The Left Never Wants a Crisis to Go to Waste

2020 April 12
by bc3b

“Never let a crisis go to waste.” is a favorite saying of former Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual. We have seen this in operation during the coronavirus pandemic as Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats tried to hold Americans hostage to achieve her power-hungry goals which included funding special interests and making sure that elections across the country country were decided by voter fraud … not just in California and major cities.

Now we see a Marxist feminist who believes coronavirus represents an ideal time to abolish the family.

Amid lockdowns and “shelter-in-place” orders and social distancing from strangers and even friends, the coronavirus pandemic has been a time, for many of us, of reaffirming the centrality of family in our lives. For utopians of the radical left, though, the pandemic is an opportunity to deconstruct flawed, traditional familial bonds and remake the world along the lines of new-and-improved, collectivist possibilities. As author Sophie Lewis puts it bluntly in a recent opinion piece at Open Democracy: “We deserve better than the family. And the time of corona is an excellent time to practice abolishing it.”

The author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, Sophie Lewis’ academic work “focuses on eugenic, bioconservative and imperial feminism, queer and trans social reproduction, Black feminist family abolitionism, hydrofeminism, postgenomics, and Marxist-feminist accounts of care,” which seems like a lot to fit on a business card.

Writing in her article titled, “The coronavirus crisis shows it’s time to abolish the family,” Lewis addresses what she calls “the unspoken and mostly unquestioned crux of the prescribed response to the pandemic: private homes.” She criticizes the assumption that we should all “stay at home” to contain the spread of the virus, arguing that 1) not everybody has a home, and 2) private property is already a “fundamentally unsafe space.”

“How can a zone defined by the power asymmetries of housework (reproductive labor being so gendered), of renting and mortgage debt, land and deed ownership, of patriarchal parenting and (often) the institution of marriage, benefit health?” she asks. “Such standard homes are where, after all, everyone secretly knows the majority of earthly violence goes down… A quarantine is, in effect, an abuser’s dream – a situation that hands near-infinite power to those with the upper hand over a home.”

Lewis approvingly quotes feminist Madeline Lane-McKinley, who had this to say in a tweet about the shelter-in-place imperative: “Households are capitalism’s pressure cookers. This crisis will see a surge in housework – cleaning, cooking, caretaking, but also child abuse, molestation, intimate partner rape, psychological torture, and more.”

Imagine the warped mind that equates the family home with “a pressure cooker” of child abuse, rape, and psychological torture. Do such things happen in some homes? Tragically, yes; of course they do. But family abolitionists see these horrors as inherent in the ideologically “coercive” institution of the nuclear family. They pay lip service to acknowledging that families can be a source of love, comfort, and safety, and they claim that their goal “is not the destruction of kinship ties” but an “expansion of that protection into broader communities of struggle,” as ME O’Brien writes at Pinko (which describes itself as “a collective for thinking gay communism”).

Hat tip: frontpagemag.com

Sophie Lewis, known to her associates as “The Forehead”.

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 April 12 7:02 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Could you imagine being married to that piece of junk???

  2. 2020 April 12 9:20 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog, there isn’t enough alcohol…never could be

  3. 2020 April 12 10:00 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here, let me give you-all my “expert” opinion about what the actual COVID-19 mortality rate will be. And given how right my fellow “experts” have been so far in predicting much of anything using their models, my prediction is as likely to be as good as theirs. Ready? Okay, here goes:

    Our mortality rate will end up being between 0.013% and 0.033%.

    How am I coming to this conclusion? Easy.

    We have two concrete sets of data; 1) The Diamond Princess cruise ship number and percentage of deaths among a population of infected people; 2) The Iceland testing program.

    The Icelanders have tested 10% of their population to this point, with fully 50% of the people they’ve tested coming up as positive. A nearly equal number (46.5%) of people on the Diamond Princess fell into the same category.

