1/6 Covid-19 and the Rise of "Soft Despotism"

Alexis de Tocqueville coined the term in the 1800s. It describes how a country can be overrun by a litany of small, complicated rules and how this type of administrative control breeds fear, uncertainty, and doubt in a populace.
2/6 “After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community.”
3/6 “It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate.”
4/6 “The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting.”
5/6 “Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it... stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
6/6 Tocqueville concluded that the thing which saves America from this type of tyranny are “habits of the heart” such as family life, religious engagement, civic participation, and social involvement.

Have we lost our habits of the heart?

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1/5 Do we even have a functional news media at this point? #twill

@GovPritzker said high school sports can’t resume due to safety and then referenced a CV19 outbreak involving a baseball team in Illinois

Spoiler alert: He misrepresented the situation to fit his agenda
2/5 From the news about the cases, it is clear the players DID NOT contract CV19 due to baseball related activities. The majority of the players live together in off-campus housing and contracted it from those environments.

Fun fact, high school students don’t live together.
3/5 Reports indicate 30 of the cases are related to players and 50% of players tested were positive; there’s only 20 rostered players and no mention of how many were tested. Anyone concluding that baseball caused the outbreak or the players were the vector are making a huge leap.
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1/10 Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo): Panic, Profit, and Denial.

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2/10 Pueyo wrote the original CV19 panic article back in March; it received more than 40 million views.

It was based on the idea of exponential growth (disproven by @MLevitt_NP2013), focuses on cases counts, and concludes we must go into severe lockdown
medium.com/@tomaspueyo/co…
3/10 This article was then touted by leaders, celebrities, and scientists as evidence that lockdowns were necessary.
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26 Aug
1/13
Universal lockdowns are bad policy

Here are 12 articles, since April, that provide a sample of the evidence available, indicating lockdowns are not a key intervention in preventing the harms caused by Covid-19.
2/13
April 15th from @AlistairHaimes
“Again, a classic epidemic curve, with a peak of symptom-onset 10–13 March, implying... an infection-peak 5–8 March: too early for the turn in the graph to have been caused by the lockdown announced on 9 March”
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April 21st from @LevineHagai and others:
"The main conclusion is that countries, which enforce reasonable hygienic measures on time can avoid lockdowns throughout the pandemic..."
medrxiv.org/content/10.110…
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21 Aug
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This infographic provides sources, data, and conclusions from the citations in this thread.

It isn't as pretty as my previous efforts but important nonetheless

Thanks to @HeckofaLiberal for the inspiration on this one: Image
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1/6 Throughout the country the “new normal” is being formalized by states and regions.

Few are questioning why sweeping health mandates will be needed when the risk from CV19 is gone.

Please comment with other examples and I'll try to update with a more comprehensive list.
2/6 In Michigan, even in their post-pandemic phase when there is no risk of CV19 returning, @GovWhitmer will still require “new safety guidance and procedures” to be in place:
3/6 In Illinois, the state's final phase has "safety precautions continuing" and @GovPritzker will be requiring every place of business and recreation to be operating under "new safety guidance and procedures":
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16 Aug
This thread has links to the CV19 related infographics I have put together.

The citations for each infographic can be found in the individual threads. I will add infographics to this thread as I create more.
Masking children is impractical and not backed up by data/research:
Universal lockdown policies have, and will continue to, cause significant harm throughout the world:
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