Streetwise Professor

July 25, 2021

Anglosphere RIP

Filed under: CoronaCrisis,Politics — cpirrong @ 3:45 pm

Post-911, the idea of the “Anglosphere” gained some traction. The English speaking nations, the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, were held out as the last bulwarks of liberty in the world.

This idea has not aged well. In the Age of Covid, the Anglosphere is now the cutting edge of repression and fascism and active hostility to the ideals of individual freedom that were allegedly its hallmark.

Look at them.

Australia: entire states are locked down–hard–in response to single digit “case” numbers. People who protest are set upon by truncheon and club wielding police.

Canada: adopting a panoply of highly restrictive policies and restrictions on free speech.

New Zealand: locked down hard for months. And recently, the Skeletor-resembling PM instructed the proles that the government was the “sole source of truth.” Oh thank you so much Big Sister! Governments have been so so so omniscient in the past 20 months!

UK. Locked down until just recently. The “Freedom Day” (19 July) is a simulacrum of real freedom because numerous restrictions remain, and even that has freaked out the establishment, including most notably the Orwellian-named “SAGE.” Even though case numbers have declined since the lockdown was eased, SAGE is issuing dire warnings. No doubt because they have been wrong so often that they need to cover their sorry asses by keeping up the scare.

US. There are some bright spots, including Florida and Texas, but the “elite” is panting to reimpose mask mandates (to make us pant) and forced vaccination and lockdowns because Delta variant. Or something.

I’m not anti-vax. I’m vaccinated. But the externality argument is so abused. The costs and benefits of vaccination are almost completely internalized.

(Although ironically I bet dimes to donuts that Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels (a neighbor for several years) would love to mandate vaccines.)

Australia is particularly sad, and almost inexplicable to me. It used to be a bad ass, fuck-it-all kind of place. A similar ethos to Texas. But not now. Incredibly authoritarian, with a largely craven and submissive populace. Crocodile Dundee? Watching that is like Charlton Heston finding an almost completely buried Statue of Liberty. A relic of a dead era.

Continental Europe–the supposed antithesis of the Anglosphere–has actually demonstrated more of the spirit of liberty than any English-speaking country. Check out today’s protests in Paris.

A la Bastille! (And note that in Louis XVI fashion, Macron is doubling down. I hope the past is prophecy.)

No. The vaunted Anglosphere has proved to be ruled by authoritarians and populated by submissive and insanely risk averse cattle. It would be wrong to say that the ideal of freedom is dead. It is more accurate to say that the ideal of freedom is reviled, at least by the elites–and far too many of the non-elite have proved to be ovine in their submissiveness to their soi disant (but not really) betters.

Speaking of things that did not age well. This from a decade ago is a (sick) laugh:

I do not mean that English speakers act any less extravagantly than speakers of other tongues, but rather that English generally acts to tether thought to the empirical world. This is something Bishop Thomas Sprat dilated on in his History of the Royal Society (1667): “The general constitution of the minds of the English,” he wrote, embraces frankness and simplicity of diction, “the middle qualities, between the reserv’d subtle southern, and the rough unhewn Northern people.”

English, Bishop Sprat thought, is conspicuously the friend of empirical truth. It is also conspicuously the friend of liberty. 

If there is one thing that is conspicuous about the events of the past 19 months it is that for all of the strident commands to “follow the science!” public policy has been completely untethered from “the empirical world.” Instead, an arrogant priesthood has imposed a cultish, unscientific, evidence-free orthodoxy and branded as heresy any skepticism–even after the skeptics have been proved right time and again. Empirical reality is not just ignored–it is anathematized.

Perhaps you can explain the collapse of the Anglosphere to its infection by Continental ideas (Derrida, Foucault, etc.). But that is merely by way of a post mortem. The fact is that practically speaking, the Anglosphere is as dead as Hector. Perhaps “palimpsests of freedom” (to use Paul Johnson’s chapter title from Modern Times) still exist in the English speaking world, but they are under siege and definitely not in command. Enemies of freedom–the antitheses of traditional “English liberties”–are in the saddle and wielding the whip.

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  1. alas. I have to agree.
    it’s like majority of english-speaking world suddenly turned masochistic, prostrated in dust kissing the feet that kick’em and yell to their oppressors: more, more pain! we want more pain!

