The South African Example: Wokeness is a thin veneer for money, power, and tribalism

The South African Example: Wokeness is a thin veneer for money, power, and tribalism. By Dally Friend.

The whole world knows how the Culture Wars are playing out in America, but its impact on other countries is less well understood. …

Liberals, worldwide including in South Africa, love to display their boldness in confronting the populist Right, but somehow slide-away when the need arises to confront the illiberal, authoritarian Left. …

It is not uncommon these days for young South Africans to know all about political developments in the United States (through a woke prism), but absolutely nothing about events in their own country — even when these events are as shocking as the revelations about State Security slush funds being used by the ANC to buy off judges and journalists to support the ruling party. …

The Mandela Government’s talk about racial harmony turned out to be a con. Now it’s all about money, and power through tribalism.

“Racial transformation” has become the ANC’s overriding policy imperative, not just one of several policy goals. The purpose of this focus, when one cuts through the hollow rhetoric, was to legalise corruption and enable the politically-connected to burrow into every capital flow in the country, in order to loot.

They pretended the goal was “broad-based black economic empowerment”. Anyone who ever believed that must surely, by now, realise they were conned. …

Wokeness is an exercise in self-deception and misdiagnosis.

It claims that “Whiteness” is the core problem in South Africa. For the vast majority of people, this translates into the conclusion that whites are the core problem in South Africa, and have been since Jan van Riebeeck first put his foot on solid ground on the Southern tip of Africa in 1652. The corollary of this idea is that salvation lies in the removal of whites from all positions of power and authority, and for some, from the country as well.

Until that happens, the logic continues, South Africa will remain divided into two main groups: The Villains (comprising about 8% of South Africa’s population) vs. Everyone Else.

This simplistic diagnosis, an article of faith for South African Wokeness, is a massive barrier to addressing the real problems our country faces. It also prevents us from building a successful, inclusive future.

Wokeness has given the ANC the courage to reveal its true nature as a black nationalist organisation. Its commitment to non-racialism and independent institutions of state was always paper thin — a temporary compromise to move the country through the “first stage” of the bourgeois revolution, with the backing of Western powers, before moving onto the second stage.

On the 5th March 2012, the policy sub-committee of the ANC’s National Executive Committee announced the commencement of the “second stage”, seeking to bring the “National Democratic Revolution” (NDR) to its conclusion. Its fulfilment will mean the party will control the State and all its institutions; and the State will control the economy and society.

Jacob Zuma, president at the time, promised that “Radical Economic Transformation” imposed through all institutions of State, would eradicate the imaginary bogeyman “White Monopoly Capital”.

If whites have no place in Africa, as is now commonly proclaimed, then do blacks have any place in Europe? Or anywhere apart from Africa for that matter? This is rapidly becoming an urgent issue:

 

Demographics is destiny.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated

I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated. By Paul Rossi.

I am a teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan. …

I know that by attaching my name to this I’m risking not only my current job but my career as an educator … But witnessing the harmful impact it has on children, I can’t stay silent.

My school, like so many others, induces students via shame and sophistry to identify primarily with their race before their individual identities are fully formed.

Students are pressured to conform their opinions to those broadly associated with their race and gender and to minimize or dismiss individual experiences that don’t match those assumptions. … All of this reinforces the worst impulses we have as human beings: our tendency toward tribalism and sectarianism that a truly liberal education is meant to transcend.

Ask the wrong question:

Recently, I raised questions about this ideology at a mandatory, whites-only student and faculty Zoom meeting. (Such racially segregated sessions are now commonplace at my school.) It was a bait-and-switch “self-care” seminar that labelled “objectivity,” “individualism,” “fear of open conflict,” and even “a right to comfort” as characteristics of white supremacy. I doubted that these human attributes — many of them virtues reframed as vices — should be racialized in this way.

In the Zoom chat, I also questioned whether one must define oneself in terms of a racial identity at all. … It seemed like my questions broke the ice. Students and even a few teachers offered a broad range of questions and observations. Many students said it was a more productive and substantive discussion than they expected.

