Autocrats in lab coats and ivory towers.
"Individual health is to public health as liberty is to totalitarianism. The moment you depart from treating individuals and attempting to collectivize a population, you’re not so much an expert as you are an authoritarian control freak disguised as an expert."
THIS IS AWESOME! This is the smartest statement you have ever written. This says it all, it covers so MUCH that is wrong with our current "health" system, the whole thing, not just this scamdemic but especially the scamdemic.
Yeah, exactly. I've been poking around in the literature a bit and looking at this. Public health or global public health. It's a euphemism for the kind of profiteering technocratic solutionism whose outcome is certain to be tyranny and never real health, as you say. Usually comes wrapped in flashy talk about public-private partnerships, philanthrocapitalism and enlightened self-interest. Vomit-worthy, all of it.
There is some sort of academic output on this stuff and it seems to be pretty new. Was it built up purposefully, strategically? One of the worst, the absolute worst and most poisonous exemplars, is Devi Sridhar. Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, Clinton Foundation acolyte and all-round health ignoramus. She has become highly influential in the UK but appears to have no grasp of anything scientific or medical whatsoever.
She and a few others seem to have been made responsible for the shaping of the debate, setting the terms of the discourse at the academic level. Trying to give the shitshow a sheen of credibility. The whole thing stinks and good folk like you are starting to drag them into the light. Thanks, very much appreciated. It's probably time for a rigorous investigation into how this came to be.
Jordan, you nailed it with this sentence alone: "Individual health is to public health as liberty is to totalitarianism." We are witnessing much of humanity selling out its [potentially] individualized, mature, critical thinking to a bunch of psychopathic criminals who want to control every living organism on Earth and turn it all into robotic slaves for their sick, twisted, inverted idea of "life." It boggles my mind that, over a year into this non-emergency, people are still refusing to take a stand, let alone question any of the lies, lies, and goddamned lies.
What puzzles me is what drives the selective attention the media pays even to their chosen public health authorities. The early recommendations from WHO, for lockdowns and masking, were taken as gospel. When the WHO later recanted, arguing that lockdowns were not worth the economic devastation and increase in inequality, and advocated full reopening of all schools, they were almost completely ignored. This and similar episodes expose that the supposed "follow the science" narrative is driven by a deeper narrative pushing ever greater control of society by a government controlled by woke elites. COVID and the exhortations to "follow the science" have only ever been tools of convenience to push this power-driven narrative.
Forgot to say, great commentary, Jordan.
Well said Jordan. What is astounding, that it is clear throuought history the "Political experts" are those who are responsble for not only health issues, but are responsible for drving the flames of war too.
You're actually describing the greatest triumph of our government and elites since Civil Rights.
Which is about the time 'Ivory Tower' came into use.
Everything happened exactly as they wanted it to happen Jordan, all of it.
You are looking at features and thinking they're bugs, you are looking at desired successes and calling them failures. The costs are borne by the elites enemies Jordan - the American people.
That you and others haven't gotten used to the attendant suffering yet may be merely a matter of time. Civil Rights - a good cause seized by the Left, just as the Bolsheviks seized Russian Democracy - also caused fantastic suffering for decades as revolutionaries seized it, dramatically and breaking their word by extending it into everything and every aspect of life, breaking every single promise - and they broke their word faster than they broke the cities, faster even than record breaking crime. That didn't have to happen - it happened because THEY WANTED IT TO HAPPEN. And yet we got used to semi-tyranny, crime rates worse than war zones, forced associations. We can get used to forced disassociations, we all live on welfare or at the mercy of commissars.
But Jordan you really must stop seeing runaway successes as failures. Just as their is no common good, it's always good when your enemies suffer. We are the elites enemy, our suffering is their joy - and their profit.
"If I fall over the stump of a tree and break my leg, as is likely enough, I shall say to the lawyer, 'Please go and fetch the doctor.' I shall do it because the doctor really has a larger knowledge of a narrower area...[But] there cannot be such a thing as the health adviser of the community, because there cannot be such a thing as one who specializes in the universe. Health is simply Nature, and no naturalist ought to have the impudence to understand it. Health, one may say, is God; and no agnostic has any right to claim His acquaintance."
—G. K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils
the free world is in shambles??
The free world? Free? Who are you kidding?
Your entire thesis demonstrates that US-occupied countries are anything but free.
There's huge disconnect between public perceptions of 'public health' people, but primarily epidemiologists, as real scientists. Because they use fAnCy MaThS. In fact, many epidemiologists think they are doing science, because their models might be mostly math, when they model disease' spread among rodents etc. Many did not realize they ventured into social sciences. The only way to break that public perception of epidemiology as science is to tie epidemiological forecasts around their necks and hang them onto those. Like was (rightly) done to economists after the Great Recession.
So, I suggest making a 'hair chart' of various epidemiological forecasts (or maybe just one, IHME) done at various points in time around the actual trajectory. Possibly even compare it to the chart of economic forecasts in 2007-2010ish. Economists might end up looking better.
Sounds about right to me
All of these "government agencies" such as NIH, CDC, FDA, NIAID, etc, are corporations. If you don't believe it, go look at the Dunn and Bradstreet website, where they're listed. Their goal is profit, not health.
A late reply: there is no such thing as a "public health" expert because there is no such thing as "public health". There is no entity called the "public" which can be healthy or unhealthy. There is only the healths of individuals - and "public health" has damaged those immensely.
These "authoritarian control freaks disguised as an expert" are the same people who brought clean water and public sewer systems to civilization. Or would you prefer we go back to dumping our chamber pots onto the sidewalk?
While you may find COVID public health guidelines restrictive to your privileged lifestyle, those who are more adversely affected because of social determinants of health depend on these scientists to help bring equity to fighting this pandemic.
I don't mean to be offensive but my comment is that you are very ignorant and know very little of what you wrote about. Public health is about doing things for the common good. The reason it failed in America is because you guys DID NOT COMPLY with public health recommendations. You could not even WEAR MASKS for crying out loud. That's why poorer more sensible countries are doing better than you
Damn, you've really cultivated an audience of shitheads who post shady links. I guess they just want to be like you, Jordan! I look forward to getting banned like everyone else who calls you out for being out of your gourd!