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A land without faces

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By Austin Ruse | 22 March 2021

CRISIS MAGAZINE — At least some of the country was riveted by the images of an autistic boy writhing on the floor of an airport after he had been kicked off a flight for not masking. I say “at least some” because a large cohort of Americans couldn’t care less about his discomfort. They are the Maskers. And God help you if you stand in their way or even criticize their new faith.

Conservative apostate Bill Kristol snarked on MSNBC that “mask refusers appeal to liberty” but that the only argument against masking in COVID-19-time is “nihilism.”

Columnist Peter Wehner chimed in that there are “cost/benefits” to reopening the economy, but there are no arguments — “none” —  against wearing a mask. He says taking off the Mask is nothing more than “a lethal form of virtue signaling.” Lethal.

Well, here’s a reason. Putting aside extreme cases like the autistic boy, we are humans, and we have faces, and this is one of the primary ways we communicate with each other, with our loved ones, friends, even strangers. We are people of faces. Take faces away and the damage done to human interaction, to human relationships, because we cover our faces is incalculable. […]

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2 Comments on A land without faces

  1. One criterion you can use to judge other people morally is their willingness (oftentimes it’s eagerness) to use, or their support for the use of, coercion on others — per this criterion, it’s obvious we live under immoral institutions, foremost among them government, as well as among huge numbers of profoundly immoral people.

  2. “Conservative apostate Bill Kristol snarked on MSNBC that “mask refusers appeal to liberty” but that the only argument against masking in COVID-19-time is “nihilism.”

    Why anyone would still even listen to this overrated, idiotic, apple dumpling is beyond me. Let us all try to recall that this swishing little man has neocon blood on his hands, and please trust me that he is not much of a man (at all) if you happen to encounter him on the streets of Dupont Circle (cannot even look you in the eye; he just cowers).

    Maybe his daddy was a little tougher.

    Best,
    SC

    P.S. eah – I like your post!

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