Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sheltering in place (or maybe someplace else), repugnantly

Many fewer things would be regarded as repugnant were it not for underlying inequality. So it shouldn't surprise us to see new repugnances emerge as  we are all--rich and poor and in between-- asked to shelter in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus.

Here's an example from the Guardian:

"A luxurious southern California retreat for wealthy participants to wait out the coronavirus pandemic has folded before the program could even open its doors.

"As millions of Americans face strict social distancing orders amid the pandemic, the “Harbor” proposed the opposite for those who could afford it: a two-month retreat in an exclusive villa where guests could “meet, mingle and collaborate with some of the brightest, forward-thinking individuals – no facemask required”.

Frankly, it sounded like a cruise ship to me...

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