Notes from Social Distance

Joe Biden, in accordance with longstanding despotic tradition, has urged Americans to accept “shared sacrifice” in “the war” against COVID-19. 

The meaning of “shared sacrifice,” in government-speak: Private citizens will sacrifice more and more of their liberty, and the government will take that liberty. Hence, “sharing.”

So far, the United States of America has fought this “war” exactly the way she fought Vietnam: Try to prolong the agony unnecessarily, in order to ensure an ultimate defeat so total that one would never have imagined such a tiny threat could have wreaked such moral and political devastation upon a once-great nation.

As I have noted often, the sure proof that we are dealing with a deliberate global totalitarian assault on individual liberty is the assiduity with which world governments and their media allies have demanded complete control over the language of the pandemic, which they enforce by public shaming and mockery of anyone who dares to speak of the coronavirus in terms not officially sanctioned by the authorities — even when those terms were sanctioned by the same authorities last month.

Experiment: In any conversation about the “rampant spread” or “alarming case numbers” of COVID-19, with any person among the 99.9 percent of the planet that has fallen for this propaganda, try pointing out, as innocuously and matter-of-factly as possible, that of course it is spreading, just like the flu. That word, “flu,” is certain to trigger an immediate and automatized reaction (Manchurian-Candidate-style) from your propagandized interlocutor, to wit: “It’s not the flu! It’s totally different from the flu!”

As six of us may recall, “flu-like respiratory virus” was the standard descriptor during the early days of the pandemic, until the powers that be clearly decided that the term “flu-like” was likely to mitigate the desired mass panic, at which point it became an essential part of the public discussion to vehemently deny any similarity between this terrifying, unprecedented disease, which was suddenly having all sorts of bizarrely frightening effects ascribed to it on an almost daily basis, and the insignificant little influenza virus, which never hurt a fly.

COVID-19 is a virus affecting the respiratory system. It is spread through person to person contact, typically via droplets expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even talks in close proximity to others — just like the flu virus.

COVID-19’s primary, tell-tale symptoms are a low-grade fever, a tickle in the throat, a cough, and general aches and pains. As the media was fond of pointing out in the early days, these symptoms may easily be mistaken for the flu — since they are exactly the same symptoms. 

In the vast majority of cases, COVID-19 produces no symptoms or very minor symptoms. In a very small minority of cases, however — heavily weighted toward the very old or otherwise physically weakened — it can worsen, causing serious physical distress, pneumonia, and sometimes even death. Just like the flu.

But don’t you dare point any of that out to anyone on the bandwagon of panic. You will simply be met, repeatedly, with the automatized response: “It’s not the flu! It’s totally different from the flu!”

I believe that if a poll were taken today, in every advanced nation, asking one simple question — “What is the leading cause of death in our country in 2020?” — absolutely every one of those national polls would reveal at least 80-90 percent of the population giving the same answer. The wrong answer, by a large margin — wrong even in those countries, such as the U.S., where newly-instituted death certificate rules basically force doctors to officially classify every death as a COVID-19 death if the person is known to have coughed at any time in the previous three months. (That is only a slight exaggeration.)

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