By Kennedy Shelley
In Hungary, the government has transformed into a perpetual dictatorship not because of a coup, but because of the coronavirus.
To protect the people from the virus, the government was forever transformed.
Even in the US, people who are protesting government policy are arrested.
New Jersey arrested one organizer for violating a quarantine order and protestors were arrested in North Carolina when police declared that petitioning the government was “non-essential.”
The original stated goal was to flatten the curve to give the medical community time to ramp up their response, but to many, the new goal is to prevent all deaths which is impossible, so there is no end game, only a perpetual lockdown.
Professor Johan Giesecke is one of the chief advocates for Sweden’s policy of protecting their most vulnerable citizens while keeping their economy going participated in a video interview which dug into the problems with the current strategies in place in the US and most of Europe.
Here is his full interview:
He points out that the death rate is about what we would expect from the typical flu season, but the response has been more panicked because this is new.
In other words, we expect the flu, this is new, so it is sensationalistic.
But the problem remains, how do you end it? To this point, very few people have an answer.
There is no evidence that the lockdown strategy can work to slow down a virus.
The reason for these draconian measures is because of a paper that came from the Imperial College at Cambridge.
The Imperial College model on the number of deaths was highly speculative and was never peer-reviewed. In other words, it wasn’t a scientific paper, it was an internal memo that was reported as science.
A lot of the direst predictions about overwhelmed hospitals were based on static models that just didn’t take into account that hospitals can ramp up in the case of an emergency.
In short, we jumped into action without giving any thought to if this worked and how we should end this.
The effects of this policy are just starting to be felt.
Beyond the economic destruction and near 20 million people who have lost their jobs, there is also the loss of personal freedom because of the growing police state and heavy-handed tactics to enforce social isolation orders.
And eventually, we are going to see the toll of social isolation on other vulnerable segments of society.
Addicts are not receiving help and treatment, people are stuck in abusive relationships because shelters have closed, and elective medical procedures and even routine dental care is being postponed because of the restrictions.
All of this has significant costs that will have to be eventually paid.
And at the end of the day, there is no evidence that any of this will actually save even one life. None.