Would You Support the Lockdowns if It Meant Losing Your Own Job?

"Belief in the corona-religion is thin, but much worse, it’s gutless. People believe as long their jobs and their businesses aren’t being destroyed"

There’s a new television show that’s coming out or already out. The name of it escapes, but that’s really not the point. The point is that it’s about a pandemic. Notable about it is that it was produced before the coronavirus meltdown.

The rapidly spreading virus in the drama is one that takes away the memory of those infected. Imagine that. Imagine one day no longer having any reference point to the past. In this television show people are said to wear masks, among many other precautionary measures taken with an eye on avoiding infection.

Imagine if the television show described reflected real life? Can we all agree that if so, any kind of government force would be wholly superfluous? Really, who among us would need to be forced to do what it takes to avoid a virus that would rob us of the knowledge that makes us who we are? Whatever force government could dream up, most of us would come up with quite a bit more stringent precautions in the hope of maintaining our memory.

At the same time, some of us would most certainly throw caution to the wind. Think about it. For some of us, the past is too awful to remember. Better to lose one’s memory in order to start over again.

Notable here is that the “careless” among us would prove essential when it comes to devising a fix for a disease that strikes us in such cruel ways. Precisely because they would ignore all admonitions, their actions would provide crucial information about how the virus spreads. As this column has repeated over and over again since last March, freedom is brilliant on its own. At the same time, freedom is a lifesaver. It produces information. When a virus is spreading, logic dictates that people be left alone to live as they wish. Varying actions will unearth the why behind spread so that people can better learn what precautions make sense, and which ones are wasted.

It’s all a reminder of what’s always been obvious: the lockdowns that cities and states foisted on the American people to fight the spread of the coronavirus were tragically wrong. This was especially true assuming the virus had been even a fraction as lethal as the alarmists told us it was. Precisely because it might kill, any force to make us avoid death was idiotically excessive. Worse, the lockdowns partially blinded us to how what wasn’t very lethal spread in the first place. Freedom is its own virtue, plus it once again generates information.

Freedom also generates economic growth. When people are free to work and to operate their businesses, wealth is created. Let’s call the latter “settled science” that is actually settled. Economic freedom on its own correlates with enormous wealth creation that produces resources necessary to turn today’s killers into tomorrow’s afterthoughts.

Conversely, command-and-control correlates with economic devastation. We’ve seen this domestically and internationally for the past 11 months. Tens of millions of Americans losing their jobs, millions losing their businesses, and hundreds of millions around the world pushed back into poverty and starvation so that the developed world’s nailbiters could feel safe.

About the economic devastation, let’s never forget the why behind it. It could never have happened 100 years ago, or even 20 years ago because work for too many was a destination. This was true for rich and poor. Even 20 years ago technology of the internet variety wasn’t nearly advanced enough for the well-to-do to take multiple month breaks from reality.

The political crack-up over the coronavirus was only possible in 2020 because those cracking up weren’t going to brutally suffer the impact of their childish emotion. Basically those making decisions could completely lose their minds, only to rob others of their personal and economic freedom. Why not? They could claim they were “doing something,” plus their “doing something” would in no real way inhibit their ability to continue to work and provide. This was a #richmanscoronavirus. Please repeat this truth over and over again. There’s quite simply no way politicians respond in 2000 or 1920 the way they did in 2020. They were able to ball up in the fetal position because the tragic consequences of their overreaction would not hurt them.

Same with the New York Times. Same with all manner of supercilious types who, in response to criticism of political hysteria, either did nothing (think of all the free market think tanks and organizations that sat the coronavirus out) or claimed a deep belief in “science” when asked why they weren’t up in arms about the takings of freedom and property by witless politicians. Translated for those who need it, those who sat out this tragedy or who supported the lockdowns, or “science,” or whatever, did so because they could. They were employed, and they will be employed.

