i see we have reached the "if it does not work do it more" stage of the pandemic
this has become a joke. it's just not a very good joke.
socialism is infamous for having the same cycle everywhere:
make grandiose utopian clams about how socialism will fix all the world’s problems and bring about equality, prosperity, and happiness
take power and implement socialism
run the world in to a ditch of inequality, penury, misery, and dictatorship
blame “counter revolutionaries”
when that fails, claim “that was not real socialism” and that we just need to do it better/harder/with smarter guys in charge next time
most authoritarian structures work like this. the logic of “it failed because you did not do it enough/do it right” is the classic unassailable bastion to which those who just foisted failure upon you retreat.
it’s a silly circular argument.
and it rapidly becomes obvious to anyone paying attention.
we’re clearly going through a round of “the vaccines don’t work so you need to take more vaccines” or even more hilarious and wrongheaded “omicron is vaccine evading, so you need boosters.”
this clearly makes no sense and the argument is rapidly falling apart as what sure looks like OAS is causing omi to pop up disproportionately IN the boosted.
this is going to be WAY too big to hide. it’s already become utterly apparent that the vaccines do not stop spread. it’s going to take little time for this to spread to boosters.
alas, if you think this is going to discredit the pushers of public health pablum and pseudoscience (or their acolytes), you may want to think again. that’s not how it’s going to go. doomsday cults become more, not less devout when the world fails to end on tuesday. and they have cards left to play.
the next round is going to be the return of lockdowns. it’s clear they want it, perhaps in general, perhaps only for the unvaxxed.
it’s already heating up with the “we need lockdowns to prevent more lockdowns” absurdity and the “we must lock down those not vaxxed with a vaccine that does not stop spread so that they will not spread covid” nonsense.
to swallow this after 2 years requires credulity to beggar belief, but the sad fact is: many still buy it.
it’s like watching a not terribly bright child fall for this joke over and over:
the fact that this becomes less funny in each retelling seems increasingly irrelevant.
the sunk cost fallacy has set in and all the past sacrifice and belief and proselytization and identity commitment to the cause weighs heavier and heavier. they NEED it to have meant something.
it’s a classic behavioral trap. economists study it. they build business models (like gym membership structures) around it.
the fact that those costs are in the past and that they are gone and unrecoverable is irrelevant to humans. it’s a known and carefully mapped flaw in rationality. humans will literally keep wearing a set of shoes that make their feet bleed just because they spent a lot of money on them. if they spent $50, they will throw them away. but $5,000? yup, wear them till your feet fall off even though you hate every minute.
you’re inflicting negative utility on yourself because you made a bad deal in the past.
is any of this starting to sound familiar?
the way out of this fallacy is to realize
that the past is gone
you cannot have it back
you have to play the ball from here
so choose to maximize your well being going forward irrespective of what has come before
having waited in line 3 hours to see a movie you do not want to see does not make seeing the movie worthwhile EVEN if you’ve already waited in the line. you’re just compounding the error.
and make no mistake, they know this. this is why it’s all been sold as “2 weeks to flatten the curve” and “just until vaccines” or “just one more shot” or “just need to add digital vaccine ID for going to work.”
yeah, much of europe looks wobbly or even lost to deep totalitarian impulse, but in the US, this has failed. it’s over. they lost. they’re just too desperate or too desperately stupid to see it yet.
even states like colorado are throwing in the towel. yeah, they might be a little preachy and buttocks covering about it, but even they can see which way the wind is blowing.
guys like this are going thermonuclear in their histrionics, but they represent no one. and even they can see that the game is over. this is just the grandstanding and vilification of a dude whose heavily favored team just got blown out. next he’s gonna blame the refs…
the south has been open and going to 100,000 fan football games. the kids are in school unmuzzled and un-terrorized. it’s making zero difference for covid. their seasonal surge waned anyhow. we’re all going to owe them a massive debt of gratitude when this is over. they stood up. they led. they held the line on freedom from bio-tyranny.
without their control group, the US might well look like germany.
the northeast is now vaxxed to the gills and exploding into covid season. none of this is making any difference, the vaccines are not making a difference, masks never worked, and neither did lockdowns.
and more and more people see it.
the data is too big to hide anymore, the experience too prevalent.
trying to use children as human shields by giving them a jab against a disease that poses them near zero risk and of which they are not spreaders despite that vaccine having massively negative net expected value for the kids themselves has woken up the momma bears.
they do not want their kids injected, masked, and traumatized any more.
you do not win against that demographic. ever.
frankly, you should never even want to.
when the normally quiescent parents of your nation are sufficiently stirred to take time off from their lives and families rise against against you, you’ve really stepped over the line.
the courts are starting to do their jobs, public sentiment has shifted and will keep doing so, and a year from now, you’ll struggle to find anyone who admits to having been for all this.
(and if you doubt this, think back to iraq. nearly every dem in congress was pro-invasion. try finding one who admits it now. same with your neighbors. everyone changes jerseys and pretends they were on the winning team all along.)
now is the time to push back. hard. they have overstretched and overplayed their hands. their stories are strained, implausible, and fall apart faster than they can set them up. their half life is barely even one media cycle.
here is where we retake our lives and livelihoods and our rights.
this is not about rollback, this is about pushing over and toppling this edifice, about gutting the structures used to foist this debacle upon us and plowing salt into the fields from which they sprung.
it’s all paint over rust and it’s ready to crack apart and let us build anew.
forget the last two years. consider the rest of your life. do you want it to STAY like this? capricious, arbitrary, insane, and dictatorial?
there will not be smarter guys or better plans. there will just be this. on and on, world without end.
incremental appeasement and going along to get along is not a plan nor is it a basis for a free people.
make this next inch the inch you will not yield. and take the rest back. they were and always will be yours, not theirs.
this is the fight worth fighting.
the time is meow.
get after it.
the society you save may be your own.