There is a major disconnect between our perspectives.
Tony Martel is extremely angry because he believes there is a global conspiracy to destroy the economy which is having a personal impact on his life, the virus is “just the flu” and is being wildly exaggerated by public health experts and because other people in the Dissident Right don’t share his hyper emotional and irrational response to the coronavirus which is based on partisanship, paranoia and rejection of science. In his words, we are all “cowards” for not agreeing with Ramzpaul and Bill Mitchell.
In contrast, I have treated the coronavirus as a natural disaster since it was first brought to my attention in January, which I why I haven’t reacted emotionally to the virus. After SARS and MERS, there is nothing surprising that we are dealing with yet another coronavirus outbreak. Who could have ever seen it coming after H1N1, Ebola, Zika and bird flu? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which simulated such an outbreak last year? The federal government which simulated a pandemic which killed over 550,000 Americans last year? Public health experts have spent years warning Congress about the threat posed by a pandemic. Not only was this a known threat to the United States, it was known to be the only existential threat that was “capable of destroying America’s way of life.”
The coronavirus continues to be compared to the flu. Does anyone ever get this angry though about the flu? How about cancer or heart disease? How about thunderstorms? Fires? Tornados? Hurricanes? Floods? Earthquakes? Tsunamis? Blizzards? Volcanic explosions? We live in the natural world. Nature has always been capable of killing us and disrupting our lives. Grown ups understand this and deal with it. They don’t whine about how unfair it is that their home was destroyed by a tornado or a flood. Deadly viruses have been killing people and disrupting the economy throughout all of recorded history. It is staggeringly naive to believe that something like this would never happen in your life.
I don’t see the point in getting mad about a weather pattern, a tornado, a flood or a virus which is completely beyond my control. I just look at it, evaluate the threat and adapt accordingly. COVID-19 is a far greater threat than SARS because it is less fatal and transmitted through asymptomatic carriers which makes it highly infectious. It is a greater threat that H1N1 because it is much more lethal. Unlike the regular flu for which we have vaccines, it is something to be very concerned about and to avoid if possible. Only a fool would want to expose themselves or others to HIV, SARS, Ebola or COVID-19.
How do the conspiracy theorists explain all these other diseases? If public health officials are malicious and wanted people to die from all these other viruses for some inexplicable reason, why did they contain them and stop their spread? Do meteorologists create models to intentionally mislead people about tornadoes and hurricanes? Why have the globalists unleashed a lethal virus which has crashed the world economy and brought globalism to a halt? What do the wealthy have to gain from crashing the stock market? What do politicians have to gain by bungling their response to a public health crisis? Why are the world’s most prominent liberals closing their borders and shutting down their economies?
It is suggested here that there is some hidden agenda or plot at work although that is conveniently never spelled out because it is nothing but paranoia. The only explanation that makes any sense is that the situation is exactly as it appears and that our elites have been caught like a deer in the headlights and have failed to respond to the threat which is snowballing by the day. Politicians are having to make tough choices about how to respond to the virus which no one wants to make. There is nothing about the American response to the coronavirus that comes across as a secret plot. Donald Trump has spent two months dithering about whether or not the virus is “just the flu” and would go away in the spring.
The mainstream media didn’t want to talk about the coronavirus until late February when the situation in Italy became dire. In late January and early February, all the media wanted to talk about was Donald Trump’s impeachment. The coronavirus was dismissed as being less serious than the flu. The Democrats said at the time that racism and xenophobia were the real virus. Meanwhile, Donald Trump premised his entire case for reelection on the stock market and the economy only to preside over the biggest economic crash since the Great Depression. The idea that this is somehow all one big plot is laughable. We’re not taking our cues from the government or the media either. It is the government and the media which have caught up with us. They initially didn’t take the threat seriously.
It is the governors who are shutting down their states. One by one they are all being forced to make the same decision that the Chinese made when they locked down Wuhan in January and over half of their country in February. It is the same decision that has been made by Italy, Germany, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Honduras and so on. They can either order a shut down to stop the spread of the virus and save the health care system, OR, they can proceed as normal and allow infections and deaths to spiral and kill millions of people while destroying the health care system and crashing the economy anyway while it all plays out on television and social media.
Tony Martel doesn’t seem to agonize over this choice. If he was the governor of New York and was being briefed about the nature of this threat, he wouldn’t hesitate to nuke the health care system. He knows more about this virus than so-called “scientists.” Unlike Andrew Cuomo or Ron DeSantis, he would go on television and order the working class to get back to work. He would scold any doctor or nurse who was exposed to the disease and ended up dying from it as a consequence as a coward. He wouldn’t have any problem sleeping at night after making the call to allow people in his state to die.
I’m having difficulty processing and understanding all the contradictions in this tantrum as well as the previous one about Andrew Yang. After scolding us for supporting Andrew Yang who dropped out after New Hampshire, Donald Trump is being congratulated for sending every adult with a Social Security number a check for $1,200 in addition for signing into law the biggest bailout in American history. After dismissing the threat posed by the virus, New York City should have been quarantined. After ranting and raving about the economy and calling everyone cowards, Mardi Gras and Spring Break shouldn’t have taken place even though that would have had a devastating impact on tourism.
If Donald Trump had taken the virus as seriously as South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan or Taiwan in February, there would be no need for a lockdown. The virus wouldn’t have spiraled out of control because testing would have detected its spread and contact tracing and quarantines would have disrupted emerging clusters. Instead of taking the virus seriously, Donald Trump took the advice of people who said it was “just the flu” and that there was a false dichotomy between the economy and public health like Tony Martel, which was based on a toxic culture of ignorance, wishful thinking and conspiracy theories spread by crackpots. It never seems to have occurred to him why East Asia doesn’t have this problem.
There are three viruses here. The first is the coronavirus which emerged in China and is as deadly as advertised. The second is fear which is even more widespread. The third and by far the most lethal virus is liberalism which is why we have no defense against the previous two viruses. This is why the coronavirus has proven to be manageable in East Asia, but devastating in the West. Japan, for example, isn’t run by a moron like Donald Trump whose qualification to be president was being the host of a reality television show. In Tokyo, everyone is going about their business right now wearing a mask because Japan is a serious country. In the United States, the Surgeon General is a Trump affirmative action appointee who tells Americans not to wear masks. Is it any wonder America has been brought to its knees?
Look who is doing fine in this crisis and protecting both the economy and public health. It is places like Hong Kong where the government and the public listened to its public health experts like Dr. Gabriel Leung. The MAGA movement will go down in history as a disaster for nationalism and populism because it married both to classical liberalism, ignorance, grifting and a cult of personality. Those who are angry about the coronavirus lockdowns should look in the mirror. They will find their answers there.
Note: BTW, the “blackpillers” realized this years ago.