March 17, 2020
Man, this is so, so too late.
But I guess there isn’t really any choice?
What are the options?
President Donald Trump said Monday that the White House is evaluating whether to encourage isolation measures, such as a quarantine or curfew, in certain novel coronavirus “hotspots” around the country, but is not considering issuing those measures nationwide.
“At this point, not nationwide, but … we may look at certain areas, certain hotspots, as they call them. We’ll be looking at that,” Trump said during a White House press briefing.
But the President added that no decisions had been taken regarding a national curfew. “We haven’t really determined to do that at all and hopefully we won’t have to,” he said. “That’s a very big step.”
“It’s a step we can take, but we have not decided to do it,” he added.
The comments come amid active discussions within the Trump administration to encourage a possible “curfew” across the nation in which non-essential businesses would be encouraged to close by a certain time each night in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an administration official and another source familiar with the matter.
A lot of people on conspiracy type discussion boards are talking about how this could lead to some massive martial law police state abuse situation. And my answer to that is clear: “yeah probably lol.”
I don’t really see any reason why it wouldn’t lead to that, unless they don’t really care about implementing a martial law police state for any reason. I don’t really think that is what they want. I always say that if we look at 1984 and Brave New World, our situation is a lot more like the latter than the former. Everything is soft power, and they only resort to hard power when they feel they don’t have any other choice.
The problem with this Coronavirus situation is that it is a real disease. People are definitely getting sick and dying. And the only actual solution to stopping it is to quarantine.
Or, I suppose, just wait until the weather breaks.
I think the curfew idea, with voluntary self-quarantining, might be a good medium. Just tell everyone to stop going to work and stay inside. But if they are out on the street, don’t arrest them or force them to go home. Just order businesses, excluding grocery stores, to close so that no one really has anything to do.
But look, I’m not going to tell you they’re not going to send you to a FEMA death camp.
But I would say probably it’s not very likely.