A commenter at Peak Stupidity suggests that the Dissident Right should have been frontline CoronaHysteria-pushers to help destabilize the system, and that those on the Dissident Right who have come out against the Corona Panic are fools.
Nationalists: “If only a big event would come along that would give us a chance to discredit neoliberalism and globalism and get people to support nationalism and **statism**”
Nationalists: Pretend it’s not real, alienate normal people, become libertarians.
This person also linked to a post by Hunter Wallace arguing much the same, slamming the Dissident Right for having too many Corona Skeptics in it. Hunter Wallace wrote a longer, ‘anti-CoronaSkeptic’ post the next day.
It is clear now the term “Dissident Right” is also overly broad and this crisis has just exposed a preexisting fault line. There are people who are “dissidents” in the sense that they believe things like the earth is flat, the moon landing was a hoax, […] viruses are not real, […].
I just shake my head in disbelief. The coronavirus was a once in a lifetime crisis that came along and vindicated pretty much everything we believe: unregulated immigration, the foolishness of outsourcing our manufacturing base to China, the Left’s unhealthy obsession with “racism” and “xenophobia,” the Right’s unhealthy obsession with the stock market, […] Instead of nailing our elites to the wall though on these issues, much of the Dissident Right plunged head first into an abyss of conservative and libertarian conspiracy theories.
How many people have family members who have gotten the virus? […] Some people in the Dissident Right are determined to tell those people it is a HOAX and none of it is real. […] this is a missed opportunity that has discredited many of its critics.
Hunter Wallace doubled down in his next pro-CoronaPanic polemic:
The real death toll is even worse. […] The Right is never going to live this down now.
What you see implied here is a part (a small part) of the answer to the Great Corona Political ‘Cross-Cut’ phenomenon. Hunter Wallace rightly observes that attitudes on CoronaPanic-ism cut clear across pre-existing political divisions (on which, more below). There is a lot left to the Corona Panic puzzle, but a non-negligible part of it seems to be people looking at the political bottom line, fixing bayonets, and charging in.
There are a number of serious problems with this (implied) call to jump on the CoronaBandwagon and promote Corona Hysteria so as to jockey for narrow political advantage on the coattails of Corona Chaos. I see it as follows:
(1) It demeans Truth and standards of evidence, and gives in to an emotionalistic, irrational mob-mentality; (2) It demeans the Dissident Right itself, casting it as some kind of amoral power-seeking faction whose raison d’etre is power and power alone (which is out of some “Hollywood Nazi” script); (3) It tacitly supports the suffering of our own people/nation(s), and the hobbling of our people’s future, which is immoral and also totally against the whole point of the thing; (4) It constitutes a failure of true leadership and is delegitimizing; (5) The “Corona Coup D’Etat” element to this affair. The ‘coup’ was led primarily by enemies of the Dissident Right who have their own agendas and have vastly increased their own power with token opposition, if any at all. A desperate bid to ride on such people’s coattails makes little sense.
(1) The supreme importance of Truth. First and foremost, ask, “Is it true that the Scary New Coronavirus is a once-in-a-century mass killer, as it was aggressively marketed, a Mass Killer Apocalypse Virus? Or is it not true? What do we know? How do we know it?”
All the evidence we have has been pointing more and more towards “Not True,” and in spades now. With approaching 100% certainty now, this coronavirus is no more dangerous than many other coronaviruses that have been in circulation for years, but of course none others had a huge media campaign behind them. When the smoke clears, it may yet be “Just the Flu” (equal to a peak-flu-season event) after all, or maybe “Just the Flu x2” at worst. This has never looked likelier than it does now. Of course the media will keep waving bodies and us and telling sob stories. No, they are not using ‘crisis actors.’ Yes, there is a flu-death-spike event going on, as sometimes happens, and some of our weakest die.
(I’ve got some bad news for the CoronaAddled out there. It’s not pleasant, but you ought to know it to move forward in life. Get ready. I’m going to say it now: Human beings are mortal; human beings die.)
The question is not “can the media wave bodies at us.” The question is, is it really a once-in-a-century Mass Killer Apocalypse Virus. The answer has long appeared to be ‘No,’ and now looks like a definite ‘No’ based on all the best data. It does appear to be a bad flu strain. This is good news, and it is true, so why not spread the good news, to slay the evil-beast of Corona Panic? Why be complicity in what is effectively a cover-up?
