Military Review

Market pandemic. To the Ebola Case and the Return of Mass Epidemics

I think thirty years ago, when asked about the possibility of new epidemics comparable in scope and destruction to the plague, or at least to cholera (I happened to be present at the outbreak in Odessa in 1970 of a relatively safe strain of this disease - El Tor), I answered would definitely negative. In fact, it is not possible in our enlightened age — the century of the rapid development of biology and medicine — for any appreciable time to hold on to an combat-capable state of any kind of infection.

Unfortunately, my optimism has now diminished sharply. First of all, because it turned out: the most terrible infection is organizational, affecting not only individuals, but society as a whole. Our world is increasingly moving from the logic of business to the logic of profit. From the logic of development of the economy as a whole (the one that gave rise to the myth of the Invisible Hand of the Market: after all, the market was once formed by people brought up on concepts covering the whole society - from religion to craft craft with a focus on a single tradition) - to the logic of development only that part of it, which can be immediately turned into a fine coin (or the corresponding records in computer databases).

In particular, not only did Western companies find it unprofitable to develop tools for Ebola because it exists in some exotic places where people are completely poor, and therefore it is impossible to earn money to fight it. What is more terrible is that in our country, which has long been accustomed to being among the main centers of science, in the dashing nineties, for the sake of penny savings, medical research institutions, sharpened by the search for funds from the same Ebola and other exotics, are fairly reduced.

And even worse, now even the United States of America does not agree to close aviation communication with regions affected by this infection. Prepositions are composed, as usual, very beautiful, but the reason is very simple: if you close the message, some economic structures involved in the development will have problems - and, in fact, simply plunder the wealth - these distant lands.

Therefore, I suppose that in the present conditions it is impossible to be sure that even the most obvious epidemiological threat will force one of the decision makers to seriously attend to the fight against this threat if this struggle does not bring immediate profits.

The longer the struggle with a threat, the greater the potential profit from this struggle. In particular, in the market world, single-use vaccines are not as readily created as drugs, and they, in turn, receive less attention from developers than preventive agents for permanent use. Consequently, while the logic of earnings (and not the result) will dominate, even with very serious epidemics, there will be a search for means of extending the lives of the sick, but not a search for means of eradicating the disease itself. Therefore, as long as the Invisible Hand of the Market is proclaimed the main guiding and guiding force of the society, it will quite obviously close its eyes to everyone on whom the organization of the fight against epidemics depends. It only remains to hope that this Invisible Hand of the Market is moved away from people even before it can drive to the grave - or at least the hospital bed - a significant part of humanity.

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  1. arch_kate3
    arch_kate3 29 October 2014 14: 04
    Question: who will move this hand away?
    1. Giant thought
      Giant thought 29 October 2014 14: 58
      The casket just opened, the Yankees want to get as much money from these territories as possible.
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    MIKHALYCH1 29 October 2014 14: 05
    This Ebola is 40 years old at lunch .. hi
    1. Stanislav 1978
      Stanislav 1978 29 October 2014 14: 08
      This Ebola is 40 years old at lunch .. hi

      Yes, even 400, this is not easier. hi
      1. Alex_Popovson
        Alex_Popovson 29 October 2014 16: 26
        Hospada, neither the USA, nor Russia, nor Europe, this fucking virus is not terrible! Well, learn it already, People!
        1. I read the news
          I read the news 30 October 2014 12: 22
          Quote: Alex_Popovson
          this fucking virus is not scary

          why is that?
    TECHNOLOGY 29 October 2014 14: 06
    if this struggle will not bring immediate profit. Money is everything! Human life is 0! There you have it!
  4. Abbra
    Abbra 29 October 2014 14: 07
    Wisely. I put a plus. But I suspect that everything that is happening is a struggle between two systems, as it does not sound cynical, over the quick seizure of a panacea for a problem that has suddenly arisen. Here the hope the States ran into Russia, about the primacy in the fight against Ebola ... I immediately recall AIDS, and everything connected with it.
  5. B.T.V.
    B.T.V. 29 October 2014 14: 11
    Maybe it's time to chop off this "Invisible Hand of the Market" ???
  6. Stiletto
    Stiletto 29 October 2014 14: 11
    Quote: Abbra
    I immediately recall AIDS, and everything connected with it.

    Well, Americans didn’t think of patenting AIDS, but they patented Ebola. So that, as they say, no one and a shadow of doubt remained that it was a biological weapon. Therefore, no one in the West is in a hurry to develop a vaccine - why do they need weapons that will not be 100% effective?
  7. Ober.K
    Ober.K 29 October 2014 14: 12
    This is worse than any epidemic !!!
    Ebola, like any other infection, will be defeated, no doubt !!! This is not the first and not the last infection on earth! We need money and time ... How to protect society from this "epidemic" !!! ??? The world community "by leaps and bounds" is moving towards the destruction of the most sacred for all normal people! That which was created by God, man and woman! And all that is connected with it! It is my deep conviction that LGBT people are people with serious mental disabilities and it is simply immoral and blasphemous to do business out of this !!!
    1. Hagalaz
      Hagalaz 29 October 2014 18: 25
      This is not business, but purposeful action. Population reduction.
  8. Prager
    Prager 29 October 2014 14: 49
    it seems that the mattresses worked out their biological weapons on poor blacks and something went wrong ...
  9. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 29 October 2014 14: 52
    Anatoly Wasserman, as always, is concise and accurate. I hope this Ebola shandarahnet on the same mattress as it should, maybe they will change their minds? yes where there, the innocent will suffer again. So no more. Strangle this infection in the bud, and prevent it from spreading around the world.
  10. sv68
    sv68 29 October 2014 15: 07
    Wasserman would do well to get in touch with virologists — how long does it take to develop and create a vaccine — anyone — and then he would not write that the vaccine is prepared willingly or reluctantly. If there is normal funding, the result will be sooner or later. Article minus did not, but she does not deserve another.
  11. nomad74
    nomad74 29 October 2014 16: 04
    The whole problem is that the States modified the ebola, since now it is quite easy to do, 4-D technology is called. Used to make genetic material.
  12. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 29 October 2014 16: 38
    "now even the United States of America does not agree
    close air communication with the regions affected by this infection "///

    Why, did Russia close it up? Who knows?
  13. Drfreeman
    Drfreeman 29 October 2014 17: 58
    Ebola, Ebola ... Why, they don't call it in Russian with the letter "E"
  14. Hagalaz
    Hagalaz 29 October 2014 18: 18
    Quote: arch_kate3
    Question: who will move this hand away?

    Yellowstone for example laughing
  15. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 29 October 2014 22: 31
    The Russian media have already warned about this more than once, - the myth of the "golden billion" on earth is not a bluff at all, too often some new infection has begun to appear.