Monday, July 27, 2020

Brit Perspective: Excessive Fear Of Covid

Most of you will be familiar to some degree or other with Peter Hitchens. Here's a 20 minute video interview with him (video of the interviewer, audio of Hitchens). Hitchens is a pretty smart guy who's almost always worth listening to, and he is here. The basic point Hitchens and the interviewer, Mike Graham, are making is simple: Fear was warranted in March because we didn't know much; it's excessive and factually unwarranted now (with the obvious exception of readily identifiable high risk groups). The mandatory measures are over the top at this point and ultimately self defeating. However, the two also go into the economic ramifications of this as well as, to some extent, the socio-cultural ramifications and economic ramifications.

You won't come away saying, Wow, I didn't know that, but it's an informed perspective that's worthwhile. The big question is this: Whatever the origins of the virus in a Chinese lab, given that this has now become in the West a political pandemic, somebody has to benefit for this to continue. Who is it? I think we know the answer to that.


  1. What's the bet that China is watching very carefully, observing how the West reacts, and knowing how they could send this out at any time.

  2. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the beneficiaries of the COVID crisis and its prolongation are the Dems and the #NeverTrumpers. The Swamp People on both sides of the aisle. Fear and chaos that they can pin on President Trump in an election year. Disruption of his excellent economy. Unrest due to lockdown in the workplace and our daily living. That is why President Trump knows we must move out of this major change, imposed during a period of fear due to ignorance of what was being dealt with, and get back to our normal American life.

    1. Fauci is an incompetent and corrupt medieval plague doctor advising trepanning and bloodletting (while holding financial interests both) to defeat the sickness.

  3. Knowing you read Power Line, I imagine you've already seen this, but I'd like to take the liberty of linking to it anyway. It's what I see as John Hinderaker's very sober & measured take on China & their unholy virus. FWIW, left unmentioned by Hinderaker are ways other than vis-a-vis America the ChiComs have profited immensely from the virus, including especially what it enabled them to do in Hong Kong. If China didn’t purposely unleash this virus on the world, fine. But if that’s the case, it’s one of the single greatest pieces of serendipitous good luck gifted to any nation, anywhere, at any time, the upcoming US election results notwithstanding.

    Anyway, I'll quote the last 2 paras before leaving the link:

    "And, having watched the first three years of the Trump administration unfold, China’s rulers could well have calculated that a pandemic originating in their homeland stood a good chance of reshaping America’s electoral landscape. The desperate Democrats and their press would blame the president and his administration for the disease–something that has never occurred before in American history, but was sure to happen this time. If the Chinese did seek to influence our presidential race, they were successful. President Trump has gone from being a prohibitive favorite in January to an underdog today, and the reason is the Wuhan virus.

    "Do I think China’s leaders deliberately unleashed the Wuhan virus on the world? I don’t know, but I no longer consider the idea outlandish. The virus’s origins are shrouded in mystery, and investigation of those origins has been discouraged, to put it mildly. Indeed, even mentioning the disease’s place of origin–Wuhan–has been denounced as 'racist.' The virus may bring about the Chinese Communist Party’s number one goal. I don’t see any reason for a conclusive presumption that this fact is a coincidence."

  4. PH says 'Life will go on' after the economic catastrophe. Maybe. But I want a reckoning with whoever pulled the strings behind the scenes - the types who, in spite of the science, dictated WHO mask policy for example. THOSE are the people I want to get my deplorable hands on.

  5. Dr. Fauci Recommends Encasing Your Entire Body In Bubble Wrap To Protect Against Coronavirus