Instead of dealing with the headaches, fatigue and neurological aftereffects of the virus, however, “we the people” may well find ourselves burdened with a Nanny State inclined to use its draconian pandemic powers to protect us from ourselves.
Therein lies the danger of the government’s growing addiction to power.
This has already happened. And it happened a long time ago. The July 2007 smoking ban was a draconian lockdown of smokers against the smoking “pandemic”. It could be achieved because smokers had become a small minority who could be easily isolated.
The government learned a lot from that. The current lockdown is a repeat of the exercise, using a different but equally exaggerated pandemic. But this time everyone gets locked down, everyone gets isolated
Public Health now trumps everything else. And so now we can expect that all future lockdowns will invoke Public Health. It’s more important than free speech, democracy, and every existing law. It’s the only thing that matters.
So when the current Covid health emergency ends, it will be followed by another one.
In fact, there seems to be no end to the Covid pandemic. Exotic new variants are being found every week or two. It’s been going for a year, and looks set to last another year or two. It’s enormously economically and socially destructive, but so was the smoking ban. It served to concentrate power in government, and that’s what they want.
The end result, in the long run, will be the death of Public Health. Nobody will believe a word they say, and not just about the current pandemic, but everything else as well. The loss of faith will extend far beyond this. It will extend to science in general, and it will extend to the government. It could get very ugly.
Already we have.
UK Supreme Court Judge Expects People Will Be Forced To Wear Masks, Stay Home For Ten Years