The sneering at ‘armchair epidemiologists’ misunderstands how important critical debate is. A virus is sweeping Europe: the virus of obedience. A new intolerance is spreading. It is a kind of bigotry that suggests that those of us who are not epidemiologists should just shut the fuck up and accept and act upon what we are being told by those who are. As non-experts, we are exhorted to submit humbly to those who apparently know what is best for us – to defer to expertise and stop second-guessing uncertainty.
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