Superspreading Lies

In a world of lies the only thing you can rely upon with regards to public discourse is that whatever you are being told is false. The exact nature of the lie and the motivation behind it are never easy to discern, but you can trust that whatever the authorities are saying is not factually accurate. This has turned every dissident into a modern-day Kremlinologist, examining the regime for clues about what is happening.

For example, Republicans and Conservative Inc. have suddenly gotten religion on the vaccination stuff. A few weeks ago, they were focused on the personal-liberty aspect of the vaccination campaign. People should be free to decide if they want to take experimental medicines for a disease with a 98% survival rate. Conservative Inc. was against Covid passports and vaccine mandates.

Suddenly, as if on command, they are on board the vaccine express. Mitch McConnell is now threatening lockdowns unless everyone gets vaccinated. The governor of Alabama wants to blame the unvaccinated for everything. Conservative goofballs like Sean Hannity are also pushing the vaccine. Chris Ruddy of Newsmax is now pro-vaccine, which is odd given that he markets to the aluminum-foil-hat crowd.

For their part, the people who have been hysterical about Covid for eighteen months are now even more hysterical. The people animating the corpse of Joe Biden say they will mandate bizarre costumes if everyone does not comply. It is good to see that collective punishment is back in vogue. If that is not enough, agents of the state will go door-to-door to make sure you are vaccinated, comrade.

The media is reprinting the old scare stories. We have stories about overrun hospitals and stories about unwitting superspreaders. Florida is especially bad, because Trump lives there and Covid really hates Trump. Of course, this new campaign would not be complete without a public testimonial from a hysterical female. Chubby nurses doing TikTok videos cannot be far behind.

This coincides with some new language. The new buzz phrase is “breakthrough cases,” and the press is pushing it hard. The meme they are pushing is this: The courageous warriors fighting Covid managed through a long struggle to put up a vaccine wall against the virus. Not everyone did their part. Those deniers with their conspiracy theories about Covid refused to be vaccinated. The Covid exploited these holes in the vaccine wall, and it is now “breaking through” to threaten our democracy.

It is this new bit of language that gives regimeologists a clue as to what is going on behind the walls. For six months they have been preaching the good news about the vaccine, but they made the mistake of trusting the drug makers. It is looking like the miracle vaccine is not what the brochure promised. Lots of Americans who have been vaccinated are turning up in hospitals with Covid.

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