by Jeffrey A. Tucker
My phone rang with a call
from a man named Dr. Rajeev Venkayya. He is the head of a
vaccine company but introduced himself as former head of 'pandemic'
policy for the
While working for
George W. Bush's White House in
2005, he headed a bioterrorism study group. From his perch of
influence - serving an apocalyptic president - he was the driving
force for a dramatic change in U.S. policy during 'pandemic's.
At the time, I wrote about the changes I was witnessing, worrying that new White House guidelines (never voted on by Congress) allowed the government to put Americans in quarantine while closing their schools, businesses, and churches shuttered, all in the name of disease containment.
I never believed it would happen in real life; surely there would be public revolt.
Little did I know, we were in for a wild ride...
Last year, Venkayya and I had a 30-minute conversation; actually, it was mostly an argument.
So on it went...
The more interesting question I had at the time was,
What possible reason could there be?
The answer, I now realized, is that from February to April 2020,
There was a hint of insecurity and even fear in Venkayya's voice.
His greatest fears have been realized. The movement against what he did is now global, ferocious, and insuppressible. It's not going away. It is only going to grow, despite his best efforts.
This is how it has been for the better part of the last 21 months, with social media and YouTube deleting videos that dissent from lockdowns.
Now we see what happens:
Not only that:
For all the problems with Lewis's book, and there are plenty, he gets this whole backstory right.
Bush came to his bioterrorism people and demanded some huge plan to deal with some imagined calamity.
When Bush saw the conventional plan - make a threat assessment, distribute therapeutics, work toward a vaccine - he was furious.
Hey, if the president wants a plan, he'll get a plan.
This was October 2005, the birth of the lockdown idea...
Dr. Venkayya began to fish around for people who could come up with the domestic equivalent of Operation Desert Storm to deal with a new virus.
He found no serious epidemiologists to help. They were too smart to buy into it.
He eventually bumped into the real lockdown innovator working at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.
No one in public health agreed with him but like any classic crank, this convinced Glass even more.
Glass imagined himself to be smarter than 100 years of experience in public health.
Well, he managed to convince some people, including another person hanging around the White House named Carter Mecher, who became Glass's apostle.
Please consider the following quotation from Dr. Mecher in Lewis's book:
At last, an intellectual has a plan to abolish disease - and human life as we know it too!
As preposterous and terrifying as this is - a whole society not only in jail but solitary confinement - it sums up the whole of Mecher's view of disease.
It's also completely wrong...
That's 9th-grade biology, but Mecher didn't have a clue.
Jump forward to March 12, 2020.
Mecher's models - developed with Glass and others - kept spitting out a conclusion that shutting down schools would drop virus transmission by 80%.
I've read his memos from this period - some of them still not public - and what you observe is not science but ideological fanaticism in play...
Based on the timestamp and length of the emails, Mecher was clearly not sleeping much. Essentially he was Lenin on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution.
How did he get his way...?
There were three key elements:
The lockdowners, over the course of 15 years, had worn out the opposition.
Lavish funding, attrition of wisdom within public health, and ideological fanaticism prevailed.
Figuring out how our expectations for normal life were so violently foiled, how our happy lives were brutally crushed, will consume serious intellectuals for many years.
As with almost every revolution in history, a small minority of crazy people with a cause prevailed over the humane rationality of multitudes. When people catch on, the fires of vengeance will burn very hot.
The task now is to rebuild a civilized life that is no longer so fragile as to allow insane people to lay waste to all that humanity has worked so hard to build.