    Comment by Tatyana — July 25, 2021 @ 5:02 pm

  2. The mRNA treatment is not a vaccine in any conventional or medical-science sense of that word.

    The US presently has about 12,000 mRNA-associated deaths and more than 1M adverse events, many very serious.

    Meanwhile, SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) is dangerous only to older infirm people. The young to age 30 are virtually immune without treatment. By age 50, the infection survival rate is still 99.9% and is 99% at 70. And that’s when left untreated.

    Treated with Ivermectin and/or HCQ/Zn/Vitamin D, and survival increases by a further 60-80%

    Even the CDC reported that ~5.5% of the reported deaths were from the virus itself. The remaining ~94.5% had an average of 4 comorbidities.

    The whole Covid frenzy is built on nothing. SARS-Cov-2 is not dangerous. The mRNA treatment is experimental and now known to be acutely dangerous, with completely unexplored long-term dangers.

    No one should get the mRNA treatment. The benefits are non-existent and the costs are ever more obvious.

    The whole thing — the alarm, the lock-downs, the active suppression of effective drug-treatments, the character assassinations of physicians who speak out, the coercive pressures to get jabbed – in some countries forced injections – the injections of infants, the subversion of parental authority — it is the worst crime against humanity since Mao Zedong imposed Communism and murdered 120 million of his countrymen.

    But in this case the crime is carried out by elected officials upon previously free peoples.

    The reason people are quiet, Craig, I think, is because they have not yet come to accept that it may take a shooting war to resist the culture war being waged against them.

    No one wants to upend their normal life. Upending requires people driven to desperation. People who have nothing more to lose. That may be coming.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 25, 2021 @ 5:16 pm

  3. Pat, I’ll re-post your comment, if you don’t mind.
    Agree with you, of course

    Comment by Tatyana — July 25, 2021 @ 5:49 pm

  4. I wouldn’t hold too much stock in Aussies, pretty much behaving as their ex-con ancestry would predict. They’ve always been a pedantic, sheep-like people. Try driving 5 kph over the limit and their speed cameras will nick you. Very socialist thinking there, same in NZ. The UK has moved that way for 75 years since WW II ended.

    Comment by The Pilot — July 25, 2021 @ 9:14 pm

  5. @3 Tatyana — please feel free, thanks.

    You might also want to post this link to an interview with Peter McCullough

    Also this conversation with Reiner Fuellmich and David Martin

    Fuellmich translates for his German audience, making the discussion 2 hr. You can skip across if you like.

    Both interviews are extraordinary, and paint a picture of malignance beyond understanding.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 25, 2021 @ 10:12 pm

  6. Recorded 9 October 2020, but still relevant and still stunning.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 26, 2021 @ 12:36 am

  7. “Perhaps you can explain the collapse of the Anglosphere to its infection by Continental ideas (Derrida, Foucault, etc.).”

    did not the Fabians come long before those continental ideas?

    And the conformism of Ango-protestant societies has been described (with amusement) by many a continental traveller…

    Comment by Viennacapitalist — July 26, 2021 @ 1:06 am

  8. What’s quite interesting about the French reaction is that there is something like an 80% approval rate for the vaccine here, and in fact I would expect that a pretty decent fraction of attendees at that demonstration in Paris were indeed vaccinated.

    It really seems to be about preserving freedoms, and I can see their point: On one extreme, I can see the logic in allowing only vaccinated people into places with very large crowds or close proximity, on the presumption that the vaccinated are less likely to transmit the virus and less likely to get sick from it, and with the ultimate goal being to reduce the burden on the health system. Fine. But now that the government is going to the opposite extreme by including smaller and smaller venues, right down to small restaurants, I feel like the cost-benefit must be gone beyond the point of useful return. That is to say, I don’t see any way for an unvaccinated infected person to set off some kind of exponential infection chain-reaction just by sitting on the outdoor terrace of a coffee-shop for an hour. Any further restrictions, and I think I’ll be out protesting too (unless the intensive-care occupancy rate starts climbing again).

    “By age 50, the infection survival rate is still 99.9% and is 99% at 70. And that’s when left untreated”
    That doesn’t seem to be the experience they had in India, where they had few social restrictions and little treatment – the result was a disaster.

