When you next hear someone retort ‘But LIVES are more important than the economy!’ realise that you are witnessing ignorance.
Maybe accidental ignorance, maybe excusable ignorance, maybe willful ignorance…but always ignorance.
The false dichotomy of LIVES vs MONEY is a trick, a useful political weapon, a mental heuristic, used by politicians and those who rely on slogans to cover their, well, ignorance.
What exactly is ‘the economy’? What is it measuring? What is its intent? What does it represent? What makes it move? These are questions that they cannot answer.
Nevertheless they invoke ‘the economy’ as the binary opposite of ‘human lives’ without knowing what they refer to.
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