It is not a bad description of what public health “experts” and pandemic porn addicts have done to the US over the last twelve months.
Exhausting the resources of the country, they only bolstered the power of the state without elevating the self-confidence of the people.... The state swelled up; the people grew lean.
It is from historian Vasily Klyuchevsky (1841-1911) and he is describing the effects of Tsarist authoritarianism on Russian society.
Given all the performative concern about the threat posed by Putin/Russia/Trump/authoritarianism, we should probably ponder what Tsar Fauci and the corona panic are doing to us.
Just don't expect to see this sort of analysis on CNN or the Washington Post. The worst consequencs are not felt by the people who work for those operations. To the contrary, the pandemic has been, in many ways, an enormous benefit for them.
At least one astute observer recognized this aspect of the crisis from the get-go.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar APOLOGIZES after saying COVID has been 'really good for CNN's ratings'
Amazon posted record sales and profit for the second consecutive quarter, as it continues to capitalize on a pandemic-driven surge in online shopping.
Blue-checks are afraid of life getting back to normal.
The closest I have seen to class war in #coronavirus is those employed by the state (esp its political and media arms) almost sneer at Normals concerned less about the low risk of their illness than the almost now certainty of financial oblivion— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) March 22, 2020