The One Lockdown That’s Killing Us All
In the 1930s, first Hoover then Roosevelt tried to fix the economy that would have fixed itself if it had been left alone, which was the lesson decidedly not learned from the depression of 1920-21 and the Panics of the 19th century. If it had been left to recover on its own from federal reserve meddling, there might have been a chance the meddler would have been shut down.
But really, there was no chance. Anyone who understands the FED’s purpose — keeping the biggest banks solvent through counterfeiting — knows repealing the law that established it was not a thinkable option, given the corrupt powers that supported it.
So the FED, supercharged after FDR made owning gold coins a felony, remained on the scene and advanced its career as an untouchable counterfeiter, creating a legacy of inflation, a policy indispensable to a welfare/warfare/surveillance state. Big, suffocating government doesn’t thrive on direct theft (legislated taxation) alone.
State growth also creates connections with individuals and organizations not formally a part of the State apparatus. It has a name: Crony capitalism. Since the State deals with others by force and thrives within its sphere of influence by bestowing favors, there are always people seeking privileges, such as protection from competition, tax breaks, or monetary outlays (bailouts). In return, the State receives support in the form of political endorsements, election donations, votes, and marginalizing the views of those opposed to State policies or the State itself.
Any crisis arriving on the scene, whether State-caused or natural, is subject to State handling. People expect the State to “Do something,” and it does. Today, the State is doing plenty about the coronavirus, and no surprise, it is creating a social catastrophe.
What hath the State wrought?
It’s a challenge to document 2020’s outburst of tyranny when so many levels of government are contributing to the mayhem, but here are a few:
(1) States ordering “non-essential” businesses to close, while letting “essential” businesses remain open. If a business weren’t essential it wouldn’t be doing business. Fortunately, some business owners are at least defying the orders.
(2) With so many small businesses shut down and employees furloughed or fired, the federal government turned to its counterfeiter to ease their pain — short term relief only, of course. Most Americans aren’t complaining, but they will when they’re greeted with “monumental tax increases” that could eventually wipe out the middle class. But the CARES act is rarely presented in such truthful terms. Instead, the government with its astronomical debt somehow found $2.2 trillion in its back pocket it had apparently forgotten about, so the Treasury (not the FED) passed it out to the people, including thousands of foreign workers living overseas. Money is truly no object when it’s controlled by the government and its printing press sidekick.
(3) Stay-at-home orders for everyone, even after the virus has shown an affinity for the elderly with existing medical problems and almost no concern for healthy people under 30. Lockdowns prevent herd immunity and delay recovery. People jailed in their homes get depressed, divorced, commit suicide, abuse spouses and children, drink too much, and fail to care for other health issues. They also tend to stay unemployed if they can’t work from home. The State knows all this.
(4) Mask confusion. State health authorities saying early on that masks aren’t needed for everyday activities then reversing themselves. Studies and demonst
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