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What were the three biggest red pills of the year?

The top three from our vantage point:

– The corporate media permitting Joe Biden to use a teleprompter for interviews. The most common reaction to these revelations was, well, yuk yuk, there’s even more evidence Biden is a senescent, doddering old codger!

What they actually revealed is that the putatively independent media was working directly for a presidential candidate. Think about what this entails. The campaign writes a script for Biden and the interviewer. The media professionally produces the result.

That sounds like a campaign ad because it is a campaign ad, except campaign ads cost political campaigns donor money to produce and put on the airwaves, and they come with disclaimers about who paid for the ads (“I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message”).

At least they are supposed to. This degree of collusion makes whatever Russia was accused of doing look like child’s play. The media is not a watch dog, it’s a lapdog, staffed with bootlickers and ring-kissers whose sole purpose is to speak power to truth. That includes the bogus fact checking sites that claim everything is on the up and up because Biden was looking at something innocuous that we always use that is always there for everyone that no one has ever noticed before and no one has seen since. Right, of course.

– In March, April, and most of May, getting twenty people together to have a barbecue was an act of attempted murder. Then at the end of May, hundreds of thousands of people pouring on top of each other out onto the streets in big cities across the country became a collective act of righteousness.

As though that abrupt about face was not gobsmacking enough, the twenty people getting together for a barbecue remained an act of attempted murder–unless the event had the right political message. If it did, it endangered no one and was above any criticism. Ten proles gathering together to put an elderly family member to rest was beyond the pale, but hundreds of the most powerful swamp creatures sitting shoulder-to-shoulder to send one of their own to hell was a nationally televised religious event.

Inextricably related to this has been widespread, lasting compliance to whatever the powers that be decide The Science is at the moment. The restrictions of civil liberties done in the name of 9/11 pale in comparison to what has been perpetrated under the cover of Covid. Who would’ve predicted a year ago that the government would forbid American citizens from playing sports, running a restaurant, or having family over for the holidays? Yet to question any of these things now marks a person out as a dangerous miscreant. We’ve always been at war with the hospitality industry!

– Election fixing became an accepted part of the democratic process, undermining the very foundation of the democracy in the process. The Iowa caucus was stolen from Bernie Sanders. The conspiracy is hiding in plain sight. In mid-December, ten months after it mattered, Politico reported:

Democratic National Committee meddling, combined with missteps by the state Democratic Party, were the primary drivers of the chaos that torpedoed the Iowa caucuses earlier this year, according to a new audit commissioned by the state party.

The report, which was distributed to the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee at a meeting Saturday morning and obtained by POLITICO, identified a series of errors made by the DNC, IDP and the technology company contracted by the state party to build a reporting app to collect caucus results.

The February caucuses were overrun by foul-ups: The state party was unable to report a winner on caucus night, the mobile app to report results failed to work for many precinct chairs, the back-up telephone systems were jammed and some precincts had initial reporting errors. The state party chair, Troy Price, resigned in the wake of the debacle, which put Iowa’s status as the first in the nation nominating contest in serious jeopardy.

But the report pins the blame squarely on the DNC for the heart of the problem on caucus night — the delay in the reporting of the results. According to the report, the DNC demanded the technology company, Shadow, build a conversion tool just weeks before the caucuses to allow the DNC to have real-time access to the raw numbers because the national party feared the app would miscalculate results. The DNC’s data system used a different database format than Shadow’s reporting app, which caused multiple problems.

It wasn’t necessary to cheat Sanders out of the nomination to keep him from it. Once it was Sanders vs not Sanders, Sanders didn’t stand a chance in a fair election. Blacks wouldn’t vote for him and there is no winning the Democrat nomination without black support. But they broke the glass in case of emergency anyway, just to be sure, and they got away with it.

Something similar likely characterized the November general election, albeit on a must larger scale. Biden had the votes to vanquish Trump, but even if he hadn’t, it would’ve been made to look as though he did. And they’ll get away with that, too. They’ll get away with it over and over in the future. There is no reason not to think it is now a permanent feature of elections in the collapsing empire we’re living under.

 
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  1. Dumbo says:

    Perhaps Dems like the “black vote” because it is easier to fraud. Sure, 90% of blacks will always vote Democrat but not all of them go out and vote (just as many Latinxs also stay home). But many of their votes can be produced anyway by other methods.

    As for Covid, it’s a strange pandemic that allows for riots but not for barbecues or Christmas dinners with your whole family. And yet, many supposedly smart people believe it. I know a person who went to a family dinner but refused to hug or get close to anyone, for fear of contagion.

