In general? Power is dangerous, and it’s difficult to put back into pandora’s box.
Many of the anti-Covid measures are kneejerk and not called for when analyzing the data closely. They certainly sound good and make a lot of people feel good about it, but they aren’t necessary and aren’t likely to dramatically change the progress of this disease. What they are likely to do, though, is get used 5, 10, 15 years down the line to justify other abuses of power.
Charles Hoskinsin said it best in his video he released today: Covid is never going away. All of the science suggests it will become endemic to the human population, same as the flu. Eventually, it will mutate and defeat the current vaccines same as the flu virus mutates and spreads again and again. If these measures are to last as long as Covid is with us, then we will never end these protocols.
So we have excessive reactions unlikely to produce significant results, permanent expansions of power, and dangerous precedents to allow even further abuses of power.
Masks mandates were perhaps the only legitimate response. Dress codes already exist in law (try to prance down Broadway naked), and there’s a lot of data that suggests that masks dramatically reduced the spread of Covid.
The claims floated around regarding oxygen and the obvious permeability of a mask are, of course, obnoxiously stupid. I bet more of that is trolling and 4-chan kids than it is real concern, though the occassional cook might believe it.
Well for one, precedent. You realize that in Australia, citizens can be legally penalized for talking to their neighbors now. It didn’t start that way, though. You start with “others are dangerous! Stay away!” and once you get people satisfied with that precedent, you move on to “nope, even distancing isn’t working - don’t associate at all!” Keeping people isolated and afraid makes them very, very easy to control in any number of ways. It also spits in the face of the right to assembly, which may not be codified in non-US constitutions, but is a basic human right regardless.
Now, for clarity, I’m not an anti-vaxxer. I was the first one to volunteer, enthusiastically, when my company started issuing them on site. I believe people should get vaccinated. But, bodily autonomy is an important right not to trample on. Also, giving the government the right to confine you to your home without trail for “public health” reasons is foolish. “Public health” can mean anything a particularly determined politician wants.
At least in the US, the government’s power to limit your ability to interact in society is strictly limited (technically, it has no power at all to do so, except where explicitly outlined). Abrogating that basic concept by allowing the government to suddenly dictate where people can go, and what medical procedures they must have, is just a poorly thought out power grab that will backfire against the people just as soon as a bad actor in government decides it’s time.
…unless you think the Patriot act and the NSA has done us all a good service?