Satirists are hard at work against the pro-CoronaPanic side’s efforts to inflate their body count:
Yes, a lot of what the Corona Panic is about is based on deception, or at least on misunderstanding.
The great relative strength of a group of political dissidents is the ability to tell the Truth. A major enemy of the Truth is the media (speaking in shorthand here). The pro-CoronaPanic people would have dissidents abandon their greatest strength, which is truth-telling, in a long-shot bid for breadcrumbs from its enemies, during a passing mass-hysteria event! That is wrong on a lot of levels, but as for bullet-point-one, it’s wrong because it abandons the sacred principle of commitment to the truth.
Here is Dr. Klaus Püschel, head of forensic medicine in Hamburg, speaking April 3:
“I am convinced that the Corona mortality rate will not even show up as a peak in annual mortality. […] Covid-19 is a fatal disease only in exceptional cases, but in most cases it is a predominantly harmless viral infection.”[…] Corona in itself is a “not particularly dangerous viral disease” […]
(Translated from the German original in the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper by Swiss Propaganda Research.)
Giving in to emotional mob-mentalities is not a game we can win, nor one that Western Man can/should even play in good conscience.
(2) What is the ‘purpose’ of the the Dissident Right? Is it just an amoral ‘faction’, out to aggrandize its own piece of the power pie?
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, “He who would sacrifice principles for power deserves neither.” Throwing principles away to join a transient mob is something that could be, in the medium- and long-run, totally discrediting. Not to mention immoral, if one does not believe it is the mass killer that it was sold to be (by a hostile, ‘bloodthirsty’ media). Cynical manipulation is wrong. It’s what bad guys do. Villains.
There are some who would have the Dissident Right be purely about polemics, about propaganda, and agitation. As I wrote elsewhere recently:
Polemics per se are not bad (they make for good blogging) (on the downside, a dumbed-down version of unconstrained polemical writing is Twitter), but I believe it should be the tip of an iceberg. It’s what we see, but it rests on a much larger foundation of what we don’t see, which ought to be evidence.
In cases of effective, convincing polemics that are consciously anti-evidence — not just misguided, but ignoring evidence for personal gain, some kind of rent-seeking, or out of some kind of malice, or ‘trolling,’ or whatever — can be very bad news. (I believe this is what rubs so many the wrong way about AOC, a kind of puffed-up, shrill political rent-seeker and evidence-optional polemicist, but that’s another topic.)
(3) Protect the nation from harm should be a guiding principle. Do not cheer on as your people are harmed.
The Great Corona Mass Hysteria Pandemic of 2020 and its economic after-effects will hurt our people. If the predictions are accurate, think of the opioid crisis and turn it up a few notches; what would 10%, 15%, 20% unemployment and ongoing ‘lockdown’-type disruptions due to us? Have the pro-CoronaPanic-pushers thought about the likely drop-off in births that will result from a biting, major economic depression? The CoronaFertilityCrash. The evil beast of Corona Panic is like a demon that effectively demands infant sacrifices.
As to how much the Corona Shutdowns hurt, this encompasses a sober discussion on tradeoffs; among the mass delusions associated with the Corona Fiasco is a suspension of any sort of applied understanding of the concept of Tradeoffs in public policy. Someone recently wrote:
This isn’t about best versus worst-case scenarios. This is about the worst public policy in recent memory after mass third-world immigration. Public policy should involve the weighing of costs and benefits. Was that done here? No, this is just flat out hysteria.
We are (should be) advocates for our own people and therefore we should sound the alarm, when it needs sounding. Shirking this responsibility makes us cowards. Protect the nation from harm, especially needless harm. Enoch Powell said it best:
“The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature.” — Enoch Powell, 1968
Powell could just as well have been talking about this ‘Coronavirus’ response. Mass-hysteria events are “deeply rooted in human nature,” and it is the sacred duty of leaders and would-be leaders to guard against such things, which can have negative effects. As Mr. Shamir writes recently:
The seasonal madness overtook mankind. In years to pass, it will be remembered as a new Witch Hunt, but on a global scale
I can tell you what a bad leader would do: Join in the witchcraft accusations; stand at the head of the mob!