    • Agree: BADmejr
    • Replies: @Nodwink
    , @Rosie
    , @JR Ewing
  2. It’s the Great Reset, stupid!
    (Reading up on who, what and how the scheme will be done is actually the biggest black/red pill to ever exist.)

  3. iffen says:

    And they’ll get away with that, too. They’ll get away with it over and over in the future.

    Not with stalwart Sons of Liberty like Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse standing in their way. You write as if Trump was the last Freedom Fighter.

    • LOL: TomSchmidt
  4. MEH 0910 says:

    DNC’s Election Interference – NEW Revelations! Bernie, Buttigieg, and Iowa.


    [MORE]

    Buttigieg Smiles Creepily Instead Of Talking To Reporters About Iowa

  5. In other words, the media and the Dems took the little blue pill and proceded to b***-f*** the American people.

  6. Nodwink says:
    @Dumbo

    Older, low-IQ blacks in the South vote for who they are told to vote for, who they are paid to vote for (Mini Mike surged in the South for a while when he was spending a lot on Facebook ads, and [allegedly] promising plenty of $$$ for Black organizations). More affluent Southern blacks are the strongest supporters of the Dem Establishment; Bernie had plenty of support among younger and working-class blacks.

  7. I’d be interested in an analysis of two suburban NYC counties, AE. Westchester County voted for Biden, more strongly than for Clinton (who lives there) and I think Nassau went for Trump. Last time I think both went for Clinton.

    I ask, because both counties are relatively wealthy, and decent analogues of each other. Except: Nassau and Westchester used different voting machine technology, ES&S in the case of the former, and Dominion in the case of the latter. No one is looking for fraud in NY state, and there might be none. But a comparison of the two might be interesting.

    • Thanks: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @anonymous
  8. Well, you know “they” got away with it in the 1824 and 1876 national elections too, you know. None of this is even remotely new. There wasn’t even a secret ballot until after the Civil War, so if you went to vote, say, Republican, in South Carolina in 1860, the poll watchers, armed with Colt revolvers and Bowie knives, well, they just might have a different notion of what you ought to do.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  9. Dumbo says:

    whatever the powers that be decide The Science is at the moment.

    To me the worst is that you are called a “science denier” if you are hesitant about vaccines or the so-called global warming, but then the same crowd will have fits if you discuss things such as intelligence being genetic, or racial differences, then it becomes “debunked pseudo-science”.

    Fact is, “Science” has become simply a way to make people shut up, it has become really just “Science is only what I say it is and nothing else”.

    Who would’ve predicted a year ago that the government would forbid American citizens from playing sports, running a restaurant, or having family over for the holidays?

    Would it were only Americans, it was worldwide. And people accepted it like… sheep?

    Even now I see people posting in social media complaints about how some people don’t use masks and “are putting us all at risk” and such and such. I wonder, if the elites knew it was so easy to convince people, they would have done this “pandemic” thing much earlier.

    I also think sometimes that the whole “transgender issue” is also a way to test how much they can convince people of things that are obviously not true, just as “gay marriage” was a great test as well.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
  10. Nor sure why people are arguing over whether the election was technically stolen or not via fraud. TPTB have been openly rigging elections for 55 years via mass immigration.

    How is bringing in tens of millions of 3rd world immigrants whom you know will vote at least 2-1 in your favor different from stuffing ballot boxes?

    Heck, I’d prefer them to stuff the ballot box. At least, I wouldn’t have to deal with the foreigners after the election.

    • Agree: V. K. Ovelund
    • Replies: @Rosie
  11. nebulafox says:

    For me, it was the complete unwillingness of any “mainstream” authority to promise a return to normality upon the arrival of the vaccine. I don’t believe there’s a massive conspiracy at work, just inept bureaucratic inertia, but it doesn’t matter: in effect, it is the same thing. Such a simple statement that would have ostensibly cost them nothing, and which Americans were desperate enough to hear that it would have restored a lot of public legitimacy for such a small concession.

    Instead, the message is something like this: “You take the vaccine or you lose your job. And the vaccine does nothing. Lockdowns are to go on indefinitely. Trust the Experts.”

    I don’t need to tell you that these are the same Experts who insisted that worrying about the pandemic was Racist. Or the same Experts who initiated a massive wealth transfer as millions of Americans had their lives ruined by the pandemic. The same Experts who never feel the cost of their own policies, and whose main priority is to be seen as Doing Something.

    This particular issue sucks because I’m steeped enough in history (and have spent enough time around societies like Indonesia where the elderly can still talk to you about what pre-mass vaccination life was like, where you had to pop out an unsustainable amount of kids because you had to expect some would die before they became adults) to be very, very pro-vaccination as a general rule. This is the sort of thing that you shouldn’t *need* mandates for: the sort of thing that in the high-trust building culture of the USA circa 1919 people did on their own without any need for one. But I can hardly blame people for being leery about doing anything our elites ask anymore. Unfortunately, what this will probably lead is more ham-handed attempts at petty authoritarianism which further alienates the populace-and further opens them up to alternatives to a system that has so visibly failed them. Buckle up, people.

