2020

2020: An Awful Year With a Legacy We Won't Soon Escape

Fortunately, 2020 is nearly at an end. Unfortunately, its events will leave one hell of a mark on the years to come.

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There's little doubt that 2020 will go down as an annus horribilis to be referenced with shudders in the future. Unless you're part of the ruling class reveling in vast new powers or a tech company executive profiting from an online-dependent world, you've certainly had enough of viral pandemics, lockdown orders, economic privation, political polarization, street violence, and choose-your-doom elections.

Fortunately, 2020 is nearly at an end. Unfortunately, its events will leave one hell of a mark on the years to come.

Let's start with COVID-19, which cast such a long shadow over the past year. It's not gone, and it's brought some mutant friends to the party in the United Kingdom and South Africa. So far, the new viral strains appear likely to respond to existing vaccines, so we shouldn't have to put the pharmaceutical industry to another snap test too terribly soon. Then again, who knows what viral menaces will come our way in the months to come, tempting government officials to order us all to hide under the bed once again?

Speaking of those lockdown orders, it turns out that they were as much a product of China as COVID-19 itself. Last week, Professor Neil  Fergusonadvisor to the British government until he was caught ignoring the restrictions he had recommendedadmitted that Chinese policies inspired the stay-at-home orders, travel bans, and business closures that became de rigueur among public health professionals.

"It's a communist one party state, we said," Ferguson told the Times of London about the initial reaction to China's draconian crackdowns. "We couldn't get away with it in Europe, we thought… and then Italy did it. And we realised we could." (UnHerd offers an unpaywalled summary.)

The totalitarian public health model has definitely won fans in the political class, if not among the public. It's the go-to policy for pandemic response from California to France to Israel. Meanwhile, apparatchiks like Ferguson flout their own rules as the public engages in growing rebellion.

Despite revolts and simultaneous judicial pushback, you can expect politicians of the future to fondly remember the near-absolute power they exercised over personal lives and economic activity. They're not going to want to give it up just because the date rolls over on the budgets they ignore.

"The central irony of the crisis may be that the very methods that liberal democracies are currently using to effectively fight the virus are the same tactics that authoritarian leaders use to dominate their people," Andy Wang observed in the Harvard International Review. "The tools that have been temporarily deployed in the fight against a once-in-a-lifetime disease may become permanent."

That's especially unfortunate, given that after people's initial reactions to the new virus, the year's job losses, bankruptcies, and impoverishment were often a result of government mandates rather than private choices. "Google mobility data (averaged) for the 7 non-lockdown states and the 7 most heavily restricted states + DC … suggests the lockdowns, and not the virus, are the primary reason for the economic harm of the last 8 months," writes economic historian Phil Magness.

That economic harm will stick around like, well, a viral infection. "COVID-19's economic fallout may be with us for decades," predicts the International Monetary Fund. Debt-fueled government spending intended to offset that fallout "is expected to raise borrowing costs, lower economic output, and reduce national income in the longer term," warns the Congressional Budget Office.

The economic harm, which left people stressed and side-lined, also contributed to the social and political turmoil of 2020. That turmoil included justified protest against abusive law enforcement and calls for reform. Unfortunately, it also featured politically charged riots and deaths.

The long-building partisan divisions that fueled so much nastiness this year aren't going anywhere soon.

"Voters who supported Biden and Donald Trump say they not only differ over policies, but also have fundamental disagreements over core American values," Pew Research reported after an election that gave Democrats the presidency and also saw Republicans make gains in the House of Representatives. "Yet there is a sentiment with which large shares of both Biden and Trump voters agree: a feeling that those who supported the other candidate have little or no understanding of people like them."

Actually, the alienation is a little deeper than that:

Twenty-four percent of likely U.S. voters "think Biden voters are America's biggest enemy as 2020 draws to a close. The same number (24%) see China as enemy number one," Rasmussen Reports noted earlier this month. "Nearly as many (22%) regard Trump voters as the biggest enemy."

Don't expect future elections to settle domestic hostilities any more effectively than did the 2020 election. Political scientist Morris P. "Fiorina says we are in an extended age of what he calls 'unstable majorities' because neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party is popular enough to get and hold enduring legislative power," Nick Gillespie wrote in October. Fiorina "also expects 'electoral chaos' to characterize the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election because the underlying conditions that produce such unstable majorities haven't changed."

