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July 29, 2021 | The Bottom

A best-selling Canadian author of 14 books on economic trends, real estate, the financial crisis, personal finance strategies, taxation and politics. Nationally-known speaker and lecturer on macroeconomics, the housing market and investment techniques. He is a licensed Investment Advisor with a fee-based, no-commission Toronto-based practice serving clients across Canada.

At 11:37 am Eastern on July 29th, this blog might have hit bottom. At that time K. Lech, from somewhere in Toronto, posted this:

In what sort of sick, moribund, morally and spiritually bankrupt society do aging cowards like Mr. Turner sitting on mounds of money sacrifice the developing bodies and minds of their young, to satisfy their own neuroses?

Moments later, this…

Garth, I am disappointed, but somehow not totally surprised, that you would throw in your lot with Nazi doctors who had to be hanged for their unnecessary, unwanted, and harmful medical experiments.

There ya go. I’m now a wealthy, old, cowardly Nazi engaged in the cruel vivisection of the young. Amazing where writing a free blog of financial advice, real estate trends, canine fancying and macroeconomics will take you in life. Maybe this is why Dorothy has started goosestepping around me.

No, we won’t drag out this vaccine thing, but because it’s my site and I’m the reigning dictator, here are a couple of final thoughts.

First, having just read almost 400 comments (and a slew more too gross to be published) I conclude there is one common thread to every anti-vax message. It’s fear. They’re afraid of needles, fearful of side-effects, scared of the science behind vaccines, worried about long-term consequences and terrified of becoming sickened by succumbing to inoculation. In short, pansies. This is then cloaked in the bravado of ‘freedom’, libertarianism and Trumpist iconoclasm. It’s augmented with the usual straw man arguments – big Pharma is to blame; big government is the enemy; anyone supporting either is corrupt, bought-out or drifting.

Layered over this is the deep scientific learning that only Facebook, YouTube and Parler can provide. This assists IT guys, florists, equipment salespeoplekind and bus drivers in becoming virologists, infectious disease experts and epidemiologists. They, in turn, use social media to impart their learning to others. And, presto, 51% of the unvaxed believe there are microchips in the serum. Or the CEO of Pfizer won’t take his own medicine. Or that Covid is mutating wildly within the bodies of the blissfully vaccinated.

Second (and this is worse) is a theme I touched on some days ago. We have lost our commonality of purpose. A global pandemic of historic nature should have brought people together. The opposite happened. What a loss. A loss of life and liberty. A loss of trust.

The pandemic has increased social stress, kept people apart, broken familiar bonds, disrupted school, work and leisure life. The Black Lives Matter movement might not have erupted with such force and determination had society been functioning as normal. In Canada the residential schools issue – centred on misdeeds of a century ago by people long since passed – was probably exacerbated by general feelings of loss, victimization and injustice as people were forced out of jobs, schools and relationships.

Aiding and abetting it have been politicians only too happy to mine the divisions among us. Now we’re separated irreparably. Indigenous and settlers. Straight and LBGT+. Owners and renters. Vaxed and unvaxed. Climate changers and deniers. By race. Gender. Pronoun. Region and language.

In the past, as you know, citizens lined up so that measles and polio could be eradicated. It worked. Gone. We sent 18-year-olds into the trenches and killing fields to win some world wars. And we did. Now we see millions afraid of a needle, refusing to help end a public health emergency that has killed 26,000 of us, and claiming it’s in the pursuit of liberty.

Face it. Alone we are victims, prey to those who exploit that. Together we’re strong. Fear and weakness lead to really bad outcomes, as a person or a nation. The time has come to stop the apologies, the hesitation and the divisions.

Lay down that keyboard. Find your conscience. Take a look around. You live in a favoured place, in a time of promise. Act like it.

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July 29th, 2021

Posted In: The Greater Fool


  • DaveT says:

    Look at the data from England regarding more vaccinated than unvaccinated getting Covid by double! Then admit we who disagree with you are not kooks.

  • Steve says:

    What is the point of a Covid passport when the vaccine does not protect and the vaccinated have to wear masks? Garth Turner is the coward because he won’t address this question. He just ignores the obvious.

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