An interesting conversation with Eric. Some things that he says, especially in the last segment about his attitude towards vaccination, resonate with my own thoughts profoundly. Some things I am less comfortable with. I still think that both he and Bret are wrong to blame Fauci for his initial position on masks, when, from what I understand, he was only voicing the official guidelines as they stood prior to 2020 (and then, in a bizarre turn of events, blurted that he knew all along, but was lying to the public to decrease the demand on PPE). And I am not sure it is clear, even now, how much about mask wearing is genuine protection and how much a pacifier and social theater.
The blame game that DiBlasio plays in this clip is disgusting. Instead of saying, we, your leaders, were wrong; we miscalculated; we thought that the availability of effective vaccines alone will be enough to protect the vulnerable and beat down the pandemic; but it turns out it didn't work, and we are now going to require that you all take the vaccine (or maybe even do a full Fauci and just admit that, in order not to upset the public prematurely, it was intentionally lied to when it was told that vaccinations were going to be voluntary), he turns the blame on the unvaccinated for their lackluster enthusiasm to do what the society expects them to do. He even frames it in some sickening narrative of "we wanted to give you a choice, but you chose wrong, so we are taking the choice away", or "we could do it the easy way, but I guess you chose to do it the hard way". Some weird cross between a nursery teacher, a bully, and a mafia boss.