So, if you're a big fan of 2020's political street theater, you can expect encore performances to keep coming your way for the foreseeable future.

That's not to say that all of the lingering effects of this annus are necessarily horribilis.

The events of the past year have normalized remote work. That means a larger share of the population than in the past has the option of working from where they wish to live, rather than living where they have to work. Sure enough, some of the bigger, more-expensive cities are losing population, especially to small metro areas and suburbs.

Likewise, 2020 has hammered home the flaws and limitations of rigid, government-controlled education. Many families have been turning to private schools, homeschooling, and other education options of their choice rather than let their children languish in the hands of bureaucrats and union officials. That's a big win for viewpoint diversity in lessons, as well as for kids overall.

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  1. “There’s little doubt that 2020 will go down as an annus horribilis to be referenced with shudders in the future.”

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    1. “E pluribus unum” has always been exclusionary toward our Greek-American and Jewish-American citizens. A more benign national motto like “Be Nice” or “Follow Orders” would be more appropriate going forward.

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    1. On a positive note, 2021 will be the year where we see the triumph of a Democrat-led, science-based federal government. We will defeat COVID-19 once the American people submit themselves fully to the public policies designed by our greatest minds, such as Doctor Fauci.

      1. The road to freedom and prosperity is paved with curfews and lockdowns!

        1. Just look at the S&P500!
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  3. Meanwhile a citizen journalist in China was sentenced to several years for reporting on the Wuhan China virus that the communists released into the world. And reason remains silent on that particular topic unless it’s to criticize the administration for something. Note the irony that they will hammer Trump and remain silent on the Chicoms.

    But yeah aint 2020 a bitch yall

    1. Biden has guaranteed the American people that the signing of the trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) trade deal will help isolate China but not interfere with the libertarian principle of free trade. We progressive libertarians can have our cake and eat it too!

      1. In his defense, Biden thought they said Trans-Specific Partnership trade deal.

    2. “a citizen journalist in China was sentenced to several years for reporting on the [Trump]virus”

      Still not as courageous as American journalists like Jim Acosta.

      1. I agree. Acosta has been unfairly maligned by Drumpf. So let’s take Acosta and out him in a cage with a pack of starving wolves so he can teach all the Trumpistas the error of their ways!

    3. There is a giant swath of people so incredibly stupid that they use their own Twitter and Facebook pages with their real names on them to blame Trump for COVID deaths. The media assists them in their stupidity. And the rest of us just watch and wonder how bad the media and the country are going to get when Savannah Guthrie is considered a shining star and a man who thinks his granddaughter is his dead son is President. “This is real life,” I sometimes say out loud.

      1. Excellent point..

  4. There should have been rioting in the streets last spring as soon as Newsom et al claimed the authority to tell us how to live.

    1. Come on, people now
      Smile on your brother
      Everybody get together
      Try to love one another right now

      1. Imagine there’s no people……

    2. There was rioting in the streets, just for different reasons.

  5. The events of the past year have normalized remote work. That means a larger share of the population than in the past has the option of working from where they wish to live, rather than living where they have to work.

    That is relatively meaningless since ‘remote work’ is nowhere near as impactful as ‘isolation at home for everything in life’.

    Gotta be a real doofus to believe that one can just work from home – and be completely happy that ‘home’ is 50 miles from every social interaction that one engaged in during all that time when one didn’t work at home.

    1. Sure, but you seem to be thinking that those people will move in to isolation, rather than just to a different place with different people and things to do.

      If your job is what brought you to NYC, it’s unlikely that the city’s social life is what’s going to keep you there IF you have the option of working the same job from anywhere.

  6. The overlords have figured out that they can use a virus with a .1% death rate and a median age of death of 80 to basically strip everyone of every single civil liberty. I never knew the name of a governor of any state but my own. Now I know all the Overlords: Whitmer, Cuomo, Newsom. They ain’t giving that power up anytime soon. Plus, getting to see all those pesky small businesses fail and need government help has to be SO REWARDING to the Democrats.

    1. All those small businesses were making profits off the backs of their hapless customers, but Walmart and Amazon create jobs. See the difference?

      1. Small business owners tend to be independent, and Republican.

        Large business owners also tend to be Republican too, but have to answer to Democrat state governments, their own workforces, and Twitter mobs ready to pounce on any misstep. California is even starting to dictate that corporate boards add more Democrats.