(4) What is true leadership? Whence comes moral authority/credibility?. Following on from (3), Every society needs some mechanism to prevent hysterical mobs from disrupting the ship of state and running it aground, which is what has happened with the Corona Panic in most Western countries to some degree.
For whatever reason, our normal defense mechanism(s) failed, and totally irrational thinking quickly won the day. Few were/are willing to stick their necks out against the destructive pro-Panic CoronaConsensus.
Anti-CoronaPanic people are like a group of stunned people emerging into a Twilight Zone episode, unsure what to do, leaderless, subject to emotional blackmail at the least, and suppressed in major discourse.
True leadership and service to the nation would be to stand strong, alone if necessary, against the evil-beast of Corona Panic. It’s good for moral credibility, just as this is all bad for the media’s credibility.
(5) The “Corona Soft Coup d’Etat” was/is led by a collection of interests within the Left- and Media-Complex to advance its own interests.
The almost unbelievable power grab(s), the imposition of softline martial law, these things didn’t fall from the sky fully formed. They were opportunistic power-grabs in a media-panic-fueled setting. These were (very likely) diffuse, not coordinated directly with any kind of malice-aforethought-soaked plan, but malicious actors did take advantage of it, and their interests were served.
As Intelligent Dasein wrote today:
[N]ow the governments of the world have the perfect Foucaultian wet drem to play with: A permanent medical emergency that can be used to justify anything and everything, to arbitrarily seize and execute authority, to silence dissent, to disrupt gatherings, to sway elections, to impoverish and enerve the ordinary citizen. This is a bonafide reign of terror we’re living through, and these things never last long and never end well, not least of all for their former leaders.
Other good material, food for thought, on this has been written in the past few weeks by prime noticer, including this one:
the Democrats see that the Republicans are about to go down permanently, and are already making their early alliance with a major outside force, China, against their internal enemy, Republicans. this happens in most big civil wars, and is one of the telltale steps along the way. the Democrats are not only openly hostile to Trump and Republicans as always, deliberately getting in the way during a ‘crisis’, but are now siding with China in the domestic argument about the virus, an ally they had not previously taken. [….]
And this one:
China will make out on this virus. they will get Joe Biden elected, and all their problems with the US will go away, clearing their path to eventually displacing America as the leading power on this planet. […] the virus will wipe out Republicans permanently. Democrats are poised to take monopoly control of the US starting in January 2021, and the replacement of europeans will begin in earnest. tax paying, law abiding european men will be turned into Mules. the establishment of UBI may occur under the Biden Administration, locking in a certain countdown clock on the US. no western nation can survive UBI for long, and the US is in one of the worst positions to endure UBI. […]
(6) Therefore, for the Dissident Right to join the pro-CoronaPanic rah-rah-ing, demanding for More Shutdowns and so on, would be for it to totally neutralize itself, abandoning the commitment to Truth (see point 1), giving in to crass factionalism (see point 2), failing in the implied the commitment to protect the nation including via rational thinking about tradeoffs (see point 3), forfeiting a claim to true leadership and losing credibility in the long-run (see points 4 and 5).
Further thoughts on the new Corona political division, cross-cutting the old
The emergence in CoronaPanic world of a completely new political or quasi-political split, along lines that did not exist before, continues to fascinate me. It is not some subtle difference of viewpoint on something obscure, not a minor adjustment on the margins here and there. This is a major split, or a series of internal splits, the birth of a new axis along which people align; the Corona axis ranges from pro- to neutral to anti-.
The media, which is full-on ‘pro,’ and many of those claiming the moral high ground on the ‘pro’ side, condemn the ‘anti’ side as Flat Earth-style wackos and immoral. Hunter Wallace slams, in similar terms, “conservatives” for being CoronaSkeptics or ‘CoronaDeniers’ (which has certainly not been anywhere near true for the past month, and never quite was true; the in-earnest Corona Political Split developed over a few-week period in March, and establishment conservatives almost to a man and woman dove into the pro-CoronaPanic camp, sadly including Tucker Carlson). In truth, there is a broader cross-cutting split here, a seemingly irreconcilable one, at least as long as the Corona Crisis to lasts (as long as they permit it to last).