    • Replies: @iffen
  12. iffen says:
    @nebulafox

    But I can hardly blame people for being leery about doing anything our elites ask anymore. Unfortunately, what this will probably lead is more ham-handed attempts at petty authoritarianism which further alienates the populace-and further opens them up to alternatives to a system that has so visibly failed them.

    Yes!! Yes!! Into that briar patch please!

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  13. We’ve always been at war with the hospitality industry!

    Lol…

    I was red pilled about the media in the mid 90’s by Chomsky and about the fraudulent nature of elections in 2001. The only things I found surprising last year are the levels of dramatic in your face tyranny that could be ushered in under the guise of an allegedly bad seasonal flu virus and just how many Americans crave this sort of blatant authoritarianism. That the overlords could so thoroughly transform America with a media induced mass hysteria over a common cold virus seems oddly fitting.

    The death of a nation truly has a dignity all it’s own.

    • Thanks: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  14. Mark G. says:

    The thing I was most red pilled about this year was the marriage of the left and big business. The lockdowns that were supported by the left seemed to be aimed at the destruction of small businesses for the benefit of large corporations. America’s billionaires became almost a trillion dollars richer this year. Jeff Bezos led the way with 90 billion dollars more. People were forced to stay at home for nine months and stare at their computers and if you look at the list of people who became richer it reads like a Who’s Who of the tech world: Bezos, Zuckerberg, Ellison, Ballmer, Gates, Page, Brin, Dell, Dorsey. The lockdowns also let many large companies like Walmart remain open so various members of the Walton family became richer. You couldn’t buy a pair of shoes at a small shoe store because that would be dangerous and would spread the disease but buying a pair of shoes at Walmart is fine. The left was also silent about the Fed induced stock and real estate bubbles that further enriched people like Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Daniel Gilbert.

    So it’s not terribly surprising that many of these billionaires now support liberal causes and liberal politicians. Large companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter also engaged in censorship this year. They supported the narrative that large scale lockdowns were the best way to deal with the epidemic while not allowing opposing viewpoints that discussed the long term negative economic effects of the lockdowns or advocated less expensive alternatives such as sheltering the elderly or using inexpensive nutritional supplements like vitamin D, quercetin, and zinc or inexpensive drugs like HCQ or Ivermectin. When the election came around, they also censored anything that might hurt Biden like evidence of his senility or the Hunter Biden stories. Now that the election is over, it’s the stories about possible voting fraud that are being suppressed.

    • Thanks: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @nebulafox
  15. @Adam Smith

    We’ve always been at war with the hospitality industry!

    Lol… (my LOL, this time)

    It is not just in your face this time, but ON your face. Those face diapers you see are a very clear symbol of obsequiousness.

    Great comment, Adam. Thanks.

    • Agree: Adam Smith
    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  16. Best post of the year! Wait …

    Seriously, AE, I almost always agree with you on the politics itself, so thank you for another one that I agree with … almost… As Peak Stupidity wrote in a post today linking to here, the question is about the efficacy of these red pills:

    My only argument about the post is about the “red pilling” part. This type of thing should have clued any patriotic American that THEY HATE US! Are people taking these proverbial red pills? Are they doing any good? Like a lot of medicine, medical marijuana for instance (though I would in no ways know), people can build up a tolerance after a while. Maybe these red pills were shipped over from China like everything else and are just made of rhino horn and dehydrated bat semen in a substrate of brick dust.

    All this very obvious hypocrisy, and the Anarcho-Tyranny that has come with it, should have been swallowed as a red pill by any sentiment American who is not himself a party to the destruction. I’m not gonna believe these pills are working until I see crowds of millions in the streets. How much more do people need to take?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
  17. What they actually revealed is that the putatively independent media was working directly for a presidential candidate.

    This.

    But also, that is what their consumers often want. From 2016 to now, the NYT went full Trump Derangement Syndrome “worse than Hitler”, and yet also grew their subscriber base 5 times!!!

    They went from 1 million to 5 million. Incredible growth.

    A lot of people want lies that make them feel good/righteous/smart etc. And that is all they want

    You will understand why they hate you when you recognise how those lies are key to their false self-esteem. You see, by offering suggestions that they may be wrong, you are directly attacking the main things that allow them to feel good about themselves

    You might as well call out someone who looks great with plastic surgery by describing them as naturally ugly – only someone truly self-aware (like Joan Rivers) can publically live past such shame

  18. nebulafox says:
    @iffen

    I’m innately leery of instability by temperament, but I increasingly see no alternative if the United States is to recover from three decades of unprecedented mismanagement coupled with the rise of a rival who is, in many respects, more potent than any previous one.

