Since today is Halloween, in perhaps the strangest year we have ever lived through, I thought I would go off topic and share some information about our favorite horror story of 2020—Covid-19 lockdowns. This information is from Thomas Woods, Senior Fellow at Mises Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 12 books.
Of course, we all want people to be safe and practice common sense in keeping our vulnerable from getting infected from this deadly virus, but as Woods put it recently, the COVID shutdowns around the world have proven that the cure is actually worse than the problem in more ways than one, which of course is a controversial thing to say, but it’s hard to argue with the evidence. I personally have been frustrated by the continued politicization of lockdowns in the name of preventing the spread of the virus. On that note, here’s a recent email Woods sent out about how these lockdowns have failed to stop the virus around the world. (Trigger warning: Woods’s views are quite libertarian and not politically-correct!):
“With Massachusetts seeing a rise in “cases,” I saw someone on Twitter lamenting that he and his fellow Massachusetts residents had “dropped the ball.”
Notice that this person cannot admit that the voodoo doesn’t work. It’s always because the peasants didn’t comply enough.
If you stupid people would just obey us, this thing would go away!
I understand why progressives might be attracted to this way of thinking:
(1) They hold a superstitious belief in the powers of the state — so if the state says it can wipe out a virus, who’s to say it can’t?
(2) It involves “experts” dictating to the stupid rubes, which is their preferred model of governance.
(3) It allows them to ridicule the working-class people they despise — why, if only these backward hicks would “follow the science,” we’d be out of this thing already!
But let’s face facts:
Lockdowns only delay the inevitable, and they leave wreckage in their wake. (And forget about masks: as I’ve shown before, mask mandates have no discernible effect on the spread of the virus. If they were as effective as people say — e.g., if we’d just wear masks for six weeks, we’d be out of this! — there should be some obvious effect on the charts, but there just isn’t. Believe me, I wish masks could solve the problem so I could get the rest of my life back.)
Peru, Belgium, and the UK (to name three of many examples) had hard lockdowns, and high death rates. Belgium and the UK are locking back down, as is much of Europe.
The crazies, when faced with this data, try to claim that such-and-such country didn’t lock down early enough. It can’t be that lockdowns don’t work, remember. (It’s super-scientific to assume a priori that the approach works!) No, it’s always that those stupid people didn’t “listen to the science,” even though there is precisely zero “science” behind lockdowns. There’s no guidebook, no nothing. Lockdowns weren’t even a thing until 2020.
But you certainly can’t say that Spain didn’t lock down early and hard.
Or Italy, for that matter, much as they try to.
Now the same European countries whose insufferable intellectuals have been lecturing the U.S. for its handling of the crisis are seeking spikes in deaths again.
In Italy, and in the UK, and here and there in other places, at least some people are fighting back.
The last lockdown took everything they had. One video, which has gone viral, shows an Italian woman crying that she has lost everything and has nothing to feed her child.
I guess she’d better “listen to the science,” right?
What a sick, deranged cult this is.
And what is the point of indefinitely depriving ourselves of what makes life worth living, so we can live in an antisocial dystopia? What are we staying alive for then? So we can sit at home and stare at the wall?
There are other concerns in the world apart from COVID-19. Incredible that this should have to be said.
Even some of the elderly are starting to say: I’m at the end of my life, and you want me to spend my final months and years like a vegetable? What’s the point?
Meanwhile, vastly more deaths are being caused elsewhere by the policy. Oxford’s Sunetra Gupta just published a column in the Daily Mail arguing that the response to the virus has been worse than the virus itself.
Even the New York Times noted that excess deaths from TB, HIV, and malaria caused as a direct result of the lockdowns will exceed two million.
I could go on and on about the collateral deaths, but I’m probably sounding like a broken record by now.
As Professor Gupta puts it, “Lockdown is a luxury of the affluent; something that can be afforded only in wealthy countries — and even then, only by the better-off households in those countries.”
By the way, Prof. Gupta describes her politics as “left-wing,” and is aghast that people think she’s part of a right-wing conspiracy because she opposes barbaric lockdowns.
In her column, she pointed to a new initiative aimed at chronicling the devastating effects of lockdowns. I thought you might be interested to take a look:
If you’re interested, here’s a recent lecture by Thomas Woods, where he gives us the history of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s long but worth watching.
As we observe a day that celebrates fear, let’s think about how we’ve been continually indoctrinated by the politically-motivated fearmongers during this pandemic in an election year. Let’s think for ourselves and do own research. Again, let’s be safe and use common sense with regard to protecting our vulnerable, but let’s also not give into fear and stop living our lives. We need to safely open up our country and get back to living again.
This was very well done Mel. And it is a sick and deranged culture that would continue to promote this dystopian way of life knowing all that we know of the negative effects of lockdowns. We are taking away everything enjoyable about life in order to prevent death. That is certainly no way to live, not for me anyway.
