A happy new year and best wishes for 2024 to all of my readers. What are your predictions for the year to come?
It is the first day of 2024. Your regular plague chronicle programming resumes tomorrow; for now I want to wish my readers all the best for a new year.
Since I started my blog, things have been far from great. No sooner did the pandemic end and the vaccinators withdraw their needles, than we were plunged into a series of new crises – the Ukraine war and the energy crisis, massive inflation and finally the war in Gaza. In Germany, paroxysms of Green insanity and deepening political chaos have made all of this much worse. I am nevertheless cautiously optimistic, if only because things cannot spiral downwards forever, and because as bad as things have been for us, they have been even worse for our rulers. In this regard, 2023 was not without hope; it witnessed a continuing if quiet repudiation of the vaccines, a further falsification and erosion of climate ideology and a decisive shift of political momentum away from the left, the likes of which I would’ve said were impossible even three or four years ago.
It is also some comfort, that most of the crises we’ve endured since 2020 were of our leaders’ own making and thus entirely avoidable. Across the political spectrum, there has emerged a notion that we live in a new era of permanent catastrophe, but this is not really true. The problem is rather that our leaders have developed a new and extreme style of government-by-crisis. They use disasters, real or imaginary, to herd the masses in desirable directions. Increasingly they seem to know no other way to govern. It’s important to remember all the time that things don’t have to be like this.
Prediction are very hard to make, but they are also an irresistible temptation. What do you, dear readers, think 2024 has in store for us?
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