COVID-19 lockdown
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We have seen that there is no limit to government dictates abetted by our society's fear of dying and that this society is led by people who balance their shameful helplessness and stupid mistakes with an authoritarianism exercised on too many who are weak or too submissive to defend themselves.

I find it indecent that churches have closed in France, as if the state considered itself authorized to erase religious life from the collective landscape instead of limiting how many could be there at once


I find it indecent that a profound reflection on the meaning of being a "society" was worth less than these nauseating television appearances of our virologists, whose solution is segregating people for so long by detonating an existential crisis whose effects we will see in a long time.

Millions of children have been deprived of the right to a true quality education and therefore to a future -but actually, we had already stopped "educating them" anyway -, and many activities that could be allowed are condemned to death by economic law.

Europe could have followed the path of many Asian countries: South Korea, Japan, Taiwan…Democracies which had very few deaths from Covid. How? Mass screening, adherence to rules, individual responsibility, separation of sick from healthy…No, we chose one lockdown after another. We are totally unprepared for any unexpected event. The elderly in homes died in droves because the "experts" did not bother to tell families to keep away.

It is not easy to find a balance between freedom and health, economy and health. Today I find it indecent, because if a form of confinement was understandable in the first period of this unknown epidemic (no one is talking about it being China's fault anymore), it is not decent anymore after a year because we could have done more to prevent it.

We now see the same politicians, doctors and managers who had explained to us that the masks were useless and even harmful and tests unnecessary. They had decreed useless what our countries could do, because as I wrote months ago we are a country that no longer produces anything, we are a mega Disneyland.

We no longer even have the mental and ethical tools to respond to the situation, we are no longer ready for the unexpected. We are only capable of creating new and useless bureaucracy. Well paid castes holding press conferences.

The tragic is now foreign to us. We are sacrificing two generations on the altar of "health". In fact, we have been at war with our future for years. This panmedicalism, the idea that "health" pseudo-science eclipses life, is the senile disease of humanism, as someone said. Humanism, because it's about saving lives and that's good. Senile, because it is the symptom of an old, decadent society that has more past than future.

Islamic terrorists are now laughing at the West and Covid. A century ago, 170.000 French soldiers died in the battle of Verdun. Compare that France to today.

And compare the media spins and the Hong Kong flu that in 1968 killed thousands of Europeans. What has improved since then?

I was struck by a fact that, if confirmed, should distress us. The number of stillborn babies has tripled in Italy due to missed medical visits during pregnancy. At the end of this year, births will also sink more than they were already doing. This for me is the biggest tragedy of Covid. That a country whose ruling class calls itself "at war" with a virus to "save lives" (no, wars are another thing), no longer cares about the birth of new lives, rather opposes it. I fear that, after Covid, there is no ventilator which can save a declining civilization.

Giulio Meotti is, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author, in English, of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books, in addition to books in Italian. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Gatestone, Frontpage and Commentary