Go back to work and, not incidentally, preserve our freedom

This is my agenda which I just mailed off to a colleague.

If I might say so, dealing with the logic of the lockdown will not save us from this massive assault on our freedoms. The theory is plain enough. If there is an epidemic in which each person individually can pass on the disease to someone else by our proximity to each other, then to limit the reach of the disease, one must limit proximity. If there is more to it than that, I have not noticed. Beyond that basic premise, there were from the start an incredible flow of statistical projections that have turned out not just to be wrong, but overwrought. Every one of these projections has been abandoned. I wish I could say that therefore the rule of “the expert” is now at an end. It actually looks like it is only now just getting into full swing. This, in my view, is a large part of what should concern us.

If you want an economics analogy, we saw the same rule of expertise after the Global Financial Crisis. The supposed economic pandemic disappeared within half a year, but the destructive long-term effects of the various stimulus packages have continued to weigh our economies down to this day.

The problem is, if I may say so, rule by public servants who never have any accountability applied to any errors they make. There is much more that could be said on that, but will just leave it at that. There seems to be no means to unwind what has been set in motion, especially since this has been so monstrously politicised. And with every political leader there has been an associated political agenda, not one of which has done a single bit of good.

Yet we have our own agenda, and this may be the time we bring this agenda into the national conversation. Our agenda is that we should decentralise decision making, allow individual initiative to lead in the search for solutions and medical cures, remove the restraints placed on the economy by the various policies to enforce “social distancing”, and we should open up the market place and allow everyone to get back to work, or to do whatever else they might choose to do. In the meantime, isolate those who are most at risk, and apply certain precautions especially on air travel.

The downside may be some additional deaths and a slightly longer duration of the corona virus within the population, although herd immunity will this way kick in sooner. But my near certainty is that the CV is now past the peak of its virulence. States that open up will not appear any worse off than those that do not. But we should be using this moment to emphasise the elements of our political, economic and social systems for what they are, the greatest protection that each and every person has. We should state clearly that the approach that has been adopted is a losers’ strategy which has no obvious end in sight, and we should be seeking a free and open society, in which everyone understands the risks that are inevitably there, and in which everyone does what they can to secure their own safety. We should make it clear that the government cannot protect you.

The government should obviously remain active in gathering and providing information on how each of us individually needs to act to limit the risks we face. By arguing against a lockdown and in favour of a freedom-based approach would not only be the best solution to the problem of the spread of the corona virus, but would also be in keeping with our own philosophies.

This seems to be similar to the approach suggested by Conrad Black: A Farrago of Democrat Delusions Will Bury Them in 2020.

In a month, Trump had invoked the National Emergencies and War Production Acts to get instant testing, now being conducted 300,000 times a day, and had General Motors and others manufacturing pulmonary ventilator machines. He “flattened the curve,” produced a formidable financial assistance plan for the shut-down country, and now urges everyone to work and school, as we now know that for the eighty percent of people beneath the age of 60 without compromised immune systems, the fatality rate is one for every 22,000 people.

Here is the contrast:

This is the Democrats’ plan: pretend Trump was responsible for the pitiful state of crisis medical response that he inherited, and that he didn’t act promptly in reducing the flow of incoming people from coronavirus-afflicted countries; pretend that he didn’t build an entire emergency medical service in three weeks; pretend that scores of millions of people should remain idle for months for the sake of a statistically very small number of potential deaths among the 260 million healthy Americans beneath the age of 60; pretend that it is Trump’s duty to impoverish a third of his countrymen as he sacrifices himself politically; and pretend that the revelation of unprecedented skulduggery by the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign in 2016 in corrupting the FBI and intelligence agencies and using them to try to influence and then undo a presidential election is just a red herring designed to distract the country.

We need to not just open our economies, we need to return to the open society as soon as we possibly can.

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24 Responses to Go back to work and, not incidentally, preserve our freedom

  1. Matt says:

    “But my near certainty is that the CV is now past the peak of its virulence.”
    Based on what?

