Here I use the word ‘stupidity’ in a particular way: people acting dumber than they ought by seizing upon politically useful falsehoods or ignoring politically unwelcome facts.
There’s a long list of replies to this tweet you can read for yourself that also mock those retarded white supremacist anti-vaxxers for using a veterinary product.
While there are some grey areas here, these are the facts that the FDA branch of our ruling elite are ignoring:
- Drugs approved for humans can sometimes be used for off-label purposes. Doctors normally have a free hand to use their judgement in such matters.
- Early studies suggested that The Drug That Must Not Be Named might be one of these cases, though the evidence remains unclear. More studies are in progress.
- Doctors were banned from trying TDTMNBN on Covid patients.
- People instead sourced the drug from veterinary suppliers and tried to figure out the dosage.
- A small number got it wrong and ended up in hospital.
- Others may have treated themselves effectively with this DIY approach. We don’t know because their cases were not recorded and studied.
- The tweet featured is more of an insult to Bad Whites and virtue signal to Good Whites than it is useful advice. See the language used. A reasonable tweet might have read: ‘Please do not attempt to self-treat Covid with ivermectin. Studies have not yet proven its safety and effectiveness for this purpose, and misuse may cause serious side effects or death. Some veterinary versions of the drug differ from the human version and can cause adverse effects. Only use medications prescribed by your doctor.‘ Whether you agree with that view or not, it is defensible.
- The most vaccine-hesitant in the US are blacks, not MAGA whites. The vast majority of elderly Americans are already vaccinated, which, if you know your demographics, means that most old conservatives have had the shots. The real world is not as portrayed on Twitter or Gab.
Those clucking triumphantly in the replies are smart enough to understand all the points above. They don’t want to keep them in mind because it would detract from mocking people they hate.
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This is a case of jumping to conclusions too delicious to be delayed by the need for evidence.
In fact, there is a perfect Red Team explanation for the rise in traffic accidents that has nothing to do with vaccines or facemasks. Steve Sailer has done the yeoman’s task of showing that irresponsible driving increased along with the general under-policing and lawlessness that followed St George’s riots:
This is what happens when police are too afraid to pull over a certain ethnicity in case it goes badly as per a few infamous cases, although Steve also points out that from 2015-2019 it seems whites were worse drivers than Hispanics and Asians.
We all have an instinct to believe those stories that match our preconceived notions without checking, or to form instant conclusions sans evidence. See any comment thread from any left or right wing outlet and you’ll find countless examples.
It’s most common with hot-button topics like vaccines, lockdowns, police violence, global warming or that sort of thing. Look these up and you’ll find any number of articles or studies that show you what you want to see, which you can then throw at Twitter enemies without thought and thereby consider yourself clever.
It’s much harder to sift through evidence from both sides and find the complicated truth. I make no claim to be better at this than anyone else, but I will preen that I try.
It is as though we think we’ll lose political clout by acknowledging complicated facts that might be used by the other side. This is true. The strongest rhetoric is often overwrought, one-sided and simplistic.
However, in our quiet moments we should take the time to find out what is really going on, if we care about the truth.
Here are some tips for aspiring free-thinkers:
- Accept uncertainty. The correct answer to many hard questions is, ‘We don’t really know’, though the evidence may lean one way or the other. Be prepared to withhold judgement even if this interferes with owning the libs.
- Think, ‘What would change my mind about this?’ Put it out there and see if anyone can meet the challenge.
- Read the best opposing content. It’s too easy to seek out dumb CNN takes and conclude, my enemies are all stupid. If you can’t find anything reasoned, steelman opposing arguments in your mind.
- This is the hardest of all: try writing an article that argues the opposite of what you think. I sometimes ponder starting a blog that takes all the positions I hate as an intellectual exercise, but it seems like too much effort. Maybe one day.
But who knows, this could be all wrong. Any thoughts?