Are the worldwide coronavirus curfew measures a harmful exaggeration or exactly what we need to do right now to save all of us? A discussion with fellow journalist Alexander Spier.

In this special episode of The Private Citizen, I’m trying an idea from producer Jonathan M.H. He suggested getting one of the Twitter people I’d had quite heated discussions with over the implications of the Coronavirus situation on the podcast for a debate. I thought this was an excellent idea because it allows me to get another viewpoint aired on the show.

After asking around, my ex-colleague Alexander Spier volunteered to come on the show and be interviewed by me on this topic. Thus, Alex becomes the first ever guest on The Private Citizen. This is also why I’m releasing this episode out of band of the normal Wednesday release schedule; I feel like it is a bit of a special thing. I hope you enjoy the ensuing debate.

Coronavirus Curfew Debate

During the discussion, Alex mentioned the article Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance, written by Tomás Pueyo, during the discussion. Pueyo earlier also wrote this piece on Medium.


Galteran says:

I really enjoyed listening to episode 8. It made me think about the way people are dealing with the crisis. I just watched this interview of Yuval Harari, he is also pointing out to the importance of trust and the risk of surveillance, very interesting.

zaron comments via tweet:

Listening to your latest episode, you should read Zuboff’s book she doesn’t really argue for ending capitalism. Also recommend Tim Wu’s Attention Merchants.

If you also have thoughts on the things discussed here, please feel free to contact me.

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