I have struggled to define or apply convenient labels to this new division. I have used the terms ‘pro-CoronaPanic‘ and ‘anti-CoronaPanic,’ labels which themselves admittedly reveal my position on the matter. I view the ‘CoronaPanic’ as a public-policy disaster based on bad data, a case of mass hysteria.) A somewhat less-provocative way to say it is: pro-CoronaShutdowns vs. anti-CoronaShutdowns. I had previously proposed “Corona Skeptics” against “The Shut-Everything-Down-Indefinitely mob mentality.” I admit that one is also provocative. How would a pro-CoronaPanic person label those of us on the anti-CoronaPanic side?
The pro-CoronaPanic side believes the virus is a serious threat. But more interesting than their belief is how all kinds of interests have emerged to energize, prop up, and drive forward the pro-CoronaPanic side. It is as happens after political revolutions with unclear results; people of all sorts emerge and begin trying to pull ‘it’ (the revolution) in their direction.
Corona Opportunists are of all sorts, sometimes motivated by petty and/or personal considerations or wishes, sometimes grandiose. Call these people Corona Opportunists. I observed in March that while many were afraid, most of the figures really pushing/indulging in CoronaPanic-ism did so out of some sort of self-interest, a list to which the first half of this post adds another important but overlooked one: “Jockeying for political position.” I will not list the others here, but I named quite a few on March 26, based on cumulative observations over the then-previous two weeks or so (i.e., mid-March, which was the critical period in the US, the period of The Big Mistake, the chain-reaction-of-overreactions, the crossing of the Rubicon into CoronaMadness, the Shutdowns).
The subset of Corona Opportunists whose instinct is to jockey for political position, whatever it may be, reminds of the ironic quip you’ll hear, usually said of a sort of career politician: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” That’s what this is, and that’s where the commenter at PeakStupidity appears to have been coming from, at least in part (I don’t deny he that and others probably really do believe in Corona as Mass Killer with a high death rate, an idea we are blared with constantly by a lockstep, unskeptical media).
The Corona political cross-cut slices across the Left
We see some of this from “the Left.” The occasional voice pops up to bash Trump over it, blames Trump for the entire thing, or the potential thing, the supposedly coming Corona Apocalypse (which never will come, but that’s okay; Bash Trump trumps Find the Truth). Interestingly enough, the level of Trump-bashing associated with the CoronaPanic is actually considerably lower than average, than peak periods of political frenzy. I would attribute this to the Left being divided, also victim to the Corona Political Cross-Cut, and that this saps the energy of the Trump-bashers.
Many people identifying as ‘liberals’ and progressives’ and ‘anti-Trump’ are all solidly on the anti-CoronaPanic side. In the Youtube comment section under the great interview with anti-CoronaPanic hardliner Dr. Knut Wittkowski (recorded April 1 and 2), we see comments like this:
Progressive Libertarian (link)
Share this far and wide !!!
Note: “Progressive Libertarian.” Someone who identifies with the word ‘progressive’ is now in common cause with all sorts of others including nationalists. The anti-CoronaPanic coalition. It’s really a chaotic jumble.
Tthere seems little real or consistent alignment between political-affiliation and attitude on the Corona Panic, which is confirmed by many anecdotally among their families and acquaintances. Quite a few people on the Left are against the shutdowns. The Left is divided; the Right is divided; the Dissident Right is divided; the Center is divided; apolitical people are divided. There are no easy narratives here.
The Corona political cross-cut slices across the Right:
The comment sections at the Unz Review are a notable example, with former allies turned against one another and angry exchanges occurring between the previously-generally-amicable. I would hazard to guess, if we had a cross-section of regulars at the Steve Sailer commentariat (whose collective wisdom I respect and admire, and from whom much is always there to be learned), who, let’s say, were politically on about the same page three months ago, I estimate it’s at 35% firmly anti-CoronaPanic, 45% neutrals or basically on the fence, and 20% pro-CoronaPanic. I don’t base those numbers on real data, just impressions from reading comment sections.