    Conservatism is only a viable option if you have something worth conserving in the status quo. I, along with increasing amounts of Americans, do not. It’s really that simple.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
  19. nebulafox says:
    @Mark G.

    Zombie. Reaganism. Must. Die.

  20. anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @TomSchmidt

    Westchester and Nassau have subtly different cultures though. Westchester was a commuter suburb since the rise of the railroads, whereas Long Island was only really that starting with Levittown after WW2. I’m not sure of the actual demographics, but in spirit Long Island is more about middle class white ethnics from The City (at least in spirit, even if they now have richer and poorer areas) whereas Westchester is more about elites and wannabe elites, even bordering on the Yankee elites of next door Connecticut. Given these cultures, it is not surprising that Westchester has trended more Democratic and LI more Republican over the past two elections, as it would track national trends.

  21. dfordoom says: • Website

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the biggest black pill event in history. The “liberal democracies” (whose political system is so awesome that they feel they should impose it on the rest of the world) were faced with a relatively straightforward public health emergency – a new virus that might or might not have been seriously lethal. All that was needed was a certain basic level of competence and the emergency could have been swiftly brought under control.

    The liberal democracies failed the test entirely and handled the situation less competently than most Third World nations. Politicians saw it as an opportunity for grandstanding and political point-scoring. The result was an embarrassing and humiliating fiasco.

    Had the virus been just a bit more lethal (and early in the year we had no idea just how lethal it was) the result would have been catastrophic.

    There are now types of countries. Countries with competent government (such as New Zealand and China and most East Asian countries) and countries with no effective government at all (such as Britain and the United States).

  22. dfordoom says: • Website

    The other significant event of 2020 was the revelation of the true nature of libertarians. When faced by a situation in which people were asked to make some short-term sacrifices for the greater good they chose to behave like selfish a**holes. “We don’t want lockdowns. Lockdowns are communism!” “We don’t want a vaccine. Vaccines are communism!” “We won’t wear masks. Mask-wearing is communism!”

    In other words, their selfishness and ideological blindness are so extreme that they would never under any circumstances accept even minor inconveniences for the welfare of others.

    Libertarianism is now a thoroughly discredited ideology. I don’t think libertarianism will ever recover from this revelation of its true nature.

  23. @dfordoom

    Had the virus been just a bit more lethal (and early in the year we had no idea just how lethal it was) the result would have been catastrophic.

    Hook, line, and sinker… exactly what the problem is.

  24. @dfordoom

    DForDoom said: “The other significant event of 2020 was the revelation of the true nature of libertarians. When faced by a situation in which people were asked to make some short-term sacrifices for the greater good they chose to behave like selfish a**holes. “We don’t want gulags and work camps. Gulags are communism!” “We don’t want a new utopian society. New utopian societies are communism!” “We won’t wear yellow stars. Wearing yellow stars is nazism!” FIFY

    From your other comment again: “Countries with competent government (such as New Zealand and China and most East Asian countries) and countries with no effective government at all (such as Britain and the United States).” No effective government?! Are you daft? We have WAY TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT. We’d do fine without it. China will not be the place to emulate, the way the Orwellian stuff has been going down over there.

    You didn’t mention Australia. Why? Not enough government? That’s not what I heard is going on in Sydney with people being tackled for not wearing the stupid face diapers. I’m sorry, DforDoom, but as the chain gang boss said, “some people just cain’t be reached.” I really hope you don’t set foot on our shores. We don’t need even more of this shit.

    Here’s your country in freer times, though you wouldn’t recognize it (freedom) if it came up and bit you on the arse. I dare you to watch it and say you have a decent country now!

    • Agree: Adam Smith
  25. @dfordoom

    DForDoom said: “The other significant event of 2020 was the revelation of the true nature of libertarians. When faced by a situation in which people were asked to make some short-term sacrifices for the greater good they chose to behave like selfish a**holes. “We don’t want gulags and work camps. Gulags are communism!” “We don’t want a new utopian society. New utopian societies are communism!” “We won’t wear yellow stars. Wearing yellow stars is nazism!” FIFY

    From your other comment again: “Countries with competent government (such as New Zealand and China and most East Asian countries) and countries with no effective government at all (such as Britain and the United States).” No effective government?! Are you daft? We have WAY TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT. We’d do fine without it. China will not be the place to emulate, the way the Orwellian stuff has been going down over there.

