Opinion | The Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America

Source: The New York Times - View Original Article
Published: Jul 29, 2020
Category:
Bias Rating:

57% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 57% Liberal:

  • 1 positive sentiment for European Union


Policies:

European Union

Sentiments

  •   Liberal
  •   Neutral
95% "letters@nytimes.com."
93% "And here's our email:"
89% "What they call freedom is actually absence of responsibility."
80% "Yet the rocket ship recovery Donald Trump promised has crashed and burned: Job growth appears to have stalled or reversed, especially in states that were most aggressive about lifting social distancing mandates, and early indications are that the U.S. economy is lagging behind the economies of major European nations."
78% "Rational policy in a pandemic, however, is all about taking responsibility."
66% "Also, politicians eager to see the economy bounce back should have wanted to sustain consumer purchasing power until wages recovered."
60% "But it isn't the whole story."
59% "The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor."
-55% "As I and others have said, they failed the marshmallow test, sacrificing the future because they weren't willing to show a little patience."
-56% "But there's a deeper explanation of the profoundly self-destructive behavior of Trump and his allies: They were all members of America's cult of selfishness."
-60% "So what was going on?"
-62% "The point, instead, is that they've sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others."
-70% "Remember how Senator Rand Paul, who was worried that he might have Covid-19 (he did), wandered around the Senate and even used the gym while waiting for his test results?"
-81% "We'd be doing much better if that were all"
-93% "Were our leaders just stupid?"

We have listed the top 15 sentiments. More sentiments do exist. Please review the full article for more information.



*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

Extremely
Liberal

Very
Liberal

Moderate-left

Neutral

Moderate-right

Very
Conservative

Extremely
Conservative

100%

100%

Contributing sentiments towards policy:

95% : letters@nytimes.com.
93% : And here's our email:
92% : This rage is sometimes portrayed as love of freedom.
92% : But people who insist on the right to pollute are notably unbothered by, say, federal agents tear-gassing peaceful protesters.
91% : Anger at any suggestion of social responsibility also helps explain the looming fiscal catastrophe.
89% : In their vision, unrestricted profit maximization by businesses and unregulated consumer choice is the recipe for a good society.
89% : What they call "freedom" is actually absence of responsibility.
83% : But why? On the face of it, the answer is that Trump and allies were so eager to see big jobs numbers that they ignored both infection risks and the way a resurgent pandemic would undermine the economy.
81% : Aiding the unemployed, even if their joblessness isn't their own fault, is a tacit admission that lucky Americans should help their less-fortunate fellow citizens.
80% : Yet the "rocket ship" recovery Donald Trump promised has crashed and burned: Job growth appears to have stalled or reversed, especially in states that were most aggressive about lifting social distancing mandates, and early indications are that the U.S. economy is lagging behind the economies of major European nations.
78% : I've long been struck by the intensity of right-wing anger against relatively trivial regulations, like bans on phosphates in detergent and efficiency standards for light bulbs.
78% : Rational policy in a pandemic, however, is all about taking responsibility.
77% : It's not because the benefits are making workers unwilling to take jobs.
77% : Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.
71% : We'd like to hear what you think about this or any of our articles.
66% : Also, politicians eager to see the economy bounce back should have wanted to sustain consumer purchasing power until wages recovered.
64% : And there's surely a lot to that explanation.
61% : America's response to the coronavirus has been a lose-lose proposition.
61% : Well, maybe.
61% : there were to it.
60% : But it isn't the whole story.
59% : The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor.
57% : Premature reopening led to a surge in infections: Adjusted for population, Americans are currently dying from Covid-19 at around 15 times the rate in the European Union or Canada.
56% : Support for this proposition is, if anything, more emotional than intellectual.
53% : For one thing, people truly focused on restarting the economy should have been big supporters of measures to limit infections without hurting business -- above all, getting Americans to wear face masks.
53% : Again, it's the principle.
45% : As I and others have said, they failed the marshmallow test, sacrificing the future because they weren't willing to show a little patience.
44% : But there's a deeper explanation of the profoundly self-destructive behavior of Trump and his allies: They were all members of America's cult of selfishness.
41% : It's striking how emotional many Republicans get in their opposition to the temporary rise in unemployment benefits; for example, Senator Lindsey Graham declared that these benefits would be extended "over our dead bodies.
41% : What the coronavirus has revealed is the power of America's cult of selfishness.
41% : Here are some tips.
40% : So what was going on?
38% : And that's the kind of thing America's right just hates, hates to hear.
38% : The point, instead, is that they've sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others.
37% : Instead, Trump ridiculed those in masks as "politically correct," while Republican governors not only refused to mandate mask-wearing, but they prevented mayors from imposing local mask rules.
35% : Instead, Senate Republicans ignored the looming July 31 expiration of special unemployment benefits, which means that tens of millions of workers are about to see a huge hit to their incomes, damaging the economy as a whole.
33% : And that's an admission the right doesn't want to make.
31% : So we're failing dismally on both the epidemiological and the economic fronts.
31% : " Why such hatred?
30% : It's the principle of the thing: Many on the right are enraged at any suggestion that their actions should take other people's welfare into account.
30% : Remember how Senator Rand Paul, who was worried that he might have Covid-19 (he did), wandered around the Senate and even used the gym while waiting for his test results?
26% : There's no evidence that this is happening -- it's just something Republicans want to believe.
26% : And this cult is killing us.
25% : The main reason you shouldn't go to a bar and should wear a mask isn't self-protection, although that's part of it; the point is that congregating in noisy, crowded spaces or exhaling droplets into shared air puts others at risk.
23% : You see, the modern U.S. right is committed to the proposition that greed is good, that we're all better off when individuals engage in the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest.
21% : And in any case, economic arguments can't explain the rage.
19% : We'd be doing much better if that were all
16% : Just to be clear, I'm not saying that Republicans are selfish.
15% : The Trump administration and governors like Florida's Ron DeSantis insisted that there was no trade-off between economic growth and controlling the disease, and they were right -- but not in the way they expected.
14% : Indeed, it sometimes seems as if right-wingers actually make a point of behaving irresponsibly.
7% : Were our leaders just stupid?

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap