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The managerial elites find themselves in a pickle. The coronavirus pandemic is a serious event. Members of a serious society treat it as such; they look out for one another—and they don’t flee into conspiracy and denial in order to cope with the incongruity of it all.

Alas, courtesy of its globalist elites, America is no longer a society; much less a serious one. In the absence of solidarity between citizens, social capital—”goodwill, fellowship, sympathy”—is scarce. Hence the struggle to mount a coherent response to the pandemic.

Centrally Planned Diversity Begets Disunity

Coherence is certainly not a thing immigration policy has supplied. If anything, policy makers have cheapened citizenship.

The populations from which chosen, future citizens are drawn come to America not in search of constitution and community. Rather, the corporate state’s preferred immigrants bring their own community with them and hyphenate its members.

On arrival, immigrants are encouraged to cling to a militant distinctiveness. The only tacit agreement shared by a majority of Americans, native and newcomer, is that America’s exceptionalism obligates it to both control the world through military and moral crusades and welcome it to America.

The extent to which Americans have, nevertheless, managed to galvanize logistically against COVID-19 is a testament to just how energetic a people we are.

Still, the credentialed, cognitive elites who’ve turned the country into this multicultural, money-focused, built-on-sand Tower of Babel, now find that many Americans—united by commerce, not creed—don’t want to go the extra mile for the strangers who make up their country.

Contrast the U.S., vis-à-vis COVID, with a more homogeneous nation like Japan (or Singapore, or Taiwan or South Korea).

Thirteen minutes and 35 seconds into this interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Fox News’ Martha MacCallum quizzes him about Japan.

The country, 127-million strong, has had only 846 COVID deaths, and has, according to Ms. MacCallum, not implemented the social mitigation strategies seen in the U.S. and Europe.

Adjusted for population size, this is as though the U.S had suffered only 2,198 COVID deaths! For Japan to “live up” to America’s COVID cull-rate, 38,484 Japanese would have to have perished from the coronavirus.

Other than that its people sport a culture of fastidious cleanliness and have long-since adopted the etiquette of masking— you and I sense what else is afoot in Japan.

So does Dr. Fauci. Certain counties, conceded the good doctor, have “different sizes and different borders, and different infusions from outside.”

Differently put, Japan is almost completely homogeneous, with little immigration, and, consequently, a strong sense of unity. Citizens are more inclined to pull together in common purpose when there is a fellow feeling to bind them.

“The measures that most successfully contain the virus … all depend on how engaged and invested the population is,” explains Ed Young, a science reporter. All the testing, tracing and isolating are for naught if there is an “antagonistic relationship” with and between the people involved in the effort.

And America, it’s fair to say, is no longer a people in any meaningful way; it is a Walmart with missiles, where the fusillades we direct at one another.

Private Property In A Pandemic

In our irreparably fractious and fragmented country, polite requests by private property proprietors for customers to cover their mugs and conduct themselves considerately on private places of commerce have caused Antifa-like anger and deadly violence to erupt. Some of our countrymen have even killed or injured innocent others for such daring.

The violent urges to violate the personal space of others aren’t surprising.; they’re a symptom of a society that has lost all social bonds.

“You are in violation of my f—ing constitutional rights and my civil rights,” hollered a man when he was stopped from shopping at a Miami Beach Publix for not wearing a mask.

Such people are barking mad—and clueless (and certainly not Barry Goldwater conservatives).

Whatever laws have arisen to govern how private property must behave—civil rights law, in particular—these have constituted an assault on that sacred sphere, launched with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and valiantly opposed by the aforementioned Republican).

If you support the right of the baker to choose the clients for whom he bakes cakes—you will similarly uphold the right of private property to protect customers and employees from a deadly contagious disease by dictating the terms of commerce on said property.

Given that there’s more spite than sense in the displays against responsible private-property enforcement of social distancing and masking—the idea that protest comes from a place of individualism doesn’t quite wash.

Private property is boss: it decides who comes and goes. It’s the way a free people should want it.

Private Property Is Choice, Not Force

It is the absolute prerogative of private property to compel social distancing and masking on its premises, or, to refuse it.

The operative verbs that informed the column “Real Societies Use Prophylactics, Part 1” were: “asked to,” “requested,” “make an effort to.” In the context of social distancing and masking, these words imply good will, not force.

Good will, in the context of COVID, is a commodity that issues not from government, whose edicts are backed by police powers, but from private property.

In an ideal libertarian world, social distancing and mitigation would be voluntary, not mandatory.

Some—hopefully most—commercial establishments will choose to protect their clients, colleagues and associates by sanitizing, suiting-up and spacing consumers and employees; others, sadly, will opt not to.

Choice, or voluntarism, is the libertarian way.