Get unfairly slammed:

However, when my questions were shared outside this forum, violating the school norm of confidentiality, I was informed by the head of the high school that my philosophical challenges had caused “harm” to students, given that these topics were “life and death matters, about people’s flesh and blood and bone.” I was reprimanded for “acting like an independent agent of a set of principles or ideas or beliefs.” And I was told that by doing so, I failed to serve the “greater good and the higher truth.” …

The school’s director of studies added that my remarks could even constitute harassment.

A few days later, the head of school ordered all high school advisors to read a public reprimand of my conduct out loud to every student in the school. It was a surreal experience, walking the halls alone and hearing the words emitting from each classroom …

My own contract for next year requires me to “participate in restorative practices designed by the Office of Community Engagement” in order to “heal my relationship with the students of color and other students in my classes.” The details of these practices remain unspecified until I agree to sign.

Comrades:

I wanted to be a voice for the many students of different backgrounds who have approached me over the course of the past several years to express their frustration with indoctrination at our school, but are afraid to speak up.

They report that, in their classes and other discussions, they must never challenge any of the premises of our “antiracist” teachings, which are deeply informed by Critical Race Theory. These concerns are confirmed for me when I attend grade-level and all-school meetings about race or gender issues. There, I witness student after student sticking to a narrow script of acceptable responses. Teachers praise insights when they articulate the existing framework or expand it to apply to novel domains. Meantime, it is common for teachers to exhort students who remain silent that “we really need to hear from you.”

A recent faculty email chain received enthusiastic support for recommending that we “‘officially’ flag students” who appear “resistant” to the “culture we are trying to establish.”

When I questioned what form this resistance takes, examples presented by a colleague included “persisting with a colorblind ideology,” “suggesting that we treat everyone with respect,” “a belief in meritocracy,” and “just silence.”

Is this not a 180 degree change in moral outlook? Who voted for this? Is it not being imposed by a small bunch of activists on the rest of us for their benefit?

Grasping for Raw Power Behind the Biden Chaos

Grasping for Raw Power Behind the Biden Chaos. By Roger Kimball.

Here we are, less than three months into Harris–Biden administration, and already the sense of things spinning out of control is palpable everywhere.

Under President Donald Trump, illegal immigration along the Southern border had been slowed to a trickle. Now, in a matter of just a few weeks, it has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis. …

Under Trump, the U.S. military underwent a $2 trillion rehabilitation. True, its upper ranks were shot through with politically correct Obama-era holdovers, but that didn’t become fully evident until after Jan. 20, when the world was introduced to the most “woke” secretary of defense in our history … and we learned that “maternity flight suits,” female body armor, and taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery were now military priorities. …

During the presidential campaign, candidate Biden said that the voters had no right to know his mind about the issue of packing the Supreme Court. Now that he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he is happy to tell us. Last week, he announced the creation of a “bipartisan” commission to “study” “reforming” the Supreme Court, including “reforming” its size and membership. …

It’s all about power for the left elite, and damn everyone else:

The Deep State–Harris–Biden compact hasn’t only presented us with a situation in which the velocity of change has been turned up to 11; it also has presented us with a situation in which the proposed depth of change is far more radical than anything contemplated in “normal” American politics before.

All the talk about “equity,” about “systemic racism,” and about a new regime of “Jim Crow” is aimed directly at the integrity of the U.S. system of government, based as it is on the sanctity of individual liberty and equality before the law.

It also reveals a deep and scary cynicism whose ultimate criterion is simply this: the acquisition and exercise of raw power.

That’s perhaps the most sobering lesson in this latest chapter of the American saga: No matter how low you thought, it wasn’t low enough. There is no ideal that won’t be trashed and inverted in order to advance the agenda of that power, no rhetoric that won’t be cynically deployed and emptied of meaning.

These are the sorts of disillusioning revelations in store for us in the era of woke radicalism.

You thought you understood how bankrupt and cynical the game of politics was.

It turns out you didn’t know the half of it.

The presidency cost Donald Trump more than $1 billion

The presidency cost Donald Trump more than $1 billion. By Dan Alexander.

From the time he entered the White House in January 2017 to his departure a few months ago, Donald Trump’s fortune fell by nearly a third, from $3.5 billion to $2.4 billion.

John Salvatore:

He knew what he was getting into when he came down the Trump Tower escalator to declare his candidacy back in 2015. But losing a billion dollars is what can happen when you don’t take a salary or make any business deals for four solid years.

