In this Red Dawn, Who Invaded Whom?

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American Institute for Economic Research

The gigantic mess of 2020 called lockdown began with an email thread called Red Dawn, based on the old movie about a Russian invasion of the US. The idea, I suppose, was that the virus was the invader. The public health lockdowners and fanatics on the list who urged the overthrow of American life as we knew it imagined themselves to be the saviors. 

(You can read many, but not all, of the emails here. They were enormously influential in generating the necessary panic to kick their sadistic social experiment into high gear.) 

What actually happened was a different kind of invasion. It was the saviors who invaded our schools, churches, sports, commercial lives, and even our homes. They took total control, issuing random edicts by the day concerning what we could and could not do. They enforced these edicts at the point of a gun, thus wrecking countless businesses, driving millions into depression, violating all human rights, and shattering the lives of countless millions not only in the US but all over the world. 

All they needed to do to accomplish this was to tap into a premodern and unscientific (and essentially childish) penchant to believe that the right way to deal with a virus is to run and hide from it, as if human beings didn’t evolve with viruses in a complicated dance for a million years. Forget everything we’ve learned from science over the 20th century; instead, we should behave like Prince Prospero in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Masque of the Red Death (yes, the use of the word masque here is word play).

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