It all raises a question that rates routine ask: just how deep is your coronavirus religion? How deep is your belief in the science, and the precautions forced on workers and businesses such that jobs and businesses are vanishing, such that people around the world are starving? Getting into specifics, how many who so haughtily supported the political class’s actions, or implicitly supported them by doing nothing, would respond in similar, upturned nose fashion if their jobs and businesses were threatened?

The view here is that the answer to the above question is fairly simple, and it’s answered by time. Imagine yet again if the coronavirus revealed itself in 2000, or 1920. Lockdowns in either instance would have devastated exponentially more people by destroying tens of millions more jobs, and millions more businesses.

So there’s your answer. Belief in the corona-religion is thin, but much worse, it’s gutless. People believe as long their jobs and their businesses aren’t being destroyed. Twenty or one hundred years ago they wouldn’t have been so sanguine. Let’s never stop reminding them of this truth.

Source: American Institute for Economic Research

  1. Sally Snyder says

    As shown in this article, the United Kingdom is already planning for vaccine passports:


    Given that governments are rarely composed of original thinkers, those of us living in the so-called advanced nations can pretty much assure ourselves that, once the United Kingdom imposes this new reality on its citizens, the rest of our so-called elected leaders are sure to follow like a herd of sheep.

  2. ken says

    “The rapidly spreading virus in the drama is one that takes away the memory of those infected.”

    The covid mythical virus reduces intelligence. Back in the day,,, Buffalo in the fields were being slaughtered by people shooting them from trains passing by,,, when a buffalo went down the one standing beside it just continued to eat,,, too stupid to run.

    Same thing today when people take the Mengele shot and fall,,, the rest just stand around being told by the angels of evil that a few have to die for the safety of the many.

    The people that push the mythical disease are the false gods the scriptures speak of. People laugh off the King of Kings but bow to the Fauci’s of the world.

    Go figure.

  3. Jim Yost says

    Coronamania Quotes – Regarding mentally and morally deranged hypocrites like Dr. Falsie and Bill Gates and people in power who they control (or who control them), their cockamamie face diaper mandates, ‘Lockdowns,’ vaccines, social distancing, etc. and the ever growing public outcry against them and their worthless agendas:

    “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.” Isaiah 10:1 in the King James Version
    “Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.” Thomas Carlyle
    “The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” Frederick Douglass
    “Any general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.” Ezra Pound
    “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau
    “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” Henry David Thoreau
    “It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” Alexander Lukashenko
    “They will create the virus themselves and will sell you the antidote.” Muammar al Gaddafi
    “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, pervasive, and unrealistic.” John F. Kennedy.
    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Joseph Goebbels (Director of Hitler’s ministry of propaganda)
    “It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.” Eric Hoffer
    “Those who fervently seek the annihilation of others are really driven by the longing for self-annihilation.” Emile Durkheim
    “All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries and credulities of mankind.” Henry Ward Beecher 
    “If all else fails, immorality can always be assured by spectacular error.” John Kenneth Galbraith
    “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” Frederick Douglass
    “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglass
    “The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a worldwide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the decade.” Hannah Arendt, 1969 
    “The greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is by human beings who refuse to be persons.” Hannah Arendt
    “Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is rotten to the core.” Hannah Arendt
    “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity are still the last guarantee of their loyalty.” Hannah Arendt
    “Before man’s leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of men who can fabricate it.” Hannah Arendt
    “Love by its very nature is unworldly, and it is for this reason, rather than its rarity, that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.” Hannah Arendt 
    “Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.” Arthur Schopenhauer
    “If you give someone power, they’re going to use it.” Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
    “Force does not constitute right… obedience is due only to legitimate powers.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “Dressed in the lion’s skin the ass spread terror far and wide.” Jean de La Fontaine
    “Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.” William Penn
    “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” William Penn
    “Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.” William Penn
    “Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.” Murphy (from Murphy’s Laws)
    “It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.” Murphy.
    “If you build a system that a fool can use, only a fool will use it.”Murphy
    “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” Nikola Tesla
    “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The Law of God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous and seeketh to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not: Yea, I sought him but he could not be found.” Psalm 37:30-36 in the King James Version.

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