During that time, how many times have the Democrats and their sycophants in the media made false accusations that Donald Trump was using the presidency to enrich himself?

Related:

So Trump wasn’t in it for the money, and he wasn’t a Russian agent. Why did he do it, and why is he contemplating running again?

Maybe he is a patriot.

Military Awokening & The Feeble GOP

Military Awokening & The Feeble GOP. By an anonymous reader in the US military, at Rod Dreher’s.

On American bases around the world, televisions are often tuned to Fox News. This was particularly so during the Trump administration; since President Biden was inaugurated, CNN and MSNBC have started showing up more. …

They aren’t even bothering with the pro forma even handedness that this was intended to address extremism from the far right and the far left. Far right extremism, which seems to be defined in the [New York Times] article as being a regular consumer of Fox News, is to be completely stamped out at all costs no matter how difficult the process.

Given that Tucker Carlson is reliably described as being a white nationalist by many of his opponents in the Beltway and the prestige press, I would assume that one who regularly views and assents to his comments would absolutely be considered a domestic extremist. …

As is always the case with gatekeeping, ostracism, and stigmatization, there will never be any acknowledgment that a purge is underway, but everyone who is intelligent and ambitious understands what is happening and aligns their efforts accordingly. Whether or not they believe these views is irrelevant, but it is now absolutely understood that views and perspectives held by a significant percentage of the population are now to be considered absolutely forbidden and anyone who steps out of line will be marginalized, professionally stigmatized, and held in check with the spectre of being labeled a domestic extremist. …

The general officer class and their civilian equivalents was already corrupted because they decided years ago to walk the path of political expediency in return for reliable advancement, and when woke capital emerged as a force in the mid-2010s, the overwhelming majority of them soon found the path of least resistance was also the clearest path to corporate profit in their post-retirement consulting and contractor jobs. …

I don’t think a purge is coming any more than one has hit big business, instead a system will be created under which anyone who is deemed “problematic” can be singled out at any time for any reason. …

Oh the Republicans:

You will also note the relative passivity to this on the part of the GOP …

Those with presidential ambitions will use it as outrage fodder, but there is no actual refusal to exercise their votes against confirming officials, no willingness to hold the general officers and their civilian equivalents responsible, etc.

So if the political right wants to ask how it came to this within DOD they really do need to look in the mirror, since there is now an active politicization of our national security apparatus underway that would be denounced from the heights if there were a similar effort to identify and eliminate #Resistance types within civil service following Trump’s election on the grounds that they had violated their oaths and were spreading disinformation.

This is a big part of why the “He fights!” mantra regarding Trump is so pyrrhic … He may indeed have fought, but he does so at the expense of the movement that he purportedly represents as a result of his buffoonery, stupidity, abrasiveness, ignorance, and conspiracism. Had he not embraced every single COVID denialism and conspiracy theory under the sun he almost certainly would have been enjoying reelection right now according to his own campaign autopsy …

Again, there are actual solutions to this, one them being for the right to demand its representatives stop empowering DOD and Pavlovishly confirming its budgets and officials until its leadership is not staffed by would-be thought police, but I think these ideas are so anathema to the modern GOP with its reflexive worship of the military for the same reason there is no real action against big business. …

When you declare unilateral disarmament, sooner or later all of your enemies figure it out and behave accordingly.

All the pieces for a long-lived leftist dictatorship are falling into place. The Woke might be running our civilization for a while.

We may soon be confronted with the same options faced by those in Eastern Europe when the Communists took over: join them, lie low, or oppose them?

Trump Blasts “Pathetic” Supremes As Biden Court-Packing Looms

Trump Blasts “Pathetic” Supremes As Biden Court-Packing Looms. By Tyler Durden.

In what is likely to go down as one of his greatest rants yet (and longest run-on sentences), former President Trump weighed in tonight on President Biden’s court-packing commission — and in the process took a jab at the Justices, the Radical Left, Mitch McConnell, and dared to exercise his free speech a little further by reminding Americans of his beliefs that the election was fraudulent.

As a reminder, in an executive order on Friday, President Biden created a 36-member commission charged with examining the history of the court, past changes to the process of nominating justices, and the potential consequences to altering the size of the nation’s highest court.

By creating a commission into changing the composition of the Supreme Court, Biden is signaling he is going to stack the Court in order to remove the conservative majority. By choosing the members of the Commission, Biden virtually guarantees it will recommend what he wants.

