Major European countries are now struggling to make allegedly temporary, emergency containment measures permanent features of society
We've been putting up with this bullshit for decades now. Second hand smoke studies turn out to be nonsense? Too bad, still can't smoke in bars. TSA hasn't stopped a single terrorist attack? Shut up and take your shoes off.
The only way this stops is when a critical mass of people just stop complying. We're not going to vote our way out: none of this stuff was ever part of any electoral platform in the first place. We're not going to get public health safetyists fired: those are entrenched bureaucracies that operate with total independence from any form of democratic oversight, staffed by myopic fanatics who could care less what the public thinks. We're not going to convince the NPCs.
The only way out is cultural. We need to develop an ethos of simply ignoring everything the state says, such that their fatwas become about as meaningful as a mullah's pronouncements against immorality in downtown Vegas.
There is nothing more damaging to the economy than the threat of lockdowns. Who starts a business knowing you could be completely wiped out at the whim of an idiot politician? Unless this power is taken away from them, this is a purposeful demolition of the economy and pauperization of the masses.
Be of good cheer. Life can't be stopped. Crush people as much as you can, there's still gonna be kids born who refuse to color within the lines no matter how often you rap them on the knuckles.
I'm sure the people sitting in the midst of the Roman Empire falling on their heads thought the end of civilization was a completely done deal, and yet eventually we had the Western Enlightenment.
I'm really grieved for my adult child and my adult child's friends, that they must endure this, but my grandma and her parents and siblings endured pogroms and the Russian Revolution and the loss of family to the slaughter in Uman 80 years ago, and yet here I am, a woman come to adulthood in what had been a reasonably free country where I could read anything I wanted and where at the moment I am a living breathing apostate to two religions who don't take kindly to that. Life can't, as I said, be stopped.
I have to admit that I love when those that called me crazy now admit I was right about everything all along.
Thank God for the United States of America. Are we insane here? Of course we are. Are our geriatric clown "leaders" clueless? Mes certainment! But I will effing guarantee that no masks will be worn in Florida and Texas, no gatherings verboten in heatwaves and once we have a solidly Republican Senate, some of the worst Covid policies instigators will be called upon to answer (already happening with Senator Paul and Fau Xi) And try as they might, no government will be able to completely disarm us and castrate our will to resist
It isn't just governments, quasi-official associations and other health-management organisations which are prolonging the covid "clap-trap". It's those laypeople who see themselves as meriting some sort of special status, which involves all the paraphenalia of masks, sanitisation, distancing and, of course, "vaccinations". Right down at the lowest level, the mysophobics are complicit in prolonging the farce. Forcibly and reluctantly, the people who saw through the whole charade during late 2019 to early 2020 and beyond, had to pander to the snowflakes, bed-wetters and hypochondriacs. Do the latter categories realise what sort of great jackboot of authoritarianism they have allowed to force the door of privacy, enterprise and common sense?
This was so predictable. Back at the beginning of the hysteria called the pandemic, in March 2020, I wrote that because there will always be diseases, the pretexts used to justify control measures will always be available, and that "temporary" measures would therefore be likely to become permanent. This was during the days of "two weeks to flatten the curve." It will never end, so long as we as a society enthrone risk minimization as our most sacred value.
Of course, in the long view, the things we do to keep people healthy end up making us sicker than ever. Whose idea of health is it, to live in isolation?
My relatives in Holland begged for “hard” lockdowns. The state news reported that the PM was receiving pressure to go easy (this was Nov 21). They sat on the edge of the couch and hissed: “Let it be hard”.
I'm so glad that I lived most of my life without this lunacy. I don't know how younger people can deal with it, outside of perhaps vowing to fight the madness.
Also, these lunatics are apparently never going to be held to account for the years of life they have needlessly stolen from everyone. The younger any person is, the more they've been robbed.
And that is something that simply cannot be replaced.
Masks have not been required by my uni employer since mid-March but the majority of my coworkers still wear them. They're all vaxxed and most are boosted. Only 1% of our campus received exemptions from the vaxx.
And their excuse will be "you are still more free than most of the world"
You nailed it again, E.: „hyperchondriac superstitious behaviours of elderly urbanites who watch too much state television”. Sadly, the only way out of this craziness is to wait for those people to die. Go extinct. Like the dinosaurs.
All it takes is willing sheeple and the tyrants never give up power.
20% isn't a lot of people. It's, what, about 17 million of the German population? But yeh, they're mentally retarded at this point. What your idiots do, our idiots copy. That's the problem.
Two things give me hope. The people in most neighboring countries to Germany are done with Corona and their politicians appear to have gotten the message. And almost nobody is being vaccinated in Germany anymore. Although people should be if they believed the government and state media messaging.
Yes, yes, I know, many Germans have a very special relationship with their FFP2 mask, following every stupid rule and making sure everyone else dose too. But I think it the situation is shifting. For fun I read the comment section in Zeit today, and even the very left-wing readers were (refreshingly) against mandatory masking.
Thanks for this.
I see you did a podcast and I am sending it around on socials.
Any chance you'd do ours -- its audio only. We've been working hard on the C-19 skeptic's beat for nearly two years and would love, love, love to have you on.
I am a former CBC investigative reporter who has seen the light -- happy to alter your voice .