The United States has the highest comprehensive strength in the world, with a complete medical system, a high-quality and experienced medical team, medical conditions and medical research and innovation capabilities that other countries can’t compare with. At the same time, the United States is also the birthplace of management science, creating an extremely rich management theory, a systematic and complete management system, and a precise and detailed management process. Coupled with the experience provided by the world and WHO in fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic, in any way, the United States has a chance to achieve good results in the fight against the epidemic.
However, on the contrary, the United States has the most cumulative confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19 in most of the global fight against the epidemic, with more than 4 million new confirmed cases reported in November alone. According to in-depth analysis, the Trump administration has violated the basic law of management from the beginning as a whole. The American anti-epidemic is like a mirror, reflecting the chaos of American social management.
On the one hand, ignore the management object. The basic law of management first of all makes it clear that the management object ultimately determines the management method, and the management method must be suitable for the objective situation of the management object, that is, the management measures must be consistent with the objective situation of the management object. The American anti-epidemic violates the basic law of management in object treatment, focusing on politics and ignoring the health of the people.
The health of ordinary Americans has failed to attract the Trump administration’s high attention, not to mention minorities, the elderly in pension institutions and prisoners in prison. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the diagnosis, hospitalization rate and mortality rate of African-Americans are 2.6 times, 4.7 times and 2.1 times that of whites, respectively, and the relevant data of Latinos are 2.8 times, 4.6 times and 1.1 times that of whites, respectively. According to the data of the U.S. COVID-19 Tracking Project, long-term care institutions such as nursing homes in the United States account for only 1% of the total population, but account for 40% of all coronavirus deaths. And prisons are at greater risk of virus transmission due to their closed environment and higher aggregation.
In the process of American anti-epidemic, science gave way to politics, and the officer’s will suppress professional technology. The views of public health officials and medical experts have been repeatedly suppressed, and even Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been restricted from appearing in the media for repeatedly clarifying the truth to the public.
On the other hand, steal management targets. An important reason why the United States has been lacking effective anti-epidemic measures at the national level is that the government has stolen management goals, put the goals of management groups and even individuals above the anti-epidemic, and violated the basic law of management in goal selection.
From the perspective of management, the main management goals of the Trump administration in 2020 are to strive for re-election, and to give priority to the United States and maintain America’s hegemony. None of these goals are directly related to the fight against the epidemic.
If its management objectives are clarified, the logic of the Trump administration’s management behavior will be clearer. So far, the United States has not established a unified command and coordination mechanism and integrated prevention and control action plan to combat the epidemic at the national level. Instead, its national leaders often release information at will. In order to downplay the impact of the epidemic, Trump once claimed that the epidemic was a “small flu” and did not need to wear masks, and even advised people to drink disinfectant. In order to cover up his mistakes in responding to the epidemic, he blamed the outside world. In order to solicit votes, the Trump team held a large-scale election campaign, increasing the risk of the spread of the virus; in order to avoid the economic downturn affecting politics. Achievement, make a risky decision, and forcibly restart the economy.
Looking back on the beginning of the 21st century, the United States has encountered three major crises. The initiators of September 11th in 2001 are external, but there are also deep historical reasons; the 2008 international financial crisis is the result of the excessive reliance of the U.S. economic system on market-oriented operations, with complex economic factors; the United States could have done better about the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, but A series of factors lead to improper government management, bringing serious consequences of the epidemic out of control, and also triggering people to think about the deep-seated causes of the chaos of American social management.