A reader sent me an excerpted “letter to the editor” from a Corona Clover named Steve. I reprint it here:
“If we’re going to reopen the economy, we need an enforceable law that requires mandatory mask-wearing while at at indoor venues with fines for noncompliance. We need enforced standards for various types of businesses to ensure social distancing and other safety measures with mandatory fines for noncompliance. Repeated violations should result in pulling the businesses’ licenses. This will help the economy, lessen the risk of transmission, and help us bridge this crisis until a vaccine is free and universally available.”
Where to begin?
A good a place as any is with this we business. It is always we – decreed by an I but without the honesty or the guts to say so.
It is an elaboration of the moral dissembling – and oily effacing effrontery – behind the “common good.” There is no such thing, of course. There is the good of some – defined (again) by an I.
It isn’t even the good of some. Because the “good” is presumed by the I, who of course did not ask each specific individual what he considers to be “good” but rather tells them. And enforces it, as Steve clearly wants to.
Every collective is inherently authoritarian because there is no such thing as collective leadership – that is, dictatorship. There is always and only the dictatorship of an I and always necessarily at the point of a gun. It is why communism – the dictatorship of the Proletariat but actually of Lenin – and all the other isms aren’t voluntary associations. They require coercion else they come apart once the individual realizes he isn’t in charge and – if free to do so – decides to say no, thanks and leaves.
So, this “we” Steve uses really means he.
And that you are to obey him, defer to his wishes. He will decide when you are allowed to transact business, earn a living – and under what conditions. With whom you will be permitted to associate and under what strictures.
Your wish to rationally assess your risk of catching Wuflu or any other flu (the Steves of this world are sickness psychotics, ill people who will not be satisfied with lockdowns and face-diapering for just this sickness) takes a back seat to his fear, which is open-ended and so justifies everything Steve and people like him feel they need.
No matter what it costs you. No matter the harm it does to you. No matter the fact that Steve – and people like him – are the ones who are sick.
Just not physically.
Steve dreads getting sick – and so everyone else must be presumed sick even in the absence of any reason to so presume. The mere possibility that they might be is sufficient to force them to live like highly infectious lepers, to perform Sickness Kabuki.
The healthy – in the head and otherwise – are to be threatened with murderous violence – let’s not speak in euphemisms – for not adhering to Steve’s “guidelines” – which is a euphemism as “guidelines” imply suggestions one is free to adhere to or not and these you aren’t, in Steve’s New Normal.
Which is as abnormal as can be imagined short of mandatory actual diapers in addition to Face Diapers – to ease equally neurotic fears about incontinent messes. The difference is one of degree, not principle.
Just as anyone might be sick – or could get sick – anyone might lose control of their bladder.
For that matter, why not impose “guidelines” – also enforceable using murderous violence – that motor vehicles must be strictly limited to speeds no higher than a man can walk, since otherwise someone might die?
Because otherwise, people actually do. As with the WuFlu. As with any flu. As with life, if one lives it.
Pre-Corona and the organized, whipped-up hysteria about the risk – a fraction of the actual harm caused by the virus – there were neurotics with a Vision Zero, demanding just that. Zero people killed by motor vehicles, no matter what it took and regardless of the ratio of harm caused by these prophylactic measures vs. the putative harm averted by them.
Thus, cities made no-go zones for cars, a kind of vehicular social distancing. Cars forced to wear the equivalent of the Face Diaper, such as external air bags – to keep pedestrians (none specifically, just the class) “safe.” Even if a driver never actually hits one, he will nonetheless be forced to “dress” for just-in-case.
New cars will soon have (many already have) electronic speed limiters – not the dumb kind that prevent a car from going faster than X on the top end but faster than any posted speed limit, anywhere. A variable speed limiter. If the sign says 25 MPH, the car is limited to that speed until the speed limit says otherwise.
Even though no one has been harmed. But because someone might be; because someone like Steve is “concerned” and fearful of that might.
“Safety” has been weaponized. It is a highly contagious sickness, with the “cure” inflicted on those who aren’t sick.
Superficially, this is for the sake of sick people like Steve. We are urged to be “kind” to them – that is, accommodate their derangement rather than call it out and refuse to pretend it isn’t deranged.
But it’s deeper than that.
All of this is really for the sake of people much sicker than Steve, who use people like Steve – in the manner of Lenin and his useful idiots – to get what they crave above all the normal human desires, such as happiness, friendship, love and achievement.
What these ill in the soul people crave is power. Perhaps because they no longer have souls.
It takes people like that to use fear against people like Steve – in order to control not just him but everyone else.
Steve must be handled with care, as the fictional shyster Saul Goodman in the streaming series, Better Call Saul handled his neurotic older brother, who feared electricity and lived as a hermit in a house with the power cut off, by the light of Coleman lanterns.
But Saul didn’t turn off the power in his house.
And neither should we. Though we ought to be free to choose – for ourselves. Which is something the Steves will never allow, if they have the power to prevent it.
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