In the fullness of time the ape historians may refer to this time as the age of reboots because everything seems to be a remake of the past. It is not just movies and television shows that are constantly rebooted. Must of our politics is a replay of the 1930’s, the 1960’s or the 1980’s. Every villain is Hitler or Bull Connor, and every victim is Ann Frank or Emmet Till. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to hear that the people in charge are planning to reboot the Covid franchise.
Despite a mountain of evidence showing that none of the Covid mandates made a lick of difference when Covid was a real thing, we are seeing them comeback as we get a glimpse of what we used to call flu season. A few cases of the sniffles have school systems cancelling classes and installing plastic bubbles again. A college in Georgia has brought back all of their Covid restrictions. Fake TV doctors are out pitching the latest Pfizer products, just in time for the holidays!
The “experts” who told you to tie your underwear around your head and stand in little circles painted on the floor at the grocery store are now saying there is a new variant with a really cool name. The Eris variant, perhaps the result of the Evropa Project, is spreading like an untended Hawaii wildfire. The “experts” say it spreads much faster than the prior variants, which must be bad. That is why we must act now as we only have a few weeks to flatten the curve.
Thankfully, the drug dealers have a cure for what ails you. Just in time for cold and flu season, they have a new batch of vaccines. What makes a reboot so attractive is they already have the IP established. They do not have to invest in making the public aware of the new thing, so those savings drop to the bottom line. In the case of the vaccines, they still have millions of doses of the last batch, so it is just a matter of slapping on some new labels and handing out some new bribes.
You are probably thinking that there is no way that they can reboot the Covid franchise so soon after the original finally ended. After all, public opinion has moved hard against the nanny state nonsense that defined the original Covid run. Companies are still struggling to get their people back into offices. Most of the hard thumping Covidians now pretend they never fell for it. Despite is all, it looks like the Biden administration is moving ahead with plans to reboot the franchise.
The conspiratorial minded suspect that the regime is plotting some new shenanigans and forcing people off the streets with Covid mandates is part of the plan. If you are going to put one of the presidential candidates in jail, for example, having a ban in place against forming up crowds would be useful. That way the regime would not have to worry about another January 6. If protests broke out, they could unleash the dogs and firehoses in the name of public health.
The more likely answer is that Covid was just one giant leap in the direction of security tyranny that is all around us now. The health care system is now full of people who think it is their duty to push you around for your own good. Every business now has a safety manager who thinks like a paranoid helicopter mom. Public health officials have the same attitude as the staff of a prison. They see themselves as your perpetual guardian and you as a problem they must solve.
That last bit is the vital part. The more people pointed out the idiocy of the Covid polices the more determined the Covidians were to hold the line. Just as the managerial elite have come to define themselves in opposition to the masses, our army of experts define themselves in opposition to the people pointing out their mistakes. The more the evidence stacked up that the Covid regime was a sham, the more determined the Covid experts were to hold the line on the mandates.
Since so much of what animates our ruling class is a redress of past grievances, this reboot of Covid could be an effort to do it right this time. The experts will proclaim a public health emergency over Covid. The public health managers will claim they are better prepared this time and launch into rounds of public health theater that prove they are on top of things, while countering the “disinformation” about Covid. It sounds crazy, but we live in a ridiculous age.
There is also a weird psychology involved in the reboot lifestyle. We see this with the repeated reboots in Hollywood. Even when it is obvious that the planned remake of a classic is going to fail, they forge ahead anyway. Hollywood released a Terminator remake with a decrepit Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a geriatric robot interior decorator named Karl. Clearly there is some form of psychosis at the heart of this berserk desire to reimagine the past.
The big question is whether the public will fall in line again. There are reasons to think they will not go along with it. The novelty of working at home has passed, so that carrot is no longer available. The public is far more cynical about this stuff now, given the endless stream of official shenanigans. Only the dullest of zombies believe anything coming from official sources now. This reboot would look like a farce, even to people who enjoyed the original Covid theater.
On the other hand, cavalier disregard for public opinion is becoming a charm on the purity bracelets of the political class. If you are willing to offer Biden’s crackhead son a sweetheart deal with blanket immunity then appoint a family friend to be the special investigator after the deal blows up, you might look at a Covid reboot as a way to show your friends you really do not care what anyone thinks. Spiting the ungrateful masses with a Covid scare is just the ticket.
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