    Comment by HibernoFrog — July 26, 2021 @ 5:38 am

  9. “Australia … used to be a bad ass, fuck-it-all kind of place.” That was certainly the image they liked to project. However …

    When we lived there it was obvious they/we were prepared to allow endless pettifogging regulation by governments. For example, in our state it was illegal to drive with your car window open and your elbow on the sill. Some regulations probably made sense: your backyard pool had to be fenced and gated to protect toddlers. Fair enough. And the fire regulations made perfect sense. But elbows and cars?

    Comment by dearieme — July 26, 2021 @ 6:29 am

  10. Will do, Pat.
    Fauci-паучи invented new lie:
    When in reality, again – it’s the other way around.
    Per pre-covid normative directives by specialists, vaccination during an active epidemic/pandemic is prohibited because it leads to accelerated mutations of the virus, and triggers new stums. More “vaccines” variations, more mutations of the virus – it’s in virus nature, to adapt to extraneous conditions.

    Comment by Tatyana — July 26, 2021 @ 9:16 am

  11. I would recommend Niall Ferguson’s “The West and The Rest” as an interesting summary of the last half millenium.

    Comment by Donald Wolfe — July 26, 2021 @ 9:43 am

  12. Pat: done

    Comment by Tatyana — July 26, 2021 @ 12:15 pm

  13. @12 Tatyana, thanks for the vote. 🙂 I hope the story gets out. Parents especially must step forward to protect their children.

    @8 HibernoFrog, the statistics are for the US. Average life expectancy in the US is about 8 years greater than in India.

    As ~95% of listed US covid-19 deaths averaged 4 comorbidities, one expects this condition to hit much earlier in life in India.

    On the other hand, in deaths per 100,000 from covid-19, India has done better than the US by a factor of six. Perhaps because India was not so eager to forbid Ivermectin.

    Or perhaps because, unlike the US, India did not list every death with covid as a death from covid pdf.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 26, 2021 @ 1:17 pm

  14. @Pat – I never did see whether you replied to my suggestion that the entire Trump regime should be strung up for co-instigating the vaccine programme (alas the accursed WordPress comment count ticked past 50). How did you respond? Vacillitation?

    So don’t get vaccinated. You’re not compelled to, are you? PS Good luck when the Delta variant comes a calling.

    Comment by David Mercer — July 27, 2021 @ 3:46 am

  15. Even though case numbers have declined since the lockdown was eased Err nope. They surged and have only recently started easing. No-one’s really sure why.

    FWIW there are hardly any restrictions in the UK now. Don’t be such a drama queen.

    Comment by David Mercer — July 27, 2021 @ 3:51 am

  16. the Skeletor-resembling PM Wow, really?? Professor Stephen Craig Pirrong, keeping it classy, and in doing so, demonstrating precisely what is wrong with the Anglosphere today. You should be ashamed.

    Comment by David Mercer — July 27, 2021 @ 4:18 am

  17. Good luck when the Delta variant comes a calling.[…]keeping it classy… You should be ashamed.

    Typical RABID-DOG commie. so touchy when ridiculed mildly (not even himself, just someone on his side) – and in 2 bits wishing death to an opponent in lieu of an argument. so cute.

    no, David, you’ll get no Mercy [pun intended]. good luck with ever progressing “boosters” against ever-multiplying mutations of ever-multiplying manmade viruses.

    eat your own medicine

    Comment by Tatyana — July 27, 2021 @ 6:59 am

  18. @Tatyana – you just don’t get it, do you? Your default position when you lose the argument is to play then man (or woman, in Jacinda’s case – with a lovely dollop of misogyny thrown in for good measure). No attempt to play the ball, showing the very worst of Anglospheric traits. For this reason you’ll forever be on the losing side, so I suggest you’d best crawl off into well earned obscurity.

    Comment by David Mercer — July 27, 2021 @ 8:58 am

  19. who is Jacinda? where did I “played” with him/her/them?it?
    what argument did I lose with you, david? you can’t even comprehend that I didn’t condescend to arguing.
    as to crawling into obscurity: good advice. tell it to the man (it?) in the mirror.

