The day before Thanksgiving this week, The Atlantic ran an op-ed by Molly Jong-Fast encouraging Democrats to engage their family members and friends in political discussion around the table. She also suggested they might want to rat out a relative to the government:
“Maybe you’ll even change a heart or a mind. Maybe you’ll bring the temperature down just a tiny bit. Or maybe you’ll need to report a relative to the FBI!”
Hello, thought police, fitting?
Since she brought it up, here’s a quote from Nineteen Eighty-Four:
“Hardly a week passed in which ‘The Times’ did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak ‘child hero’ was the phrase generally used had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought Police.”
The writer of The Atlantic piece wants Democrats to police their friends and relatives against MAGA talking points, InfoWars.com reports, and QAnon conspiracy theories, ostensibly to the end of persuading some of them to go ahead get the coronavirus vaccine.
Jong-Fast makes something of a Time/Harris poll that found, “59 percent of people got vaccinated after a friend or family member did. You could save your creepy uncle’s life.”
It begs the question. How would it be statistically possible for that not to be the case if many people got vaccinated?
That doesn’t mean the family member or friend is the one that influenced the respondent. If they had gotten theirs first, then the respondent’s family member would be the one to say a friend or family member influenced them.
The truth is all the people who got these coronavirus vaccines were influenced by a hysteria orchestrated from top to bottom by everyone in society who played their part in this unspoken conspiracy against reason, most of all, by the biggest brands in news journalism and politics that for some God-damned reason had the trust of the most people in America.
Please do not misunderstand these assertions to mean that vaccines are not profitable medical products because if they are, then the free market should suffice to return the most excellent possible reward to those who find the best ways to provide the best vaccines.
Instead of vaccine mandates, mass forced business closures, and lockdown edicts, the free market is a turn of the American heart and mind to a political program with all the quality of monstrous totalitarianism.
The article reporting the Time survey results highlighted a Kent State social psychologist’s opinion that even trying to shame people into getting the vaccine doesn’t work. Says assistant professor Giovanni Travaglino: “The thinking has been that the more you shame people, the more they will obey. But this turns out to be wrong.”
Trying to make people is even more wrong.