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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Well, here we all are on the first anniversary of our collective house arrest. (Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve”? Good times. Good times.)

Ol’ Robbo was dubious about the panicky, half-cocked response when the flu first appeared, but figured that once it became evident that the bodies simply were refusing to pile up in the streets, the whole thing would quietly sputter out, particularly as the weather started warming up and people got restive. So much for that.

Upon reflection, Ol’ Robbo seems to have made two errors in his calculations.

First, I wrote at the time:

♦   Tinfoil Hat II:  I certainly think the situation is appealing to the basest instincts of every tin-pot authoritarian from HOA officers all the way up through state governors and many in the bureaucracy, who are far more concerned with power and control than with the general welfare.   And I do fear that the bar is being lowered for the next “crisis”.

In hindsight, my skepticism was quite warranted, I think, but didn’t go far enough. I badly underestimated just how far said authoritarians would use the panic as cover for their politickal machinations. Just look at where the hell we are now.

Second, I overestimated the popular will to shake off such controls. As I say, I figured that when people got tired of all the suppression and disruption they would start pushing back, first with little things like ignoring mask rules and then with larger ones like demanding schools fully reopen. I suppose my mistake there was in not realizing just how thoroughly cowed so many people have become via 24/7 MSM scare-mongering.

So, as I say, here we are.

As a matter of fact, I believe this particular biznay is starting to peter out, but I very much fear that a precedent has been set regarding the arbitrary suspension of our rights and freedoms by Our Betters in the name of facing some other “public health crisis”, real or otherwise. (What was it Ol’ Ben Franklin said? “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”) I don’t believe the Covid response started out that way, but if nothing else it has morphed into a test case for such behavior, and a successful one (at least from the point of view of the grabbers) at that. We had our lives disrupted and shut down due to a bad case of the flu and – with a few notable exceptions – we more or less simply took it unquestioningly. What happens next time? The Green Nood Eel and the “Great Reset” are lurking out there: Ol’ Robbo’s money is on this same kind of stunt being pulled to further their aims (which, again, have nothing to do with “climate” and everything to do with authoritarianism). Will we sheepishly start eating tofu and give up driving gas-powered cars because Big Brother suddenly decrees that there is a “climate crisis” and we’re doomed if we don’t?

A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined it. Now?

(Yes, Ol’ Robbo is a crank. But you knew that already.)

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