An obsession with “protectionism” has underpinned Australia’s response to COVID-19, which has prompted state governments to easily deploy public health restrictions to contain the virus at the expense of all others – a move that has has attracted global attention, according to a psychiatrist.
Tanveer Ahmed, an author and clinical psychologist, says Australia’s low COVID-19 infection and mortality rate by global standards has fueled a growing belief in “protectionism” – a culture where personal safety is other practical or ethical Takes precedence over concerns.
“I think as a country we haven’t calculated the risks in a healthy way, and it’s disproportionate,” he told The Epoch Times. “For example, we haven’t considered other important parts of life like sending our kids to school. I think we’ve overreacted in some cases.”
“I hope people don’t come out of the pandemic in a state of obsessive health and safety fear, because Australia probably has some of the strictest controls around the world on health and safety, be it speed limits or child helmets, you name it. Give it,” he said.
He also said that Australians were ready to give up their freedom for the sake of protectionism. This has manifested in the popular support and enjoyment region leaders have enjoyed over the past year while enforcing strict measures including border closures and snap lockdowns – sometimes with a single case of COVID-19 across cities.
Ahmed warned that this approach and approach means that Australians with genuine concerns, including vaccine safety, are at risk of being excluded.
“Criticism of the protectionism dynamic, for example, if I argue about the mental health effects of the pandemic on children, it often has a greater impact than if I talk about freedom,” he said. “So, people who are angry, upset, or feel unheard–are almost never seen as an acceptable response. It hasn’t been given equal validity.”
“So, we are quite dismissive and people who are right in anger and feel they are being wronged – we write them off as ‘anti-Semitism,’” he said. ‘Anti-vaxxers’ becomes this stigmatized label used to dismiss people.”
Initial protests in Melbourne on 20 September involving blue-collar members of the Construction, Forestry, Marine, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) against vaccine mandates in the construction industry were initially dismissed by union leaders, some politicians and media commentators. was done. , as “conspiracy theorists,” “extremists,” or “anti-vaxxers.”
However, the action soon developed into larger protests, in which thousands of individuals—and isolated incidents of violence—marched in Melbourne for several days.
The protests were the latest sign of visible frustration from Australians over government-mandated health orders, including vaccine mandates, passports and lockdowns.
Melbourne, for example, has endured one of the toughest and longest lockdowns, with Labor Premier Dan Andrews relying heavily on a repression strategy, such as imposing immediate “stage four” restrictions, including a curfew, a 5km stretch. Scope includes range and termination of movement. Non-essential retail outlets.
The city is also on track to break the world record for the longest time in lockdown. As of September 29, the city has ended a 241-day lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic last year – slightly off the 245-day record set by Bueno Aires, Argentina.
Ahmed said that an increasingly “nuclear” or individualistic society meant that the pandemic naturally triggered heavy government intervention, resulting in greater divisions in society – whether it was a split between the vaccinated or the unvaccinated; Or between the knowledge industry (who can work from home), and those in the physical economy who need to travel and who are “hurt the most” by restrictions.
“Western society has become so personal, they lack ties, be it extended family, nationalism or religion,” he said. “I think it creates a degree of weakness where governments can impose themselves.”
“You know, you have individuals, governments and markets,” he said. “Family, community, civil society – all that is good is getting weaker and weaker. That’s why governments are trying to fill the gap.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times