I’ve written a number of times about Mencious Moldbug, most notably here. He was instrumental in laying the philosophical foundations for the Dark Enlightenment, the most significant ideological framework that I’ve seen in my lifetime. But he really blew it on the Kung Flu. This I think sums up the political response to the virus:
Moldbug would have seen clearly that the N-COVID-19 narrative, lockdowns and restrictions, and subsequent Antifa/BLM riots that broke open the lockdowns, were all a manifestation of a High & Low versus Middle dynamic, where the elites use the underclass against middle Americans who represent the only real threat to their rule. It is not an accident that the public closure directives fell entirely on small businesses, churches and volunteer civic society. In contrast, the Washington Post owning Jeff Bezos’s Amazon is bigger than ever.
I think that this is spot on, and is actually an indictment of Republican Governors who bought into the hype. A few didn’t, but most let themselves be stampeded into harming their base. The Democrat Governors who are still keeping up the lockdowns are doing so knowing that they are hurting a Republican constituency, so there’s no expectation that they will want to ease up. But the GOP crowd should have known better. This is why I call them the “Stupid Party”.
Go read the whole thing. Some of us were skeptical about the panic from the start. Others should have been.