As many of our countries contemplate another round of closures, a look at how we got here.
Apologies to one or two of you, who are old friends and also subscribers, and who read this when I briefly posted it to the internet many months ago – before I took it down. I've since improved it a little bit, and have still wanted to publish it in a place with lower exposure. This is the best idea I could come up with.
Also, a small housekeeping matter:
Do you, my subscribers, want me to close comments on the free posts to everyone but you guys, or keep them open?
Fascinating to study the progression of both the virus and the narrative through one particular publication. Not something I had thought to do.
Herr Eugyppius: I only discovered you a few weeks ago and I have just now subscribed. I was delighted to do so because I find you to be an exceptionally clear thinker. It's no surprise to me that your academic specialty has nothing whatever to do with virology or epidemiology; credentialed experts in any field are almost always wrong, in particular when it comes to public policy. Thank God you are no "expert"! Nevertheless, you seem to have an excellent understanding of the trees while keeping your gaze fixed on the forest at all times. That is what attracted me to your writings from the start--that, and the fact that you write a better English than 95% of those who comment publicly on this or any other topic.
A question: You have mentioned these Chinese-dropping-dead-in-the-streets-of-Wuhan photos more than once before, and here you have reproduced one for the first time, I believe. This is first one I've seen. You seem to be saying that 1) these photos were faked, and 2) they were faked to foment lockdown hysteria in the west. Am I wrong about that? Can you please provide more information regarding the provenance of these images, their circulation, and effect they had on western opinion in future posts? Thank you.
I truly enjoy the comments of all readers - subscribers and non-subscribers. Please keep them open. I learn many things from your readers, too.
I find the conflict between xenophobia and public health policy at Vox to be hilarious and pathetic. They are, as are all progressives, hopelessly bound by it and are therefore incapable of making any utilitarian decisions.
Every time I see that staged photo (and a few other Walking Dead zombie type walkers supposedly spontaneously captured on the street in Wuhan) it makes my blood boil - I cannot wait for the day that the Jiang Zemin faction takes the Xi Jipeng faction down and the karma being a bitch thing playing itself out within the CCP.
Our credulous and childlike media certainly kept licking the hand that was feeding them that psy-op!
Thank you for this great narrative on the sequence of events leading to the lockdowns. I am looking forward to the next part.
A fascinating read - I’m trying to reconcile / compare with my memories of this period, which were very related to running my business. It was a very intense moment in my life.
This is great, thank you. Can't wait for the 2nd piece.
If based on something you wrote in March, is it updated with new information?
All (silk) roads lead to China. You've said so before. But i still can't marry that idea with:
1. China hurt herself with the virus too. I guess the only explanation is that the release of the virus was accidental
2. The virus was designed and paid for by the US. It can't be a Chinese attack on the West - not just the virus but the lockdowns etc.
3. Paid shills in the US like Fauci covered it up. Understandable that they'd cover their mistakes. But again rules out a China - US war.
Anti-globalists would say it's a Elite/Captured-Elite in both China, the US, etc. against the rest of us. NWO style. Ok, partially explains some of the above. But all roads lead to China. Everything else, even the criminal conspiracies by our western elites, seem like a reaction. A Never let a good crisis go to waste moment.
I think your competing multiple inner conspiracies theory might be the best. Because it doesn't need the US-China elite alignment to trigger the cascading events. And then the outer conspiracies explains the reactionary events.
Something like that. I'm confused myself. I'm sure you can write something to make everything more clear. Thanks
I always find this interview fascinating. It’s from Davos 24/1/20 and everything he says is what pans out especially regarding vaccines, almost as if there really was a master plan in place.
Richard Hatchett is the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, whatever that is?
A PDF version to share with friends and family for paid subs would be nice.
I am all for open commentary. I really wish that Substack had a feature like some of the other comment posting utilities that allowed any reader to block a user they have learned is a troll. You might encourage them to add that. I skip over the trolls, but at some point, would just like them to go away. In the meanwhile, delighted to send some $$ and would have been delighted to be a Founding Sponsor to send more if you had such a category. Your work is masterful, thoughtful, and humble. Please do not ever stop! Thanks.
This is a tough one. Broad-based commentary can enrich the conversation, but at the cost of welcoming trolls. The assumption, of course, is that trolls do not live amongst us - the paying subscribers. The conundrum you have eugyppius will be one faced by many substack authors so we can hope that better auto-moderation tools are within sight. Keep it open, and ask substack for their moderation roadmap
Can’t wait for the second part, hope blushed pandemic modellers are waiting behind the curtain…Neil deserves a special attention and an Oscar for his entire contribution to “pandemic response” …and naturally don’t stop commentaries
Thanks so much. Eagerly awaiting the second part. Honestly, this article alone is worth the subscription! FWIW, my husband and I have scaled back some other subscriptions (cable news, I'm looking at you) and have embraced independent writers like you to support. Substack has been really great.
Excellent compendium of medias initial response to lockdown mouthpiece.