The Daily Wire‘s rabid editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro – who used to warn the world about Obamacare “death panels” – was on the Rubin Report yesterday, and said that the country would have to make “actuarial” decisions about the risks of reopening the economy… and one of those risks was letting 81-year-old grandmas die of Covid-19 because it’s “not the same thing” as a 30-year-old succumbing to the virus.
“No matter how you reopen, there will be an increase in the curve, I mean, everybody understands there will be an increase in cases.”
“Nobody just wants to say the obvious truth,” he continued, “which is we’re all making actuarial deductions about what are the costs in terms of how many human lives, how many years of life, because that is an actual issue in actuarial tables. If somebody who is 81, dies of Covid-19 that is not the same thing as somebody who is 30 dying of Covid-19.”
And one would think that at this point in the conversation there would be an audible gasp from host Dave Rubin and possibly a pushback… or that Ben might have a moment of clarity and realize he was going down a very dark rabbit hole…but no… he kept barreling on.
“If grandma dies in a nursing home at age 81, and that’s tragic and that’s terrible, also the life expectancy in the United States is 80,” Shapiro told Rubin moments later, without spelling out the implication of this observation for those who have now lived beyond their life expectancy at birth. “So, that is not the same thing. In moral terms, you want to save every life you can. At the same time, to pretend that it is of the same, it is the same calculation, the age of the person, no public policy acts like that, not a single public policy in America acts like that.”
The madness begins at the 35:55 mark in the video below.
(via Mediaite; photo: MediaPunch)
Aaaaaaand Twitter’s reaction was pretty uniform…
Who had Logan's Run in their dystopia bingo card? Nobody saw that coming. pic.twitter.com/SjrEGB2lnU— Edwin Mix (@TheEdMix) April 29, 2020
And we thought Logan's Run was pure fantasy https://t.co/0QydLmQSzI— Dwight Gaut (@dhgaut) April 29, 2020
Logan's Run is supposed to be science fiction you munchkin land Nazis. https://t.co/WpPL5y3NtT— Evan Hadfield (@Evan_Hadfield) April 30, 2020