Some of you may recall how I told you about the dip.
“As we enter May, we have entered what I call the dip.
If memory serves, 45 states are in some kind of lockdown. California was the first state to enter a lockdown. New York followed about a week later. New York and New Jersey have accounted for half of deaths. Over half of coronavirus cases have been in the Northeast.
We’re now at the point where regions of the United States will begin to diverge in their response to the virus. The Blue States are going their own way and prioritizing public health over the economy. The Red States are going their own way and prioritizing the economy over public health. Consequently, we can project that the geographic epicenter of the virus will shift inland over the summer. …
The reopening experiment is set to begin next month. I’m not for or against reopening. I believe it varies from state to state and the result will depend on whether the plan for a controlled reopening that was announced is followed by the governors. I don’t have much confidence in the experiment though because I doubt the plan will be followed. I also don’t think there is enough testing or contact tracing in place at the scale needed to control the virus and prevent it from rebounding. The only thing that I am confident about is that the virus is going to have more opportunities to flourish in the interior of the country moving forward. …”
It was all for nothing.
Everything we went through in March and April was for nothing. Both sides are equally to blame for it too. Not that it matters now. We’re living in a failed state. I’m more worried about a descent into a violent civil war along the lines of the Balkans or Afghanistan than the virus now.
In six months, we’ve already seen a repeat of the 1918 Spanish Flu, the most staggering job losses since the Great Depression and the worst race riots since the 1960s. This catastrophe won’t be complete without a sequel to the Civil War and a collapse of the American-led liberal world order.
Note: In hindsight, I was thinking this was a serious national crisis and should be treated like any other natural disaster. We take hurricanes seriously. We don’t live in a serious country though.