In dealing with the COVID-19 disease, it seems the most popular prescription has been the establishment of what amounts to a police state. Already, the necessary elements of a police state are firmly in place.
We have seen state-ordered shutdowns of economic activity and social assembly, the establishment of snitch lines, legal prohibitions regarding access to the commons, outrageous and unjust monetary fines and jail sentences for failing to ‘distance’, and propaganda campaigns based on dubious statistics and arguments. To say nothing of the unprecedented degree of government deficit spending.
What’s truly frightening is the delight that many in positions of power (and many in the public) are exhibiting with regard to keeping the shut down going for as long as possible.
That perhaps helps explain why the least popular prescription in dealing with COVID-19 is the prescription of drugs shown to be effective in actually treating the disease. And alarmingly, it’s beginning to look as if public health treatments sought to address the pandemic – like ventilators – may actually be another case of ‘the cure being worse than the disease.’
The grim projections regarding COVID-19 are falling far short of being realized. Yet our politicians persist with their destructive police state policies.
Consequently, we will shortly be facing truly grim projections, less about the still very low COVID-19 numbers, but more about the coming crisis caused by the political destruction of the global economy.
The question on everyone’s mind now is: Will things ever be Just Right again?
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