Trump’s statement:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Supreme Court of the United States, after showing that they didn’t have the courage to do what they should have done on the Great Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, was PACKED by the same people, the Radical Left Democrats (who they are so afraid of!), that they so pathetically defended in not hearing the Election Fraud case.

Now there is a very good chance they will be diluted (and moved throughout the court system so that they can see how the lower courts work), with many new Justices added to the Court, far more than has been reported.

There is also a good chance that they will be term-limited.

We had 19 states go before the Supreme Court who were, shockingly, not allowed to be heard. Believe it or not, the President of the United States was not allowed to be heard based on “no standing.” not based on the FACTS.

The Court wouldn’t rule on the merits of the great Election Fraud, including the fact that local politicians and judges, not State Legislatures, made major changes to the Election — which is in total violation of the United States Constitution.

Our politically correct Supreme Court will get what they deserve — an unconstitutionally elected group of Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country.

With leaders like Mitch McConnell, they are helpless to fight. He didn’t fight for the Presidency, and he won’t fight for the Court.

If and when this happens, I hope the Justices remember the day they didn’t have courage to do what they should have done for America.

New Disney+ Premium Service Will Send A Satanist Drag Queen To Your House To Teach Your Kids About Communism

New Disney+ Premium Service Will Send A Satanist Drag Queen To Your House To Teach Your Kids About Communism. By the satirical site, the Babylon Bee.

A new Disney+ premium add-on called Disney++ will just send a satanist drag queen to your house to teach your children the basic tenets of communism.

While the company has been pushing a far-left agenda for years, they finally decided to just drop the act of making entertainment altogether and instead just cut right to the chase. …

Conservative parents were kind of upset about the new service, but most shrugged their shoulders and said, “Eh. As long as Disney+ continues to babysit my kid while I browse TikTok and day drink, I’m cool with it.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil, another happy Disney+ consumer

Leftist Lawfare: Muslim Group Sues Facebook for Not Removing Sites Opposing Jihad Violence

Leftist Lawfare: Muslim Group Sues Facebook for Not Removing Sites Opposing Jihad Violence. By Robert Spencer.

The far-left legal group Muslim Advocates has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Facebook for allowing “anti-Muslim hate to spread on the platform, leading to real-world harm.”

The organization provided a list of what it claimed were 26 “anti-Muslim hate groups,” including organizations that are dedicated simply to opposing jihad violence and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others, including my own news site Jihad Watch, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the Center for Security Policy, and other groups whose main crime is opposing leftist Islamopandering and the left’s tendency to turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses sanctioned by Islamic law. …

Anyone who has been paying attention can see what is coming. Jihad Watch and the others targeted will disappear from Facebook and ultimately from the Internet altogether, whether as a result of this suit or some other. This suit itself has a very good chance of succeeding, as Muslim Advocates is extremely powerful and influential. …

Something similar happened before at government level, under Obama:

[In 2011] Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates sent a letter to John Brennan, who was then the assistant to the president on national security for Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism, denouncing what it characterized as U.S. government agencies’ “use of biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam.” …

Many of the examples Khera adduced of “bigoted and distorted materials” involved statements that were not actually bigoted and distorted at all, but simply accurate. Nonetheless, Brennan immediately complied. In a November 3, 2011, letter to Khera that — significantly — was written on White House stationery, Brennan promised that the government would “ensure that federal officials and state, local and tribal partners receive accurate, evidence-based information in these crucial areas.” That led to the erasure of all mention of Islam and jihad from government counterterror materials, and the birth of the Countering Violent Extremism program, which ignores jihad violence and focuses on a largely imaginary “right-wing extremism.”

Meanwhile, anyone who watches Fox News or Tucker Carlson is now regarded by the US Government as a domestic terrorist. Sure.

So Muslim Advocates has connections that go up to the very top, and likely knows where to find a compliant judge who will rule in its favor in this suit. …

Is my work and that of the others targeted in this suit going to be banned as “hate speech” without any opportunity for discussion, explanation, or appeal, but simply on the word of far-left hate groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has a long record of smearing legitimate groups that dissent from the far-left agenda by lumping them in with the KKK and neo-Nazis? The answer to that question appears to be yes.