    2. Making it so small business have to beg the government for money was the goal all along. once everyone is dependent then everyone must comply

      1. The anti-small business agenda also fits in with the defund-the-police agenda, since small local businesses depend on a police force paid for by their tax dollars to enforce orderly and peaceful streets. Woke progressives consider small business owners and operators racist, fascist, crypto-Hitlers.

        1. That’s why the warmongering WhiteAntifa/bLM squadrons feel no remorse for firebombing the local African weave parlor, bookstore, or barber shop. If the owner is inside, oh well. The owners are the enemy and all is justified in a war.

    3. Don’t forget Jay Inslee in WA. He just got elected to a third term last month. WA progressives really tripled down.

  7. That’s not to say that all of the lingering effects of this annus are necessarily horribilis.
    I’ll show you how horribilis my annus can get as soon as I polish off this Taco Bell.

    1. Does Chipotlaway work for Taco Bell?

    2. They have recently rated Jack in the Box tacos as the best. I remember 2 for a buck a long time ago.

  8. From a Koch / Reason libertarian perspective, there is one statistic that best summarizes how terrible 2020 has been. Are you ready to hear it? I hope you’re sitting down.

    Charles Koch has lost $5.53 billion this year.

    That tragic figure puts him in danger of falling out of the top 20 richest people on the planet, whereas he used to be in the top 10. Unacceptable!

    #HowLongMustCharlesKochSuffer?

    1. One of my greatest fears is that the Joe Biden administration will raise taxes on money-abundant people. The one thing that progressive libertarians and right-wing (racist) libertarians can agree upon is that taxes must ALWAYS be lowered to increase revenues. The scientifically proven Laffer curve has shown that as tax rates approach zero (0%), government revenues will approach infinity!

      1. The road to prosperity is paved with high taxes!

        1. and more debt. lots more debt.

      2. Despite being thrilled with Drumpf’s defeat, I don’t plan to get complacent over the next 4 years. If President Biden tries to do anything that’s contrary to Charles Koch’s financial interests — increasing the minimum wage, raising taxes on billionaires, etc. — I will join Reason.com’s writers in condemning those actions.

        But I just don’t think that’s very likely. Biden knows he won because of the support of billionaires and Wall Street. He’d be a fool to spite his base.

        1. I will also ineffectually complain on comment section of second rate libertarian websites but when the rubber meets to hooker in 2024, I’ll probably end up voting Democrat again.

          1. where are the first rate sites?

        2. Wealth fluctuates, but Koch’s support of Biden will pay off big time with a full recovery due to the billionaire-class-favoring Biden/Harris regime policies.

      3. it’s a curve, not a straight line. and yes, if tax rates are too high, tax revenues go down, so reducing taxes increases revenue. it’s worked for every tax cut since 1980 at least, so taxes are already too high.

  9. Andrew Jackson was a terrible power-hungry President with a few good ideas (ditching the National Bank) who transformed American politics, but he was just a symptom of the populist change as the founders and framers died off.

    Trump is in the same mold. As power hungry and idiotic as any President, had a few good ideas, poorly executed, and not transformative himself so much as the leading symptom of people fed up with the old guard. These lockdowns and Biden’s coming attempts to force a change in US and world society don’t stand a chance in the long term against a populace fed up with top down forcings. I predict 2022 will be a landslide against the Dems, and 2024 will find a more sane version of Trump.

    1. I predict 2022 will be a landslide against the Dems, and 2024 will find a more sane version of Trump.

      I don’t see how you get from here to there. Will the Dems pay dearly for trying to inflict socialism on America? Of course. But how does that translate to the other tribe getting their shit together?

      1. Trump Jr is running? or is it gonna be Ivanka?

      2. Trump will be too old. He might want to run again, but he won’t have a chance.

        1. Only SleepyJoe can retain his vitality and sharp intellect in his 80’s.

          1. Weekend at Sleepy’s.

        2. Trump in 2024 will be the same age as Biden in 2021.

      3. Maybe Bill Weld will be available again.

      4. I’m worried about a less sane version of Trump, or a version of Trump who kisses up to the neocons (like Ben Sasse)

    2. ” I predict 2022 will be a landslide against the Dems”

      Ha, as if they would allow that.

