Mises Institute: Sometimes terrible things happen without any human malfeasance, and the novel Wuhan coronavirus may in fact be one of those things. It is entirely plausible the virus emerged from “wet markets” in the Hubei Province of China rather than as a fumbled (or worse, intentionally released) bioweapon cooked up by the Xi Jinping government.
We may never know, of course. But easy or readily apparent answers to the question of how this could have been avoided should be viewed with the skepticism appropriate to any state propaganda.
Crises of all kinds, whether economic, political, military, or health, send ideologues scrambling to explain how such events fit neatly into their worldview. In fact, political partisans often attempt to paint any crisis as having occurred in the first place precisely because their policies and preferences have not been adopted.
These are the sorts of things that authoritarian politicians want all the time. Crises simply provide an opportunity to ratchet up their power and also to accustom the public to being ordered around and taking cues from centralized government sources. Read More …
Opinion: “‘Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste’ said Rahm Emmanuel
Rahm’s Rule is a useful accessory to a body of theory that seeks to explain the political economy of regulation. That economic, diplomatic, and now, possibly pandemic, crises can be exploited to advance political agendas:
“The rule tells us that major crises can provide cover for distributing benefits to targeted special interest groups. The greater the magnitude of a given crisis and the shorter the interval for forming legislation to deal with it, the larger the spread of pork that can be packed into the final legislation. Rahm’s Rule is a guarantee that efforts to resolve a deadline-based crisis will go on to the very last minute.”
Apocalypse, global government, and pestilence are in everyday conversations and this current crisis is less than 1 month old. Don’t get caught up in it like the Thessalonians:
“Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” 2 Thess. 2:5-7
The great Apostle Paul knew that false teaching had crept into the church. The people thought that because of suffering great persecution for their faith, they had missed the rapture and were in the Day of the Lord (Tribulation).
The Restrainer, Holy Spirit, and the church He indwells is still on earth. Only when He is taken out of the way (rapture)… the lawless one will be revealed. 2 Thess. 2:7-8
(Thanks to Vason for sending in the article)