While AOC's revolutionary and subversive socialist gown generated buzz, the normalization of maskless elites attended to by faceless servants is grotesque.
Holy shit, this hit hard. I've been a subscriber since the day you left the Intercept and launched here, so I'm already right there with ya, but this really hits the nail on the head of an anxiety I can't seem to properly articulate. I live in Brooklyn and have many liberal friends who seem disturbingly OK with new selective enforcement of Covid protocols (BLM protests as valid vs the anti-lockdown people who literally couldn't feed their families...) and cheerful vilification of working class people with different politics.
At least Trump derangement folks were "deranged" and most left-leaning people I knew didn't really bite that bait. With Covid, the level of animosity for the "unclean" people has become unmatched and and creepily accepted by almost everyone. The fact that Obama and AOC types seem invulnerable to criticism is also mystifying. I'm worried. =(
I guess that "Tax the Middle and Upper Middle Class but Definitely Not the Truly Rich" would not have fit on her dress.
There is nothing, NOTHING I hate more than hypocrisy. And this is the best example of why the public doesn't believe anything the ruling class says on the subject. If they are ok not to follow their own edicts, then why aren't we? Something has been bothering me about the whole thing, and Glenn just summed it up beautifully. ❤️
"Masks" do NOT prevent the transfer of respiratory viruses.
Putting aside the fact that common masks are not medical devices or treatment, they are engineered devices - meaning they have design tolerances and specifications that do not include filtering out viruses as small as the SARS-Covid 2 virus (of any variant.) Why this is so hard for people to conceptualize is confusing. Imagine, a glass of salt water. Imagine putting one of these masks loosely around a straw and putting it into the glass. When you draw up on the straw, what will the water taste like - Distilled water or salt water?
But, that said, ask yourself this about the typical mask you see someone wear:
1) What percent of the air they are breathing in is coming around the mask?
2) Where do the viruses go if they are stopped by the mask?
Like most everything else in this Covid Shitshow, masks are just a compliance exercise of the elites to see who they can control.
The fact that AOC even showed up (regardless of what her $10K gown said) proves that she is just like the rest of the elitists and elected representative sell outs. This was a marketing opportunity for her to build her brand's equity, she is a gluttonous opportunist after all (oh, but I was there to get my message out). AOC does believe in the socialist policies that she claims to care about, but only because they will get her re-elected, and because they help her build her brand. She will get rich and famous off earned media and maybe leave some more crumbs for the serfs.....maybe.
All Animals are equal, but some Animals are more equal than others...
I was waiting for somebody to write this. Because it was Glenn it was brilliant and hilarious at the same time.
Considering cloth masks cannot stop a virus, it really is about subjugation and segregation. Fuck all of these people.
Well. Fucking. Done. Thank you for continuing to shed light on the enormous amount of disturbing societal shifts we've seen since March 2020. We truly need your voice along with the select few other journalists, who are courageous enough to push back against the groupthink and expose this gross hypocrisy.
"...a maskless elite attended to by a permanently faceless servant class." Those 11 words constitute the most accurate and concise summary of the last 18 months I have read to date. Glenn, I genuinely took pleasure in reading this column.
I've always thought that no one writes a better "takedown piece" than Mark Steyn. That may still be true, but Mark now has competition. Glenn's piece is brilliant and savage in equal measure, a tour de force of prose. If you wonder why so many of us pay little or no attention to our alleged 'leaders', this essay is a great place to start.
I have nothing to add, except that I sincerely hope use of the phrase "masked servants of color" becomes a thing.
Masks are fascist symbols. Please point out the fascism of their advocates. The science behind masks is weak, and they may make the pandemic worse because of confounding factors where people engage in riskier behavior because they overestimate effectiveness. https://www.city-journal.org/do-masks-work-a-review-of-the-evidence
I was never one to be drawn towards AOC, however, at this moment I do feel empathy for those who not only voted for her, but trusted her to lead any sort of movement or challenge real power dynamics. I am quick to notice in this imagery the similarities to the animals of Orwell's Animal Farm:
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
How can anyone observe this and not only see the blatant hypocrisy, but also betrayal? It is rather insulting for her to not only attend, but then give such an obviously myopic and absurd justification for doing so. I don't know if a better juxtaposition of imagery exists today that better exemplifies the current environment: attending a decadent gathering of the mega-elite while wearing a preposterously extravagant dress with clearly empty sanctimony.
This is beautiful Glenn, thank you for writing such a complete take down of this insanity.
The fact that many cannot see the oligarchic dystopia of mask wearing is so deeply saddening. Many are in denial about how far along the road to serfdom we are.
I've often lamented that Tom Wolfe is no longer around when we need him the most but Glenn has admirably risen to the occasion. All this reminds me of the Bernstein Black Panther soiree. Those who haven't done so should read "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catcher". Felicia, clever hostess that she was, solved what could have been a source of embarrassment by ensuring all the servants were Hispanic.