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Monday, January 17, 2022

The Ruling Class Wants You Dead

 1. I've told this story before, but just before the pandemic hit I was at a fancy dinner party in a foreign country surrounded by some of the world's best and brightest. We began to openly speculate about the impact the virus would have on the United States... 

2. Even in those days we knew the virus would be particularly deadly for the elderly, and so after verbalizing this concern, a colleague- who has since gone on to have an impressive career in a prestigious field- scoffed... 
3. He reminded me that the most susceptible were undoubtedly old, white Americans from "places that voted for Trump," and that their disappearance would do more for the country than attempts to prolong their lives.

His comment was warmly received by several others. 
4. I was taken aback and didn't have much to say after that, but I've never forgotten that conversation and how it felt to listen to someone so educated and advantaged display such contempt for the people from back home- my people. 

2 comments:

Tregonsee said...

A truly brilliant person I know, not so much a friend these days, was delighted that Florida and Texas were opening up since in his mind that would kill off a bunch of Deplorables. He was very serious.

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