A few days ago, on Halloween, the Atlantic ran this opinion piece by economist Emily Oster, headlined: “LET’S DECLARE A PANDEMIC AMNESTY“
The general perception has been that it is some kind of admission of defeat, perhaps a recognition that the “pandemic” was not real, and that those pushing the narrative had been in the wrong; a genuine plea for understanding or forgiveness.
But while the headline may appear to be suggesting that – and, indeed, was perhaps chosen carefully to create that impression – it’s actually nothing of the kind.
It’s not an apology, a backwards step or segue to our old pre-Covid reality.
It’s just more narrative reinforcement.