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    pretend that the revelation of unprecedented skulduggery by the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign in 2016 in corrupting the FBI and intelligence agencies and using them to try to influence and then undo a presidential election is just a red herring designed to distract the country.

    it’s high time for some prosecutions

  3. Herodotus says:

    When they have finished wrecking the already weakened economy they might stop and reconsider that herd immunity is the only longer term solution.

  4. iamok says:

    Sorry try again:

    Spoton. On top of the lack of PS accountability (for anything I might add) is that whichever way this went the pollies win.

    If there were massive deaths their response would have been “It could have been much worse if we had not locked things down”, and the current scenario where there are bugger all deaths ” It could have been much worse, we took the right course.” Then it became a race to the bottom with unfettered spending and powers, with Danistan leading the way.

    What is worse is that I fear this is just a test run.

  5. Matt says:

    ‘But my near certainty is that the CV is now past the peak of its virulence.’

    Based on what exactly?

  6. NoFixedAddress says:

    Steve,

    And to think of how ‘they’ used to laugh at all the preppers!

    Re ObamaGate,

    The other secrets inside Grenell’s satchel are the key to the biggest political scandal in US history

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/05/the_emotheremsecrets_inside_grenells_satchel_are_the_key_to_the_biggest_political_scandal_in_us_history.html

    AND

    Beyond Biden, Brennan, and Clapper: How Grenell’s satchel tells us this is on the right track

    from Liberty Unyielding

  7. Tim says:

    Totally agree Steve

    The hole situation should have been handled using bio security measures.

    This is a analogy, but applies to the current situation

    If I want to bring a horse/cattle/sheep/any animal into Australia. I can, I just need to bring it via quarantine. The animal is placed in a quarantine area for the appropriate time and is checked by vets and released into Australia.

    The same happens inside the boarders. In the case of Hendra virus that transferred from bats to horses and then to humans in Hendra Brisbane. People died there to, the death rate was more like 50% than the China virus 0.something. The stable was Quarantined, then realising that horses had been moved the quarantine was expanded accordingly. Testing was done and quarantine was relaxed in the areas that were determined clean. Bingo than there was no hendra virus. We didnt close down the entire country throw people out of work. This is how the china virus should have been handled.

  8. Tim says:

    I should have added there are at least 20 pollies in Canberra including the agriculture minister that should have known how bio security works David little to be proud of should in my opinion resign. He is in cabinet and should have fort for this as the solution. He should have known this process inside out and have been able to prosecute it. After all he represents almost a 1/3 of Queensland and has thousands of sheep and cattle producers in his electorate. Every single one of them has had to develop bio security plans over the last few years. Every single one of them have to review their plans every year.

  9. m0nty says:

    Anyone still pushing herd immunity is a psychopath.

  10. Anyone who doesn’t admit we already had herd immunity is a dishonest psychopath.

  11. Mak Siccar says:

    The approach adopted in this present ‘crisis’ is fundamentally flawed because it cannot be repeated. Why? Because (a) the majority of the populace will not tolerate such a lockup again, I hope, and (b) the country is now broke and cannot afford to subsidise and socialise again. All of this was completely foreseeable, but our pollies panicked and flailed about hiding behind the advice of unaccountable bureaucrats and their hysterical forecasts.

  12. Iampeter says:

    We need to not just open our economies, we need to return to the open society as soon as we possibly can.

    Except without free trade. And without freedom to choose where you live and where you can travel.

    So, not too open, right Steve?

  13. Snoopy says:

    m0nty
    #3454945, posted on May 16, 2020 at 9:45 am
    Anyone still pushing herd immunity is a psychopath.

    Ask Arky to weld your door shut. He can come back and cut it open when there’s a vaccine. It’s for you’re own good.

  14. calli says:

    And…this IS the Babylon Bee.

    But the sentiments are echoed by the blog’s Willing Shut-In.

  15. NoFixedAddress says:

    ‘YouareRock’

    why don’t you just say, “I am Groot”.