      1. From here on out, it’s Venezuela all the way down. The were just getting started in 2010. But they killed it this year: They got a demented man with zero going for him elected President: https://bradblog.com/?p=7906

        1. IT WAS HIS TURN!

        2. From here on out, it’s Venezuela all the way down. The were just getting started in 2010.

          No, the 2018 mid-terms is where they re-activated their machine. 2008 lulled them into complacency because they thought they were getting a permanent Democrat majority based solely off of demographic change and Millennial voting patterns. Every time a Republican majority is put in place, the left-liberal Borg deems it as nothing more than a “temper tantrum” that is just a temporary blip in their version of Whig history.

          Trump winning snapped them out of that complacency and made them realize that if they didn’t get their machine up and running full-speed again, they risked losing their agenda to populist and civic nationalist upsurges. These machines have a long history of cementing permanent Democrat rule in urban areas; with the Information Age, they now see it as an opportunity to run it on a coordinated, national scale, since their allies in Big Tech and the national media are fully invested in making that happen.

          1. You are right. 2018 is when Soros bought Dominion Voting via Staples Street Capital and Lord Malloch Brown started counting our votes overseas using Smartmatic. Ya won’t hear about that in the MSM. THIS WAS THE SAFEST ELECTION EVER. That’s how you know they are lying.

          2. It’s likely to be Stalinist USSA from here on out, but if we stop it there will be a Pinochet.
            Trump was the attempt at peaceful revolution.
            Now it’s kill or be killed.

          3. they might stop to ask themselves why the party that once championed the working man had lost the working class to a birther nativist quasi-Republican businessman. but no, that would require backing away from the upper class/lower class Marxist coalition they were building.

            1. Obama created the birther controversy, right down to having his publishing house list him as “born in Kenya” and then taking until 2011 to produce a birth certificate. You can’t get a PASSPORT without a birth certificate so how did he travel? Hello? God, I am sick of MSM “truth” that is actually lies.
              https://www.chicoer.com/2017/01/28/letter-obamas-words-may-have-created-birther-movement/
              Let me know if you need a link to his book review with his photo and his born in Kenya claims…

    3. “2024 will find a more sane version of Trump.”

      There is talk about Chris Christie running. The GOP establishment are the insane ones

      1. Too bad Ivanka is so left leaning.

    4. Mold as in fungus or jello container?
      The GOP has been ideological equivalent to the rotting corpse of the Gipper for a few decades now. Trump is just another symptom of that rot within the GOP. I think when the GOP is thoroughly dead as a party, we’ll live like people do in California. Elections will be determined during the primaries between progressive Democrats and centrist Democrats while the GOP candidate flails around talking about how the world is only 6,000 years old and Adam and Eve rode around on the backs of dinosaurs.

      1. You don’t know any California Republicans, do you?

        To be fair, no one else does either.

    5. These lockdowns and Biden’s coming attempts to force a change in US and world society don’t stand a chance in the long term against a populace fed up with top down forcings.

      Who this populace which is fed up with top down forcings? Where do they live? Can I move there?

  10. 2020, the year Reason gave up any pretense of being libertarian.

    1. 2021, the year the pretense came back

  11. 2020 was the year Reason sabotaged libertarianism by failing to oppose totalitarian lockdowns, racist riots and mask mandates by left wing Democrats, by censoring massive amounts of evidence documenting Biden family corruption by Chinese communists, and by demonizing and denouncing Trump, America’s most libertarian president since Cal Coolidge.

    1. Well, at least Joe Biden is civil and presidential. I’d rather have a tyrant that acts with the dignity required for the office of President of the Untied States.

      1. NO MORE MEAN TWEETS!

      2. Left-leaning people seem to always be big fans of “cult of personality” politics which fits right inline with identity politics. Too dominant Expressive, Imagination and Emotional right brain not enough analytical thinking; matched by M/F voting patterns as well.

      3. Will you shut up man? (very dignified and presidential)

        1. You and me! Push up contest NOW!
          C’mon man! Put up or shut up!

        2. “You are full of shit!”

          1. And horsefaced, don’t forget that.

    2. Nothing says “libertarian” like trade wars and demonizing immigrants! Woo hoo!

      1. Gotta love how a 15% tax on Imports in the face of a 50% tax on Domestic trade is coined a “trade war” and criminalizing invasion is coined “demonizing immigrants”.

      2. Trump never demonized immigrants. Just illegals. You’ve been straightened out so many times on that subject.

        Get a clue.

