I see a lot of reporting on the Chinese government and its zero COVID policy, both from mainstream media and “alternative” media sources. But what I never tend to see, is reporting based on the radical notion that a government ruling over 1.6 billion people, not beholden to corporate interests due to their communist regime, is perhaps not just being retarded.
The takes I tend to see always consist of some variation of “it’s just an excuse to control the population” or “they got stuck on this policy and don’t want to lose face”. What I never see is: “Maybe they know some stuff that we in the West don’t know or simply choose to ignore.” Every take on China and its COVID choices, like their refusal to approve the mRNA vaccines or their refusal to allow the virus to spread, is always based on the simple notion that they must be irrational, pointlessly cruel and prone to stupid errors.
What I never hear, is some acknowledgement that MAYBE we don’t have a monopoly on truth. What I would love to hear for a change is:
-Maybe you actually have to be pretty smart and ruthless to make it into the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party, whereas the USA is run by a dementia patient and a diversity hire. Maybe the same people who locked us up in our homes in March yet were telling us to worry about the flu instead two months earlier, are actually the incompetent ones who merely managed to rise through the ranks thanks to their conscientiousness and gregariousness.
-Maybe they know something about coronaviruses we don’t know, which might have something to do with the fact that their military has been studying weaponization of corona viruses since 2015, the first studies on patients were done by military doctors and the Wuhan lab where this abomination seems to have originated is now run by a Chinese colonel.
-Maybe they’re not being irrational when they refuse to give their population the mRNA vaccines. Maybe they were first just being cautious with novel technologies. And maybe at this point they have no interest in the mRNA vaccines anymore because the data being reported now suggest to them these vaccines merely make the problem worse.
-Maybe they’re not just disinterested in the human rights and civil liberties of their population. Maybe they’re perfectly well aware that they risk an uprising of their population that could overthrow their regime. Maybe they feel as if they have no other choice, that all the risks and economic damage involved are a price worth paying.
You might disagree with these ideas. But these would all be more interesting ideas to consider than the standard blue-check/conspiracy theorist consensus of: “The Chinese are retarded, but it looks like they’re finally figuring out that it’s time to stop being retarded!”
And here’s the most radical notion yet that I want you to consider: Maybe Chinese people are smart. Let’s have a look at the PISA school rankings again:
That top of the list is looking awfully yellow, don’t you think? Maybe when they make decisions that differ from ours, they have actual reasons, rather than merely being stuck under the dictates of an arbitrary communist regime. This is a radical notion for the Western world, the idea that other cultures might have valid reasons when they reject our values and policies.
Hubris will be our downfall. And the only thing I see when it comes to reporting on Chinese COVID policies, is hubris. You see the same hubris when Westerners go to Qatar under the impression that we have to bring the rainbow gospel, convinced that Qatar must simply be stuck with irrational religious laws, as you do when the New York Times and other rags report on China’s dynamic zero COVID policy. We can all see that the human rights violations are atrocious, we can all see the suffering and economic burden it causes. That’s 95IQ reporting.
High IQ reporting, more akin to something we benefit from, would be to ask: Why are they willing to pay this obviously massive price? And if you think the answer is 800,000 dead elderly in half a year, you’re still an idiot. It’s a country with 1.6 billion people. The reason they want to keep this virus out of their country has to do with what it causes in seemingly mild infections. That’s the only plausible reason to me.
“It’s just an excuse to control their population.” Is the worst possible drooling moron level take. It’s roughly on the same level as “the government injected people with the mRNA vaccines because they just want to kill everyone”, a take so stupid that I’m considering just deleting the comments of every moron who posts it from now on.
Have fun explaining to me why they force these shots on every Harvard student, why the big banks force these shots on their employees, why the elite happily inject let their own children, neighbors and spouses without ANY whistleblower coming out and saying “hey I was warned by George Soros/Klaus Schwab/some family friend of these guys not to take these shots”. Elites embraces these vaccines, as they genuinely believe in them.
The vaccines didn’t work, they had severe side effects and they made the problems worse, but the Western elites didn’t plan this in secret all along. They simply responded to the bad things happening everywhere by living in denial of reality, just like the low status white males who show up in my comment section insisting you can safely change our atmosphere into a dinosaur atmosphere without causing trouble along the way. Just as you don’t recognize this human irrationality in yourself, you don’t recognize it in elites.
