Tag: flu

Fear, Shopping, & Corona

Due to our planned trip to Disneyland we didn’t get around to our regular shopping trip last week. We didn’t want extra food to sit in the fridge while we were out of town. Unfortunately that meant we had to go out today in the midst of all this silly virus panic.

Costco was a nightmare, but Costco is always a nightmare. Trader Joe’s where we usually do our shopping was packed first thing on a Thursday morning. Suburban housewives snatching all of the frozen meals. Personally I considered stocking up on wine, might as well drink some red to mask the blood spatter when I cough up my lungs. The on-base commissary had everything except toilet paper, the weirdest item to focus on in my opinion, but the line snaked around the store.

Toilet paper isle yesterday.

I think we should take COVID seriously, as seriously as we take any flu during this season. Wash your hands, cover your mouth, don’t be nasty, eat healthy, and live a good lifestyle. But, the current panic is beyond what I find acceptable. The media and politicians are irresponsible, spreading unnecessary panic. There is a feeling of stress in the air, you can feel it emanating off of everyone.

If one positive thing comes out of this viral panic is the blatant need for us to re-examine neoliberal society. Maybe shipping off all our critical manufacturing and medical supplies to third world totalitarian shitholes isn’t best for America. Maybe having porous open borders might not be the reality in the post-corona world.

It may one day be said that the coronavirus delivered the deathblow to the New World Order, to a half-century of globalization, and to the era of interdependence of the world’s great nations. Which rings truer today? We are all part of mankind, all citizens of the world. Or that it’s time to put America and Americans first!

The Imaginative Conservative

It’s clear that many of us live day to day solely dependent on our massive globo-capitalist system. No spare food, no spare supplies, no safety net of any sort. We live in a fantasy that we will be taken care of by a big-government that does not exist in reality.

At the time of this post COVID19 has been responsible for 43 deaths in the United States. 43 deaths and the shelves are being emptied across the country. It’s time a lot of us re-evaluate our dependence on a frail system and focus on raising our anti-fragility.

I hope that I’m right. I hope that this is nothing but another H1N1 type outbreak that will fizzle once the spring kicks in. But even if I am right, I hope that everyone takes to heart some hard lessons from these past few days.

Globalism is bad for the United States. Critical manufacturing needs to be done here, by Americans for Americans. Do not depend on a system that revolves around profit. You are nobody to it.