It is also true that private property is delimited by its boundaries; by its borders. It is supposed to be clearly bounded and demarcated. I can do what I like on my property and you on yours. More crucially, my actions do not affect you and yours do not affect me, because each respects the boundaries and rules of private property.

Here’s the rub: A highly contagious virus that jumps from host to host and from house to house makes a mockery of the choice and voluntarism associated with private property.

Nevertheless, in a free society, the protective borders of private property are better than the State’s boot on our necks. That is if we want to breathe.

READ Part 1: “Real Societies Use Prophylactics



Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook & Gab. Latest on YouTube

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  1. “Libertarianism” has become a suicide note of pure philosophy in a world now set up to take advantage, like a one-way ratchet, of every allowance by ethical folk, and every screwing of those same folk by the state.

    NAP respect for private property? Wonderful. Now what if the only way Party X has title to that property, and a functioning business, is by acting unethically, in cooperation with the state?


    How many Walmarts are extant solely as the recipient of “eminent domain”? That isn’t private property.

    Anyone participating in involuntary wealth transfers—many “private” businesses—has violated the NAP, often with pure sucker Party Y as a victim. He’s now supposed to disregard that and watch as he’s the only one holding the NAP inviolate?

    The sane of us long ago said no more.

    Now, add in brainwashing and fear psyops paid for, against his will, by newly-reaggressed Party Y, the outcome of which being that the aggressively influenced Party X becomes a psychological arm of the state. Party Y is now doubly aggressed and worse.

    And that brings it full circle to the hysterical Mercer, preaching Goofus and Gallant safety theater because a bunch of nitwits overreacted and discovered along the way that bossing people around, with state backing, feels pretty good.

    This is largely a female problem, as are most recent innovations in numskullery. The “take my NAP virtue while violating NAP” shtick is also very female and wrongly submissive.

    Easy similar example: Google is now a federal agency (laughably called private contractor by credulous masochists), thus YouTube and everything else in the Alphabet world is subject to a strict reading of first amendment.

    “Private” business that transacts with the state: No longer private property. Ratchet gets released.

    The only way libertarian philosophy holds sway is when both parties operate as libertarians.

    I do, to extremes not considered properly by the average NAP “adherent”, and I demand purity approaching mine before I don masks around anyone but friends and people I absolve for my advantage. The rest? Get along peacefully or be treated, accurately, as an agent of the state.

    Libertarianism is effectively dead in America. The ability to act ethically, according to NAP, is not. No freebies.

    Mercer, please direct us to your “everyone please be safe and wear masks” admonition for any prior supposed epi/pandemic with roughly similar numbers or worse (bearing in mind supposed US deaths are significantly miscategorized).

    • Agree: ILANA Mercer
    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  2. Another article worth chewing over.
    I respect the claims of “private property” to some extent to make orders based on public health concerns. Although I believe the premise of such a view is better based on a humanist or socialist argument rather than a libertarian one.
    Masks are (it becomes increasingly apparent) a vital ingredient in the fight against this particular virus. Droplet or aerosol are prime means of disseminating this virus (low or stagnant air flow & group activities such as singing, exercising, shouting/yelling are great ways to spread the disease…(yes, I know, the disease that doesn’t exist–everyone was just so KEEN to crash their economies…well, at least Wall St is OK, phew!, so perhaps it is a conspiracy….) )
    Masks are vital, in highly contagious areas — but their efficacy relies on group use: my mask protects you more than me. To that degree we are in “this together”.
    I.M has to admit this:
    “Here’s the rub: A highly contagious virus that jumps from host to host and from house to house makes a mockery of the choice and voluntarism associated with private property.

    Nevertheless, in a free society, the protective borders of private property are better than the State’s boot on our necks.”
    She’s right about the State boot. Also about the limits of private property. But she nails the real basis for wearing masks (where necessary) — it’s called “good will”. I should not want to harm or risk my neighbor’s health or life, because all lives have a minimum intrinsic value that emerges out of a mutual, shared existence. (Which does NOT imply that I have unlimited, unspecified duties to my neighbor)

  3. Cowboy says:

    Karen’s missive would be thoughtful in a place with actual private property but as we know even before the plandemic barriers to entry were significant enough to question to what extent one could claim that private property is attainable but now that the crony capitalists have used the levers of government to cull the herd of the few remaining small commercial enterprises where one could say a vestige of private property exists Karen’s missive can only be described as philosophical speculation in a state of affairs that doesnt actually exist.
    If Karen walks into an enterprise that does not require masks does she call the State?

