Despite Nov. 3, you’re on your own

Tom Woods:

I have no idea what is going to happen in the world even in the near future, much less ten years from now.

Imagine being at a point where you positively long for Bill Clinton, and that’s where we are now.

We turn on the TV (mistake #1) and a reporter is seriously telling us that protests are “mostly peaceful” while buildings burn directly behind him, on camera.

If you and I protested something and one of our signs had a misplaced semicolon, the news would breathlessly report on the rise of fascism in America.

Just the other day the President Tweeted something clearly true: we don’t shut the country down for the flu. We learn to live with it, in exactly the same way that we will obviously have to learn to live with COVID. We can’t shut down all of society in a monomaniacal battle against one thing. There will be horrific consequences.

At the very least, that’s an eminently defensible view, and one held by some of the best scientific minds in the world.

Twitter attached a statement saying that this is ordinarily the kind of Tweet they’d remove, but that in the public interest they’re keeping it up.

Today a senior writer with the Washington Post tried to debunk the claim that for some groups the flu is more deadly than COVID — but in order to do so he had to use CFR figures for one and IFR figures for the other. This is a top person at one of our top newspapers.

NPR just ran an item on how dangerous schools are, even though every bit of data we have, from all over the world, tells us the exact opposite.

Three months ago, Washington, D.C., reached numbers indicating that it should have been at phase 3 of reopening, but it’s still in lockdown limbo, indefinitely.

They told us 15 days to slow the spread. It’s day 205. They said we could have our lives back when we got a vaccine — as if that were a guarantee. Now they’re saying we can’t have our lives back even with a vaccine.

Joe Biden — the man leading in the polls — promises more of the same. Lockdown forever.

Your countrymen are begging to have their life savings depleted and be confined to their homes — or at least that’s what the poll numbers seem to suggest.

To call this insanity wouldn’t come close to the scope of what’s happening here.

If you’re not disoriented, concerned, even frightened, well, you’re very much an outlier.

Chances are, you’re all three of those things.

Rationally speaking, when it comes to protecting your life and livelihood from the anti-life cultists you realize that it isn’t if but when. You have to do something at some point.

But this, too, likely has you frightened. And understandably so: anything involving finances and the unknown can be frightening.

Even more frightening, though, is staying in that holding pattern forever.

At some point you will have to step out of your comfort zone if you’re going to survive, much less thrive, in this uncertain century. You know it and I know it.

The question is when.

The sooner you take your fate into your own hands and start figuring all this stuff out, the better off you’ll be.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

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