Ron Unz himself, for whom I have great respect, is (as of this writing) no friend of the anti-CoronaPanic position, calling us “Diehard Coronavirus Hoaxers.”
On March 26, a commenter, Ed, wrote at Steve Sailer’s blog:
[T]his is one of those events when the crazy, irresponsible, tin foil hat view (“its just the flu”) is the view that is backed by actual experts in the field as opposed to TV talking heads.
(To that I responded about as follows — slightly edited/updated:)
Ed makes a good point.
Corona Panic has triggered a political realignment, or so I have observed/heard first hand. As I wrote on March 26,
I’ve heard quite a few anti-Trump people say “Trump is right on this one,” often prefacing with something like “I have never agreed with Trump on anything, but he’s right here.” [i.e., on resisting Corona Shutdowns]
It’s at least a temporary realignment, as long as the Corona Panic lasts, and they’re talking about early May now, with some talking about continuing the Corona Disruptions into fall and some extremists calling for “12 months, or 18 months if necessary.” I don’t see how they keep that up, but maybe it is a lasting realignment. It’s hard to tell if it will be lasting, and if so, what the real nature of the realignment will be. At the least, maybe it’s a realignment that has the energy to last through voting day Nov. 2020. This seems hard to believe. As I wrote elsewhere:
prime noticer wrote:
are we gonna lock down the entire planet every year now?
The media cannot keep its Corona Cocaine Binge, and its ongoing CoronaBloodlust, going for months on end. But it may well get a “second wind” at it when the “second wave” of Corona cases comes in the fall. A CoronaPanic Second Wave.
I’ll tell you what would be ironic, is if the Nov. 2020 presidential election ends up being a referendum on Corona Shutdowns:
Yes Corona Shutdowns: BIDEN
No Corona Shutdowns: TRUMP
This scenario seems at once so crazy as to be laughable, and yet also plausible to actually happen. Somehow both at the same time. God help us.
Ed’s observation of the so-called “tin foil hat” people being in agreement with the experts is another example of the same realignment, viewed from a different angle.
I guess I am one of those “crazy, irresponsible, tin foil hat view” people Ed alluded to, who is very skeptical that this is the doomsday scenario we have been sold by the media and by some alarmists. I have concluded that it is, to simplify a highly complex thing, a media-created panic, one for which people in the media ought to really be ashamed of themselves.
I was following the ‘Corona story’ more-or-less regularly from its emergence in January, through February, when it was still something distant and theoretical in the US itself, of real interest to only a few, to those who regularly follow and analyze the news and world events. With all the data we had by the third week of March, which was still incomplete, I concluded that it was very likely a mistake outright to react as the world has done. Caution, yes; this kind of overreaction, no. Fiasco.
The serious, actual experts (to the extent anyone has asked their opinions) are largely in agreement, it would seem, though others can’t help themselves from piling on and joining the pitchfork mob, and others are so narrowly focused on their field of expertise that they see nothing else, acting as though all life, all reality, is as a disease-suppression video game.
I stopped actively visiting (political websites) when I sensed the panic starting to emerge, figuring it was not a good use of time, sensing the oncoming mass hysteria; I could see the outlines of it forming by the second week of March. I thought to myself it would last a few weeks and assumed a good chance it would come and go by March 31. With the piling-on, and the serious mistake of society-wide closures (the Bubonic Plague or nuclear-war-like reaction), it soon looked impossible that March 31 would be even close to the end; that plus two weeks maybe at the most optimistic (Easter 2020, April 12), was still my hope, but as of this writing on April 9, that date has been pushed back. Some anti-CoronaPanic forces that have found an outlet have proposed May 1 as the National Reopening day. It really should be sooner.
The pro-CoronaPanic camp continues to push for indefinite shutdowns to “Save Lives,” as they would say, which any basic cost-benefit analysis will show is wrong, wrong, wrong. Plunging people into mass unemployment and so on will kill many more people and will reduce fertility, preventing many from being born. The pro-CoronaPanic position still does have some wind in its sails, and it controls the media, and the high-ground in many other ways. The internal contradictions of the pro-Corona position will lead to its eventual collapse, of that I am sure, but what the fate of the Corona Political Realignment is, I am not sure.