    My assumption, based on the known data, is that approximately half of an affected population will be positive, including asymptomatic, symptomatic but self-treatment and no interaction with a physician (meaning unreported) and symptomatic with full physician and medical system involvement. Let’s do the math for the lower of the two percentages:

    ONE CAVEAT: Deaths will rise but population won’t scale up to match, so we’ll some increase in death rate as a result but not too much, given how the number of deaths seem to be declining relative to length of this event.

    U.S. population: 330,000,000
    Infected population (at 50% rate): 165,000,000
    U.S. deaths: 22,018 (April 12, 2019)

    22,018/165,000,000 x 100 = 0.0133% (etc.) death rate

    How about my high figure? Okay:

    U.S. population: 330,000,000
    Infected population (at 20% rate): 66,000,000 (about the UK’s population)
    U.S. deaths: 22,018

    22,018/66,000,000 x 100 = 0.0333% (etc.) death rate

    According to the LiveScience(dot)com website, “the death rate from seasonal flu is typically around 0.1% in the U.S.”

    COVID-19 (based on my assumptions) death rate: 0.0133% – 0.0333%

    Seasonal influenza death rate: 0.1%

    To be fair, Icelanders are a far more homogeneous population compared to the American population and it’s pretty much a given that they’re less mobile than we are and that Iceland’s population density is far less than ours, at 8 Icelanders per square mile while ours is nearly 93 per square mile.

    Idaho, at 7 people per square mile, has a similar population density, though a far larger population, so I guess we could compare morbidity rates between that state and Iceland. Idaho’s had 11 while Iceland has had 7. Hmmm… that might make for a worthwhile analysis. If we were doing widespread testing in the Great Potato State, that is.

    To be even fairer, let’s assume — as did one of the lefty types here with whom I have frequent discussions — that only 2% of the U.S. population will end up infected. That’s a pretty low rate but like I said, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. So….

    U.S. population: 330,000,000
    Infected population (at 2% rate) 6,600,000
    U.S. deaths: 22,018

    22,018/6,600,000 x 100 = 0.333% (etc.) death rate. Influenza death rate. 0.1%

    So every year, we should shut the country down for the flu, right? I mean, that’s what we’re doing with COVID-19 at an infection rate that’s either way below it similar to it? And no, the shutdown didn’t create these rates. They would have happened regardless, and we know that because the shutdowns were generally instituted AFTER we started seeing declines or only a couple of days before they began.

    Also: let’s not even get into how low the per-capita rates will be at anything from 50% of the population down to just 2% of the population being infected.

    Somebody remind me again why we’re going through this exercise? To get ready for the next panic or what?

  4. 2020 April 13 2:26 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Black America demonstrates what life without the traditional family life results in:higher crime rates, dropping out of school, far greater percentage of people supported by the state much of their lives and little accomplishment.

  5. 2020 April 13 3:51 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    What will be the effect of The Great Shutdown on Social Security?
    Well … not good.
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/another-victim-of-covid-19-social-security-2020-04-10

    ps, I turned 70 this year. I get my first SS check in May. I paid in to the system my whole life

  6. 2020 April 13 5:49 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Millions for production, but not one cent for visas” — https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/india-makes-quid-pro-quo-demand-linked-export-trumps-miracle-coronavirus-drug — This is nothing but extortion. We can make are own better deal.

  7. 2020 April 13 6:05 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2020 April 13 6:10 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    5,

    Yep I have a copy of that meme on the computer. Need to make a poster of it.

    There is another meme I saw once that I have not seen since….

    “Let old men fight wars”
    “The only directions required are the coordinates of the beer trolly, even if driving the abrams will be a come down from the SUV.”

  9. 2020 April 13 6:10 am
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    justrand permalink

  10. 2020 April 13 7:03 am
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    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, it turns out Michigan’s Governor is even crazier than CA’s.

    Not easy to do.

    https://spectator.org/the-worst-governor-in-america/

  11. 2020 April 13 8:10 am
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    fight on permalink

    Along these same lines Bill Bennett makes some excellent points.

