Britain entered a new month-long Covid-19 lockdown a few days ago.
Will these lockdowns ever end?
As far as I can see, the lockdowns do no good. Neither do the masks. The pandemic spreads anyway. But the pandemic isn’t much worse than influenza, and we never had lockdowns for that, so why have lockdowns now?
Worse, the lockdowns cripple the economy, driving it into recession/depression. The “cure” is worse than the disease.
So why do it? Why cripple the economy for no improvement in health? What’s the point? There must be some explanation.
It’s just like smoking bans. They also were a draconian response to a non-existent health threat. Ambient tobacco smoke harms nobody. But smoking bans fracture society and bankrupt pubs and cafes and restaurants. What was the point?
Control? Top-down totalitarian control? The locked down society becomes a police state. A police state where people can be arrested just for visiting neighbours.
With smoking bans they only locked out smokers. With Covid-19 they’re locking down absolutely everybody, and for no reason.
There are always people who want top-down totalitarian control of everything. There are always totalitarians among us. Read Hayek’s Road To Serfdom. Our new totalitarians are all the authorities and pundits and experts in Public Health and Tobacco Control and the World Health Organisation, making ever more detailed plans for everybody, and accountable to nobody. They are the new Stasi.
It never ends.
The result is mounting protest:
…as the pandemic has dragged on, the increasingly strained relationship between governments and citizens in many countries has brought demonstrators back into the streets. While many renewed protests reflect anger over familiar issues like corruption, political repression and economic hardship, a striking new trend is afoot: citizens openly challenging the public health measures governments have taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Since March, more than 30 major protests in 26 countries have targeted coronavirus restrictions. Such demonstrations have emerged in every region of the globe, not only in wealthy countries like Australia, Germany and the United States, but also in poorer ones like Brazil, Mexico and Nigeria.
Rudy Giuliani shows affidavits reporting fraud: