The media are worried about the low COVID vaccination rate as winter approaches. The lockdown lovers and mandate militants of the press are doing their best to gin up yet another round of COVID hysteria. A robust resistance is called for.
The government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, cheered on by a legacy media that is clearly dominated by neurotics, violated fundamental liberties and caused more health problems than it solved. We were encouraged last week by a long article in New York magazine topped with the headline: “COVID Lockdowns Were a Giant Experiment. It Was a Failure.” Finally, some responsible media coverage on a matter that has been almost entirely presented through the lens of a cult.
The article was written by Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, and was excerpted from their book, “The Big Fail: What the Pandemic Revealed About Who America Protects and Who It Leaves Behind.” It should be infuriating to every inhabitant of this planet that humans were the subjects of a supremely unethical clinical trial, as if we were lab rats. “There was never any science behind lockdowns,” say the pair, and “not a single study had ever been undertaken to measure their efficacy in stopping a pandemic.” So, they continued, “when you got right down to it, lockdowns were little more than a giant experiment.”
For all its public service in exposing the dark heart of abusive lockdown policies, the article had one flaw. It did not mention government mask or vaccine mandates, both gross violations of basic freedom.
But the lockdowns alone inflicted a heavy toll. One way to ensure they don’t happen again is to utilize the legal system. Steve Kirsch, a tech entrepreneur and health policy freedom fighter, believes “the solutions to the various health and freedom crises of the COVID policies would come through litigation and not politics.”
“We need to increase the number of COVID lawsuits wherever we can,” says Kirsch.
Forget amnesty. Hold the pandemic tormentors accountable for the injustices done and make the punishment harsh enough to dissuade future tyrants from violating human rights.
Another path to freedom is through the executive orders of a president who is not part of the problem (which rules out the current occupant of the White House). In a compelling commentary written for The Daily Signal, Dr. Scott Atlas, a Hoover Institution fellow, co-director of the Global Liberty Institute, and an adviser on President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, suggests:
- Clearly defining public health emergencies “with strict time limits (e.g., two weeks),” and “requiring legislation to extend” them.
- Firing “the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Food and Drug Administration,” then term-limiting “all health agency positions, including top- and midlevel posts.”
- Requiring that all FDA, CDC, and NIH discussions be fully transparent and their content posted immediately on public forums.
- “Limiting health agencies’ power” by emphatically stating “that the CDC and other federal health agencies are strictly advisory and don’t have power to set laws or mandates.”
- A decentralization of “today’s cartel of NIH funding that controls all academic science careers and university medical centers.”
- Immediately halting “all binding agreements or pledges to the World Health Organization.”
The same New York Magazine that published Nocera and McLean labeled Atlas a “kook” in a 2020 rant written by Jonathan Chait. Atlas was also maligned and undermined by the troika of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, presidential task force coordinator Deborah Birx and Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield while advising Trump. It must be of some consolation to him that time has showed the tyrants and hysterics were wrong and the guardians of liberty were right.
The better prize, though, is a world in which humans are not unwittingly used as test subjects in some entirely mad experiment, and are free make their own health decisions.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board