Manage – or inform?

The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions. David Shane – “Resistance to overbearing regulations is about more than just ‘freedom.’” … “Instilling this unnecessary fear in people is cruel.” … “A moral problem also arises from a desire to manage rather than inform the population.”

“Many in both our political and media classes, however, have no desire for people to be well informed about relative risks. People who are afraid, after all, will engage in socially demanded behaviors. So why risk giving them an accurate picture of their situation? Politicians and the media are not informing the public so much as managing it, an impulse we must call out and fight.

What Antifa Won’t Tell You. Paul Gregory – “Observers of the demonstrations, statue toppling, and riots that followed the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 could not help but notice a distinctive pattern of protest. Legitimate demonstrators stood on the frontline, while stones, Molotov cocktails and other objects were hurled from the rear.”

“And yet perhaps this is not unintentional. An organization that deems most of America as hopelessly riddled with racism and extremism, that sees no way to achieve its aims except violent ones, and that feels justified silencing its opponents by any means necessary, is not likely to give away its tactical secrets. Bray reveals just enough about Antifa to keep its workings murky—and that, too, is likely his intent.

Waiting for the Counterrevolution. Victor Davis Hanson – “We are in the midst of a revolution, a cultural and racial one, that seeks to refute the past, damn the present, and hijack the future. So far, however, we have only heard from one side, the revolutionaries and their enablers themselves.” [post links to full article on NR]

Poll: Nevadans favor expanded mail ballot access, chilly on business litigation protections. Riley Snyder – “Many of the poll topics correlate closely to items that will be on the agenda for the upcoming legislative special session.” The Californication of Nevada proceeds despite the reality about where it leads. Misinformed and ignorant are the hallmarks of the effort to manage the public rather than inform and educate. e.g. Don’t tell those polled that Despite What You’ve Heard, The COVID Crisis Probably Peaked Two Weeks Ago [I & I Editorial Board].

Getting Rid Of The Police, Or Trump, Will Only Enable More Riots. John Daniel Davidson – “Our political and media elite think that Trump and the police are the cause of the ongoing unrest. They couldn’t be more wrong.” Read this from the perspective of manage rather than inform and it sheds a new light on the political behavior.

“In all of this, the assumption appears to be that the mere presence of law enforcement so triggers protesters that it turns them into a violent, rampaging mob. It doesn’t seem to matter if law enforcement, whether federal or local, is warranted—as it most certainly is in places like Portland, where rioters have been staging attacks on a federal courthouse and rioting for going on two months now.

The repeated public statements of sympathy from Democrats and the dishonest coverage of the mainstream press leave the impression that these violent outbursts by erstwhile “peaceful protesters” are entirely justified.

Imagine being so out of touch with the political and cultural currents of American life that you think a Trump defeat in November will disperse the mobs in the street and quell the “left-wing cultural revolution.”

Details emerging about fatal shooting of BLM ‘protester’ in Austin, TX are stunning. Thomas Lifson – “The leftist outrage machine treated the fatal shooting of BLM “protestor” Garrett Foster last Saturday night in Austin, Texas with the customary spin … But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story” is important. … anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.”

Democrats’ Policies Are Unfit For The Presidency. Joy Pullmann – “A right to control other people’s lives is no right at all. It is an abuse of power. It is tyranny. Pledges to accelerate tyranny, which equal treason against the Constitution, utterly disqualify a person and party from United States government.”

4 French Revolution Trends That Have Started In The United States. Krystina Skurk – “The bloody and terrible French Revolution featured attacks on religion, rewriting history, toppling statues, and abandoning tradition. Sound familiar?”

“Contemporary British politician Edmund Burke lamented that French Revolutionaries could have repaired the walls of their government and society instead of tearing them down. In an attempt to found an egalitarian utopia, the French Revolutionaries tore down almost everything that was traditionally French. An eerily similar purge is taking place in America.

Why Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Don’t Block Coronavirus Infection of Human Lung Cells. Katherine Seley-Radtke – “A July 22 paper in the journal Nature further underscored earlier studies showing that neither the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, nor chloroquine, prevents SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – from replicating in lung cells.” As is becoming necessary with ACHS columns on pandemic related issues, reading the comments is required for perspective. In this case, the isolated and very specific situation specified should raise questions. Like many anti-HCQ studies, pertinent variables are isolated out of the question addressed and simplifying assumptions left out of the discussion. That facilitates the study but qualifies the application of its results.

Breitbart Still Suspended From Twitter After Viral HCQ Video; Doctor Gets Axe Over Involvement. Tyler Durden – “Gold had defended her views – which reflected her real-life experience as a board-certified doctor specializing in emergency medicine, … saying in a tweet that “there are always opposing views in medicine,” but that opposition should not be grounds for censorship.” Toe the line. Or else!

‘Cancel Culture’: Old Tyranny in New Bottles. Bruce Thornton – “If the progressives succeed, they will create what the Founders feared.”

Lancet Formally Retracts Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Used By Media To Attack Trump. Tristan Justice – This one refuted 50+ years of experience with the drug but the authors “were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis.” Nevertheless, the study provided political fodder. “Legacy media meanwhile, with its animus for Trump, used the study to attack the president and his physician for taking a medication that had anecdotally shown potential promise in treatment of infection while posing few risks.”

With all of the focus on ‘conflict of interest’ that is usually predicated on the exchange of money or favors to the point that authors have to proclaim innocence in their papers, ideological media feeding is often ignored. This is where the whole truth is shortchanged and deceit and dishonesty are rationalized by selected truths that tell a misleading story. The studies therefore become an effort to manage public perceptions rather than inform them.

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