A short editorial
I'm on the fence, kinda torn. On the one hand I think the government (federal, and many states) did a bad job of being consistent in COVID-19 messaging and that fed into a lot of people's paranoia and government mistrust. We really don't need people gathering together to protest social distancing, and part of me thinks they are just pawns doing the bidding of Big Oil who desperately needs us to start consuming gasoline at a breakneck pace again.
But on the other hand I'm deeply troubled by the censoring of alternative points of view, particularly on YouTube. In fact, a lot of the early censoring was aimed at people who were merely factually reporting on the developing situation in China, back in December and January. There are too many ulterior motives to shake a stick at.
Normally I'm pro-radical, anti-authoritarian, and highly suspicious of the government and giant corporations, but here I can see the damage that this mindset is creating. To me, that's the worst part of it all, that I'm not sure what to think about it.