• The Big Government COVID-19 Lie

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Wed Dec 29 04:30:43 2021
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    On Oct. 30, 2020, just days before the presidential election, Joe Biden tweeted, “I’m not going to shut down the country. I’m not going to shut
    down the economy. I’m going to shut down the virus.”

    This was a lie.

    It was a lie because _nobody can shut down the virus_.

    Government does not have the power to end disease, as a general matter.
    When it comes to a wildly transmissible coronavirus specifically, no
    government can end the virus. Even the sainted Dr. Anthony Fauci has
    admitted as much: “we’re never going to eradicate this … elimination
    may be too aspirational.”

    Which means that government should not aim for elimination; it can aim
    for some level of control. That control must be balanced with
    countervailing concerns, ranging from suppression of economic freedom
    to the effects of social isolation. This means that the lowest-cost intervention was incentivization and distribution of vaccines — a
    service performed by the Trump administration. The worst form of
    control would be overbroad, coercive restrictions that fail to achieve
    their objectives.

    And yet it is precisely those forms of control now being sought by
    Democratic mayors and governors, as well as the Biden administration.
    To make such tactics even more puzzling, Democrats are pursuing such restrictions in the face of an extraordinarily transmissible variant —
    some 70 times more transmissible than delta — that has far lower death
    rates than prior variants.

    Such restrictions include vaccination passports, mask mandates, mass
    testing, and vaccination mandates. Vaccination passports will not
    control the spread of omicron, because the vaccinated are capable of
    spreading COVID-19. Mask mandates will not stop the spread of omicron;
    nothing short of N95 masks would do much to even slow that spread, even theoretically. In practice, mask mandates have not achieved their
    desired effect, as omicron spikes in places like New York City
    demonstrate. Mass testing will not control the spread of omicron,
    because asymptomatic people will not test — and if we quarantine
    millions of asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic people, we will shut
    down the economy and our school system. And vaccination mandates will
    simply result in supply chain shortages, including within our health
    care system, as well as ugly social divisions.

    So, why pursue useless — no, counterproductive — COVID-19 restrictions?

    Because the big-government lie must be maintained. It is an article of
    faith. And faith requires reason-free sacrifice — it requires skin in
    the game, demonstration of devotion. To pursue rational policy would
    evidence no fealty to the notion of government-as-protective-god. To
    pursue irrational policy and then demand obeisance — this is the mark
    of the faithful. And if you are not faithful, you are a heretic.

    And so regulatory genuflection becomes a test of virtue. Effectuating
    strict regulations is a sign of moral strength, of belief in the myth
    of government as catholicon. Pushing back against those restrictions is
    a sign of heresy.

    On Oct. 22, 2020, in a debate with President Donald Trump, Biden said
    that “anyone who is responsible for not taking control … anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the
    United States of America.” This was incorrect. The truth is that anyone
    who claimed that he _could_ take control of a virus should be held
    responsible for the consequences of that lie.

    But that will only happen when Americans abandon the cultic worship of government and return to reality. And Biden and Democrats will fight
    such blasphemy with every weapon in their arsenal.

    Let's go Brandon!

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