  12. It is increasingly likely that herd immunity is arriving (or has already arrived) in hundreds of communities, dozens of counties and several states, and will arrive in many more during the next several weeks/months (before vaccines are readily available to the public).

    Many studies have found 3 – 10 times more Americans were infected with covid (than have tested positive), including a recent study finding 4 times more Texans had been infected.

    Herd immunity is likely achieved when/after 65%-70% of people (in workplaces, institutions, communities/counties/states) have been infected.

    According to the Allegheny County Health Dept, 32.8% of residents in Sewickley Heights (one of the wealthiest suburban Pittsburgh townships) has tested positive for covid.

    And according to leftwing lockdown lovers at Bloomberg/Hopkins, counties with the highest rates of people testing positive for covid
    (and most likely to be closest to achieving herd immunity) are:
    Crowley, CO – 27.4%
    Norton, KS – 21.6%
    Lincoln, AR – 20.7%
    Bon Homme, SD – 20.6%
    Dewey, SD – 20.6%
    Chattahoochee, GA – 20.4%
    Buffalo, SD – 19.9%
    Trousdale, TN – 19.2%
    Lake, TN – 18.4%
    Buena Vista, IA – 18.2%
    Dakota, NE – 17.2%
    Eddy, ND – 17.1%
    Foster, ND – 16.9%
    Ellsworth, KS – 16.3%
    Jackson, AR – 16.3%
    Lafayette, FL – 16.2%
    Childress, TX – 16.2%
    Seward, KS – 16.0%
    Nobles, MN – 15.9%
    Lee, AR – 15.5%
    Alfalfa, OK – 15.3%
    Big Horn, MT – 15.2%
    Menominie, WI – 15.1%
    Morton, ND – 14.9%
    Ford, KS – 14.9%
    Walsh, ND – 14.8%
    Finney, KS – 14.7%
    Logan, CO – 14.7%
    Hale, TX – 14.6%
    Sheridan, KS – 14.6%
    Stutsman, ND – 14.6%
    Pawnee, KS – 14.5%
    Crocket, TX – 14.3%
    Texas, OK – 14.1%
    Burleigh, ND – 14.1%
    Wayne, TN – 14.1%
    Aurora, SD – 14.0%
    Nelson, ND – 14.0%

    Note this data is four days old, and covid cases have very likely increased in most/all of these counties.

    1. SleepJoe says it will be a dark winter. You must follow the SleepyJoe science.

    2. Upon further investigation (by me), a large federal or state institution was the source of covid outbreaks in many/most of the counties with the highest rates of covid.
      Crowley, CO – 27.4% (State Prison)
      Norton, KS – 21.6% (State Prison, Nursing Home)
      Lincoln, AR – 20.7% (State Prison)
      Bon Homme, SD – 20.6% (State Prison)
      Dewey, SD – 20.6% (Indian Reservation)
      Chattahoochee, GA – 20.4% (Fort Benning US Military)
      Buffalo, SD – 19.9% (Indian Reservation)
      Trousdale, TN – 19.2% (State Prison)
      Lake, TN – 18.4% (State Prison)
      Buena Vista, IA – 18.2% (Tyson Meat Packing Plant)
      Dakota, NE – 17.2% (Tyson Meat Packing Plant)
      Eddy, ND – 17.1%
      Foster, ND – 16.9%
      Ellsworth, KS – 16.3%
      Jackson, AR – 16.3% (State Prisons)
      Lafayette, FL – 16.2% (State Prison)

      Am surprised that nobody else has revealed this important info.

      A real libertarian organization/magazine would rush to point out that federal and state institutions and facilities (not restaurants or bars) have accounted for many/most of largest outbreaks of Covid.

      1. so the states get the prisoners sick then release them onto the public to spread Kungflu creating a surge so large that we must shut down the nation. I’m god with this conspiracy stuff

      2. don’t forget the mass protest superspreader event (June/July surge, blamed on bars) and the Election Day/Joe Biden street party superspreader event (blamed on Thanksgiving).

        1. The virus doesn’t infect you if you’re wearing a BLM shirt, don’t you know that? The science tells us so.

    3. Dr Fauci has admitted to moving the goal post of what herd immunity is but he is still the greatest man in history now bow down for Dr Fauci Day and lay your flowers at his feet

      1. Herd immunity is not immunity at all. Immunity is when you can produce an immune response large enough and fast enough to fight off the pathogen before you become symptomatic.

