Why wouldn’t the young spread the virus?


The Australian is on the line to the whaaambulance today:

Nearly 2000 young Victorians are the dominant group suffering soaring infection rates that are fuelling the pandemic and killing scores of people.

Those aged between 20 and 29 have dominated infection rates, sparking impassioned calls from government leaders for the young to follow the rules amid the boredom and stress of the second wave.

Analysis of state and federal government data shows that 1947 men and women in the 20 to 29 age group in Victoria have been infected during the pandemic, significantly outstripping other cohorts.

The high numbers of young people in insecure work is posing a great risk to the community when they opt to continue their employment while carrying the virus, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned.

The Australian hates Dan Andrews. But it hates youth more.

Yet the answer to the question posed is right there. The young are not to blame for the Victorian outbreak. Dan Andrews and Scott Morrison are, for failing to put in place effective quarantine.


Both pollies are also directly to blame for “high numbers of young people in insecure work”.

This points to the disintegrating psychology of Australia’s pandemic response. Why wouldn’t youth spread the virus? What’s in it for them to stop it? Absolutely nothing. In fact, less than nothing.

The fact is Australian youth has been systematically abused economically for twenty years. Their wages and job security have been destroyed. Their prospects for homeownership destroyed. Their proportion of national income and wealth destroyed. Their role in the national budget destroyed. Their role in political decision-making destroyed. Their future in a sustainable environment destroyed. Their hope of getting out from under the greediest generation in history destroyed. Their very freedom jeopardised and their nation morphed into a kleptocratic zone owned exclusively by the old hand-in-hand with the Nazi Party of China.


Youth is today so powerless in the face of this methodical Boomer molestation that it has withdrawn into a bizarre post-Marxist world of cultural self-gratification where savagely restricted freedoms and needs can still be met.

Now the same old farts that imposed an unprecedented inter-generational humiliation want to shame youth into the greatest sacrifice of any demographic to extinguish a virus that has zero impact upon them so that the old farts can go straight back to the structural economic child abuse of yesteryear.

If I were young, in response I might bottle my spit and spray it on every old fart that I could find.


In short, if you want youth to play its part in the sacrifice, then make the sacrifice collective, and promise them a renewed and dramatically expanded part in the political economy that comes afterward.

Otherwise, %#&@ off and die.

About the author
David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.