coronavirus

Should We Really Privatise Viruses?

Nukes are normally one of those areas that even so-called libertarians equivocate on.

Do you really want those in the hands of private individuals or corporations? Surely the state is a safe pair of hands and nuclear power and atomic weapons need to be heavily regulated? Right?

Well we’ve discussed this topic before (supermarket nukes), but this time how about deadly viruses?

Should the development of virus technology be super-regulated like nukes, or should the private sector have free reign?

Could a deadly virus that would wipe out humanity be created by the private sector if there were no government regulation?

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Will you tolerate totalitarianism next time?

You might agree with all the steps the government has taken in the last year. But what will you do the next time they give themselves this power over your life?

Pandora’s box has been opened. They will use these powers again against us. So how you will judge the next time? What will your criteria be?

What are the conditions that must arise for you to believe totalitarianism is OK?

We discuss whether seemingly rational people have really thought through the consequences of their blind subservience in the last year and what might be done to break the cycle of authoritarianism that is bound to follow.

And have you heard of a larger than life, 18th century merchant by the name of Timothy Dexter? We’re sure you’ll find the story of this buccaneering trader both amusing and fascinating.

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Hear Me Out… Testosterone Passports

Yes yes, I know. I’ve been highlighting the folly of Covid Passports for months. I’ve said that they’re essentially implementing a caste system alongside a mobile tracking app and that this is possibly the worst loss of freedom in the west for hundreds of years. I’ve compared them to the “Papers Please” culture of East Germany and asked people to consider whether they’d be so enthusiastic about them if they were for, say, HIV.

But, if the battle has been lost, and I’m not saying it has (yet), but if it has, then maybe there’s a way to use this technology for good. I give you: The Testosterone Passport

I can hear you already: “Andrew, what are you thinking?”

So, here’s the rationale. Testosterone is an essential hormone, for men and women. Now, I’m only advocating testosterone passports for men. Aside from my obvious ‘lived experience’, I’m genuinely interested in the data around this and I have none for levels of estrogen (or other female hormones) in women. Although, I’m sure we can work something out.

Testosterone is most commonly linked with things like muscle mass, sex drive etc.. But there’s evidence to suggest it’s also linked with feelings of self worth, personal responsibility, determination, faster injury recovery and a whole host of other positive benefits. People with higher testosterone levels also tend to be on the more libertarian end of the spectrum. Think about it. Where are you most likely to see low test soy boys? At your local NRA meeting or a commie get together?

Let us not forget when male journalists at Marx loving Buzzfeed had their testosterone levels checked. Every single one was below average and 75% of them were dangerously low (well outside the normal range). I think it’s clear: Testosterone is objectively a good thing in men.

But what happens when men dont have an adequate supply of this life saving hormone?

Let’s take boundaries, as an example. Low T left wing men aren’t good with them. At all. Is it any wonder the guys shouting about open borders and free movement are the ones who don’t understand any other type of boundary, personal or otherwise? Whether it’s Occupy London or Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, these guys always end up committing sexual assault. It’s no coincidence. And in general how many left wing activists are accused of rape? Far more than the average.

Testosterone has been given a bad rap in recent years, but it’s far from deserved. We need to turn this around and, at the same time, protect fine people from soy infused ne’er-do-wells.

How would it work? Well, we’re already a test culture. Test as in test, not test as in testosterone (more’s the pity). People regularly test themselves for SARS-COV-2, right now. We just need them to switch to testing for something far more dangerous: low testosterone. Once tested, your T status will automatically be updated on your NHS Test and Trace app (we don’t even need to change the name). You will then be tracked and, if your levels are too low, shunned & avoided.

Of course testosterone levels vary in individuals, but it’s not like there are no options for the soy inflicted. There are plenty of natural testosterone boosters you can take, as well as estrogen suppressors (to give you more bang per buck from your T). If these aren’t enough, you could try pro-hormones, which are basically mini steroids that give you a small boost of testosterone in the form of a tablet. They’re fine, but they do go through your liver, so you may want to opt for injections, which are a lot safer. Doctors already give older men testosterone shots. Why not Marxists? Of course, if you’re already ‘roided up to the eyeballs, you have nothing to worry about.