  16. Tim Neilson says:

    m0nty
    #3454945, posted on May 16, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Get back in the basement FFS!
    Haven’t you heard that restrictions have been relaxed? The wave of genocidal deaths is heading inexorably towards you while you’re wasting valuable time posting on a blog, you idiot.

  17. Tim Neilson says:

    Iampeter
    #3454959, posted on May 16, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Do you ever get tired of repeating things which have been incontrovertibly proved to be 100% irrational over and over again?

  18. Lee says:

    Anyone still pushing herd immunity is a psychopath.

    Nothing’s stopping you from continuing to self-isolate, Monty.
    Meanwhile, most of us want to get on with our lives.

  19. Kneel says:

    “Beyond Biden, Brennan, and Clapper…”

    … is Obama.

    Most interesting, and seemingly not very much commented on in the MSM, is that the “unmasking list” dates and the date of the call – call on 29 Dec, most requests on 14/15 Dec. So either someone can see two weeks into the future, or those “unmask requests” started early specifically to spy on Flynn. And what happened on 14 Dec that year? Well well, look at that – that was when Flynn and Rice got a letter from MI5/6 saying Steele was full of it, don’t trust him. Oh dear…

  20. OldOzzie says:

    It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed

    Most atrocities in human history have all been committed by individuals and agents of government who were “just following orders” or “just obeying the law.” The virus didn’t give any orders. It was the people who obeyed the commands of tyrants that crashed the economy and ruined the livelihoods of others.

    Most human beings still think like slaves. Instead of asking questions or using critical thinking skills to ask if something is right before doing it, they simply obey perceived “authority”. The truth is, this lockdown is the fault of everyone who complied and everyone who used forced to exact revenge on those who disobeyed. It was the same in all tyrannical takeovers in history.

    The mainstream media keeps blaming the economic devastation on the coronavirus, but it wasn’t the fault of a virus. It was the fault of the government and the slave mentality of the police and the public willingly obeying their commands.

    Mainstream media outlets are still trying desperately to spin the narrative and fault the “invisible enemy” for the very real toll on human life the government’s overreaction has already caused. This is nothing more than propaganda, and once you pick it up, you’ll be able to see it. The media doesn’t want you to put the blame where it belongs and figure things out for yourself, so they hide behind deception headlines that will keep you in fear of COVID-19 as long as possible.

    This is all a part of the larger plan to keep the public panicked about a virus and looking the other way when the tyrannical boots of the state come down on them. We know this is what the media does, and we know they are doing it to keep the ruling class in power and the public panicked and in a constant state of fear so they will comply with any and all enslavement measures.

    The police state and tyranny is brought to you by those willing to follow commands, regardless of the morality of the command. Tyrants can’t have power without people willing to enforce the tyranny. If there are no order followers, there are no orders.

  21. Squirrel says:

    “The problem is, if I may say so, rule by public servants who never have any accountability applied to any errors they make.”

    Very well put.

    Careers will be made and greatly advanced on the basis of having (or claiming to have) been at the heart of things in responding to the virus.

    For years to come, war stories will be told by those who were at (or reasonably proximate to…) the right hand of the PM or a Premier when we “faced our darkest hour in living memory etc. etc.”.

    But not one of these heroes, selflessly battling away (with their only reward being a five-figure deposit into the bank account every fortnight, and a commensurate indexed pension awaiting them), will ever face any practical consquences for anything which goes seriously wrong as a result of their advice or decisions.

  22. egg_ says:

    Anyone still pushing herd immunity is a psychopath.

    Fat [email protected]’s Godwin’s moment?

    It’s the same area under the curve, retard, if you’re the part of the herd that needs thinning, it’s gonna get you anyway.

    More Victorian lockdown bleating – any wonder the Hunchback is in charge down there in the Cardigan State?

  23. egg_ says:

    The approach adopted in this present ‘crisis’ is fundamentally flawed because it cannot be repeated. Why? Because (a) the majority of the populace will not tolerate such a lockup again, I hope, and (b) the country is now broke and cannot afford to subsidise and socialise again.

    If a REAL pandemic comes along in a few years, we’re fvcked, thanks to the B-Ark retards.

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