I’ve been thinking of the whole Covidiocy.
I’ve been thinking of it through the framing of WWII, particularly in Britain (though we weren’t wonderful) where strict rationing and also recycling (in the form of scrappers collecting every bit of paper, old signs, etc.)
Speaking of erasure of culture and destruction of statues, that did a lot more damage than even our hordes of simplificators.
And in the end, none of it really helped very much. No, I’m not sure about the scrapping, but knowing how the rest of things were run, I suspect most of the metal and other things collected ended up not suitable for the intended purpose and basically wasted. Food production got completely divorced of demand and kept up shortages. And let’s not start in on fabric, etc.
And all the while there were vast fortunes to be made. All of which is basically textbook fascism: tightly controlled economy where the government picks winners and losers from nominally private enterprise.
within a very short time, all of the economy was bent to this purpose, to the “war effort” although not really, and all brought under the government heel.
In the anglosphere (Southern Europe was always… different for both good and bad) this paved the way for all the abuses and intrusions that we’ve been enduring for a century.
Which brings us to….
The way to get people to knuckle under was fear: fear of the big bad Nazi empire. (With reason given their expansionist tactics. Even if they ignored the equally dangerous COMMUNIST expansionist tactics. You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? Who would dust it?)
The threat was commensurate, though. Remember that in Europe you can’t swing a cat without a passport (yours and the cat. Also the cat won’t like being swung.) People had family in France and Italy, in Poland and countries under the fascist heel. They GOT the threat.
And yes, it had to be stopped.
So, while the measures meant diddly for the war effort, it did a lot in psychological cementing and “we’re all in this together” effort.
From the whole “we’re all in this together” and dumb slogans that the left keeps spinning, you know they’re using WWII as the model for the Covidiocy as well as their lusted after Green Nude Heel.
But here’s the thing: to pull the kind of transformation they want, you need the extraordinary claims to have some concrete and immediate BACKING to show that yeah, we need extraordinary measures.
That was present in WWII. Now? Not so much, besides the fact even the dumbest person can tell if the grocery store is safe, the park is safe. If a riot is safe, so is a stroll on the beach.
Which brings us to: this is the reason for the whole masks mandates NOW, and for all the crazy claims that we’re worse than never.
They made a massive grab for power based on claims that were pretty obviously crazily inflated.
They now want to keep piling things on, to keep the return to normal so far future we never focus enough to see how ridiculously exaggerated and insane their reaction was.
In other words, the left has a tiger by the tail.
You can’t hold onto the tail of the tiger forever. And when you let go, you know he’s gonna eat you.
This is where they are now. Desperately holding on to that tail, and not letting go.
And knowing what can’t go on forever,won’t.