that with complete competitiveness in the markets with the state only taking a role of ensuring that companies gain no monopolies that the nation will prosper far more rapidly with no deterrence from ‘socialistic’ policies that would see the respected country grind to a halt.
Ultra-Capitalism also in most cases focuses on a sense of nationalistic identity with minor-conservative social policies, however in the book the ‘Ultra-Capitalist Market’ written by Norman Kirkman, Kirkman elaborates that in order to ensure stability, the well being of the citizen and financial prospering that social policy must be liberalised, and that the state must not dictate what people do in their own private free time. This does not mean the state cannot observe or otherwise monitor citizens for the purposes of security, and if anything Kirkman encourages that action should be taken by the state if people whom are observed could potentially damage the country’s market economy.https://tep.wiki/wiki/Ultra-Capitalism
An article dated October 18th 2021 appeared in the Miami Herald. I have quoted parts of it in an effort to show how Florida is dealing with Covid19. Clarification is provided where necessary.
Florida reported 3,096 more COVID-19 cases and 430 deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, according to Miami Herald calculations based on the CDC data.
In Florida, the figures released by the state of Florida are not really reliable. Newspapers then calculate the numbers based on the numbers passed on to the CDC in Atlanta, the Centers for Disease Control. Whether these figures are reliable as far as Florida is concerned, nobody knows.
In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,626,142 confirmed COVID cases and 58,142 deaths. Of the deaths added Monday, about 89%, occurred over the past 28 days and about 48% in the last two weeks, according to Herald calculations of CDC data. In the past seven days, on average, the state has added 247 deaths and 2,357 cases per day, according to Herald calculations of CDC data.
The CDC’s Community Profile Report released county-level death data for Florida’s 67 counties. It is unclear when these newly reported deaths occurred. The Community Profile Report updates Florida’s county death tolls and rates about once every seven days, when or after the COVID-19 weekly situation report is published by the Florida Department of Health on Fridays.
As of Friday’s Community Profile Report, the most recent, Florida had a death rate of 269 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the start of the pandemic. Two weeks ago, the state had a death rate of 256 deaths per 100,000 people.
▪ Miami-Dade County’s death toll sits at 8,768, an increase of 120 deaths from the CDC’s last report. That’s a rate of 323 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.
▪ Broward County’s death toll sits at 4,698, an increase of 84 deaths from the CDC’s last report. That’s a rate of 241 cumulative deaths per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic.
What’s up ?
Politically, Florida is Trump territory. Ultra capitalist. This is possible because of the anti-socialist Latinos and the many pensioners who are also often conservative. So Florida has a Republican governor and national Republican senators. This creates a bizarre situation that whoever is in the White House, the state of Florida dares to go its own way and if the president is a Democrat (like Joe Biden) goes into opposition.
De Santis was first elected to Congress in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He briefly ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016, but withdrew when incumbent Senator Marco Rubio sought reelection. During his tenure, he became known as an ally of President Donald Trump.
Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. In April 2015, he decided to run for president rather than seek re-election to the Senate. He suspended his presidential campaign on March 15, 2016, after losing the Republican primary in Florida to eventual presidential winner Donald Trump.
He then decided to run for re-election to the Senate and won a second term later that year. Rubio supported Trump before the 2016 general election and largely supported Trump during his presidency. Because of his influence on U.S. policy toward Latin America during the Trump administration, he was described as a “virtual secretary of state for Latin America.”
In the 2016 Republican primaries, Scott supported Trump after Trump won the Florida primaries. Scott chaired a pro-Trump super PAC in the 2016 election.
It should be clear that these politicians clearly belong to the Trump camp and that in the state where Trump lives.
So, what’s up ?
The renowned New York-based Columbia Law School writes in an op-ed that the COVID19 data is misrepresented by the state of Florida (“COVID-19 Data Misrepresented by Florida Governor”), specifically by the governor and his staff.
According to the report, Governor DeSantis and members of his staff repeatedly questioned the accuracy of the COVID-19 death rates, with his press secretary Fred Piccolo Jr. tweeting: “we can tell you definitively that Florida is counting deaths that were not directly caused by COVID-19.” Mr. Piccolo has also sought to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic in other ways. On one occasion, he erroneously tweeted: “we had one COVID death in Florida yesterday . . yes you read that right. One.” In fact, on the day in question, there were 47 deaths.https://climate.law.columbia.edu/content/covid-19-data-misrepresented-florida-governor
In this dirty war, an independent data scientist was even arrested for insubordination for passing on the data and refusing to participate in “falsification” of the numbers. Trump was still president then. But it does indicate that the numbers in Florida have been heavily tampered with.
On August 31, 2021, the Miami Herald literally writes that Florida (the governor and his officials) “changed” the data surrounding COVID19 so that there were artificially fewer deaths.
On September 1, 2021, the Wall Street Journal published a rebuttal, pointing out that there is no “falsification”, but that from now on only the deaths on the day someone died are counted and late reported deaths are no longer added to the total of the day. They simply correct the numbers with retroactive effect.
That’s all well and very nice, but this measure is all about incorrectly passing on data. If the numbers are lower today because a number of deaths were not counted, then the epidemic is not so bad. Then there is less panic and fewer measures are needed. In addition, it seems like the governor’s approach is working well.
What did the governor do in Florida ?
A health alert was declared on March 1, 2020.
All bars and restaurants were to be closed until March 17, 2020.
