YESTERDAY, the day after it was announced a third communist lockdown would be imposed in England, Carole Cadwalladr tweeted: ‘The very worst thing is the lack of humility. To get it so profoundly wrong AGAIN. To send tens of thousands more people to their death. And to never once reflect on their personal roles in so completely f’ing it up.’
And here is the profound problem that we face: The normalisation of lockdowns as a legitimate tool of governance. Don’t bother telling me ‘it’s just Carole’ – because this is the dominant view right now.
To put it another way, and I think I am being fair to Carole here, what she is saying is the failure to lock down earlier, harder and longer is morally equivalent to sending people to the gas chambers.
It is this thinking that normalises lockdowns, makes them legitimate and makes them the status quo. Although for Carole and many on the Left, it is consistent with their worldview.
If your worldview is that there is no limit on government power, that government is God, and that it can and morally must do everything in its power to stop people dying, then it follows naturally that any failure to take action, even in the form of a draconian Chinese lockdown, is a moral wrong.
It doesn’t matter what the threat to life is: Terrorism, invasions from a foreign enemy are treated the same as natural disasters like a virus or a hurricane. Government, the State is God. It can do what it wants and it MUST act.
However, if you are a conservative, and your worldview is that governments have enough power, thank you very much, that they should be limited in their exercise of power because it is so often abused, then taking any action against a threat to life, especially in the form of a virus, must be examined.
Secondly, that examination will involve asking the following: Will the action taken 1) be effective 2) be proportionate to any outcome achieved 3) will the inevitable negative consequences both foreseeable and unforeseeable be worth the government action and 4) is it in keeping with our culture and values? In other words, is it moral and ethical?
If the proposed government action fails on even one of these measures, then it is wrong to take it. Lockdowns fail on every one of these measures.
In Europe, they do not work, they are not proportionate, the negatives far outweigh the positives and they are deeply immoral and unethical. Taken altogether, this is why lockdowns are evil.
Sending people to gas chambers was a unique evil. To compare this to ‘not’ locking down, not crushing the individual rights of your citizens, is profoundly wrong. However, it is arguably in keeping with the Leftist worldview.
The Leftist worldview is summed up thus: The Government is GOD. All must be sacrificed to this God and for this God.
This is the not the conservative worldview, which seeks to limit government power, carefully consider what a government should do when faced with a threat such as a virus, and conserve our way of life, individual rights, and tradition of liberty.
I said we will never recover from these lockdowns even if they end. I said that they were disproportionation, immoral, unethical, and evil. You have to accept that thinking such as Carole’s now dominates, and it is summed up in two phases: Government is God, and I love Big Brother.
We are in deep, deep trouble.