Germany is not a Covid-19 success story

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

Germany has done worse than many seem to think. Having said that, what if the reference was to Poland, or Hungary? Those countries have almost completely avoided Covid-19. So it is foolish for this writer to suggest that the West has failed during this crisis. It’s just some Western countries that have done badly. Jacinda Arden has done brilliantly as the leader of New Zealand.

Instead, we get coverage of how well Angela Merkel speaks, all while studiously ignoring the horrific death toll in her country. Iran was covered as if it was completely falling apart, and yet the death toll there is almost exactly the same. What gives?

The western world still cannot understand that it has collapsed. Not in part, not just Trump, the whole rotten edifice has fallen down. Instead, they just grade themselves on a whites-only curve. Italy, France, and the UK have completely failed and America is telling people to drink bleach, so Germany is head of the class.

But in global terms, they’re still near the bottom. For all the science background of Merkel, all the wealth and manufacturing capability of Germany, by any objective measure they have failed. East Asian countries have limited their deaths to the hundreds. Many have suppressed the virus completely. That’s the global standard if you include non-white people. And it’s not some great oriental mystery. You don’t need to climb up to some mountain temple and study at the feet of a monk. It’s just boring old governance, much of it copied from the west.

Western people need to learn this. There is a world out there. It contains human beings who are not white that might teach you something. White people have relied on structural racism for so long (west good, east bad/strange) that they’ve become stupid. Their media needs to start covering their homelands like foreign countries, and start covering foreign countries like places that contain similar beings.