So we are under a casual Police state.
I have always believed that this is what we would require to stop this pandemic.
The worst case scenario of 40 000 dead in the space of 8 weeks was an outcome unacceptable to any decent human being.
Fuck the economy if there wasn’t a culture too shell shocked from such collective grief to function as a community let alone as an economy.
My frustration is that we should have been planning for this in January when it became apparent to anyone with a glancing interest in this event that what the Chinese were saying publicly and doing privately in response to this virus were so far apart that accepting them at face value meant you had to pretend to not see the frantic and brutal response happening right over their Ambassadors shoulder.
One doesn’t quarantine tens of millions for shits and giggles.
We had to shut down the entire economy and lock everyone down. It was the only course of medicine that could stop this.
How my teeth ground as our Parliament willingly handed over our civil liberties to the Police.
This represents the largest transfer of civil rights to the State we’ve seen outside war or heavy handed responses to Industrial action.
As I go about the limited parameters of my life over the next 4 weeks (which will really be 6 weeks, which will probably be 8 weeks, which might have to be 12 weeks) and I pass Police & Military on my streets, I will nod respectfully as they cruise past in acknowledgement of the role they are playing in enforcing the absolute necessity of this moment.
But sweet Jesus, the millisecond we are in the clear of this plague, the moment when this oppressive obscenity of State intrusion into our lives in such a profound and needfully draconian manner has passed, this Parliament must restore our collective freedoms unblemished and protected.
This moment of universal experience that is a pandemic isn’t just testing us individually, it is testing the very fabric of our society.
Currently, the brutality of Chinese authoritarianism and its ability via its enormous military might to enforce its will has tamed infection rates, liberal progressive democracies however rely on the collective good will of its citizenship to do what is right.
Our value as a Democracy is being tested and history is watching us.
It is our obligation not only as New Zealanders to protect one another by compliance, it is our sacred duty to the very principles and collective values of our democracy that demands the same valour our forebears have showed.
The restoration of our Democracy with our collective civil liberties in tact and a Government focused on healing and rebuilding in the wake of this pestilence must be our lesson to history.
On the day our Government restores our collective civil rights we will know we have answered this challenge and the sacrifice was worthy of our whakapapa and mana.
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