It does not matter what the public thinks, but that they obey.
Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue
People may know the masks are useless and resent wearing them but there is also the other side of it. I was on the Los Angeles Metro last week not wearing a mask and was confronted by a man who took exception to it. I told him off and he called the transit police on me.
He stood back and used his phone to photograph the encounter with the police before going his way as I insisted to the police he was creating a public nuisance.
Make no mistake, this is not a medical issue, but a power issue and there are plenty of people who will attempt to assert authority in this matter to “help” the state. One of the arguments this man used to get me to wear a mask was, “Do you think you are better than anyone else?” Expect resentful people to increasingly demand conformity as this goes on however unreasonable the policy.
The hand of authority is everywhere even if it appears to grasp lightly at the moment. The police are mostly ignoring maskless people, but it depends on what kind of police. Sheriff’s deputies have refused to enforce mask wearing, but they have been replaced on trains by cops directly controlled by the LA Metro.
Private business, fearful of state intervention, is most particular about mask wearing and is very effective in enforcing mask policy. Public buildings can be beyond Orwellian in their diligence.
Let us not kid ourselves. This is about control and the appearance of control. It does not matter what the public thinks, but that they obey, for now. Not that the demand to think a certain way is not made. It is.
Getting rid of this will not be easy or cheap. It will require confrontation and people will get hurt. Real power in the US is heavily centralized which means that people really do not know where to turn when they are at odds with that power. New organizations to express dissent will have to be created which takes time, effort, money and will. The organizations will have to struggle from the beginning with the tacit or overt opposition of government.
The US is a dictatorship. Despite all the democratic posturing, a very few people call the shots and have millions of servants, often unwitting servants, to enforce these shots.
It is heartening to hear of the resentment of many in this article, but my point is that they still obey. When they stop obeying in mass and start calling for the heads of politicians like Gavin Newsom and Anthony Fauci will the real game begin.
via Ice Age Now
September 12, 2020 at 05:48PM