… is from page 20 of David Mamet’s hot-off-the-press 2022 book, Recessional: The Death of Free Speech and the Cost of a Free Lunch (original emphases):
Public officials mandated the wearing of masks, then openly flouted their own regulations. Why did the Left not object? If the masks were essential to the preservation of life, even the most depraved and corrupt of officials would, one would think, obey that law. If they are, thus demonstrably, not necessary to preserve life, why did the solons pass the laws?.
And why didn’t the co-opted populace ask the question?
The display of a face covering must, because the responsible officials doubted its utility, function as a religious symbol, like the burka.