We are being told that we’re living through a pandemic. Everywhere we look this narrative of death and destruction is being heavily reinforced. If you didn’t know any better you’d believe that the virus itself was responsible not only for taking lives but for economic and societal damages that will take years to recover from, if at all. What is obfuscated as part of the breathless reporting on the pandemic however is that unnecessary human actions are responsible for much of the fallout, not a disease.
What is a pandemic?
First let’s define what a pandemic is. The unelected officials at the CDC define one as such:
Epidemic refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area…Pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.
Curiously, there is no official threshold that needs to be crossed in order to reach this status and unelected WHO official Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stated that the pandemic status shouldn’t “cause unreasonable fear.” There is no mention of mandating face masks, shutting borders, quarantining the healthy, or shuttering businesses. The consequences of these actions are also absent. It seems reasonable to conclude that by using a definition this incomplete and vague we need to hold people accountable for what’s happened these last several months.
Who’s responsible for what?
The immediate human toll, namely cases and subsequent deaths and recoveries, is a direct result of the disease. Everything that follows is the result of a human being’s decision.
Unfortunately, in this current situation the numbers being calculated are opaque and dishonest. A meaningless and inappropriate test is being used to calculate cases. Statistical chicanery is commonplace (yes, it’s happening in the U.S. too) when counting the dead. The recovery rate is often arbitrarily calculated and sometimes left out of the equation entirely. Those numbers are then being endlessly reported on without any context or subtext to incite fear. It is difficult to believe that this is the best that can be done in such a medically and technologically advanced world so it is obvious to see man’s fingerprints all over this from the outset.
It is possible something more sinister lurks behind these crude calculations and the cruel and unusual punishments subsequently unleashed on the public and some of those threads are worth pulling. For now and at the very least we can attribute this shoddy work directly to the politicians and bureaucrats in power. As usual we can see the media failing to look at the full picture when they bluntly blame “the pandemic” and not the people involved for what’s become of the world.
In this CBS This Morning clip several people are interviewed who have recently lost their job because of the pandemic. One of these people is Michelle Jarol, a fitness instructor from Chicago. The piece paints a very human picture of Michelle, describing her as a wife and mother of two who isn’t sure if she will be able to keep up her mortgage because of her place of work being closed and her husband’s pay also being cut. The executive order signed by Tom Wolf which forced businesses around the state to close is never brought up however.
Two Bostonians were trapped in Peru when that country entered a period of martial law in March. This was implemented by a Supreme Decree issued by the president, Martín Vizcarra, which forced the closure of the borders and suspension of international flights among numerous human rights abuses. Rather than explain this, the Boston Herald simply stated it was the “coronavirus pandemic” that had done this.
As of August 2020, half of all storefronts in San Francisco are reportedly no longer in business and nearly 200,000 residents are out of work “due to COVID-19” and “because of the pandemic” respectively. Once again there is little context, and seemingly no subtext, given here as the state of emergency and subsequent executive orders from Gavin Newsom are not mentioned.
The list could go on and on capturing examples from countries around the world and politicians across the entire political spectrum. The point here is to illustrate a pattern in mainstream reporting which fails to take human action into consideration when discussing the current state of affairs.
Without closer examination of this issue what is one to do but anxiously wring their hands and wait for this dreaded and unstoppable pandemic to end? The proper response is to instead put a name and face to these measures and assign responsibility and accountability.
When this is done the results are fruitful and encouraging. Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, and the New York attorney general’s office are all facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against them by ordinary people in the restaurant industry. In nearby Massachusetts, the constitutionality of Charlie Baker’s executive orders are being challenged in front of the state’ highest court. Tony Evers and Andrea Palm already had much of their stay-at-home order struck down in Wisconsin back in May. Sweden’s state epidemiologist is correctly receiving praise for his approach to the pandemic and there are equally positive are calls to dismiss lifelong bureaucrat Anthony Fauci from his position.
These moves need not be made solely through the courts or decided by official agencies of the state. Countless acts of peaceful civil disobedience and non-compliance can be found everywhere from those daring not wear a mask to businesses remaining open to doctors defying consensus. Every one of those people also have a name and face and bravely remain accountable for their choices.
As unemployment reaches staggering heights, suicides and other mental health issues rise, whole industries remain on the brink of failure, and society’s fabric begins to fray, maybe accountability should play a more prominent role in how we navigate beyond the pandemic.