I agree, Tricia. It’s all in the name of politics and selling a narrative. It’s actually pretty evil when you think about it. It’s also obvious that it no longer has anything to do with the overall health and welfare of our society. It goes against everything pertaining life and happiness in relationship that Christ paid for on the Cross. I can’t wait until the election is over.
I’m not sure much will change though Mel after the election, no matter who wins.
Probably true in the short run, but as we’re starting to see in parts of Europe, like with the UK and France, you can’t keep people locked down indefinitely. They will just rebel. We know, historically, freedom cannot be repressed forever.
The problem is, we have nothing to compare it to, no statistics in the same category. We have never tested people on a large scale as we have for something like COVID before. We can assume that people, at any given time, are walking around in the general public as “carriers” of things like TB, Shingles, the flu, Scabies, etc. All potentially deadly to some, but not threatening to the rest of us. Sound familiar? If you believe the commercials for a shingles medication, 1 in 3 people are walking around with shingles! My God! What are we doing out of our houses EVER?! (sarcasm). My husband lost his job two weeks ago because of COVID…not because of the illness, but because of the fallout from the lockdowns. Now we are up a creek with virtually no paddle, and I know we aren’t alone. What is it going to take to bring people to their senses? But there is always those few in the crowd pointing fingers and calling the rest of us irresponsible killers because we just want to take care of our families. God must be weeping in heaven for humanity right now.
So sorry your husband lost his job, Lisa. It’s this kind of thing that just infuriates me about this shutdown. The wealthy elites, politicians, and those with “necessary” jobs can go indefinitely in a lockdown. They play fear politics while people, like your husband, lose their jobs and countless small business owners lose their dreams forever. Not to mention all the other negative issues that Wood brought up.
Like you said, there’s no blame for how we responded to this at first because we had no idea what we were getting into. It was right to shutdown the economy until we could get a handle on things. But now, we DO know how to respond. We DO know who are most vulnerable, we DO have effective treatment for those who are infected. There is a 99% survival rate for most people in this country. Yes, we have increase in cases because we’re testing more people! But we will never get rid of the virus, even if we lock down things forever. So, locking everything down now is just inexcusable.
Agreed and thanks for the concern. Every time I hear our “leaders” say we need to keep wearing masks, shutting down, distance learning for our kids, etc. I always wonder to what end? Like you said, it isn’t just going to magically disappear. It will still be there. So frustrating. Praying for an end to it all.
Amen. I’m praying, too.
Yep, I approve of this message, Mel! We done lost our minds. A quarantine is for the sick, never the healthy. This is not “science” at all.
Something that also bothers me, in the midst of all the red tape and convoluted policies, we’ve completely lost our common sense. I told a kid the other day to wear his bike helmet and he proudly proclaimed it was all good, he had his mask on. “Wash your hands” is now a secondary concern, since people can just put on magic masks to protect them from all harm. Too much regulation actually makes us dumber, less inclined to use our own common sense. We’ve now got one way aisles in the grocery store and six ft circles, and people are so busy trying to follow all the directions they don’t even notice their mask isn’t covering their nose. Gloves are another one, very task specific, downright toxic if those are your gloves for the day…or the week. That’s worse than bare hands.
Yeah, you’re right, IB. Too much regulation makes us dumber and we lose any common sense. Another thing about draconian shutdowns is that people eventually rebel against them altogether and they actually infect more people than they might’ve otherwise under normal common sense practices.
I can’t believe how fearful people are over this (they need to stop feeding on the news!) I personally know parents who won’t let their kids even hug their relatively healthy grandparents because they’re so afraid they’ll get them infected. But most Americans have a much higher chance of dying from accidental death than from Covid. It’s pretty sad, actually.
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“Listen to the scientists,” they say. Scientists may be experts, but only in their field. Scientists aren’t economists. They’re not psychiatrists. They’re not educators. They’re not pastors. This is a multi-faceted issue and the scientists DON’T know every aspect of it. They can’t.
Exactly. Dr. Fauci even said he is only considering the virus and not the bigger picture, which is why he even agreed that the economy should open up.
I don’t understand how you can say Masks are not effective. They may not be 100% effective but can you really advise people not to put on a mask if they are going to be in a crowded area and unable to keep 6 feet apart?
CDC now says masks protect both the wearers and those around them from Covid-19
Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy — Springfield, Missouri, May 2020
Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
I didn’t say anything about masks. My point was about lockdowns. You must be referring to the quote by Tom Woods in my post. But, on that subject, HE has actual data that doesn’t show masks making any significant difference in Europe or here in the U.S. You can watch this video. He goes into the evidence about masks about 11:39 in (I think I set to that point in the video, but WordPress doesn’t always recognize the YouTube coding.) Anecdotally, I personally know a couple dozen or so people who’ve contracted Covid-19 and most of them wore masks religiously. His argument is pretty compelling. Here’s the video:
Man’s solutions are often far worse than the problem. Great article. Good to see not everyone in the world is insane with fear.
Amen. Thanks for your comments.