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Our Failed COVID Response
Virginia Hume has written a comprehensive, must-read documentation of everything that went wrong with our response to COVID. An excerpt:
“In March of 2020, an elite consensus formed that nothing mattered more than the effort to reduce transmission of COVID. A child could be locked in a home with an abusive parent. Loved ones could be left to die alone. Other deadly diseases could progress, undiagnosed and untreated, because no death was as tragic as a COVID death…We were told that the best way to fight COVID—indeed, the only way—was for all of us, at all times, to behave as if we were infected, and infectious. This was, by definition, almost never true, but society had to be reordered, other human needs sacrificed, in order for us to pretend it was.”
Hume deliberately steers clear of attempting to answer why all this transpired—a question for which I maintain that my own book continues to provide the best answer, and the one with which future generations, in hindsight, are most likely to agree. But Hume’s article is a chilling and invaluable recounting of everything that went wrong.
On a side note—Alex Berenson made a strange accusation of plagiarism against Hume for her article, apparently based on the fact that Hume had included Neil Feguson’s infamous line: “then Italy did it. And we realised we could.” Aside from the fact that this line had been read millions of times in various publications—including hundreds of thousands of times in our own open letter to security services in early 2021—it turns out Hume had never, in fact, read Berenson’s book. Readers should rest assured that they’re free—and in fact, strongly encouraged—to use and borrow heavily from my book without being accused of plagiarism.
Michael P Senger is an attorney and author of Snake Oil: How Xi Jinping Shut Down the World.