On April 1, 2020, a real lock down was introduced for 30 days.
On April 9, 2020, de Santis wants to reopen the schools because children do not get so sick.
The lock down legally ended on May 1, 2020.
On June 16, 2020, de Santis exaggerates the number of infections at Orlando airport in an interview, but this is due to too much testing (he says).
On September 25, 2020, the governor orders that local health measures have to be abolished. The face mask mandates, keeping social distance and the measures in bars, shops and restaurants are simply abolished.
Ever since that day, the Florida governor has been striving to abolish all security measures taken locally, even ban face masks, abolish distancing rules, a.s.o.
He also opposes vaccine passports.
Since the start of the pandemic, 3.6 million infections have been recorded and 58,142 people have been registered as dead in Florida.
The positivity ratio in Florida is around 8.87% … well above the WHO tolerable limit (5%) indicating more infections than registered and possibly also a higher number of deaths, but not counted, due to untested.
To compare, you can look at the figures from New York (same population) where the number of infections is 2.514,422 but where more was tested because the positivity ratio is around 3.38%. The death toll in New York is also lower: 56,038.
Comparisons do not always hold, but New York and Florida have roughly the same amount of inhabitants.
Without measures, such as a face mask mandate, keeping your social distance and a few others, you will get a larger number of infections.
Why such a bizarre approach?
From the beginning, the message from the far right (ultra capitalists) was that #COVID19 was not that bad, would never strike here, was a flu and that all those measures were completely unnecessary.
Watch this a short video about Trump and the epidemic.
Under the guise of not wanting to create panic, this transpires:
- first it is a seasonal virus
- then it becomes a political tool in the hands of the left-wing politicians and left is not good
- always minimalizing the number of infections and deaths
- testing as little as possible, then the numbers remain low
- there are medicines and there will be vaccines
- the flu – the flu
- we close the borders
- it’s going to disappear
- vaccines and drugs end the pandemic
- and then back to “it’s not that bad”
But why ?
If you have a lot of money, you can also lose a lot of money. A disaster such as the corona virus leads to financial loss. Where we have experienced continuous growth worldwide, corona has caused a decrease of almost 6 percent. https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/WLD/world/gdp-growth-rate That is not healthy for the economy.
But for Ultra Capitalists capital and raising more capital is all they want and negative growth is seen as a year of loss, so you get the idea the economy must not come to a standstill while people panic about their health.
Panic is also mentioned in epidemiology as one of the reasons why a pandemic is dangerous. So “panic” must be prevented. There are two options to prevent panic:
a) you minimize the impact of the disease
b) you will create more testing and testing possibilities
The first is for free, the second one costs money. When you charge people 50 USD or more for a Corona test, many people will not get tested, because that is a lot of money for a lot of people.
So if the government or the corporation or the industry doesn’t want to test because it costs money, then you can’t get an idea of the size of the epidemic and you can’t take proper measures.
So the first one is for free, so let’s try to change the psychological impact of the pandemic. You’re going to create a false sense of security, you’re going to manipulate the death toll like in Florida, you’re going to complicate testing by not paying for testing individuals, you’re going to dismiss the “disease – severity” , a disease that only affects older people or weakened people, you are going to give false hope… and why? Because of the money, the capital.
In Ultra Capitalism people are not capital, only what they yield and not the cost of life.
Consequences of the Floridian approach and February 2020
This is from February 2020 – there were only a few known infections in the USA
“This is deadly stuff,” Trump told Woodward in a Feb. 7 phone call.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told Woodward, according to The Post. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
“Now it’s turning out it’s not just old people, Bob. But just today, and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old, older,” Trump said, according to an audio clip, and then added, “young people, too, plenty of young people.”
“We have to show calm,” he said. “Certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We have to show strength.”https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-told-bob-woodward-he-knew-february-covid-19-was-n1239658
The mortality in Siena began in May. It was a cruel and horrible thing. … It seemed that almost everyone became stupefied seeing the pain. It is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth. Indeed, one who did not see such horribleness can be called blessed. The victims died almost immediately. They would swell beneath the armpits and in the groin, and fall over while talking. Father abandoned child, wife husband, one brother another; for this illness seemed to strike through breath and sight. And so they died. None could be found to bury the dead for money or friendship. Members of a household brought their dead to a ditch as best they could, without priest, without divine offices. In many places in Siena great pits were dug and piled deep with the multitude of dead. And they died by the hundreds, both day and night, and all were thrown in those ditches and covered with earth. And as soon as those ditches were filled, more were dug. I, Agnolo di Tura … buried my five children with my own hands. … And so many died that all believed it was the end of the world.— Agnolo di Turahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnolo_di_Tura
We don’t need a situation like in Siena. We have modern scientific approaches to the Florida epidemic. Telling the people of Florida that it’s not that bad is good for the economy and good for the virus and for the money of people who have enough money to protect themselves.
So you are going to have a US president lie about the seriousness of the epidemic and not implement measures and put the responsibility on the individual, like de Santis does in Florida. In an ultra-capitalist system, people have to find a well-paid job before they can be tested for this virus. Guess how the epidemic will evolve?
What’s up, doc ?
In our world we have people who take good care of us. Who always have the truth on their side and who point to the fact that the epidemic is becoming something like the flu. That vaccinations without additional measures (while part of the population cannot be vaccinated) are the solution.
We are less attached to the money of the big industrialists and of a state that is deleveraging.
Fortunately, this is NOT Florida.