    You didn’t mention Australia. Why? Not enough government? That’s not what I heard is going on in Sydney with people being tackled for not wearing the stupid face diapers. I’m sorry, DforDoom, but as the chain gang boss said, “some people just cain’t be reached.” I really hope you don’t set foot on our shores. We don’t need even more of this shit.

    Here’s your country in freer times, though you wouldn’t recognize it (freedom) if it came up and bit you on the arse. I dare you to watch it and say you have a decent country now!

  26. @nebulafox

    Conservatism is only a viable option if you have something worth conserving in the status quo. I, along with increasing amounts of Americans, do not. It’s really that simple.

    There’s still a lot of basic decency in the American populace. But of current Scamerica politically and economically I’d conserve very little. Your point is simply and honestly made.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  27. Rosie says:
    @Dumbo

    As for Covid, it’s a strange pandemic that allows for riots but not for barbecues or Christmas dinners with your whole family. And yet, many supposedly smart people believe it. I know a person who went to a family dinner but refused to hug or get close to anyone, for fear of contagion.

    That kind of thing was perfectly understandable when this thing was still an unknown, but it seems clear at this point that the risk was exaggerated. I have now had a couple of relatives get it and suffer no more than an average cold.

  28. Rosie says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Heck, I’d prefer them to stuff the ballot box. At least, I wouldn’t have to deal with the foreigners after the election.

    This. At least they could have just been honest about it and given us the choice of whether we wanted to be disenfranchised and replaced or just disenfranchised without being replaced.

  29. anon[180] • Disclaimer says:

    It wasn’t necessary to cheat Sanders out of the nomination to keep him from it. Once it was Sanders vs not Sanders, Sanders didn’t stand a chance in a fair election. Blacks wouldn’t vote for him and there is no winning the Democrat nomination without black support.

    Sanders pointed his own campaign at the rocky shore line and shouted “full speed ahead”, by abandoning his LONG STANDING and reasonable nation-state immigration standard. Bernie’s pre-2020 standard was, essentially, the Milton Freedman citation that you cant have a social safety net and open borders.

    In 2020, he seems to have been persuaded that AOC and her fellow travelers could somehow manifest an entirely new ethnic base voter to his campaign and dumped the common sense immigration standard he had been universally known for, and replaced it with what was the standard of an empire, not a nation state.

    Sanders miscalculation was to not recognize that populations fall into one of two classes –

    1) Those that stand affirmative together for mutual benefit

    2) Those that require a boogeyman to stand temporally united AGAINST the first group
    (Can be whites, tutsi’s, bourgeoisie with those fancy spectacles.. doesnt matter.)

    The first group can be recognized easily in that wherever they go, they unite to advance the common good for the overall general population, accelerate living standards, engage in science for the mutual civic gain, and are notably altruistic in sharing their advances with other peoples

    The second group can as easily be recognized in that all group cooperation is aimed largely at generating blame, payment demands or protest against target group(s). To even successfully meet this low bar of cooperation, it requires incessant and daily incitement and outrage manufacturing.

    Sanders attempt to co-opt the ‘united against’ 3rd world faction failed because they already have representation, to the degree that they want it, willing to offer daily affirmation of their aggrieved status, and they are not seeking actual functional (or dysfunctional) solutions, but perpetuation of grievance.

    If you wanted to adopt the tactics of group #1 above, its easy to accomplish –

    Select someone, say, Van Jones, to head a Black American advancement program, which is to be subsidized by a 10% Voluntary income contribution from every Black athlete, Musician, Rapper, Actor, Professional.. and directed into a self-help movement totally within the control of Jones and his board of directors, as a private effort. This would generate massive investment if well strategized, its a private program so not discriminatory, and it allows those who claim to care for ‘the community’ to pony up to the tab.

    The problem is, to reach such a group consensus, you would need to overcome the same attachment to the ‘united against’ and transition into the ‘united for’, that Bernie’s calculations failed to account for.

    • Thanks: Audacious Epigone
  30. nebulafox says:
    @dfordoom

    >The liberal democracies failed the test entirely and handled the situation less competently than most Third World nations.

    Japan, Taiwan (to the considerable irritation of Beijing, they’ve consistently been in the top 3), South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, multiple Scandinavian countries, Canada, Ireland and Australia all handled the outbreak as well as or better than China did. Singapore also handled things well with the exception of the guest-worker slip-up, and while no democracy, it is still considerably more liberal and free than mainland China is. So whatever else the pandemic has proved, I don’t think its proved much about the superiority of one political system to another. Level of economic development is more correlated, IMO, but it still isn’t the whole ball game: Vietnam and Thailand handled the pandemic far better than the US or much of Europe did.

