No, Emily Oster, We Don’t Need A COVID Amnesty—We Need A COVID Nuremberg
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Earlier by Lance Welton: America Needs A Race-Denier Reckoning: I’m Vindicated (Again) By Race-Biased WuFlu Vaccine Distribution Policies

When the COVID-19 Pandemic hit in 2020, the Ruling Class quickly shut down dissent and laid down quasi-religious dogmas and policies we now know weren’t just misguided but harmful: the virus emerged from a Chinese wet market and did not leak from a lab; we are all in this together and the virus affects all races similarly; everyone on the planet must wear a mask in public indefinitely; and, of course, everyone on the planet must be vaccinated. The punishments for heresy ranged from name-calling to being deplatformed on Twitter and YouTube. Police brutalized those who protested masks and lockdowns.

But now the Ruling Class wants a COVID “Amnesty” for what they did to us. But we don’t need an Amnesty—we need COVID Nuremberg trials.

The Ruling Class, which stated with such fanatical satisfaction that it was right, was wrong, as is usually the case with ideologues who refuse to listen to contrary opinions. Many of us really felt what it must be like to live in a paranoid dictatorship: massive restrictions on what one could do, the compulsion to wear uncomfortable masks, and self-appointed “Karens” who demanded “social distancing,” even outdoors. Recall that cops tased a mom at an Ohio high school football game for not wearing a mask.

Understandably, the suggestion that we must Amnesty the Ruling Class and its leftist Mainstream Media Information Ministry has invited no small amount of fury [Let’s Declare A Pandemic Amnesty, by Emily Oster, Atlantic, October 31, 2022].

“We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID,” the subhead of the piece says. That’s a great idea for those who fought to stop those of us of inquisitive disposition from getting to the truth, most notably by deplatforming on social media.

Oster [Tweet her/Email her] a card-carrying member of America’s Ruling Class as a Harvard-educated economist now at Brown University, writes that she and her family even wore (home-made) masks when outdoors hiking, a precaution that she now acknowledges was ridiculous:

These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know.

Um, some of us did know, but that not insignificant fact aside, Oster now sues for peace:

We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. … [W]e need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too.

Like using man-eating police dogs on COVID protesters?

Some of us suspected early on that the virus leaked from a lab. I myself filed an article with in February 2020 arguing that COVID-19 was a lab leak, but couldn’t publish it—or even refer to its existence—until the official Narrative suddenly changed in May 2021, because Editor Peter Brimelow—rightly—feared being shut down by social media if he ran my piece (cf. Zero Hedge Twitter bans Zero Hedge after it posts coronavirus conspiracy theory, CBS, February 3, 2020). The officials, meaning Anthony Fauci and others at the highest levels, were wrong and very probably simply lying: they knew the evidence strongly suggested a leak.

This applies equally, albeit less noticed, to the Ruling Class reversal on race. While Oster and her crowd were masking up for outdoor (!) excursions, some of us spent our time tracking data and publishing pieces that showed, for instance, that the virus affects races differently, partly for genetic reasons. Months later, a government report vindicated that claim. In other words, we were right all along, and the race deniers were wrong. COVID affects the races differently.

When the pandemic began, the U.N. confidently stated that “COVID-19 does not discriminate; nor should our response.” That self-righteous piece of virtue-signalling didn’t age well [COVID-19 does not discriminate; nor should our response, Officer for the High Commission for Human Rights, March 20, 2020]. This was flatly wrong.

In contrast, I began to attach a mantra to my coverage of COVID and race:

If COVID-19 is not an Equal Opportunity disease, that means our race-denying Ruling Class is frightening most people too much—and not warning some people enough. This will not merely cause unnecessary chaos—it will cost lives. 

This is exactly what happened.

Even the Washington Post has now acknowledged the truth, although it amusingly insisted the disparity is due to racial “injustice,” such as black people being poor [Whites now more likely to die from covid than Blacks: Why the pandemic shifted, by Alikah Johnson and Dan Keating, October 22, 2022].

But in England, the virus affected poor whites less severely than wealthier Hindus, which implied, obviously, that the difference is genetic. People originally from hotter countries are less evolved to deal with flu, and they are less healthy because their dark skin, in a dark-winter ecology, places them in an evolutionary mismatch where they can’t synthesise enough Vitamin D to help fight infection. Yet two years of higher fatalities among minorities were required for British authorities to confess that truth.

Now, at last, the U.K. government admits that COVID adversely affects minorities more than it adversely affects whites [Updating ethnic contrasts in deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19), England: 10 January 2022 to 16 February 2022, Office of National Statistics, April 7, 2022], but this was denied back in 2020.

The suppression of the truth, based on the wilful, ideological lie that “race is a social construct,” undoubtedly killed people. Why should we “Amnesty” those who contributed, directly or indirectly, to those fatalities?

Of course the thoroughly Establishment Emily Oster favors an “Amnesty.” It’s an Amnesty for the Ruling Class and its Enforcers, who at best were dogmatic and at worst simply lied to pretend that they were in control of a chaotic situation. As one critic has mockingly paraphrased her: “Hey, these were just honest mistakes, anybody could’ve messed up like that, it’s all good” [Emily Oster proposes “a pandemic amnesty,” suggests that “we need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID, by Eugyppius, eugyppius: a plague chronicle, October 31, 2022].

“The thing is, Emily Oster, that we did know,” Eugyppius acidly complained about the masking:

We’ve studied respiratory virus transmission for years. All the virologists and epidemiologists who aren’t total morons knew your 2020 mask routine was crazy and they just didn’t care. They wanted you to do it anyway, because they thought that if they got you to act paranoid and antisocial enough, your insane behaviour might have some limited effect on case curves.

But even though we now know that masks interfered with children’s language development and learning in school, they are still required in some places [Masks Still Don’t Work, City Journal, by Jeffrey Anderson, August 8, 2022]. Masks are about psychology, control, and a religious sense of “doing something” to appease the evil Covid God.


In early 2020, using the virus as an excuse, our de facto Deep State government, the authoritarian left, the Regime Media, and their enforcers in Big Tech, declared war on us. They erected a tyranny and upended the freedom to pursue the truth. “Liberty” was put on hold and replaced with fanatical dogma that could not be freely questioned. That indirectly led to unprecedented rioting by a traumatized, locked-down population, and quite likely skewed a presidential election, due to the economic shutdown and spike in COVID-justified mail-in voting.

We do not need a COVID Amnesty. We need a COVID Nuremberg.

For more of my reporting on COVID-19 and race:

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