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The Red Dawn Email Dump: February-March 2020

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The gigantic mess called lockdown began with an email thread called Red Dawn in early 2020, based on the old movie about a Russian invasion of the US. The idea was that the virus was the invader. The public health lockdowners and fanatics on the list who urged the overthrow of American life as we knew it imagined themselves to be the saviors. 

You can read many, but not all, of the emails below. They were enormously influential in generating the necessary panic to kick their sadistic social experiment into high gear. The participants are listed at the top in this file assembled by the New York Times, and includes top officials at all levels plus intellectuals.  

What actually happened was a different kind of invasion. It was the saviors who invaded our schools, churches, sports, commercial lives, and even our homes. They took total control, issuing random edicts by the day concerning what we could and could not do. They enforced these edicts at the point of a gun, thus wrecking countless businesses, driving millions into depression, violating all human rights, and shattering the lives of countless hundreds of millions not only in the US but all over the world. 

All they needed to do to accomplish this was to tap into a premodern and unscientific (and essentially childish) penchant to believe that the right way to deal with a virus is to run and hide from it, as if human beings didn’t evolve with viruses in a complicated dance for a million years. Forget everything we’ve learned from science over the 20th century; instead, we should behave like Prince Prospero in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story Masque of the Red Death.

To this end, society gave up all its ideals: concern for the poor, high regard for civil liberties, opposition to biases against The Other, its celebration of the arts, and even its attachment to public schools and personal privacy. Other ideals were given up too: limited government, the Constitution, and human rights all had to bow to the great agenda of virus control. 

The victims of this invasion – mainly the people not in a position to pretend to live life fully digitally at home – were so shocked at what was happening that they couldn’t marshal the nerve to stand up to the lockdowners. Those who dared protest were jeered mercilessly by a pro-lockdown mainstream media machine. 

Many people thought: Surely this must be a terrible and ghastly emergency. Otherwise they never would have done this. But as the months and years have rolled on, we are discovering an even more wicked truth: this was a normal virus that behaved like every widespread respiratory virus that science has encountered in the past, best dealt with not via state coercion but with medical therapeutics and immunological adaptation. 

We are nowhere near coming to terms with what has happened to our world. But in the course of the investigations, which should continue for years, this set of emails should prove instructive.

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