Chapter 15 “Lessons learnt from the COVIDs: obedience and fear”
One of the best ways to control a population is through fear and it is even better when it involves their life. Stalin had executions and Siberia. Mao had re-education camps. Canada had the residential school system. In this case the cause of your death if you were not obedient was your life.
Hence on the advice of the medicos social distancing was the umbrella concept and that meant curtailment on freedom of association and a right to make a living but as I said medicos aren’t concerned with such esoteric concepts and neither did they have much compassion for the collateral damages caused by much of their advice although the politicos framed all decisions as political decisions on he advice of their “medical team”.
Of course at some point they miscalculated the vast overdoing of their propaganda made it close to meaningless hence the crowded beaches off the Alabama coast in the United States on Memorial Day in 2020 and the infamous Trinity-Bellwood’s Park in Toronto on the same week-end. Democracies are a bit flabby when it comes to effective propaganda. Unfortunately, both these incidents cased a huge surge in Alabama and in Toronto. When it comes to propaganda you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool them all the time so you have to freshen up the propaganda playbook to be most effective.
There was also fear of the COVID police who could fine you a substantial amount for violating social distancing rules. In some countries you could even be imprisoned and given the hotspots prisons were for COVID that just about amounted to a death sentence.
And the good honest citizens who cowered in fear in their homes could, along with some politicians, express their indignation at such irresponsibility leading to social ostracization of the irresponsible. Little did these good citizens realize they would be cannon fodder for the second COVID-19 in 2021.What is that expression, “There is no goodness in virtue”?
The propaganda campaigns were so effective that in Canada 64% of the population expressed anxiety in leaving the house. What a gift for the second wave COVID gods!