    What is has proved beyond a doubt is how functionally broken the bureaucratic administration of the United States has become. There are a lot of reasons for this, but top-down centralization is part of the problem. Just like late antique Rome, if you have hyper-competent, honest people in charge, things can go smoothly and it might even save your state from external trauma, but if you don’t, watch out. For all the image that China gets as this top-down, micromanaged place, the local branches of the CCP have historically had a considerable degree of latitude within the authoritarian system, and that’s a *huge* part of why the economic boom was even possible in the first place. It’s interesting to wonder what Xi’s long-term plans are there.

  31. nebulafox says:
    @TomSchmidt

    The overwhelming majority of people want a few very basic things: most notably, a job that provides enough for them to have a family, indulge in their hobbies, not have to worry about being ruined by a sickness, and within reason, not have their personal life dictated by their employer. And a future worth sacrificing for.

    If America’s governing class is determined to present the public with a choice between them and a wannabe Caesar who promises to make this happen, they might not like what the public decides. You can’t eat republican virtue, and morals do not pay the bills.

    • Agree: Fluesterwitz
  32. @Achmed E. Newman

    Those face diapers you see are an essential part of the hypnosis.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
  33. iffen says:
    @dfordoom

    I don’t think libertarianism will ever recover from this revelation of its true nature.</i

    Anarchy, libertarianism being the lite version, has been around forever.

  34. iffen says:
    @dfordoom

    Our founding fathers dropped plenty of caveats that herding cats would not be a cakewalk. It might be that it’s just our version of liberal democracy that is failing. You know, like communism, maybe somebody just needs to do it right. The Russkies couldn’t make it work in the long run, but look at Mao and the Red Chinese now. Who knows for sure? Our very own cadre of fascist commenters at UR might make fascism work someday.

    • Agree: Sick 'n Tired
  35. @anonymous

    That’s a good analysis. I’d only add that Westchester Republicans are the old George Bush WASP Establishment types. In fact, Barbara Bush grew up in Westchester.

  36. @nebulafox

    Japan, Taiwan (to the considerable irritation of Beijing, they’ve consistently been in the top 3), South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, multiple Scandinavian countries, Canada, Ireland and Australia all handled the outbreak as well as or better than China did. Singapore also handled things well with the exception of the guest-worker slip-up, and while no democracy, it is still considerably more liberal and free than mainland China

    Taiwan, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore, and Australia are islands.

    Except for Canada, and Scandinavia, the rest are liberal democracies in name only. Scandinavia is in the middle: they can become very tribal, very quickly, under duress – to their credit. Canada is the only true exception.

  37. @dfordoom

    Lockdowns destroyed the small business economy in service of monopoly, caused deaths of despair, did nothing to help and are completely unconstitutional. Lockdowns should be limited to maximum security prisons and have no place in an allegedly free society.

    Recently vaccinated people spread disease. Please quarantine yourself for about a month after you take your jab. As more people are jabbed the Cases! will skyrocket. Don’t blame the non-vaxxers for your foolishness and negligence.

    The Science™ is clear. Face diapers do not help reduce the spread of a respiratory virus. The only time face diapers help at all is if you yourself are sick, then you should stay home. Stop spreading disease.

    It seems to me that authoritarian statists are the selfish a**holes. Authoritarians and statists have ideas so good (but somehow never seem to work) that they have to force them upon people with threats and violence. Authoritarian followers are the most dangerous people on earth.

    “Government” is a legal fiction that does not actually exist.
    Some of us have no desire to play make believe with insane people.

    Why are you afraid of freedom? Why won’t you just leave us alone?

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  38. @anonymous

    One recalls the machinations in 1898 to get Republican Brooklyn to merge with Democratic New York; the Republican barons controlling NY State thought thereby to gain control over the city. What they got instead was the loss of Republican Brooklyn, and eventually Republican Nassau County.

    Westchester is the natural suburban outflow for NY, and Long Island for Brooklyn. Just the bridge tolls today will militate for that. So the great-grandchildren of Brooklyn might have voted Trump, while the great-grandchildren of Tammany have finally and utterly overrun the formerly Republican Westchester.

    In Chicago, Mike Ditka called this the Smiths versus the Grabowskis. The Smiths followed their New England Protestant ancestors in being virtue-signaling Democrats, while the Catholic Grabowskis have gone Trump.

    What do you think of Rockland versus Nassau? Rockland, not really a NYC suburb but attached to Jersey, might be more similar to Nassau.

  39. @Adam Smith

    The funniest thing with that isn’t the sophomoric humor. Even better is the butthurt station manager complaining about how burned his station was. See if you can find that: it’s much funnier, because it self-mocks the sort of people who cannot go along with the joke.

