Well, Bernie, AOC, Pocahontas, and that crew certainly do have a “central plan”. At this time, they are builiding what I call a zombie army whose explicit goal today is to stuff the ballot box with anything that can scrbble an “X” after the correct name.
This is the history of American politics. That’s not an emerging phenomena, it’s how it’s always been.
I think a lot of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over politics today doesn’t have to do with how broken politics has become, because it’s always been broken. The wailing and gnashing of teeth today is happening because people are finally starting to realize how broken it always was.
These actions are not, as I see them, mistakes of competence. These actions are experimental policy attempts to see how far people can be pushed.
I can totally understand how someone might come to that conclusion. I have many friends who have come to that conclusion. But from talking with the “lockdown forever” advocates in good faith, the advocates at an individual level don’t seem to be thinking this way. They may have other flaws in their reasoning, not the least of which is a failure to understand the mathematics, but this malice you’re attributing to them doesn’t seem to be there, in my experience.
Then we will find out what will be the next “phenomena” to emerge.
We could definitely end up in a shooting war over this thing. But if we do, I don’t think it will be Covid that caused it, Covid will have just been the catalyst for something that’s been brewing a long time, for other reasons. We cover that concept a lot at HWFO.