The Small Landlord Letter
Rental housing policy & naturally affordable housing
Lenore Monello Schloming M.A.
Skip Schloming Ph.D.
Mostly short comments, some longer ones, on housing issues and, given our varied experience, on other topics as well.
Why we never got the science on Covid
As any scientist would have known, we did not get the true science on Covid. We got instructions and mandates from a few official "experts," who claimed to base their decisions on "the science." One of them even said "I am the science."
For example, we were not told: That masks are only slightly effective. That natural immunity from being infected is superior to immunity from vaccination (Dr. Fauci in 2004). That shutdowns were known to be ineffective but very costly in economic and psychological impacts (Wall Street Journal, 03/24/2022). That each new Covid variant was more contagious than the previous one, but not told that each new one was less serious than previously. That vaccination does not stop the spread of Covid. To mention a few examples. According to the New York Times (02/20/2022), "a large amount of [Covid] data" was not released by the CDC.
Why were we not given all the available science? Because the science would have allowed every citizen to decide individually what to do to protect themselves from Covid. It would also have allowed many other medical and public heath experts (besides the official experts) to come up with their own recommendations. Knowing the science, yes, we might, as individuals or families, have made many different decisions and have been given various recommendations on how best to protect ourselves. But with these different decisions and recommendations, we would soon have been able to see which decisions were most effective and which were not. And then, we could reevaluate our private decisions.
Without the science publicly available, however, a select few government officials (the "experts") were allowed to make one recommendation, one mandate, for each population group, which would apply to everyone in each group. But then, we would NOT be able to judge whether these singular government recommendations and mandates were right or wrong -- because we would not have any alternative evidence on what really works or does not work. Without the science, we would have no way to know if the government mandates were right or wrong.
In other words, providing scientific evidence to the public and allowing decisions to occur at the family or individual level will result in better decisions in the long run -- instead of top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making.
The reality of government mandates of any kind is that they empower the executive branch to issue emergency requirements and mandates that take precedence over the legislative branch, over all laws. This tyranny, properly called, arises in what is perceived as a serious danger to the public. Thus, we easily get government mandates not just for Covid but for other public health or safety threats, for threats to national security, and now the looming big one: climate change and other environmental impacts. As we become increasingly interdependent with other nations, especially in trade, this latter threat could easily lead to a one-world government.
The alternative might be to allow emergency powers to be invoked for up to 90 days, after which the legislative branch must approve or disapprove any mandates or create laws to replace them. Then, the public itself might have an opportunity to debate the issues involved in a crisis and influence the outcome through elected representatives. It amazes us that no public dialogue is occurring now regarding how best to respond to climate change, which currently focuses only on one goal, achieving zero carbon emissions. Meanwhile, other environmental impacts are ignored, such as the looming depletion of our non-renewable natural resources: declining water aquifers, deforestation, soil erosion, exhaustion of fossil fuels, using up minerals and metals, extinction of important species, landfills filling up, other forms of environmental pollution, and more.