    • Replies: @botazefa
  4. Binyamin says:

    Diversity or lack of it has little to do with the number of Corona victims. Singapore has been the most successful country in terms of containing the virus and reducing fatalities. Singapore is heavily multicultural- around 75% Chinese, 20% Indian and the rest expatriates from around the globe including the West. Africa, thankfully has had few deaths and so has India- both have predominantly young population which may have helped achieve herd immunity. The region of Lombardy in Italy has had horrendous number of deaths because the region has one of the highest proportion of elderly people. Please do your research before making cras generalizations. Japan’s lower death rate could well be due to its comparative isolation and yes the high standards of personal hygiene may have helped reduce the fatalities.
    Your rants against your fellow immigrants-you are one of them, is tasteless at a time of national tragedy especially when so many doctors and nurses of immigrant extraction are risking their own lives to save American lives.
    Ever considered why the only outlets which will publish your ‘work’ are conspiracy sites such as Unz and WND?

  5. @schnellandine

    Ms. Mercer’s conception of polity is inverted; in a polite, free society, one does not expect others to finance the cost of one’s fear, hysteria, irrationality, and panic.

    Commercial establishments that engage in virtue virus signaling do not care for their employees or patrons.

    Commercial establishments that mandate that all of its “team members” must wear mouth diapers do not care for their employees or their customers.

    Commercial establishments that mandate that all of its patrons must wear fear masks do not care for their employees or their clients.

    Commercial establishments that require its workers to be shielded from its customers by plexiglass doe not care for their employees or their customers.

    Commercial establishments that incessantly insist that its shoppers practice social distancing do not care for their employees or their customers.

    Commercial establishments that tout their efforts to minimize or prevent human contact do not care for their employees or their customers.

    Commercial establishments that brandish their CDC compliance do not care for their independent contractors or their patrons.

    If commercial establishments truly cared for their workers and “guests” they would not insist that all of them must operate in an Orwellian anti-septic and sterile environment bereft of genuine human contact, interaction, and touch.

    If commercial establishments truly cared for their employees and customers they would have taken the time to get their fingers filthy with the facts about masks and social distancing and they would have discovered that masks and social distancing are for the brainwashed, the easily bamboozled, the intellectually challenged, and those ruled by their fear hormones.

    Wearing face masks do not protect other healthy people.

    Wearing a face mask is not healthy for the user.

    A commercial establishment that truly cared for its customers and employees would not want to subject them to the dangers of wearing a face mask.

    A commercial establishment worth patronizing would not repose any confidence, faith, or trust in the CDC, the WHO, Dr. Faust, or any other public health mandarin.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
    , @VinnyVette
  6. @Liberty Mike

    Curious how much societal degradation is driven by insurance companies and ass-covering corporate “counsel”.

    Probably not as much as by lobbyists, but it just keeps getting worse.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  7. botazefa says:

    Your comment’s GUNNING FOG INDEX IS 42.67

  8. Stevek9 says:

    Unless you are sick (symptomatic And you should be home) masks are useless and injurious to your health. No problem with private business but when the government orders it and ‘six feet’, etc. (outdoors !), I do have an issue … a big one.

    • Replies: @Realist
  9. @schnellandine

    All three have significant shares of the blame pie.

    Law, lobbying, and insurance are three “private” sector segments of the economy that have not been so devastated by the lockdown. Interesting that?

    BTW, your prior post is spot-on regarding the application of the NAP to a commercial property owner or lessee who chooses to become an agent of the state. The proprietor who insists that I wear a mask in order to shop at his emporium is violating the NAP because he chooses to impair my bodily integrity upon threat of calling armed government workers.

  10. imbroglio says:

    So far as I can tell, there’s no consensus about the nature of this virus, its danger, effective responses to it and the trade off between the various consequences of various strategies to deal with it. Add to that the degree of suspicion and mistrust that prevails among a society that’s become “a Wal Mart with missiles directed at one another.”

    Watching the riots or the “protests” on the tube, I noticed many rioters/protestors weren’t wearing masks or social distancing. If there’s an uptick in cases afterwards, Trump will be to blame as Trump is to blame for everything. And here’s another crisis that surely won’t be allowed to go to waste.

  11. you will similarly uphold the right of private property to protect customers and employees from a deadly contagious disease by dictating the terms of commerce on said property

    Agree. They should ban blacks because they (allegedly) have higher rates of infection. Not racist, just a public health issue.

  12. Thanks to Ilana Mercer for a clear follow up to her first article.

    Everything she wrote made good sense until the end, where she suggested coronavirus might negate property boundaries by sending germs everywhere.

    But we live in a world of germs. There is nothing unusually dangerous about this bad bug-viral killer spreading. It’s just another possibly deadly germ of which there are and have been many. So there is no rational basis to restrict private choices on private property, for this reason, now or later.

    But even if this were an epidemic of the most deadly nature, we would all be much better off free to estimate our own risks and opportunities.

