We want to be safe, and in search of safety the countries of the world in the face of covid closed down much of the economy. Yet a Lancet study confirmed that global deaths from alcohol are 2.8 million annually - three times the current number of deaths caused by Covid. If we want to be safe and save lives all we have to do is stop drinking.
Is the reality that we pretend to want to be safe when someone else is responsible, but when left to our own devices and desires we frequently choose risk instead? Or do we want safety but just don't realise that routine activities are dangerous?
Oxford Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology Sunetra Gupta, anarcho-capitalist David D. Friedman and renowned human rights lawyer Indira Jaising debate whether human beings are capable of keeping themselves safe.