“Emergencies have always been used as justifications to curb free speech in the name of keeping secrets, suppressing disloyalty, and aiding the war effort. While extreme measures may now seem warranted and urgent to help halt the contagion, a series of trends afoot pose serious risks for open expression, portending threats that are likely to endure long after the lockdown has lifted.
And many of these measures have less to do with public health than they do with protecting political and institutional reputations, and with trying to retake control of the devastating narrative of a pandemic that has fed on human failures of anticipation, preparation, and mobilization.” – Suzanne Nossel
Interesting mathematical study about the effects of lockdowns in Europe to control coronavirus from Woods Hole (an affiliate of MIT). Have to dust off your college math skills for this one but the punch line is clear. These researcher’s math indicates no lives saved by lockdowns.
Imagine if Galileo and Luther tried to dissent today.
I imagine Galileo would have an easier time of it.
Her quote is as on point and concise as any I’ve read concerning the madness we are living though.