The One Percent Doctrine is Back

Back in 2001, Vice President Cheney argued that any step you take to prevent terrorism, however ridiculous, is worth doing if it has even a one percent chance of working.

If there’s a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It’s not about our analysis … It’s about our response.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_One_Percent_Doctrine

It’s been resurrected.

 

Back in 2001, it was conservatives who were acting like irrational authoritarians. Now it’s liberals.

These says it seems as if many elite liberals aren’t going to be happy until we’re all wearing Hazmat suits for the next 50 years. It might make sense in a limited setting, like in a hospital, but there has to be an endgame for it, or they’re simply going to keep piling up restrictions until everybody’s basically carrying their house along with them whenever they go out to buy toilet paper.

In any event, the media sees their role as enforcing compliance, not informing. So it’s going to be non-stop “you must wear a mask a tall times” propaganda for the next 5 years. Maybe the right was onto something when they said they’re going to force us all to wear burkas.

As per usual, when reading any article in the New York Times its important to look for the buried lede.

Still, he and other experts acknowledge that face shields have their limits.

Just like masks, they must be removed when eating in cafeterias or restaurants. And studies on how effectively they can reduce a person’s viral exposure are scarce.

“Studies are scarce?” You don’t say.

But perhaps my skepticism is really all about my “toxic masculinity” and my “white male privilege.” After all, if people in Singapore are doing it, why can’t Americans? The numbers say something very different. Back in March, Andrew Cuomo knowingly released people with Covid-19 into the nursing homes. That spiked the death totals in New York and New Jersey.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing new criticism after the Associated Press reported Friday that a state directive led to over 4,300 still recovering coronavirus patients being sent to New York’s “already vulnerable nursing homes.”

“It was a death sentence,” tweeted Daniel Choi, a doctor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He called the directive a “horrendous idea” and “definitely not something any doctor taking care of nursing home patients would have signed off on.”

The state health department directive, issued March 25, barred nursing homes from requiring patients deemed “medically stable” from being tested for Covid-19 prior to admission. Cuomo, a Democrat, rescinded the order May 10, but not before thousands of infected patients likely entered nursing homes and contributed to the coronavirus’s spread.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/22/cuomo-order-sent-estimated-4300-covid-19-patients-nursing-homes-denounced-single

The chances of anybody in their 20s and 30s dying of Covid-19 remain pretty remote. Here in New Jersey over 50% of the Covid-19 deaths have been people in nursing homes over 80.

Covid-19 and terrorism are both real.  But neither is an excuse for any and all restrictions our incompetent governments want to impose on us all. So why are they doing this? The media and social media hysteria over a recent pool party in the Ozarks is a case in point. It wasn’t gun toting hillbillies in the South who spread the virus throughout the United States. It was wealthy New Yorkers going out to their Summer homes. But the worse Covid-19 seems, the more universal a disaster it appears to be, the more they can create the illusion that “we’re all in this together.” It helps them to hide the incompetence, not only of Trump but of wealth ruling class liberals like Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy. Focusing on those dumb hillbillies out in the Ozarks distracts us from all of those rich Wall Street assholes abandoning the city they’ve made so expensive and so unaffordable for the past 20 years to go out to their beach houses in The Hamptons or their ski lodges in Vermont. It’s working exactly the way the “war on terror” made us all look away from George W. Bush’s incompetence in the Summer of 2001 or the American ruling class’s deep ties with Saudi Arabia.

One comment

  1. John Thurloe · · Reply

    The U.S. oozes decay, corruption, racketeering, systemic swindling. So long as its elites stole enough from the rest of the world to pay out crumbs the under classes, the system staggers on.

    But, abruptly, two things place the U.S. racket in jeopardy. One is the virus hysteria which has inflicted immediate and substantial harm of much of the population. People finding their lifestyle and security under threat. Since the rich will not pay out from their own pockets to restore things, then propaganda and police ratchet up to protect the master class. This tension is unprecedented.

    Secondly, Russia+China have the power to obstruct U.S. looting. The elites cannot hope to ease their domestic situation by the usual terrorism, regime change etc. Furious, they will attack Russia and China but they will not succeed.

    The nature of the racket is that it must always be increasing – Ponzi like. If it can’t loot its own people and also other people then the system 1. resorts to desperate and extreme measures or 2. divides against itself.

    Russia+China will take care of the ‘double-down’ reflex. But for the ruling class to divide there must be domestic resistance. And that is a long way off as yet. However, the elites are stupid-greedy. They will be the instruments that inflict much more pain on ordinary Americans. And that needs to happen. Only much more shock, hardship, ruin will motivate the decayed U.S. population to rise up in self defence.

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