Who pays? You do!

Who will pay for the coronavirus bailout? If you’re under 50 and working, you will!

“Even though the spending to battle the coronavirus has made our fiscal outlook far worse, the administration is calling for another round of tax cuts, and both Congress and the administration are talking about spending trillions more on infrastructure and other programs. If the U.S. government keeps spending like the Europeans, the American middle-class will be taxed like Europeans.” FREE LUNCH INDEED! READ MORE

The Demonizing of Dissent

The Demonisation of Dissenters Has Reached Hysterical Proportions.

“This is, to be frank, unhinged. It is unreasonable in the extreme to blame the spread of Covid on sceptics who have very little influence in public discussion. Virtually the entire political establishment, the vast bulk of the media and every online ‘influencer’ favours lockdown. The message we receive constantly – on TV, online, in the press – is to stay home, be good, don’t kill people. It is a fantasy to believe that the voices of isolated and demonised sceptics are cutting through this conformist fog and inspiring people to recklessly spread the plague.” READ MORE

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What They Said about Lockdowns before 2020

While expert consensus regarding the ineffectiveness of mass quarantine of previous years has recently been challenged, significant present-day evidence continuously demonstrates that mass quarantine is both ineffectual at preventing disease spread as well as harmful to individuals. Learning the wrong lesson – assuming that mass quarantines are both good and effective – sets a dangerous precedent for future pandemics. READ MORE

CCP Rules

CCP Introduces New Rules on What Members Can Say as it Expands Free Lunch

Party members are encouraged to report misconduct to the party’s circuit inspection teams, which investigate corruption and have been responsible for the downfall of many senior officials. The new rules also officially incorporate references to Xi Jinping “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era“, as the leader’s ideology is officially known – a concept that has already been written into the constitution. In addition to running the government, party members also fill the top jobs in universities, scientific institutes, hospitals, the military and many private companies. READ MORE

The Liberal-Left Has Gone Fully Illiberal

That the liberal-left appears untroubled by the grotesque violations of civil rights and liberties we have witnessed over the past ten months tells us all we need to know. Human rights are negotiable under this new ideology. I am not certain what this political theory should be called – perhaps left-wing authoritarianism – but it bears no resemblance to liberalism whatsoever. To the extent we have not gone quite as far as China in violating human rights in the quest to suppress the virus, the consensus on the liberal-left is plain: we have not gone far enough. Everyone deserves a free lunch! READ MORE

Free Lunch in Shijiazhuang

A Year After Wuhan, China Locks Down Another City of 11 Million People to Ensure We Get a Free Lunch

This time around, some public health experts in China said the reemergence of the virus in Shijiazhuang was detected too late, with rural areas a weak link in epidemic prevention and control. Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told state broadcaster CCTV that the surging caseload suggested that the virus had been “spreading quietly for a while.” READ MORE

Skeptics Needed

We Need Skepticism (Not Free Lunch?) More Than Ever

Look at the hysterical criticism leveled at the authors of the lockdown-questioning Great Barrington Declaration, and lockdown-sceptical individuals, such as Sunetra Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford University. They have been personally and professionally maligned, and, more troubling still, their critics want them removed from the public sphere. This has all the characteristics of a modern high-tech witch-hunt. Of course, no one’s talking about burning or drowning the skeptical. But the cultural and academic establishment does seem to want skeptics removed from public life. Especially skeptical scientists. READ MORE

Max Eastman witnessed the failure of socialism

Max Forrester Eastman Witnessed the Failure of Socialism

Karl Marx devoted “his life to proving that this mysteriously un-analyzable object, social life, or society, is destined by the inner law of its being to contradict itself (the class struggle) and resolve the contradiction in a higher unity (the co-operative commonwealth). He thinks that by committing himself to this one mystical belief, and joining in the struggle of this supernaturally practical entity toward its dialectically determined goal, he can avoid all mysteries and be a purely rational matter-of-fact mind. In Das Kapital, as in The Holy Family, the force which guarantees the evolution of capitalism to the point of rupture, and the creation of a communist state, is that same logical necessity of ascending from the lower to the higher which Hegel laid on the whole Universe in the name of God.” READ MORE

Joe Biden China

Communist China Is Preparing To Eat Joe Biden’s (Free?) Lunch

China’s cataclysmic cyberattacks against American institutions; rampant intellectual property theft from U.S. enterprises; rapacious trade practices and exploitation of U.S. capital markets in violation of relevant rules and regulations; pervasive influence and espionage efforts across every strategically significant sector of American society, from Congress to corporate boardrooms; corruption of international organizations chiefly subsidized by America; and myriad additional bellicose words and deeds like, “build a socialism that is superior [to] capitalism and lay the foundation for a future where we will win the initiative and have the dominant position“—a future in which Xi argues that “capitalism is bound to die out and socialism is bound to win.” READ MORE

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