    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6149014727001#sp=show-clips

  12. 2020 April 13 8:19 am
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    justrand permalink

    excellent link, fight on!! Bill Bennett is a voice of reason!

  13. 2020 April 13 8:39 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Whitmer is a real whack job. And our KGB Attorney General is just as bad. That’s what happens when people don’t vote in off-year elections.

    I think Whitmer has screwed things up so badly that Joe Biden won’t select her as a running mate, even in his reduced mental state.

  14. 2020 April 13 9:27 am
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #9, 10, & 11 – All good articles……hopefully more voices of reason will point out that this is not an existential threat and also the insanity of the petty tyrannts

    This is a good development too:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/04/trump-declares-alone-authority-reopen-state-economies/

    Trump may have to send in Federal troops to the communist hotbeds to enforce the citizen’s rights under the Constitution if when he reopens the Constitution

    I know I took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies “foreign & domestic” so I pray to God those serving now remember that….

    Clearly these tyrants like half-Whitmer are in violation of the 1st, 4th, & 5th amendments and borderline to be nice on the 2nd…..

  15. 2020 April 13 9:38 am
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    justrand permalink

    WEC, half-Whitmer is currently studying the other Amendments to figure out how to violate those too…stay tuned.

  16. 2020 April 13 11:44 am
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    yes she is looking hard at 2nd & 6th, 14th & 15th……ironically she will claim 10th amendment as reason to defy Trump’s order to open back up and violate the rest of the Bill of Rights

  17. 2020 April 13 11:45 am
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    And boy howdy! yes LGTB gurl on here is freakugly……can you imagine impregnating her? even artifically lol

  18. 2020 April 13 11:51 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Trump may have to send in Federal troops to the communist hotbeds to enforce the citizen’s rights under the Constitution if when he reopens the Constitution”

    That’s certainly the Jive on the street. But the triggering of the NDAA did not suspend the Constitution. Haebus Corpus is alive an well too. Many a petty tyrant might well find that out should this lockdown continue. Saying you have a Power like Whitmer is attempting might well be found wanting if anyone wishes to take it to Federal Court. I would say the KY church incident would be an excellent test case.

    The minister I think would win handily. SCOTUS has sufficiently bound the States via the 14th Amendment in case law that any attempt by the KY AG will be found moot. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …” makes that pretty clear. The fact that the attendees stayed in their cars shows a clear intent to maintain separation.

  19. 2020 April 13 12:49 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    10th Amendment? Boy that’s a leap. That is the appendix Amendment, used so little people forget that it is there. Plus that one has that pesky “… those not delegated to the State, to the People.” in it. But if any duncehead can make it work she probably will. Sigh.

  20. 2020 April 13 1:33 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    We are being tortured in our “solitary – lockdown” imprisonment:

    “What is being done to the world population amounts to mental torture which will have the same impact as physical torture. Numerous studies have been done that show mental torture has long-term consequences and some argue may be worse than physical torture which ends quicker rather than prolonged breaking down the ability to resist.

    “This period of anxiety and adjustment to the isolation routine lasts from 1 to 3 weeks. Further isolation of 4–6 weeks leads to a feeling of dejection and increasing dependency, loss of initiative and spontaneous activity, lack of interest in personal appearance, immobility and vacant gaze.””

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/disease/at-what-point-do-we-break-4-6-weeks/

  21. 2020 April 13 2:13 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “… lack of interest in personal appearance …”, There are days…..

    I think that is why I will never want to retire. 🙂

  22. 2020 April 13 2:13 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Commenter1: “The fear of the American public of COVID-19 is incredible.”

    Commenter2: “I disagree. The fear in the American public is economic first, virus second, loss of liberties third. I’m betting the anger at the respective governments rises daily.”

    That’s probably true for the general public. I’d go with liberties first, Econ second and virus third for me personally.
    Maybe I’m an outlier.