Moving on, China’s birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021. Their population is facing an escalating demographic crisis, made worse by the economy-destroying zero COVID policies. That’s a pretty big cost to pay to micromanage your population. The correct explanation is the most straightforward one: They want to eliminate SARS-COV-2, because they’re afraid of SARS-COV-2.
Why would they be so afraid of SARS-COV-2? Well let’s start with something simple. Once you have it, you have it forever. After 359 days, you still find SARS-COV-2 RNA in the lungs of people who are testing negative on PCR tests. Maybe you don’t have it in your lungs anymore, but you still have it in your brain. It never seems to get fully eradicated, your immune system is stuck forever fighting it, hence the immune exhaustion seen in convalescent patients.
And then there’s the other question: What’s the long-term outcome for the first people who got infected? Well, it’s not looking good. They looked in Spain at the people who get infected during the first wave. Two thirds of the non-hospitalized cases still reported symptoms two years after their infection.
And then there’s the simple fact that once it shows up in your population, your population never seems to get rid of it and it just continues to build up to higher and higher levels. I’ll post the updated version of the graph I’ve posted a thousand times before by now:
I’m still convinced this is a consequence of the mass vaccination campaign backfiring by homogenizing and degrading our collective immune response, but regardless of what the cause might be, I can definitely imagine the CCP looking at something like this and thinking to themselves: “Let’s wait and see how this turns out for them.”
For what it’s worth, I can also imagine them drawing that conclusion after seeing our excess mortality, record number of people sick at home, plunging life expectancy, ambulances that can no longer respond in time, record numbers of kids in hospital with RSV and all the other strange problems we’re now starting to deal with.
Maybe they don’t want everyone to catch SARS-COV-2, because our society coincidentally began to go to shit within a few months of everyone catching SARS-COV-2. Perhaps you’re convinced our society went to shit entirely due the mRNA vaccines, perhaps you think people are still dying in droves because of missed medical appointments back in 2020, perhaps you think it’s down to the fentanyl in the US or the rising food and energy prices in Europe.
But my point is: When China looks at how our society is doing today, I can’t blame them for being wary of following in our footsteps. Same for Qatar by the way. If you say yes to A after centuries of saying no to it, you’ll have no clear concise ground to stand on when you’re asked to say yes to B. And when you say yes to B, you’ll have to say yes to C. And when C is your depressed teenage daughter insisting the solution to all of her problems is for some surgeon to cut off her tits, you’ll be more than happy to stick to saying no to A in response to Westerners showing up with rainbow flags.
And maybe for China A is to let people escape their home when the building is on fire. And B is not being locked up for weeks in a concentration camp. And maybe C is being allowed to travel by public transport despite spending ten minutes standing next to someone who tested positive. And maybe somewhere near the end of the alphabet, you end up with your whole population infected with a virus they can never eliminate, a virus that infects their brains and damages their immune systems.
“But Omicron is a nothingburger!” Here’s the problem with that line of reasoning. After four weeks, 21.5% of BA.5 infected Americans still reported symptoms. And most importantly: BA.5 is the most brain-damaging version we’ve seen so far of this virus. BA.2 was more brain-damaging than the ones before it, BA.5 is now more brain-damaging than BA.2.
“I don’t want to hear that, I want to hear how everyone who got vaccinated is about to drop dead!” Yeah, I figured as much. The simple fact of the matter is that we live in a fragile world. Just as the laws of physics are fine-tuned for life, the climate is fine-tuned for civilization. And just as the climate is fine-tuned for civilization, we were born into a world where the virome that spreads between people is compatible with billions of people with big well-functioning brains.
The fact that the other four corona viruses don’t damage most people’s brains, doesn’t mean the new SARS-COV-2 corona virus won’t damage our brains. After all, if one of those four was constantly damaging people’s brains, we would not have developed the level of technological sophistication to discover those viruses in the first place!
And so the only thing I want to say is that China refuses to let SARS-COV-2 spread because they fear SARS-COV-2. They have their reasons. It’s not because they’re irrational, it’s not to control people, it’s not because of communism, it’s not a form of performative theater designed to fool us into having lockdowns (the Senger hypothesis). No, it’s because they fear that virus.
You’re free to disagree with them. Perhaps you believe people should be allowed to escape a burning building, perhaps you believe people shouldn’t be locked up at home next to their spouse who is dying because they’re not allowed to visit the hospital, perhaps you believe Chinese citizens should be allowed to freely voice their dissent on social media. That’s what I believe, because individualism is written into my DNA, this blog is the living evidence of that. But I also believe the CCP is not stupid. They have their reasons.