Was the pandemic of 2020 the end of democratic life in Western society? Think about what went down in the last year, all in the name of ‘science’ and being ‘safe’. Not since World War II have we seen such draconian suspensions of civil liberties.
Note: Remember when they told us at 70% vaccinated we would be at heard immunity…Israel, where over 80% of adults are fully vaccinated with Pfizer, has 130% more cases and 56% more deaths than at this time last year, according to the WHO.
Never before 2020 was it conceivable for any government in the West to “lawfully” imprison citizens into their homes because they were *potentially* contagious. And yes, in Australia, it was a mass house arrest, regardless of whether you think it was justified or not.
The political, social, cultural, and bioethical wound that lockdowns have caused will be hard to fix that. It is the new modus operandi– By leveraging the citizenry’s fear—and the ability to stoke such fear through propaganda—governmental and bureaucratic power will continually increase. The government will become ever more involved in the private lives of citizens by controlling their movements and peeling away whatever is left of their autonomy over their own bodies. This is already made evident by the “Covid status checks” to access services or the divergent requirements and restrictions imposed on individuals according to their vaccination status.
Where is the intellectual class? Instead of questioning all of this, most just fell in line with the bureaucracy and government. They have refused to analyze whether the dramatic suspensions of our civil liberties have been justified or proportionate, and they have failed to highlight the dangers of letting the bureaucracy encroach to such a degree on the private lives and choices of citizens. Cultural and educational institutions (universities, the media, pressure groups, religious institutions, etc.) have abdicated their role as the moral compass of public opinion.
Not only have they abdicated such a role, but in several cases, they have also sided with the bureaucracy in promoting such invasions into private life and attacks on civil liberties. This they continue to do, without realizing the danger it poses to themselves. In addition, they are seemingly unaware that the very policies they defend go against the values they claim to defend: inclusivity, liberty, diversity, and equality and equity. Alternative institutions able to shape public opinion are gaining ever more traction and will eventually clash with the traditional/classical intellectual endeavors.
The next few years may be tough in many aspects. The choices which were made over the course of 2020 have changed our lives forever.