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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, playwright David Mamet decries the failure to hold government officials, and the “experts” who advise them, accountable for the massive destruction that they so frequently inflict on humanity – and that they today are inflicting on humanity by fueling Covid Derangement Syndrome and insisting on authoritarian restrictions [2]. Here’s his conclusion:

The virus here is government—or at least the incompetents who advise our rulers and cannot admit the legitimacy of dissension. Absent intervention, this virus may eventually kill the host organism.

Also in the Wall Street Journal, that consistent voice of sanity amidst CDS-20, columnist Holman Jenkins, is properly critical both of government “leaders” and of the mainstream media who have recklessly fueled this derangement [3]. Two slices:

A wit once said war is too important to be left to the generals. In a similar vein, the political consequences of Covid are so dramatic that even experts have been bewitched by the imperative to mythologize the pandemic. A disease that infects 10 million people and kills 2.5% will kill the same number as a disease that infects 100 million and kills 0.25%, but they need to be approached differently. The latter is what we’ve been facing. The former is the picture we have been consistently painting for the public with our obsession with “confirmed cases.”

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We have a media that overwhelmingly sees its job as repeating things, rather than finding things out and understanding them. A free press has been less of an asset [4] in dealing with Covid than it might have been.

Michael Heller rightly applauds resistance by the Hasidim to tyranny done in the name of containing Covid-19 [5]. A slice:

Indeed, the worst crimes of the 20th century were perpetrated by states in the name of “Science,” specifically “scientific” racism and eugenics. These crimes were committed in the U.S. and, even more horribly, in Europe. The views of today’s Hasidim toward government edicts guided by “Science” are strongly colored by the fact that millions of their ancestors were lawfully murdered in Europe by a government guided by that day’s “Science” of eugenics and racism.

It is no coincidence that today’s Hasidim will have none of it. Nor should they. Nor should we.

Here’s the full version of David Hart’s April 2020 deep reflections on the need for intellectual change if human liberty is to survive public derangements, such as today’s hysteria over Covid [6].

The Strangely Unscientific Masking of America [7].”

The title of this recent lecture by David Henderson is “To Fear or Not to Fear: That is the Question. [8]

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