    If someone believes the public health peddlers about this viral risk, and worries about getting sick or spreading sickness, one is (semi) free to act accordingly. Stay home, self isolate, quit one’s job, take vitamins, do pushups and jog, wear a mask etc.

    If one could not afford to quit working, or worries prolonged mask wearing is unhealthy, or that staying indoors and isolating is not good, one should be free to manage one’s own life.

    Americans got through the so called flu pandemic of 19 whatever it was…which was more likely an outbreak of TB…with no government restrictions. There was no depression forced on Americans, ruining their businesses and ending their jobs. There was no forcing of Americans onto the dole. There was no backbiting by welfare dependent employees when asked by their former employers to return to work. States and the federal government were not bankrupted by paying out huge sums they didn’t have to people forced into dependency, even as tax receipts evaporated. There was no seared memory of the pandemic as there later was of the Great Depression.

    Individual freedom is always the safest, most rational, most humane policy…in every emergency, in every situation, in every time.

  13. @Liberty Mike

    Excellent rebuttal to the scolding, Nanny, Karen author of this screed!

  14. anarchyst says:

    It’s obvious that the “coronavirus” epidemic is a sham of the highest proportion. It is totally political in nature, with “blue state” governors perpetuating business-damaging “lockdowns” in their respective states.

    Both professional and political arrogance is responsible for the present state of the world economy and world population as well.

    A common annual “flu virus” was promoted as a “pandemic” by the “smartest” and “best and brightest” people in positions of power, both in the USA and in the rest of the world. It’s actually a “plandemic” foisted on the American public to bring down the Trump administration. It will fail…


    These “best and brightest” convinced political “leaders” to impose mandatory business closures, “lockdowns” and “quarantines” on healthy populations, which is contrary to every common sense and scientific principle.

    These “business closures” were not imposed “across the board”, but were picked by political hacks as “winners and losers”. Liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, lottery retailers, and certain “big box” home improvement and sporting goods stores were permitted to remain in operation, while churches and just about all small businesses were forced to close.

    In some states, the political arrogance was so great, plant nurseries, seed distributors, and other businesses were deemed “non-essential” and forced to close. Even “big box” stores were prohibited from selling lawn and garden supplies. Many restaurants were also put out of business by these clearly unconstitutional edicts.

    Imposing “quarantines” and “lockdowns” on healthy people does nothing to insure public health, and in fact delays necessary herd immunity.

    Public health is further damaged by business closures, especially small businesses whose owners rely on continuing business as a means of making a living, both for themselves and their employees.

    A major problem is that these “best and brightest” and political “leaders” are so arrogant that they refuse to admit that “they screwed up, big time”. Instead, they “double down” and inflict further pain on the public by refusing to insist that “they were wrong”. None of them will pay personally for their arrogance, stupidity, and just outright dishonesty and criminality.

    All one has to do is look at the “coronavirus hospitals” that were created to handle the “overflow” of coronavirus patients which never materialized. These “hospitals” were a waste of taxpayer dollars and did absolutely nothing to promote public health.

    At the same time, local hospitals were required to cease admissions, even for those of an emergency nature. Although not specifically stated, people with real health problems were covertly “encouraged” to avoid hospitals at all costs because of the phony “coronavirus” claims.

    Health professionals are also responsible for the current state of affairs, also refusing to admit that “they screwed up, big time” as well, and continue to insist that this annual flue is a “pandemic”.

    Then we have the “heavy hitters” with money, such as Bill Gates and Stephen Fauci who claim that they have “solutions” to our (artificially contrived) health problems. Gates is so arrogant the he feels that he can get away with genocide by using mandatory vaccinations to “cull” the world population.

    Gates “vaccination” programs in third-world countries failed to adhere to good medical practices, and the Nuremberg principle that “informed consent” must reign supreme in the administration of all medical procedures.

    Gates’ “vaccination” programs introduced polio into children in India for which he and his program were banned from the country. Gates’ African “vaccination” programs surreptitiously introduced sterilization and birth-control compounds as part of their vaccination program without gaining “informed consent” from the recipients.

    According to these moneyed types and even “health care” officials, we are to be branded, tagged, and treated like cattle with no means to make informed choices about our health or health care decisions.

    Wearing masks and “social distancing” are no different than the “security theater” that we experience at airports with the TSA.

    It’s “medical tyranny” at its best and scientific dishonesty at its worst.

    There are no valid reasons for “mask-wearing” or “social distancing” for healthy people. “Lockdowns”, “business closures”, and “quarantining” of healthy people is being used for “control” and nothing more.

    The “powers that be” are desirous to see “how far they can go” to get the world population to accede to their demands.

    Fortunately, there are a lot more of us than there are of . We (still) have the power of the internet to bypass the “filters” that they put in place to keep us from seeing their “real” motives.

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