Posted On: Wednesday - December 9th 2020 7:41PM MST
In Topics:   Pundits  Kung Flu Stupidity
Writer/pundit John Derbyshire has been no Kung Flu panicker from the very beginning. I remember a column of his from back in February or so, when the worries were mostly in China, saying that we shouldn't take this as some big deal. He hedged a little bit out of caution, I recall, but in general wrote very sanely about this, just another, epidemic out of the Orient.
Additionally, he is very civil in his writing. I have been able to tell when he's occasionally intensely pissed about the issue he's writing about, but he still won't use the kind of wording seen here. If you want to read the language that those who have been causing the deepest stupidity really deserve, you gotta come to Peak Stupidity.
Anyway, Mr. Derbyshire's recent column Coronavirus Overreaction: Ruling Class Hypocrisy And Absolutism (leads to VDare - I hope it appears on unz.com too) has some of the strongest anti-Panic wording I've seen out of him since this deal started up. The first portion of his post and of the title, the hypocrisy, is something we've all read or heard about. There are the national Nancy Pelosi dinner crowd, Fauci at the ball game with no mask, etc, national stories, but we all have heard of and maybe seen personally plenty of local and State-level hypocrisy - "do as I say, not as I do."
However, I wrote this post to point out the very good point Mr. Derbyshire makes with the second half of his short article. I'm just gonna excerpt the entire 2nd part:
Take traffic fatalities as a comparison. The U.S.A. suffers around 35,000 traffic fatalities a year. Every one is of course a heartbreaking tragedy to wives, husbands, parents, children, lovers and friends. Couldn't we get the number down somewhat?Right! That's all I can say. I do have my own point to add, as this article made me think of it.
Sure we could. We could go for control-freak absolutism: implement a nationwide no-exceptions speed limit of fifteen miles per hour. That's four times faster than walking: should be fast enough for anybody. Traffic fatalities would drop to a few hundred a year.
So why don't we do this, and spare ourselves those tens of thousands of tragedies? Because Americans wouldn't stand for it. The economy would be crippled: businesses can't move goods at fifteen miles an hour. Even just ordinary citizens would be up in arms: "What, I have to spend four hours driving to check on my granny sixty miles away?"
Sure, we take sensible measures to reduce the toll: speed limits, vehicle inspections, seat-belt laws. In the final analysis, though, we accept that normal life includes some number of deaths, possibly deaths of ourselves or our loved ones. We like normal life, even if it costs many deaths. We don't like control-freak absolutism, even if it saves many lives. We have found the point of balance.
We anti-Panickers have been told that we are either lazy, stupid, or selfish for not complying with the mandates for this that and the other. This makes me wonder if the Panicker crowd truly thinks this COVID-19 thing is the current-era big destructive event that World War II was or something like it. They think we should all be on the same page with some unprecedented government tyranny, because WORLD WAR!, oops, GLOGAL PANDEMIC! We must do whatever it takes, no questions asked. Let our betters make the decisions.
Our common sense and any look at the numbers just don't add up though. In "The Big One"*, of the 140 million Americans there were at the time, over 16 million of them served in the US Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines). That's 11%. 405,399 were killed and 671,278 were wounded. Can anyone who can estimate the distance to their nearest McDonalds within +/- 10 miles say that 11% of the people they know are fighting the battle against the dreaded Kung Flu? (That is, unless they are nurses or doctors themselves.) Has the Kung Flu killed or badly hurt 1 in 140 of the people they know? Do they know ANY young men, such as the 400,000 and 670,000 dead/wounded in WWII consisted of, that have succumbed to this disease?
This ain't The Big One. I'm not going to act like it is, just because you people have no perspective whatsoever.
* Old Archie Bunkerism.