"Many were fed up with Mr. Xi ... and his 'Zero-Covid' policy, which continues to disrupt everyday life, hurt livelihoods and isolate the country," writes the Times in pacific unselfawareness.
After a weekend of conference hell, I am retvrn. Sorry for interrupted posting, but I've not been so exhausted in recent memory. Regular schedule resumes now.
I love this article. What we knew would happen is now taking place - these control freaks are taking off their uniforms and trying to quietly blend in with the civilians. I would be satisfied with merely the admission of error, but that's going to be incredibly rare. A shame; admitting error and apologizing is hard, but people are receptive to it. I don't know if anyone else here watches John Campbell videos, but in one I watched yesterday, he said he regretted not questioning authority more and apologized for spreading the authorities' messages in an unquestioning way. My respect for him, which was already high, went to a whole new level. And I think most people would react the same way.
In March 2020, if you had publicly stated your opposition to locking down economies, you would have simply been echoing the position of public health institutions throughout the Western world (including the WHO). These institutions had researched, discussed, and debated this strategy for years and came to the categorical conclusion that lockdowns were a bad idea. The primary reason given was and is the undeniable strong correlation between personal health and socioeconomic status. Cutting off the flow of money, capital, and labor only leads to massive issues, like widespread hunger, down the road.
Likewise, if you spoke out against mask wearing in March 2020, you would have simply been espousing decades of research, discussion, and debate carried out by these very same institutions.
Alas, powerful people thought China was the model. The immediacy which people simply discarded all the historical data, all the rationality, all the human rights, and even personal moral codes to conform to whatever those in power were saying (not doing) only served to confirm my bias in a negative view of humanity.
Not sure how the good Sir Eugyppius feels at this moment, but I am still very much in the anger stage. Do not ever see myself getting to the forgiving or forgetting stage but who knows.
Many thanks to Eugyppius for his help in keeping me somewhat sane.
Open, terrifying levels of hypocrisy, I am increasingly convinced is a conscious tactic. It’s meant to disorient and demoralize. Just like the days about a year ago in my old company when she/her, he/him started appearing under email signatures. No one dared say a word. But boy was it noticed. Even people on the same side no longer trusted one another not to betray each other as not being on message. Chasing the message and staying on message is now a full time job for these waste products.
“there is no doubt it has saved lives.”
Actually, I would say there is quite a bit of doubt that China’s approach has saved lives.
A public service reminder that the New York Times accepts hundreds of millions of dollars annually from the Chinese government in exchange for 'paid promotional material' and advertising.
What I still don't understand is how public health bureaucrats anywhere - East or West, can still think 'Zero Covid' is actually possible when Coronavirus lives in multiple animal reservoirs.
How can they not understand this after nearly 3 years?
*CCP Chinese policies are obviously very much about State control too.
The hypocrisy and double standards would be unbelievable but the left seems addicted to both and this pattern of conduct just keeps repeating itself!
If it helps move the agenda forward, it's good. It if does not, then it is bad.
There is no contradiction here.
NYT is NOTHING more than the propaganda arm of the DNC. Period. Pray, plan, prepare and RESIST.
The point is not about lockdowns per se (a disastrous idea) but the deviation from pandemic plans. Those were written out of previous experiences and updated based on the available science. why the deviation? that is (one of) the question to ask for accountability. I would accept the answer "well we panicked" but it would still require acknowledging a mistake. then there is the issue of the "useful idiots" who never pay a proper price for serving the wrong causes like lockdowns, green passes, vaccine mandates, discriminatory: expecting a mea culpa would it be too much? I don't demand anything else. But it looks to me they are up to self justifications...
Don't worry, over at the WaPo the Second Least Self-Aware Person in the World (Klaus Schwab is number one) is still carrying the flag for lockdowns: https://twitter.com/TaylorLorenz/status/1596602767975407616
"and the strong signal they send that none of our opinion makers wants to return to them"
I do not agree. They will go back to the safe and effective measures the first time they can do it and I have every confidence that the media will be side by side marching their propaganda at us parading as science.
To NYT - Oh Yah Think ! duh.
I was going to write something on this but I guess I'll just comment here.
There was a time (even if also not unaccompanied by hypocrisy) when human rights and freedom of the press were considered to be geopolitical assets.
We have literally thrown that away. Projecting "soft power" in the world - a key part of America's post-WW2 security doctrine - just got a whole lot more difficult.
Another thing all the geniuses didn't think of, presumably.
Boy do we need some real political leadership again.
Grew up reading the NYT. Gah, how I hate them now. But this pivot of theirs seems like part of a larger pattern. Once the crucial period is past, the influencers cry “who coulda node?!” And ask for amnesty.