A Women’s Studies professor who specializes in “gender and vulnerability” has taken a bold stand against her institution, Oxford, developing a vaccine for coronavirus.
You see, despite the fact that her own 72-year-old father has been struggling with his own isolation, and despite the fact that the world largely remains in lockdown as a result of the scourge that’s infected almost 3 million people and taken 189,099 lives, Emily Cousens would prefer if the cure was found elsewhere because… identity politics?
Cousens is of the opinion that if Britons are the ones who develop the vaccine, then they will disregard lessons learned, “forget the devastating delay of the UK government to take action,” and forget “that the UK and the US are in fact not exceptions on the global stage.”
What she means by this is that she doesn’t want the west to think too highly of itself, to ignore its privileged position, and to disregard what she sees as fact, which is that it is to blame for the world’s suffering. She actively wants the west to be less good at research and development of a vaccine because she wants the UK to think less of itself.
Her biggest fear is that if England were to develop the vaccine first, then the narrative would be this: “China, once again, has unleashed a threat to civilisation. But the best brains of the UK have saved the world.”
Cousens is also very concerned that if Britain were to develop a vaccine first, then people might forget that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the bad guy. Heaven forbid the possibility that we may defeat this plague and all get healthy if that means that Johnson would receive any accolades.
Like many members of the identity politics cult, the narrative is more important than the wellbeing of actual people. In this case, this includes her father who she says is living “in a very rural village and is becoming increasingly worried that he won’t be able to return to his usual ways for years – until such a vaccine is developed.”
Cousens is the classic naysayer, the classic critical voice, that wants to see the west fail so that her ideology of identity politics proves out. She writes that “If my university is the first to develop the vaccine, I’m worried that it will be used as it has been in the past, to fulfil its political, patriotic function as proof of British excellence.”
What this neglects, of course, is that if Britain is the first to develop the vaccine, that would mean a substantial boon to the British economy. While economies are being devastated globally, the rush to make a vaccine isn’t only about saving lives but about saving civilizations.
Cousens concept of society is that it is stable to the point where we have numerous altruistic options as to how to vouchsafe our survival. We do not. If there’s anything this pandemic has taught us, it is that society and the social fabric is tenuous. A vaccine needs to be made, and all things being equal, it might be better if it were made by a western nation that values equality, jurisprudence, and global welfare more than it values its own supremacy.
The fact that Cousens cares more about China’s reputation or dunking on Boris Johnson than the health and wellbeing of her own family and country says everything you need to know about the social-justice driven agenda of the woke squad.
As the world struggles with this very real crisis, it has never been clearer that we need to walk away from this kind of delusional, virtue-signalling dreck and the people and institutions that spread it.