- Apr 26, 2020
- United Kingdom
I'm not, loads of places have been closed for the majority of the period since March 2020. But plenty of them (at least in the UK and, as far as I'm aware, throughout the US) have periodically reopened, closed again later, reopened again and closed again. Restrictions on movement have been put in place, then scaled back, then reinstated.Does it look like things have gone back to business as usual? I'm really confused as to why you're ignoring that many places still can't open in several states.
The USSR formed a substantial part of my degree study. But the Cold War-- that being the global diplomatic/military standoff between the USSR & the USA-- did not necessitate all shops closing and internal movement ceasing for a substantial period of time.Well you have of course read nothing about the Soviet Union so I wouldn't expect you to understand how easy it is for politicians to not give a shit about sinking their own economy for power.
Politicians have, from time to time, been ready and willing to allow economic damage for the sake of political power. Hell, look at Brexit, an act of economic vandalism, which the Conservative Party are nonetheless willing to see through to the bloody end because it would be politically ruinous among their supporters for them to do anything else.
But there is no political gain for UK and US politicians in locking down without necessity. They have gained almost nothing; they have lost both revenue and popular support throughout lockdown. If we're looking solely at their direct and immediate control over people, even that has been damaged and undermined; the lockdown has stretched the police thin, unable to respond to lockdown-related rulebreaking; mask-wearing will be rendering CCTV less useful; and all the data they had on spending habits & travel habits has become obsolete. EDIT: And their relationship with big business, so important to them, is in tatters.
There's a reason the governments of the US and UK put off lockdowns as long as they possibly could, until they had no other choice. It was a hazardous and self-serving reason, but that's Johnson and Trump for you.