    This might have been the most epic troll of all time.

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    , @Mr. Rational
  40. @TomSchmidt

    The irony is, IIRC, that the station called the Korean embassy to confirm the names.  Whoever took the call at the embassy thought it was a joke and said something like “yeah, they’re real”, not knowing that it really was a TV station calling and the actual prankster was upstream.

  41. Gotta say — The slow walking of the vaccine until the day after the election was pretty impressive.

    By any means necessary, right?

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  42. dfordoom says: • Website
    @nebulafox

    What is has proved beyond a doubt is how functionally broken the bureaucratic administration of the United States has become.

    Yep. With functional governments COVID could have been stomped early on and we wouldn’t even need to be having this debate now. The whole thing would have been over months ago. If a brand new virus appears and you initially have no idea how lethal it’s going to be you need to stomp it really hard really quickly.

    Countries like Britain and the US clearly did not have functional governments.

    And the answer to a public health problem is to treat it like a public health problem, not as a political issue. In the US it was immediately turned into a political issue. The Right has discredited itself disastrously over this issue, which is why Trump lost. And the dissident right has made itself look very ugly and very foolish.

    It’s clear from opinion poll results in various countries that what most people wanted was to see the virus eradicated quickly. They didn’t want to hear “it’s just the flu bro” they just wanted the damned virus eradicated. It doesn’t matter whether the risks were exaggerated or not – people do not want a brand new virus establishing itself. The Right has become hopelessly out of touch with the way normal people think. Normal people would prefer to see a new virus eradicated rather than have a stock market boom that makes the rich richer.

  43. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Adam Smith

    Lockdowns destroyed the small business economy in service of monopoly, caused deaths of despair, did nothing to help

    That’s because it was a case of too little too late. A short sharp lockdown imposed quickly would have solved the problem and by now lockdowns would just be a distant memory. Everything would be back to normal.

    and are completely unconstitutional.

    I’ll give you the bad news. When faced by what they perceive as a public health threat ordinary people don’t give a damn what any constitution says.

    Why are you afraid of freedom?

    Ordinary people don’t want freedom. They see freedom as an abstraction. A slogan. A luxury to be indulged in when times are good. Only libertarians worship freedom and there are very very few libertarians in the real world.

    I think freedom is a fine thing. But the reality is that it’s not very important to most people. Libertarianism is based on a fundamental lack of understanding of human nature. Ideologies that are not grounded in reality and in an understanding of the way people actually think are never going to go anywhere.

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  44. ordinary people don’t give a damn what any constitution says.

    Agreed. Ordinary people probably can’t find a copy of the constitution at high noon with a map and probably couldn’t read it if they did.

    there are very very few libertarians in the real world.

    Also agreed. It’s unfortunate. Most people are not honest enough for libertarianism.

    Libertarianism is based on a fundamental lack of understanding of human nature.

    I don’t think this is the case. Libertarianism is perhaps too optimistic. Libertarianism is a goal that can be achieved by people who are willing to not steal from others, not harm others and live by the non-aggression principle. Live and let live. Don’t harm others. Don’t steal. That’s it. Unfortunately, most people seem unwilling to do that.

    Ideologies that are not grounded in reality and in an understanding of the way people actually think are never going to go anywhere.

    Agree. This is why statism makes no sense. It’s fictional. It simply is not grounded in reality. It is based on conquest, theft and violence. Statism is the most evil, destructive force the world has ever known.

    I hope you have a nice evening Mr. dfordoom.

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  45. Mark G. says:
    @dfordoom

    A short sharp lockdown imposed quickly would have solved the problem and by now lockdowns would just be a distant memory.

    A short sharp lockdown, quarantining travelers from infected countries for a couple weeks and a good contact tracing system as happened in Norway might have worked. It helped there that the disease had entered into southern Europe and Norway had advance notice the disease was headed their way and could see from what was happening in Italy that it was a serious problem. The same thing done in Italy or the other southern European countries would not have worked because they were caught off guard. The Italians were also slow to institute a Chinese travel ban for fear of being called racist. This was not an unfounded fear because when they did institute a travel ban this was exactly what happened.

    By the time most European countries instituted lockdowns, it was too late. Once the disease spreads out in to the population, lockdowns don’t work because it is mostly spread in personal settings rather than in public places like restaurants. The government doesn’t have the resources to watch everyone and people don’t have the self-discipline to cut off all contact with family members or lovers. Even Deborah Birx and Neil Ferguson were caught cheating on the lockdowns.

