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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 132-133 of Scott Atlas’s important 2021 book, A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID From Destroying America:

Temporarily flatten the curve to avoid hospital overcrowding? That had become a distant memory The goalposts had long since shifted to something very different. Now, the imperative seemed to be stopping all cases, period, even eliminating positive tests in people with zero symptoms and very little risk of any serious illness. Not only was this impossible, it was also irrational. This highly contagious respiratory virus was already widely prevalent, having infected tens of millions of Americans by estimates of the CDC and others. The overwhelming majority of infected people were asymptomatic or only mildly so. And experts on pandemic preparation in the past had never advised societal lockdowns – the severe harms were easy to anticipate and long viewed as unacceptable.

DBx: Lockdowns were viewed as unacceptable, that is, until members of the zoomgeoisie selfishly, cruelly, and in a fit of derangement seized for themselves extra protection at the expense of persons unable to work from home and unable to survive without regular paychecks – and also at the expense of long-run economic performance, as well as of protections against the exercise by the state of authoritarian, tyrannical powers.


The irrationality inherent in the single-minded focus on avoiding exposure to covid at all costs is what I meant to convey in this essay written in March 2021.

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