Michael Thau 8-27-20
The purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. Oneís standing to resist anything is thus eroded and even destroyed.
A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.
The Annals of Internal Medicine just published a comprehensive new study on how contagious the COVID-19 virus is. And Iím sorry to report that the case for a number of popular new practices that seem to have filled some spiritual need a lot of Americans have for self-abasement just completely collapsed.
The list of practices no longer having any conceivable rationale includes:
Closing down schools. Closing down gyms, barber shops, or any other businesses. Limiting the number of patrons allowed in restaurants or other businesses at one time. Mass testing for the COVID-19 virus. Putting healthy people in quarantine. Keeping a distance of 3, 6, or some other arbitrary number of feet away from healthy individuals. Healthy individuals with no criminal intent wearing masks when itís not Halloween.
Likewise for any other humiliating rituals state and local officials plan on forcibly enacting to keep you safe from the scourge of COVID-19 that their own sense of self-worth precludes participating in.
Not that all that stuff wasnít already totally bonkers in response to a virus thatís got a median fatality age of 80.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his buddies pushing this propaganda campaign that would have made our old communist enemies in the Soviet Union rise up and applaud in admiration know perfectly well that the virus theyíve trained most of the public to obsessively fear is basically harmless unless youíre old or seriously ill.
Itís precisely because they donít believe any of the BS theyíre peddling that those most insisting we jump through hoops for our own safety decline to do so themselves.
Does anyone really believe they care more about our lives than their own?
Besides which, as the latest addition to Trumpís COVID-19 team, Dr. Scott Atlas, pointed out way back in April, the virus isnít going away ítil a sufficient number of us become immune to deprive it of the carriers it needs to reach the rest.
Ergo, since neither wearing masks nor any of the rest of this mishigas has any effect on COVIDís threshold for herd immunity, assuming the rules weíve been told to religiously follow even do have any purpose besides turning us into ďan easily controlled society of emasculated liars,Ē they can only be designed to prolong the problem.
Given the results of that new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, however, even if COVID-19 werenít so totally harmless to healthy people, any measures apart from protecting the elderly and antecedently ill would still be ludicrous.
The researchers kept track of 3410 people in Hubei China who had close contact with someone infected with the COVID-19 virus to see how many wound up catching it. They also kept track of the degree to which the infected individuals had any symptoms.
Of the 305 people who had close contact with someone who had the virus but never showed symptomsÖ
wait for itÖ
only 1 person caught it.
Given that any test is going to generate a significant number of false positives, thereís a good chance that one person didnít even really have it either.