If you have been observing how the Dissident Right has reacted to the coronavirus, you may have spotted a trend. The conservatives and libertarians are furious about lockdowns that have throttled the economy and have tended to dismiss and minimize the coronavirus as “just the flu.” The conspiracy theorists are predictably spinning a vast web of conspiracies that gets ever more complex by the day. In contrast, post-liberals and many Christian conservatives have been much more willing to accept reality.
I didn’t believe in liberalism before any of this happened. I see people who share my views on that subject and none of them are currently up in arms about the tyranny of the state. Most of them seem resigned to the shutdown due to the public health threat which the mainstream Right allowed to spiral out of control in January and February. They don’t see anything out of the ordinary going on because new viruses are always emerging. Similarly, I see many Christian conservatives who are resigned to the shutdown out of their belief that God has always sent plagues throughout history to punish the wicked.
Clearly, the ideological liberals are having the hardest time with this:
In my view, none of this would have happened in the first place if these people had not been so ideologically inflexible at the outset. Donald Trump has allowed 430,000 people to travel from the United States to China since the coronavirus first surfaced in Wuhan. It took him over a month to impose a travel ban on Europe which like the China ban also didn’t apply to American citizens. Americans went ahead with the Super Bowl and Spring Break in Florida and Mardi Gras in Louisiana.
The “boogaloo” is originally a libertarian term. Do you think there will be a libertarian and conservative uprising against the government if the lockdown continues through the summer? The focus in the last year has been on Neo-Nazi accelerationists, but these are very different times. The people who want to “accelerate” things now are mainstream conservatives because the only scenario in which millions of people die from the virus is where nothing is done about it because of personal liberty.
Note: We’ve already had one nut who derailed a train in New York in an attempt to crash it into the USNS Mercy.