        Take a population where 80% have effective immunity against measles. Put 100 from that population in a room with a few people with an active measles infection for a day or so and watch what happens. Those without a previous inoculation are at very high risk they have no protection at all along with some who have because of immune deficiency or those in whom the childhood vaccine is no longer effective enough to win the race against the virus.

        Herd immunity is not a strategy. You are talking about a wild virus we barely understand after only one year to observe. It already has shown the ability to mutate.

        Thus far vaccines along with common sense protective measures are the best weapons we have.

      2. The only good thing about that smug son of a bitch is the alliterative ease with which, “Fuck you, Fauci!” rolls off the tongue.

  13. Despite revolts and simultaneous judicial pushback, you can expect politicians of the future to fondly remember the near-absolute power they exercised over personal lives and economic activity. They’re not going to want to give it up just because the date rolls over on the budgets they ignore.

    Well, sure–it’s why they’re constantly moving the goalposts and their lickspittles in the media uncritically accept their assertions as to what is causing various case increases.

    It’s pretty clear that these assholes are getting off on treating people like sacks of concrete that can be thrown around at will, because they don’t follow their own rules and recommendations when it inconveniences them. But honestly, they aren’t the problem so much as the Branch Covidian cultists who Fucking Love Science! and are acting as these assholes’ Red Guard.

    It’s almost enough to wish that this country would suffer a real, full-blown military invasion just so these neo-yuppies would get their shit pushed in by people who don’t give a fuck about their Safetyist ideology.

    1. The US can’t be invaded militarily.
      Just too daunting a logistical task.
      But there are other ways to invade, and they’re proving quite successful.

    2. There are no goalposts. Political obsessive types think there are.

      This is the enemy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7165108/

  14. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (who is now on the board of Pfizer, which pays its board members about $250,000 per year) is correctly revealing that covid will wane in 2021.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/turning-the-corner-on-covid-11609103489?mod=opinion_lead_pos7

    Unfortunately for the truth, Gottlieb is predicting that vaccines (including Pfizer’s vaccine) will conquer and make covid disappear,
    while ignoring the mounting evidence that about 100 million Americans have already been infected with covid, and that herd immunity is now beginning to occur in hundreds of communities, dozens of counties and several states, and will continue.

    States with the highest covid rate (i.e. people testing positive) are:
    ND – 12.0%
    SD – 11.0%
    WI – 8.7%
    IA – 8.7%
    NE – 8.4%
    UT – 8.3%
    TN – 8.3%
    RI – 7.7%
    ID – 7.6%
    MT – 7.5%
    WY – 7.5%
    IL – 7.4%
    KS – 7.3%
    IN – 7.3%
    MN – 7.3%
    AR – 7.1%
    NV – 7.1%
    OK – 7.1%
    AL – 7.0%

  15. Street violence?
    I thought the protests were mostly peaceful.

  16. “Yet there is a sentiment with which large shares of both Biden and Trump voters agree: ”

    The one thing both sides agree on is that another trillion or two in debt will solve any problem, and the government should be spending at least 5 trillion a year.

    1. Not sure that’s very accurate — How many Trump voters here agree that we need another Trillion dollar “commie-money” bill?

      1. plenty of Republicans just voted for it, and Trump himself said it wasn’t enough money

        1. As I understood it; It wasn’t the total “not enough” but the individual “commie” check amount. Either way Trump and ALL those Republican’s who voted for it are a threat to the USA just like ALL the Democrats who voted for it.

          It’s utterly sickening how communism has taken over the USA lately.

  17. “…tempting government officials to order us all to hide under the bed once again?”

    Government speaks with the voice of SCIENCE. You therefore must listen and obey.

  18. “Many families have been turning to private schools, homeschooling, and other education options of their choice…. That’s a big win for viewpoint diversity in lessons…”

    And don’t think the education bureaucrats and teachers/administrators unions haven’t noticed.

  19. Scientism. The new religion. Complete with a dope of a pope named Anthony Fauci.

  20. So, if you’re a big fan of 2020’s political street theater, you can expect encore performances to keep coming your way for the foreseeable future.

    This is the only part I believe.

    2020 will be collectively memory-holed faster than you can say “Fuck Communism.”