    Comment by Tatyana — July 27, 2021 @ 11:05 am

  20. @14 David — I replied to your jape in my comment #42: “Fauci was in charge of the response to the SARS-Cov-2 outbreak. Everything he did was precisely opposed to competent practice.

    Trump clearly received incompetent advice from Fauci; incompetent if not malicious. Perhaps Trump should be criticized for trusting Fauci. Trump also spoke positively of hydroxychloroquine, to the outraged howls of the progs.

    You also claimed that Trump instigated and cofunded the research on the mRNA treatment (it’s not a “vaccine”). Wrong. Patent work on mRNA S-protein treatments for corona virus date back to 2000, and preceded the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic by 20 years.

    See the interview with David Martin: (Skip over the German translations).

    Martin shows patent evidence that Fauci was funding synthetic pathogenic corona virus research at U North Carolina in 2002. You can’t watch the interview without seeing Fauci at the bottom of the whole catastrophe, from virus through the disastrous mRNA treatment. If you want to assign blame, start there.

    The delta variant is much less dangerous than the original virus, David. Only the mRNA-treated are in special danger from it. As someone now with natural immunity, my immune system is competent to throw off the delta variant, along with the epsilon, zeta … omega variants.

    The reason mRNA-treated are especially vulnerable, David, is two-fold.

    Your mRNA jab protects you only against the original virus (and puts you in danger of myocarditis and Bell’s palsy). And you only get antibody protection, but no T-cell protection.

    Second, the treated are subject to immune-priming. That means an over-reactive immune system and excessive inflammatory response on subsequent exposure to a related virus. In animal models of mRNA treatments, this response very often resulted in death.

    The eggshells are in your path, David, not mine, and good luck to you.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 27, 2021 @ 11:49 am

  21. @Pat: Yup, as I suspected…

    Happy to trample on any eggshells – I’m double-jabbed with the AZ vaccine (no pussy footing here), the first received the day after news broke about concerns about blood clots. I knew full well it is an experimental vaccine, but I did the math and went for it, preferring to take my chances with the vaccine rather than a virus which seems purpose built to f*ck me up. I experienced no side effects whatsoever, apart from a sore arm. Likewise for the many people I know who’ve received this and the other vaccines on offer.

    Tatyana is an interesting creature, simultaneously believing the virus to be an ever-multiplying, man-made bioweapon, yet somehow not dangerous at all. I guess he or she has gaslighted him or herself to such an extent that nothing makes sense any more.

    Comment by David Mercer — July 28, 2021 @ 3:43 am

  22. Tatyana is a she, David, unapologetically so, and you’re wrong, as usual, in your twisted thought processes (if any).
    Virus is of course a bioweapon, unfortunately partially paid for by US government via despicable fauci, and certainly dangerous. Can it hit me? yes, thre is a chance – over which I have no control. (and no, “vaccination” doesn’t protect against infection, it is already proven). So? Life itself is dangerous, and we will all die. Doesn’t mean we should submit to further experiments over our lives by third parties.

    You can’t “do your math” on AZ: nobody, not even AZ themselves, know of long-term side effects that await you – even if now you somehow escaped the outward manifestation. You’re marked, David, and you did it all by yourself, brought it on your yourself, out of unmanly fear and horde instinct.

    Comment by Tatyana — July 28, 2021 @ 6:37 am

  23. @21 David — you suspected just as you did the math.

    You put yourself into danger, including long-term danger, merely to avoid a case of flu, David.

    If nature has something to tell you about that, your talent for snark will not help you.

    Once again, you’ve been gulled, David. Made afraid for no reason at all, except to the benefit, somehow, of the fear-mongers.

    Comment by Pat Frank — July 28, 2021 @ 11:07 am

  24. Prof: You really should read yer Milton. (Barbara Lewalski’s bio of the poet is excellent. Highly recommended)

    Milton often complained about his fellow Englishmen: while valiant in battle, they were servile and politically ‘inept’. Much to his horror (his neck was on the line – literally), they welcomed back the luxury-lovin’ Charles II.

    And servile the English remain …. to this very day. We even have a latter-day cavalier lounging about amid expensive drapes, playing PM

    Comment by Simple Simon — August 1, 2021 @ 9:54 am

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