When Will the COVID Revolt Come?

When Will the COVID Revolt Come?

Glenn Reynolds:

There is a great deal of pent-up frustration and resentment over the inconvenience, the loss of freedom and the general climate of hectoring that the government’s pandemic response has created. …

It’s irritating to be lectured by officials who claim to be smarter than you. It’s infuriating to be lectured by government officials who claim to be smarter than you — but clearly aren’t.

The on-again/off-again claims on masks and vaccination are just part of it. Tired of masks? Get vaccinated, they told us. Now they’re saying wear a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated and even if you’re associating with others who’ve been vaccinated.

And there’s talk of more lockdowns, which a growing body of scientific evidence suggests were perfectly useless and downright harmful.

Lockdowns useless? Only if you don’t close your borders. The US has never been serious about stopping covid entering its borders, especially the southern border. Covid was replenished from outside as fast as US lockdowns eliminated it, so the US lockdowns pathetically went on forever without achieving much. Border control is such anathema to the future electoral prospects of the left that the media won’t even mention it. The right missed a great chance to regain control of US borders and what the population will be in 50 years time.

Roger Kimball:

It seems like only yesterday — in fact, it was just this past May — that both the president and the vice-president of the United States insisted that (as Joe himself put it) “Folks, if you’re fully vaccinated — you no longer need to wear a mask.”

Of course, that was more than a year after “15 days to slow the spread,” Anthony Fauci’s steady stream of contradictory, though authoritatively delivered, advice …

Of the 161 million people who have been vaccinated, only 5,601 have been hospitalized with the new version of the virus. Of those, only 1,141 have died. That’s .0007 percent. (And how old, one wonders, were those who succumbed and from what comorbidities did they suffer?)

Now it turns out that the latest CDC advice was based largely on an outbreak at Provincetown after the informal party time of “Bear Week” in early July. Andrew Sullivan treated the news with some portion of the skepticism it deserves. In fact, as another commentator pointed out, what the Provincetown outbreak really shows is that “even under perfect conditions for a superspreader event, the vaccine works spectacularly well.” …

I think Glenn Reynolds is correct that opposing the tyrannous spirit that stands behind the lockdowns, the mask mandates, and the smug, hectoring, politically correct demands for proof of vaccination would be a winning strategy for GOP politicians. Will they adopt it? Most will do so timorously, if at all. That’s my prediction.



Last year at Encounter Books, we published an admonitory book by Joel Kotkin called The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning To The Global Middle Class. Some people thought Kotkin was overstating things with his talk of an increasingly stratified society in which a tiny elite lorded it over an increasingly pauperized and disenfranchised mass. It turns out, though, that if anything Kotkin understated the trends. The weaponization of public health diktats, their enforcement by a vast and increasingly overbearing cadre of nanny-state bureaucrats, is simply the latest manifestation of the profoundly anti-democratic spirit that has taken hold in Western societies.

It’s all about social control, as Jim Treacher says. At some point, there will be a revolt. …

Will the voters stand for another lockdown as we approach the 2022 election? Lockdowns markedly increased the opportunities for voter fraud; 2020 showed that. That is precisely why the swamp is prepping us for another go.

Philip Barton:

Despite the talk, I am of the opinion that those in the US who regard themselves as patriots will be the last to encourage a break up of the States. A large part of their patriotism is not based upon reason, but upon love of country — all of it together.

Again, just an opinion, but I think that Californian leftists are far more likely to push for secession than Texans. Texans believe that the loony-left can be made to see reason — or will grow up; Californians know that those who sing the anthem, go to church and are proud of the US are vile white supremacists who must be crushed and utterly destroyed.