  21. Yep. 1861-1865, 1914-1918, and 1939-1945 were picnics in comparison to 2020.

    1. 1913 was the worst. 1914-1916 we weren’t even in the Great War. 1929-1940 was no walk in the park either.

      1. err….WW2 killed about 60 million people, most of them were civilians.

    2. Over 100,000 people died in 1968|69 flu epidemic. The population was 60% of what it is now.

  22. One last reprise before the new year:

    The 12 Days of Reason, 2020 Edition

    12 Trump Derangements
    11 Peaceful Protests
    10 Cities Burning
    9 Months of Lockdowns
    8 Fauci Flip-Flops*
    Statistics compiled by Ron Bailey, margin of error +/- 136,000%
    7 Voting Conspiracies
    6 Fascist Governors
    5 Tarriff Terrors
    4 More Years
    3 Mid-East Treaties
    2 Fast Tracked Vaccines
    1 And a Jacket for Gillespie
    And a Hooker for ENB
    And a Website for Xi Xinping

      1. There’s only 12 days. Some sacrifices need to be made.

  23. “The tools that have been temporarily deployed in the fight against a once-in-a-lifetime disease may become permanent.”

    Ya know like “bailouts” and “stimulus”…. The frogs seem quite content with the water boiling around them.

    1. Ummm….. boiled frogs….

    2. Stop with the boiled frogs analogy. It only makes libertarian, limited government types look like ignoramuses in biology.

      Frogs only live in water as tadpoles. When they are fully grown, they will jump out of water, no matter what the temperature. In that respect, they are smarter than humans.

  24. Tucille…the expert on pandemics offering his ill advised opinion once again.

    In the summer he told anyone who would listen over and over again how great Sweden’s herd immunity approach was for its citizens, how we should emulate it. Reason’s version of that idiot Scott Atlas.

    Today? Sweden is in pandemic free fall, the architect of its approach has been pushed to the sidelines, and they now are implementing their own restrictions.

    “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nov. 19 report concluded that Sweden fared worst among 35 European countries in multiple coronavirus management metrics including lowering the spread of infection, reducing people’s mobility, and discharging patients from intensive care units.”

    “Sweden’s true handling of the pandemic matters, and not just because of how it has impacted its population of just over 10 million. Around much of Europe, and especially in the United States, Sweden’s hands-off approach to a deadly pandemic was, for some, a model to emulate.”

    That would be Tucille. But he won’t bring up Sweden anymore. Because courage admitting a mistake isn’t in the Tucille paradigm. He’s a phony.

    https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/22/sweden-coronavirus-covid-response/

    1. From the same article:

      “And the result has been deadly. While countries such as the United States, Brazil, and India have made headlines for recording the highest number of coronavirus-related fatalities, Sweden’s death rate of over 80 per 100,000 people is among Europe’s highest and is around 10 times as great as those of Norway and Finland, and over four times Denmark’s. COVID-19 hospitalizations are now rising faster there than in most European countries, and Sweden is caring for more patients in hospital now than it did at the height of its first wave. By Dec. 21, Sweden had surpassed the United States and all major European countries in its daily confirmed cases per million. Things have gotten so out of control in Sweden that neighboring Norway, for the first time since World War II, put troops on the border to prevent Swedes from crossing over.“

    2. You need to head on over to euromomo where Sweden’s excess death rate is still within 5 year averages for this time of year. Most of Europe is within their normal death rates for this time of year regardless of lock down severity, timing, or anything else.

      1. Large part of the disparity in Scandinavian country outcomes is previous year death rates. Norway and Finland had rough years in 17 & 18 compared to Sweden. In fact, the best predictor of bad Covid outcomes worldwide is the severity of the previous couple of flu seasons.

    3. Oh. And now Sweden is passing new restrictions:

      “This new law will also enable the government to temporarily shutdown several businesses, shopping malls, leisure and entertainment venues and public transports. “Those who violate restrictions that limit access to public places can be sentenced to a monetary fine,” Health Minister Lena Hallengren said in a press conference…. The new restrictions have come after months of non-coercive methods imposed by the Swedish government. However, with an alarming increase in the coronavirus cases in the country, the local government and the health experts decided to impose stricter guidelines.”

      https://www.wionews.com/world/sweden-imposes-stricter-covid-19-regulations-amid-fear-of-new-variant-352966

      Tucille loved Sweden in the summer. Now he would hope you ignore it.

