In This Red Dawn, Who Invaded Whom?
It's an occupation alright. By a mind-diseased doomsday cult
The gigantic mess of 2020 called lockdown began with an email thread called Red Dawn, based on the old movie about a Russian invasion of the US. The idea, I suppose, was that the virus was the invader. The public health lockdowners and fanatics on the list who urged the overthrow of American life as we knew it imagined themselves to be the saviors.
(You can read many, but not all, of the emails here. They were enormously influential in generating the necessary panic to kick their sadistic social experiment into high gear.)
What actually happened was a different kind of invasion. It was the saviors who invaded our schools, churches, sports, commercial lives, and even our homes. They took total control, issuing random edicts by the day concerning what we could and could not do. They enforced these edicts at the point of a gun, thus wrecking countless businesses, driving millions into depression, violating all human rights, and shattering the lives of countless millions not only in the US but all over the world.
All they needed to do to accomplish this was to tap into a premodern and unscientific (and essentially childish) penchant to believe that the right way to deal with a virus is to run and hide from it, as if human beings didn’t evolve with viruses in a complicated dance for a million years. Forget everything we’ve learned from science over the 20th century; instead, we should behave like Prince Prospero in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Masque of the Red Death (yes, the use of the word masque here is word play).
To this end, left-liberalism gave up all its ideals: concern for the poor, high regard for civil liberties, opposition to biases against The Other, its celebration of the arts, and even its attachment to public schools and personal privacy. The people among the right and the libertarians who went along, through whatever kind of twisted thinking, found themselves trapped too: limited government, the Constitution, and human rights all had to bow to the great agenda of virus control.
The victims of this invasion – mainly the people not in a position to pretend to live life fully digitally at home – were so shocked at what was happening that they couldn’t marshal the nerve to stand up to the lockdowners. Those who dared protest were jeered mercilessly by a pro-lockdown mainstream media machine.
Many people thought: Surely this must be a terrible and ghastly emergency. Otherwise they never would have done this. But as the months have rolled on, we are discovering an even more horrible truth: this is a normal virus that behaves like every widespread respiratory virus that science has encountered in the past, best dealt with not via state coercion but with medical therapeutics and immunological adaptation.
We’ll see in a few years what really happened to us through two pieces of data: excess deaths over a five-year period, which will not reveal much that is unusual (and this fact will confuse future generations), and the GDP data, which will reveal astonishing economic devastation never seen before in the modern world, not even in depression or war. The great suppression has wrecked not only whole sectors of industry and art but has fundamentally shaken public confidence in core expectations concerning law, liberty, and the protection of property against invasion.
We are nowhere near coming to terms with what has happened to our world. Attorney General William Barr, in a question and answer session at Hillsdale College, rightly decried the Covid lockdowns as a grotesque intervention in people’s lives.
“You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. It’s — you know, other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”
“The person in the white coat is not the ‘grand seer’ who can come up with a right decision for society. A free people makes its decision through its elected representative.”
Where was the ACLU? Where was the civil-liberties defending left? Why did the courts wait so long in most states finally to act? For that matter, how did this happen at all in a country that prides itself on the rule of law and freedom for the individual?
These are questions we will be asking for a long time. The sheer evil that has transpired over these six months is mind-boggling. And one of the major political parties has made it a campaign issue that we should have lockdowned even more!
“It would have been great if we had a national lockdown, so that people’s lives would be saved and our children would be going on with their lives today as they should be.” ~ House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn.
I just spent a bit of time watching the arguments in the Kentucky Supreme Court, during which one side says the governor cannot legally exercise dictatorial power on a whim, and the other side keeps saying “But there is a virus,” as if the presence of a pathogen is unprecedented and thereby justifies throwing out all human rights and freedoms.
It’s astonishing that we are, at this late date, debating fundamental issues of freedom itself, and that in the United States, of all places, we have major sectors of public opinion pushing for autocratic absolutism as a recommended theory of law.
This was indeed Red Dawn. The invader was not the virus but rather governments who imagined that with enough edicts and guns they could intimidate the virus into going away. They tried to scare the disease away with rhetoric and violence but in the end, governments have only one ability: the capacity to control people. The sooner we recognize the real enemy is government overreach, the sooner we can get on with making sure nothing like this ever happens again.
Covid 19 policies are an all out war on all of us. Everyone is a suspect, every one is an invader since each of us carries 400 trillion viruses on us at any any one moment. Limits, duties and restrictions on the individual, but privilege, legal immunity and subsidy go to the state and their patrons, the oligarchs.
The individual who attempts his own thinking, his own self direction is public enemy number one every where in the world.
Its an acceleration of a trend and not a change of a trend from the late 19th century.
The idea the state can manage the economy, manage people’s retirement, manage people’s educations, manage the weather, manage people’s health, protect people against viruses and biological invaders and remake and rebuild foreign countries is diabolical fantasy.
Trump is an idiot
The branch covidians; our greatest enemy, this has become a life and death struggle, what side are you on?
“For that matter, how did this happen at all in a country that prides itself on the rule of law and freedom for the individual?”
We are under the rule of political correctness and groupie tyranny. The government and courts are infested with these vermin. Everyone expects the upcoming election to be the cure all but it will be just another joke that will actually make things worse. The country is barely governable now,,, wait…the best is coming.
The invader was the government, egged on and morally blackmailed by the billionaire-owned media. The head of the serpent is the billionaire class.
I made the mistake of watching “Red Dawn” decades ago, I guess (’70s? 80s?). I remember it as one of the dumbest movies I had seen, almost comic.
Yeah I watched it at the time, it was very cool. In hindsight it was completely ridiculous.
More like dumberine. That movie was so bad – from story to script to really bad acting – that I was pulling for nuclear war toward the end of it.
amerikans more stupefied, passive, childish—a nation of automatons, where stupidity is a virtue
Sure but the rest of the world did the same thing and worse.