“What about the trans community?” I hear you ask.

Well, trans men already take a LOT of testosterone, so they’re probably not an issue at all. I can guarantee that 95% of them would beat all buzzfeed male journos in an arm wrestle, at the very least. The only group of concern would be trans women. Now, biology is the most important thing of course, but it would be ridiculous to expect all trans women to maintain male levels of testosterone. We’re not bigots. The criteria for needing these tests is so obviously simple: male genitalia

Testicles? Test and trace.

 

 

What Colour Pill Have You Taken?

Can naming your children really make a difference? Nic certainly seems to think so as he explains to Andrew why he thinks his immediate family must undoubtedly be the solution to the world’s problems and why he’s now a little more white pilled.

We then discuss what it means to be red, blue, white or black pilled before asking whether blue pilled libertarians are some of the biggest obstacles to freedom.

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Inject or infect?

Andrew revists a libertarian thought experiment and applies it to virus infections & government jabs to see whether the state is once again guilty of cakeism.

Surely we can apply the same rules to both injections and infections?

And Nic decides to find out what the UK medicines regulator means when it says the Covid gene therapies (vaccines) are “safe and effective”.

Is 2 months really enough for a trial of an experimental drug where you don’t follow up on more than half of the recipients?

Have more people become ill from a supposed preventative than from contracting the virus itself?

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Steel Manning Vaccines

This week, Nic wants to steel man vaccines.

Let’s be honest. We struggle with this one! Is it possible to steel man the arguments for vaccinating the entire population (including people who have had it and are now immune) without steel manning authoritarianism? We certainly give it the old college try along with making a few predictions about what will happen in the future.

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I’m Forever Blowing Covids

This week, we’re back talking about the only game in town: the ‘rona.

We discuss the ridiculous behaviour of a new phenomenon: “leapers” and relay information about how well the new vaccine centre around the corner from Sounding Board HQ is doing. Spoiler: not very. We also discuss covid centrism, as well as applying it to Elliott’s Law to see if it still holds up. Andrew also predicts that kids blowing bubbles will soon be banned (or at least it will be called for).

Finally, we talk about the zero covid muppets and how they are precisely wrong about everything.

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The Covid Christmas Cancellation

The government found just the excuse it needed – a new strain of the coronavirus – to lockdown in all but name and cancel Christmas for a huge swathe of rhe country.

We talk about the rules of Tier 4 and how it was announced, and whether there needs to be a new scientific discipline for analysing and predicting what government will do next.

Does there need to be a new term for those that have always opposed these government restrictions, and what about those that have woken up from the brainwashing?

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Circuit Breaker Or Will Breaker?

This week, Nic notices that there has been a noticeable change in the political landscape, with the two main parties finally diverging over lockdown policy. But is this a good thing or not?

Certainly when all political parties agree then alarm bells should ring, but if one goes even further, even more authoritarian, will that encourage the other to become more libertarian? Or will it encourage more authoritarianism all round, with every party trying to out-government each other?

We then talk about what could come next. More national lockdowns? Or ever increasing local lockdowns? What about the different tiers? Will they invent any more?

We discuss Sweden, how it’s anti-lockdown policies are being ignored and move on to Neoliberals, who have recently repositioned themselves to align with big statists.

Moving back to more traditional topics, we talk a little about how the left is continuing to redefine language and how that can be catastrophic, before retelling a fantastic covid/whisky anecdote given to us by one of our listeners.

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Office outbreak, Trump tests positive and what about the roads?

Some actual infections have finally occurred in Nic’s office, and of course, everyone is fine, but wouldn’t it have been better for this to happen in the summer months rather than trying to suppress until the changing of the seasons when all the other bugs appear again?

Trump also tests positive, along with his wife Melania. How long before the President bats away this virus? Would Biden fair any better? Will it change the course of the US election in a month?

And what about the roads?? As CityFibre threaten to dig up Nic’s garden and driveway, we talk about the age old argument against state ownership, but with a handy example in front of everyone’s faces: the internet.

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