Is the American court system going to take for granted and validate with legal precedent the claim that opposing jihad violence and Sharia oppression of women, gays and others constitutes “anti-Muslim hate”? The answer to that question appears to be yes as well.

Wonderful. Censorship is bad enough, but it is favoring the terrorists and those who wish our civilization harm.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Apple’s Quiet War on Independent Repairmen

Apple’s Quiet War on Independent Repairmen. By Napoleon Linarthatos.

Right to Repair is a nationwide effort that aims to use legislation to return to consumers the choice of where and how to fix devices they own.

[YouTuber Louis Rossmann] argues that what is going on now would be unthinkable just a few decades back. Corporations back then respected the consumers’ right to fix their stuff. Schematics were widely available, you could buy them at the local electronics store, or contact the manufacturer to send them to you. Appliances, like refrigerators, often came with a set of schematics and instructions for how to fix them.

Apple tries to inculcate in the minds of its customers an assumption that devices should only be repaired by the corporation and its controlled network of authorized repair stores. …

Jessa Jones, owner of an independent repair service who lobbies for Right to Repair, testified in Boston that her group up to that point had fixed 30,000 devices, “less than 5 percent” of which “would be considered fixable by authorized repairs.”

Apple Inc. headquarters sign

Rossmann does not like Apple. Many of his videos are about how the company is screwing, ripping off, torturing, and generally abusing its customers. … What drives him nuts, he says, is when people pay for a device with a design flaw and are told at Apple’s Genius Bar that the problem is how they use that device. “Six months later a recall program would come out and they [customers] would bring it up [to Apple] and say can you fix this, sorry can’t. People would get screwed over and over again and still buy it.” …

A study from 2011 found “that customers who used independent auto repair shops spent about 24 percent less on repairs each year.” That very important price differential was achieved while the small repair shops faced substantial artificial barriers in doing business. In the tech realm, Apple uses its enormous financial heft as a purchaser of parts in order to force its suppliers in contracts that prohibit them from selling parts to independent repair stores. Rossmann has to get on Skype with people around the globe that specialize in part dumpster dives in order to find parts that suppliers are not permitted to sell him. At other times he has to buy a whole device only to retrieve a single chip out of it. One can only imagine the savings for the consumers if an open market were allowed to operate when it comes to parts, schematics, and diagrams. …

The show goes on to show the many ways that Apple impedes repairs. Special-made non-standard screws so the devices cannot be easily opened, gluing batteries that do not need to be glued in, and so on. Then there is the issue of planned obsolescence, where older iPhones become significantly slower after a system update. All to make independent repairs much more difficult; all to make the purchase of a new device the more practical option.

The size of a corporation like Apple allows it to shield itself from the consequences of the policies it advocates. Backing leftist policies at home while stashing the cash abroad allows for virtue signaling at the best possible side of the profit margin. …

Resisting the new digital serfdom of renters:

The right to repair is nothing more than the effort to reinstate the individual’s rights of ownership. It is a movement so contrary to the new subscription model of life, where you are always one payment away from losing it all.

An environment of centralized control, where everything is always supervised, curated and monitored by a managerial class increasingly skeptical of the individual will. We are being conditioned to a state of digital serfdom, as if it has been algorithmically dictated that individual choice and individuality are no more.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The New Faith is Smashing Our World

The New Faith is Smashing Our World. By N.S. Lyons.

We are living through an era of epochal change. At few times in history have so many currents of civilizational transformation coalesced and crashed into us at once, and at such speed. …

The world is being forcibly reconfigured by at least three concurrent revolutions: a geopolitical revolution driven by the rise of China; an ideological revolution consuming the Western world; and a technological revolution exacerbating both of the former. …

Many now realize, with either terror or glee, that something big is underway in the Anglo-Saxon world, something revolutionary, with America at its epicenter.

A new belief system, characterizing all of existence as divisible into a Manichean struggle for power between the oppressed and their oppressors, has emerged and turned itself into a mass movement that is scrambling every aspect of traditional American political, cultural, religious, and even corporate life.

