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More People Won't Die Because of a Recession Than Because of Coronavirus

1 month ago   |   By Novara Media

Last week saw the spread of a strange argument. It goes something like this: while the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to many thousands of deaths, shutting down the economy in order to minimise or slow its spread could lead to even more.
Such an argument typifies a contrarian, rightwing impulse often used to bolster seemingly absurd talking points. These include the claim that lower tax rates actually lead to more money being collected ; that generous welfare provision in fact disadvantages the poor; and that burdening young people with decades of debt for a university education somehow...
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