      1. California locked down tight as a drum. Worst case rate of all 50 states.
        Explain.

        1. Wrong. They opened up in the summer.

          1. “Wrong. They opened up in the summer.”

            Bullshit, jackass.

          2. Nope, Gov. Newsom and his dining companions created a super spreader event. I place fault completely with Gov. Newsom (D).

            Wrong. They opened up in the summer.

            Oh, he and his (D) minions were completely in charge during the summer.

        2. And, by the way, we are talking about countries, not states. Sweden had a national herd immunity policy which failed. This country never had a national policy about anything, and people were traveling into California constantly.

          1. “And, by the way, we are talking about countries, not states…”

            US population = 331,002,651
            CA population = ~39,780,000
            Swedish population = 10,099,265
            So, yeah, let’s compare the US to Sweden. Jackass, what does cherry-picking pay these days?
            Fuck off, you pathetic piece of lefty shit

          2. This country never had a national policy about anything, and people were traveling into California constantly.

            Then Gov Newsom(D) should have sealed his borders. Nevermind the constitution. Let someone sue to open the borders.

            I blame Gov. Newsom(D) for not shutting down the airports and highways into California. And also for attending a maskless, non-socially distanced, super spreader event at a California restaurant.(Why were they even open in a pandemic?)

    4. The [WE] party MUST point-guns, confine and “enslave” you for your own “safety”…….. The POWER to ENSLAVE = HEALTH! The POWER to STEAL = WEALTH! POWER, POWER, POWER!!!

      What kind of POWER? Dictative POWER! The brilliance it takes to destroy any concept of a free nation.

      1. Sell your souls to the [WE] foundation; because YOU don’t own YOU.. [WE] own YOU.

  25. The Rat year will end on Feb. 11. Then begins the year of the Ox on Feb. 12. It may get only slightly better as the virus begins to subside. But there will be a liberal virus of sorts in the White House, for at least four years. Best hide your Guns!

    1. But there will be a liberal virus of sorts in the White House, for at least four years. Best hide your Guns!

      If you have any guns registered with the government, well, that was not wise. But gG is here with some pro tips!

      1. Take some swimming lessons if needed.
      2. Buy a cheap canoe or kayak and some fishing poles.
      3. Have an unfortunate “boating accident” involving loss of fishing and hunting gear.
      4. Swim to shore.
      5. There is no ???
      6. Profit!

      1. One problem: It is a Murphy’s Law for libertarians that the time to hide your guns is the time when you will most likely need them.

  26. Huh? An awful year?

    No, 2020 was one of the best years in human history. Maybe not quite as good as 2019, but better than most.

    1. In what ways was it better than most?

      1. This really was one of the best years in history. It forced an issue I’ve personally complained about for YEARS: working from home is better.

        That benefit alone outweighs all the other insane chaos this year.

  27. Fascism or Communism, COVID19 is a scam to further destroy small business. The greatest benefactors of strict rules, communist governments and bailouts has been large corporations. It is simple, follow the money, small business has been decimated and large businesses are doing fine.
    In the years up to the 20th century, small business was the back bone of the country. 90% of the US in the year 1900 was small business, that being mostly farms, fishers, and small store owners.
    Health has been misunderstood, simply, good health comes from a holistic view. Exercise, good food, proper sleep and stress management are all key to your health.
    The corruption of the medical industry, the dumbing down of people with government schools and big business with no moral compass has created a world of soft slavery. In other words welcome to Animal Farm!

  28. waiting for 2021 and also exited 🙂
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  29. This is the very first time I’ve ever seen a statement in print alleging that lockdowns cause economic harm, rather than just an assumption that they must. It is a link to a facebook post that has nothing more or less than cell phone data of people’s movement. Keen readers will note that this is actually still just an assumption, and additionally will wonder, wait, is this the best they can do? Surely there must be some kind of clear association in GDP date or unemployment numbers!

    I invite the reader to look into this themselves.

  30. Screw the Empire, and fuck the doddering new Caesar, his prosecutorial heir-apparent, his corrupt party and their mindless constituents, his Deep State/globalist corporate masters with a rusty chainsaw!

    God bless Texas. Happy New Year.

  31. “underlying conditions that produce such unstable majorities haven’t changed.”

    Maybe if you don’t legalize voter fraud we would have more stable elections? You sick, ass eating fucks. You really did it, you legalized fraud.

  32. Let’s hope for a better 2021.

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