Why ‘choosing’ between the elderly and the economy is a phony, barbaric choice

THE IDEA that Americans grappling with the coronavirus pandemic face a stark choice between reigniting the economy and hunkering down to save lives is increasingly posed as a brutal question: Why destroy the world as we know it to save some retirees? Or, as some have reframed it even more barbarically: Why not sacrifice a finite number of vulnerable, mainly elderly people, well past their prime, for the greater good of reviving a thriving economy?

Here’s why not: It’s a phony choice, based on a false premise.

The Washington Post