Those locking us down, proposing vaccine mandates and compulsory use of QR codes do so as the result of a faulty logic. We know this because they say that the important thing is the “messaging”.
How does a person get to the point of deciding to message an electorate?
Here is the chain of (faulty) logic:
- There is this thing I have decided is required.
- It must be done by more people than I can reasonably convince in order for it to have the outcome I think it needs to have.
- In order to get the shortfall of people to do it, I have to mandate it.
- In order for the electorate to accept that compulsion, I have to emotionally manipulate them.
- The manipulation requires devising an effective “message”.
- I need colleagues and media to repeat this message often enough that enough people will accept it.
- In order for the media to accept their part in this manipulation, I have to convince them that they are have an expert role in the scripting of the message.
You can all see the numerous, obvious spots where this chain falls down.
Australians have form in this, for example being one of only three countries to make voting compulsory. I have long argued against that particular little logical slime filled pit.
That the response to the cov has been particularly heavy handed in Australia comes as no surprise given it’s history as a penal colony. Those of you pointing at New Zealand right now are right, but that country has it’s own peculiarities that neither time nor space allow me to outline here, but of which I am all too aware.
Which leads us to the question of what to do. I don’t know. I do suspect that the response we want to give has many dangers and possibilities of unintended and vicious outcomes. I do know that what is occurring is in some respects not just what our health experts think is the best response to a pandemic, but part of a global push towards something.
That public servants who are convinced that the globe will end in a fiery hell within a decade or so if the economy is not “de-carbonised” cannot possibly be unaffected by those beliefs while exercising their new powers- shedding jobs, permanently altering the economy and accelerating other things they consider desirable.
How should we respond? When one is buying a house, or trading shares, one decides numbers or stop losses: rules by which one imposes limits on one’s own actions in order to remove the emotional responses during trading or negotiating…