The COVID-19 pandemic was declared a full-blown “state of emergency” in most jurisdictions, like a 9/11-scale event. But do you remember when big public health issues did not require a “war footing”? Approaching 40 years old, I sure don’t.
Drugs should be a public health issue again, because the war against drugs has always done far more harm than [illicit] drug use itself. Pandemics are also public health issues, and should only be turned into wars in far more deadly situations, I think 10x-100x worse than COVID-19. Wars are always filled with fogs of unaccountability, collateral murders, profiteering, and known and unknown atrocities. For reasons like these, it is always necessary to question the premises of any type of war. ... If you don't think we already have some kind of police state, then where is the line for you? ... Given the observable context throughout my life, why would I trust these institutions to try to save hypothetical lives on black-swan-level, while we the people can't get it to stop proactively destroying hundreds of thousands of other lives? Few have decent track records in my book.