  23. 2020 April 13 2:20 pm
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    justrand permalink

    ditto, Jim

    Liberty first…always!

  24. 2020 April 13 2:49 pm
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    Eph permalink

  25. 2020 April 13 4:19 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Speaking of Liberty, I don’t know who this guy is but I like his statement in favor of it:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/04/ric-grenell-coronavirus-lockdowns-constitution-signed-permission-slip-leave-house/

    “Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell spoke out online Monday in favor of the Constitution, posting a meme to Instagram of an image of the binding document of the United States in effect since 1789 with the caption, “Signed permission slip to leave your house.””

  26. 2020 April 13 4:55 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    This whole thing was a huge hoax for leftist to seize power and to make “orange man” look bad. This is a very rational summary that we need to end this martial law now:

    https://medium.com/@jbgeach/eight-reasons-to-end-the-lockdowns-as-soon-as-possible-b7bb0bc94f00

  27. 2020 April 13 6:30 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    They cleared the decks at US hospitals so they could handle the surge of WuFlu cases … in most areas that didn’t happen.
    Now there are layoffs … people arrive at ER when it’s too late because they were afraid to come in … YouTube is filling up with bored healthcare workers posting their TikTok dance vids.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DrJCoftheDC/status/1248375089176838151

  28. 2020 April 13 6:34 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    MUST watch! — https://therightscoop.com/watch-trump-plays-epic-video-defending-his-response-to-coronavirus-during-briefing-lays-out-timeline-of-his-response/ — Trump royally dumps on the press using their own videos. CNN MSNBC could not take it and cut away….

  29. 2020 April 13 6:49 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Good to know the priorities

    https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2020/04/13/this-is-fine-democratic-house-majority-leader-steny-hoyer-says-absent-an-emergency-house-wont-meet-before-may-4/
    “Absent an emergency, the House is not expected to meet prior to Monday, May 4, 2020.” — Steny Hoyer email
    — Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 13, 2020

    Good thing people dying isn’t an emergency to them.
    — Dog-faced Pony-boy 🌹 (@Rick05713768) April 13, 2020

  30. 2020 April 13 7:22 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    NYT needs to changes its mastheat — https://www.theblaze.com/news/nyt-editor-admits-biden-campaign-changed-story — Should be “All the fiction that is fit to print”.

  31. 2020 April 13 7:25 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    An online friend in, I think, Auburn CA reports:

    “In local news, the mayor of the small town outside of which I live said that Trump supporters do not need masks because they they already have their KKK hoods. I wrote that he be fired. It is up for discussion tonight.”

    He says it’s a conservative area and there’s a real chance the guy could get the ax.
    I certainly hope so!

  32. 2020 April 13 7:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    31,

    Like I have observed, the Prog idiot tin pot dictators are self identifying.

  33. 2020 April 13 10:01 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Bad election result in WI.
    Horrible Progtard wins over decent Conservative for WI Supreme Court

  34. 2020 April 14 4:09 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Not everyone is hurting from this economic shutdown — https://www.zerohedge.com/health/success-during-hard-times-sex-toy-company-sees-sales-rocket-38-covid-19-lockdown-started — Sex always sells in good times and bad.

  35. 2020 April 14 6:40 am
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    MI Conservative permalink

    I’ve sent Whitmer three very respectful messages. Her response is what a tough job she has and is doing this for my safety. Plus, three paragraphs of pattiing herself on the back.

    Sent 1 message to my state rep. who says the GOP legislature is trying to do what they can.

    Thinking of going to auto protest in Lansing tomorrow.

  36. 2020 April 14 6:57 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Tom Maguire of the JustOneMinute blog calculates deaths-per-million for various entities
    (Numbers are rounded):

    67 US
    450 NY
    200 NJ
    37 US not including NY and NJ
    18 CA

    338 Italy
    386 Spain
    37 Germany

    Although Germany’s numbers are touted as a miracle the US matches it if you exclude DeBlasio land.
    And many, many other parts of America are better than Germany, even CA

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