Given the large role that the Covid sickness has taken in our life, it is strange that we, the public, have almost no certain facts about it.
Is it natural or man-made? If man-made, was it created by the Chinese government or the U.S. government? Is it mutating into possibly more dangerous forms? If so, how effective are vaccines? How prevalent is it? We cannot possibly know because only a fraction of the world population has been tested and tests are not perfect.
How is it best controlled? Different governments have tried different measures with conflicting results. Do masks and lockdowns really do any good? I doubt if there exists and ever can be any proof of this. What is the actual death toll? We know that many deaths have been ascribed to Covid where there were other conditions present. Why do some people die and others have no or only minor symptoms? This seems a vital piece of knowledge that should dictate the response rather than universal measures.
Sensible people know not to trust government “experts” or the media. Indeed, there is a wealth of contradictory opinion among creditable people. The Big Tech arm of the Deep State seems to be busy with massive suppression of opinions challenging the official government line. That in itself shows bad faith and deception. A bad regime does not censor falsehoods, it censors truths that contradict the party line.
What do we know for certain about the “pandemic”? We know that federal control over individual lives has increased greatly and established a bad precedent. We know that the economic situation of millions of middle and working class Americans has been badly damaged. We know that, because of the lockdowns, the wealthiest one percent of the population has increased its holdings by a trillion dollars. We suspect that the Biden bunch contemplates a further and more drastic lockdown.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews