I don’t know about anyone else, but I am finding that my patience is running thin with everything that is going on with the virus. I’ve never been much of a television watcher, but I still catch Tucker’s monologue a few times a week. I’ve stopped that this week as I cannot take another ad from a corporation telling me how much they care and how hard they are working on my behalf. I can’t take anymore nonsense about hero nurses and doctors. In fact, I’m starting to become a nursist.
Going outside has now become a depressing reminder that we now live in an explicitly authoritarian society. It used to be a very soft, passive-aggressive authoritarianism that you could ignore while enjoying your life. Now it is an in-your-face corporate authoritarianism that is impossible to ignore. On a trip to get supplies, it is a constant reminder of Theodore Dalrymple’s famous quote about communism. Not even the quiet revenge fantasy on the commute eases the burden.
When this started, my sense was the panic would peak around Easter and then begin to decline as the obvious became obvious. The politicians would see the damage they were causing and panic in the other direction. The public would quickly figure out that a disease with a 99% survival rate was a risk worth taking in order to put food on the table and a roof over their head. By now we would be a in mad dash to talk ourselves into believing everything would get back to normal.
I was wrong about that. Some states are trying to break loose from the spell, but most seem to like what’s happening. They are feverishly looking around for reasons to extend these restrictions into the summer. Not only that, they are dreaming up new torments in the name of “keeping us safe.” A local grocer here in Lagos now takes everyone’s temperature before they enter. They also limit the number of people in the store at any one time, which means there is a block long line to enter.
It is tempting to think that people will finally have enough and put an end to this madness, but that is a fantasy. The few brave souls taking a stand are getting support, for sure, but the bulk of the public is happy to be treated like children. You can be sure the majority oppose the protests at state capitals. Until the food runs out and the machine breaks, people will accept unlimited torment. That means we are left to hope for the end times if we want to escape this madness.
Of course, being wrong about the track of the panic means I could be wrong about people’s attitudes right now. Maybe the bulk of the public is quietly seething. It’s hard to know since everyone is locked inside, but it is possible. The support for that hairdresser in Texas suggests some people have had enough. Maybe a few more abuses like that are what it will take to get people angry enough to stop caring about the rules. That’s what it takes in these times. People need to get mad as Hell.
This week I have the usual variety of items in the now standard format. Spreaker has the full show. I am up on Google Play now, so the Android commies can take me along when out disrespecting the country. I am on iTunes, which means the Apple Nazis can listen to me on their Hitler phones. The anarchists can catch me on iHeart Radio. I am now on Deezer, for our European haters and Stitcher for the weirdos. YouTube also has the full podcast. Of course, there is a download link below.
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This Week’s Show
- 00:00: Opening
- 02:00: Unreasonable People (Link) (Link)
- 17:00: The Gathering Darkness (Link) (Link) (Link) (Link)
- 32:00: Hate Them Back (Link)
- 42:00: Hitler’s Revenge (Link)
- 47:00: Boomtown Rats (Link)
- 52:00: Public Piety (Link)
- 57:00: Closing (Link) (Link)
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