But this ideology seemed to emerge so suddenly, and is in its stark irrationality so alien to the modern liberal mind, that surprised observers and hapless opponents so far struggle even to settle on a name for it. “Cancel Culture,” “Identity Politics,” “Social Justice,” “Wokeness,” “Postmodernism,” “Reified Postmodernism,” “Neo-Marxism,” “Cultural Marxism,” just plain old Marxism in a new guise, the “Successor Ideology,” the cult of “The Elect,” or simply the “New Faith” — whatever its name, what’s clear by this point is that this all-consuming new belief system is exceptionally zealous, insatiably revolutionary, self-righteously brutal, and going ideologically viral with breathtaking speed and essentially no opposition.

The result is that the New Faith, which rejects nearly every fundamental principle of liberal modernity — the existence of an objective and immutable reality that can be discovered by reason; the scientific method; an enduring human nature; the primacy of the sovereign individual over the collective; impartial equality before the law; secular pluralism and the value of freedom of speech; the separation of the private and political spheres — is enthusiastically taking an axe to the decaying pillars holding up liberal democratic civilization just as it enters a potentially existential struggle with a rising authoritarian challenger. …

What does the combination of these revolutionary forces mean for democratic societies the world over? In the short term, we have already seen their influence in the political convulsions that have divided nations between elites and populists, “center” and “border,” and now Woke and Unwoke, all but completely replacing the traditional but now largely meaningless and irrelevant Left-Right political axis. But, in the long term, the effects are likely to be far more dramatic.

It would be naïve to assume that any liberal democracy (or any society) can long survive with all of its conceptual foundations gutted. Either it will collapse into civil conflict, or those foundations will be replaced brick by brick by the New Faith, until it is transformed into an unrecognizable edifice that is neither liberal nor democratic.

Nowhere is this process more advanced than in the presumed leader of the “liberal” order, the United States, a country already riven with vicious political polarization, deep economic inequalities, revivified racial hatreds, and no direct experience of authoritarian or totalitarian ideologies to provide any inhibition to their spread. …

Nothing that happens in the United States is likely to remain contained within its borders. At least for now, America is still the unsurpassed cultural force in the world; whatever positive or pathological ideas it produces are soon spread abroad, whether desired by benighted foreign populations or not. Nor, we should recall, has any ideological revolution in history ever been content to stay within the boundaries of one state — not Marxism, not the French Revolution, not the Reformation, and certainly not a young Islam.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

America is NOT the greatest country anymore

America is NOT the greatest country anymore. By Hollywood, from 2012.

From the movie The Newsroom : We Just Decided To. Boy, how the things the left believed in have changed in just nine years.

We didn’t identify ourselves with who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy.

hat-tip Louis

The Era of Overzealous Cleaning Ends:  CDC acknowledges that the risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low

The Era of Overzealous Cleaning Ends:  CDC acknowledges that the risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low. By Emily Anthes.

When the coronavirus began to spread in the United States last spring, many experts warned of the danger posed by surfaces. Researchers reported that the virus could survive for days on plastic or stainless steel, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that if someone touched one of these contaminated surfaces — and then touched their eyes, nose or mouth — they could become infected.

Americans responded in kind, wiping down groceries, quarantining mail and clearing drugstore shelves of Clorox wipes. Facebook closed two of its offices for a “deep cleaning.” New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority began disinfecting subway cars every night.

But the era of “hygiene theater” may have come to an unofficial end this week, when the C.D.C. updated its surface cleaning guidelines and noted that the risk of contracting the virus from touching a contaminated surface was less than 1 in 10,000.

“People can be affected with the virus that causes Covid-19 through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the C.D.C., said at a White House briefing on Monday. “However, evidence has demonstrated that the risk by this route of infection of transmission is actually low.” . . .

“Finally,” said Linsey Marr, an expert on airborne viruses at Virginia Tech. “We’ve known this for a long time and yet people are still focusing so much on surface cleaning.” She added, “There’s really no evidence that anyone has ever gotten Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface.” . . .

“This should be the end of deep cleaning,” Dr. Allen said, noting that the misplaced focus on surfaces has had real costs. “It has led to closed playgrounds, it has led to taking nets off basketball courts, it has led to quarantining books in the library. It has led to entire missed school days for deep cleaning. It has led to not being able to share a pencil. So that’s all that hygiene theater, and it’s a direct result of not properly classifying surface transmission as low risk.

So that part of the reaction to covid is now officially deemed a waste of time.

How many other about-faces and new truths about covid lie ahead?