Glenn Greenwald: America is paying an ‘enduring price’ for ‘religious-like’ COVID restrictions

In a telling Twitter feed, independent journalist Glenn Greenwald noted how America is now “paying the enduring price” for its “religious-like” pursuit of Covid-19 restrictions.

Greenwald responded to a New York Times article on the impact the pandemic has had on children’s social and emotional skills, as well as academic ability. The newspaper surveyed 362 school counselors across the U.S. to report that students “are behind in abilities to learn, cope and relate.”

“A rational defense of lockdown policies would’ve been: the severe harms they cause are outweighed by the benefits. Instead, it was taboo even to note harms of COVID policies. Any attempt to argue against maximalist restrictions resulted in accusations of COVID denialism,” Greenwald tweeted.

He then linked to an April, 2020, interview he did with two mental health experts — this being in the infancy of the lockdowns, as Greenwald reminded followers of the infamous “two weeks to flatten the curve” vow — explaining that they warned “sustained closures would severely exacerbate already spiraling mental health pathologies.”

“Obviously, COVID merited reasonable public health limits. But like so much now in our public discourse, COVID restrictions assumed religious-like overtones with no cost-benefit balancing: only maximalist restrictions. We’re paying the enduring price now,” Greenwald followed, adding “Anyone with kids could see the severe harms of sustained school closures, but otherwise, the lockdown harms were mostly class-based. Wealthy people with resources left the city, hired private tutors, etc. All others were locked in small apartments/houses.”

After noting the hypocrisy of the liberal elite when it came to escaping the lockdowns, Greenwald pinpointed the precise moment public health experts lost all credibility — see the Black Lives Matter riots in the summer of 2020.

Case in point:

“In June, 2020, NYT’s Ben Smith wrote that top media editors were leaving the city, renting large houses in the Hamptons and other places  ‘in the country,'” Greenwald tweeted, before concluding, “The moment when the credibility of public health experts collapsed was when they spent 4 months decreeing everyone stay home, shaming all who didn’t ‘grandma killers,’ then suddenly switched, urging all to go to densely packed street protests they liked.”

Here are a few responses to the story from Twitter:

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