Safetyism Isn’t the Problem In the Coronavirus Debate
As America debates whether and how to reopen, those concerned about the side effects of the lockdown have begun to use the word “safetyism” to characterize what they consider extreme social-distancing measures.
Safetyism, a term first used in the book “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, denotes a moral culture in which people are unwilling to make tradeoffs demanded by other practical and moral concerns. Rather than seeing safety as one concern among many, it becomes a sacred value. Some point to statements like the declaration by Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, that “if everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy,” as evidence that safetyism has taken over what should be a more nuanced calculation about how to reopen.
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[Source: New York Times]