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I don’t hold with curfews, and neither does the virus


IN the Republic of Ireland at the moment, if you finish eating your meal in a restaurant at 7.59pm and support the government’s 8pm hospitality curfew, you get to consider yourself to be a responsible citizen who cares about others and the greater good. 

If you argue that the curfew leads to loss of livelihoods and the ruination of businesses, and that you should be able to dine after 8pm, the curfew-supporting diners will ask why you want to kill your granny and why you don’t ‘trust the science’ and the ‘experts’. There are prominent journalists in the Irish media making such arguments. As in the rest of the British Isles, very few are making opposing arguments

The curfew supporters ignore the fact that an airborne virus doesn’t abide by curfews. They bury this knowledge because one of the features of the mass psychosis they are suffering from is the belief that they are the righteous ones who belong to a worthy class of people unlike those uncaring, evil lockdown sceptics, unvaxxed and vaccine-hesitant people who we need to demonise, ostracise, segregate and treat as second-class citizens for the well-being of society. 

The curfew supporters are completely unaware of what the psychologist Carl Jung referred to as ‘the shadow’, that part of every human being which is capable of terrible evil. 

They have embraced what they believe to be a well-intentioned and caring form of authoritarianism which is in the interests of the greater good. They are blind to the fact that every form of authoritarianism if left to run its course leads to the demonisation of outgroups and ends in gulags, Magdalene laundries, workhouses and concentration camps. I don’t hate those who support lockdowns, excessive restrictions and who believe that anyone such as myself who asks any questions about the vaccines should be persona non grata. I know my ideological opponents in the Covid debate are well intentioned and acting out of genuine fear of a virus that poses a risk to the elderly and comorbid. Unfortunately, history shows us that being well intentioned doesn’t negate the slide into totalitarianism and all the horrors it can unleash. Every dictatorship starts off wanting to improve the overall well-being of the people, which is why so many initially comply and support totalitarianism in whatever its guise.

I just wish that my ideological opponents in the Covid debate could reciprocate that those of us who oppose lockdowns and have concerns about vaccines are also acting in what we perceive to be the greater good, which for many of us is the sanctity of individual liberty and the belief that the power of the state needs to be constrained to protect it. 

If they fail to see that we too are well intentioned and continue on ignoring their ‘shadow’ side, then I fear that those of us who dissent will see even further demonisation and the removal of more civil liberties. The path that many western governments are now on doesn’t bode well for individual rights and social cohesion. Liberal democracy is effectively suspended in parts of the West and is cheered on by the political class and a compliant media suffering under the aforementioned mass psychosis. Whether it comes back any time soon is questionable. We are living through the darkest days in Europe and the British Isles since the eras of Communism and Fascism.

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Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine is an Orwell Prize winning writer & blogger

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