    The EU countries, once it was clear the disease had spread, should have followed Sweden and not engaged in long term lockdowns. In June Sweden had a higher all cause mortality than the rest of the EU but by the end of the year the rest of the EU had almost caught up. The lockdowns just spread the epidemic over a longer period of time in the other EU countries. The other EU countries also had larger economic contractions than Sweden. So the lesson to learn here is try lockdowns at the beginning of the epidemic but if you fail to contain the disease try other methods such as sheltering the elderly and actively investigating and applying the available treatments until you can get a vaccine.

  46. @dfordoom

    The Right has discredited itself disastrously over this issue, which is why Trump lost.

    Trump DIDN’T lose.  The election was stolen, with my own county of residence being in the news about it.  The left discredited itself with massive riots, “defund the police”, ridiculous mask mandates and lockdowns and everything else.

    The massive Trump rallies across the nation are the true indicator of public sentiment.  Word from the recovered ballot scans from Germany are that a legit count gives Trump 410 electoral votes, and Biden only 128.

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  47. Wasn’t the holodomor where the government intentionally inflicted suffering on the population? I feel this is a (obviously far less severe) version of that.

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  48. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Mr. Rational

    Trump DIDN’T lose

    You need to put down the copium pipe.

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  49. JR Ewing says:
    @Dumbo

    But many of their votes can be produced anyway by other methods.

    ——————–

    This is exactly what happened in November and Mark Zuckerberg paid for it.

    Not technically illegal, but unethical as hell.

    As someone said after the election (I forget who): The dems stole the election fair and square.

  50. JR Ewing says:
    @DanHessinMD

    Maybe not for me personally, but this one was so blatant it has to be the winner.

  51. ChrisZ says:

    Excellent post, AE. Let me be the first to note that “hundreds of the most powerful swamp creatures sitting shoulder-to-shoulder to send one of their own to hell was a nationally televised religious event” is a really great line. And absolutely true!

    Regarding Red Pills, for me it was the “expert consensus” on masks: changeable on a whim and obviously phony at every point. From “totally useless” in the earliest days (when the virus really was an unknown), to totally indispensable as a barrier to disease transmission, to its current status as a symbolic marker of group membership and compliance with an enforced orthodoxy.

    The mask is now mostly a symbol of faith, like a neck cross, yamulka, or head scarf. Predictably, it’s given rise to fanatical scolds, as well as hypocrites who sing its praised but

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  52. ChrisZ says:
    @ChrisZ

    [I hit publish before finishing that last paragraph. It should read:]

    … Whatever practical purpose it serves, the mask is now mostly a symbol of faith, like a neck cross, yamulka, or head scarf. Predictably, it’s given rise to fanatical scolds who vountarily police its use, as well as hypocrites who sing its praises for the public but defy its strictures in private. It’s an element in the character of a “religious event” that AE ascribed to the funeral of Lewis (and Ginsburg and McCain, for that matter).

  53. dfordoom says: • Website
    @ChrisZ

    to its current status as a symbolic marker of group membership and compliance with an enforced orthodoxy.

    And on the Right opposition to mask-wearing has become a tribal and ideological marker. And a symbolic marker of group membership.

    Everything is about symbols and political tribalism.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
  54. @dfordoom

    You need to put down the copium pipe.

    You need to read the forensic analyses and count the sworn affidavits.

  55. ChrisZ says:
    @dfordoom

    Everything is about symbols and political tribalism.

    … And thus not primarily about any genuine medicinal purpose. QED. You made my point.

  56. @Dumbo

    The Emperor’s New Clothes is the fable of the 21st century, except the boy who states the obvious gets angrily thrown out of town.

  57. @Achmed E. Newman

    I tried to stick to things that, cynical as I am, I’d have scoffed at happening if you’d asked me in January of 2020.

  58. @dfordoom

    The virus isn’t going to be eradicated, it’s going to be with humanity indefinitely. Countries that didn’t do much of anything, like Japan and Sweden, are going to be fine. The damage was largely self-inflicted and primarily psychological.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  59. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Audacious Epigone

    The virus isn’t going to be eradicated, it’s going to be with humanity indefinitely. Countries that didn’t do much of anything, like Japan and Sweden, are going to be fine.

    Countries that didn’t do much of anything, or that responded incompetently, got very lucky. The virus turned out to be less dangerous than was initially feared. But relying on dumb luck is not a good approach to dealing with the appearance of a new virus. Crossing one’s fingers and hoping it won’t be a really bad virus is not a policy, it’s an admission that one has no effective policy for dealing with viral outbreaks.

    Next time a new virus appears just hoping it won’t be too bad might not work out so well.

    What we discovered in the Great Coronavirus Crisis is that if we get hit by a virus that turns out to be something really nasty we’re not going to be able to deal with it. That’s a bit worrying.

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