"disband the CDC" goes mainstream
the reflexivity of the overton window
THIS article covers a great deal of ground that will be familiar to bad cattitude readers.
the CDC failed on virtually every measurable metric of covid response.
they promoted the pseudoscience of lockdowns and masking trotting out study after study with cherry picked or outright fraudulent parameters.
they made up ideas like “6 foot distancing” that lacked any basis whatsoever
they failed to recognize or admit to airborne and aerosol transmission
they pushed over-sensitive and irrelevant testing and fruitless and impossible contact tracing
they claimed vaccines would stop spread
they claimed vaccines would be 100% effective vs hospitalization and death
they pushed 2 doses and done as the “path to get your life back” then 3, then 4, then booster forever all on the basis of shoddy science.
and they systematically refused to do their appointed job of monitoring the adverse events of the vaccines.
they destroyed schools and businesses and drove the US economy and society into a ditch.
they made the lives of american children into a misery and cost them years of education and development despite their never having been at material risk.
they vilified and attacked the sane and accurate folks like jay and martin and sunetra and the great barrington declaration which was, quite literally, just a simple and uncontroversial elucidation of 100 years of evidence based epidemiology.
and now they have finally come full circle and tried to slide into adopting the practices that the actual adults in the room had been advising all along.
it took the CDC years to finally be pummeled into arriving at the place the great barrington declaration started back in fall 2020.
this absolute panoply of total, tragic, and willful failure has become way too big to miss.
this agency is either so outlandishly incompetent or so desperately politicized and corrupt as to pose grave threat to the american people especially and specifically because it was allowed to dictate to them (either directly or by informing the choices of those who did) and perhaps most of all because people trusted them.
and so begins the new era.
what’s so endlessly fascinating to me here is how rapidly this has become mainstream.
in 2109 if you had said “disband the CDC” in the headline of a major national publication, all anyone would have seen was this:
people still believed. they still inhabited in their minds a warm, snuggly technocratic state where serious people at serious agencies did serious work to keep us safe.
of course we have experts and they know all about this and they will know what to do.
but now, the same people see the headline of “disband the CDC” and instead they say:
this is overton window reflexivity: try to push it too far under false pretense and it snaps back the other way.
the scope of acceptable public discourse and ideas that are able to capture the center has, driven by an extravagant object lesson in the dangers of agency capture under technocratic rule, shifted extraordinarily because let’s face it:
there is nothing like seeing what you believe to be the robust apparatus of a high-tech safety state revealed to be a careening clown car of technocratic tyranny that has, to no good end, mowed down everything in its path for years and inflicted perhaps the most grievous peacetime harm america has ever experienced.
nosirreebob, there is not.
everyone saw the no pants emperor.
and now they are calling him out by name.
and this is a generational opportunity possessed of a very satisfying aspect of turnabout being fair play:
for as the acolytes of alinsky are so fond of saying, “one should never let a crisis go to waste” and let me tell you: this goes double for crises of public confidence.
people have had it with technocracy. it is so obviously incompetent and corrupt. that which was sold as safety turned out to be something altogether different.
and the false trade offs have become visible to the masses.
and “public safety” from evoked and exaggerated “great crises” has always been the one-way ratchet to technocratic tyranny.
trust us. we are the experts and you the lay. surrender just a bit more agency and we will make you safe.
and now the ratchet may be broken.
technocracy runs on trust.
and trust is gone.
can anyone doubt that these powers and prerogatives will, if left lying around, once more be weaponized against we the people in service of kleptocracy and unwanted societal engineering “for our own good”?
these are not experts, they’re the marketing arm of big government’s big business totalitarian collaboration for plunder and profit. it’s not about safety, it’s about power.
you will lose your rights and your freedom, but you will gain nothing. as has been on such vivid display, their promises of safety and security are empty. they do not seek to provide such and would not know how to do so even if they sincerely sought to.
the simple fact is this:
the only thing more dangerous than playing in the NFL without a helmet is playing in the NFL without a helmet while believing you’re wearing one.
for he without a face mask will take extra care, but he with a false one will go in for the tackle and break every bone in his face.
these agencies of regulation and safety are false protection. they are worse than nothing because their dictates impose monstrous costs without regard to efficacy and inflict nothing but damage upon those they are intended to spare from it.
the lifeguard is coming to drown you.
and enough have seen it that the net harm of their existence is now a topic of common currency.
their hubris has revealed them for what they are and nemesis is rising.
rise with it.
do not let this crisis of confidence go to waste. this is a once in a generation change to crystalize societal norms around liberty and regulatory rollback.
it is no risk to remove these assailants of lives and livelihoods from power because they were not providing safety anyway.
taking off a false helmet renders you better protected and provides incentive to find structures that WILL protect you.
in a modern data age, the idea that we cannot do better with open systems of combined medical data provided by choice by the people themselves into secure, open source pools for competitive and transparent analysis checked and validated by real, universal peer review instead of the data suppression and shaping of the closed cloisters and cathedrals of policy is ridiculous.
such a system would be 1,000 times as powerful, impossible to capture, open, honest, and immune to suppression.
we could have it for the asking.
and the time to ask is now.
this data and the conclusions that may be drawn from it belong the the people, not to the state and it is far too important to be left in the hands of a small self-credentialed clerisy whose interests fail to align with ours.
open systems beget open societies which beget human flourishing.
or did you need another lesson before you’ll walk through this window?