11 th Death This Season As Everest Overcrowding Continues


That Everest is overcrowded is true, that 11 people have died in the queue is proof of that. We saw that image last week which showed the matter:

Hundreds of climbers hoping to make it to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain were forced to queue for hours in freezing temperatures at high altitude this week as congestion built up on Mount Everest. The delays have been linked to the deaths of at least three people on the mountain, according to local media. An American man and an Indian man and a woman all died as they descended, various sources said.

We’ve more on this now:

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Of course, we were told by the Senior Lecturer that this was all an excess of neoliberalism:

This is staggering. And it’s deeply selfish. Call it neoliberal consumption gone mad, if you wish. And it’s about as antithetical to the Green New Deal as it gets. We need to live in a very different world now. And this picture makes clear why. We have literally pushed the world to its limits. And it can take no more.

That being ludicrous of course, it’s a lack of neoliberalism, an insufficiency of it:

Now, it might seem a logical leap to go from queues on Everest to the NHS, but economic principles transcend all sorts of areas of human activity. In this case, if a resource suffers from excess demand, we must ration access to it. Rationing by price is the best way to do this, the most efficient and the most logical.

It is also the best way to keep people alive. That’s as true of people keeling over in an NHS queue as it is of those strolling through the Death Zone at 8,000 metres above sea level. The logical solution to the one is the same in essence as that to the other. Charge people and, if necessary, charge them some more.

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