Nature magazine apologizes for having associated COVID-19 with China
Nature magazine, which was founded in England in 1869, is considered a respectable publication. It published important scientific papers, including groundbreaking studies about nuclear fission, the neutron, pulsars, and the human genome. Nature was the outlet in which Watson and Crick published their discoveries about the structure of DNA.
From its inception, though, it was known for advancing a progressive political agenda. That's why, in the early 20th century, it enthusiastically embraced eugenics, a wholly Progressive notion.
A century on, Nature still embraces Progressive crackpot ideas. In addition to promoting climate change "science," it takes its marching orders from China. In its April edition, the editors have announced that China's connection to COVID-19 must be sent into an Orwellian memory hole. Nature's editors humbly apologize for ever having been so insensitive as to draw any connection between China and COVID-19:
When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in February that the disease caused by the new coronavirus would be called COVID‑19, the name was quickly adopted by organizations involved in communicating public-health information. As well as naming the illness, the WHO was implicitly sending a reminder to those who had erroneously been associating the virus with Wuhan and with China in their news coverage — including Nature. That we did so was an error on our part, for which we take responsibility and apologize.
Nature doesn't stop with apologizing for associating China with a disease that originated in China, that China hid from the world, that ran rampant in China, killing untold thousands of people, and that has overwhelmed the rest of the world, killing many thousands more and destroying Western economies. When you're a leftist, though, re-education demands more than an apology.
That's why, after explaining that the WHO (which is run by an Ethiopian Marxist who is China's puppet) has mandated that it's morally wrong to call diseases by their geographic places of origin, the editors named names. China may not be at fault, but others are:
And yet, as countries struggle to control the spread of the new coronavirus, a minority of politicians are sticking with the outdated script. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly associated the virus with China. Brazilian lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro — the son of President Jair Bolsonaro — has called it "China's fault". Politicians elsewhere, including in the United Kingdom, are also saying that China bears responsibility.
To justify their caving to Chinese pressure about the virus's origins, the editors say that "it's clear that since the outbreak was first reported," Asian people around the world have been the victims of racism. There's no evidence of this kind of mass racism, and Nature's editors make no effort to point to evidence. It's enough that "it's clear."
Having abased themselves, scolded wrongdoers, and summoned up hordes of hypothetical victims, Nature's editors get down to the real problem, which is the fact that Chinese students studying abroad will be going home:
Law-enforcement agencies say they are making investigation of hate crimes a high priority, but such inquiries might come too late for some, including many of the more than 700,000 Chinese undergraduate, master's and PhD students studying at universities outside China. The majority are in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Many have returned home while their institutions are closed owing to lockdowns, and many might not return. Students are hesitating to come back, in part because of fears of continuing racism, along with uncertainty over the future of their courses and not knowing when international travel will resume.
Regarding the students heading home to China, the editors bemoan the loss of "a diverse campus body" and the disruption for the young Chinese scholars, but the words sound hollow. Here's the real problem: wherever they go, students from China pay full fare. In 2016–2017, international students from all over the world brought $37 billion to America. Of those students, 30% came from China.
That number may have dropped under the Trump presidency, with Chinese students shifting to England (home to Nature) as their preferred venue. Even without that increase, China was the biggest source of international students in Britain. In 2018, the BBC reported that, in addition to paying tuition fees (which British students don't), international students added £20 billion to the British economy, with most of this money coming from China.
If you follow the money, it looks as if Nature's humble obeisance to China has more to do with money than with principles. Whatever the reason, Nature's Orwellian effort to absolve China of the blame it deserves for unleashing a world pandemic is every bit as disgraceful today, in the early 21st century, as Nature's embrace of eugenics was in the early 20th century.