We went out for a family picnic today. It was really hot but we played a lot of badminton and eventually decided it was a good idea to go out for an early dinner. Everything is closed on this side of the river so we drove into Missouri.
It’s nothing to us. Takes less than half an hour. In terms of public health, it would definitely be better if people just ate in their small towns instead of driving across state lines and back every time they fancy a restaurant meal.
The people who suffer are the restaurant servers who rely on cash tips and whose livelihood was yanked away for no reason and without warning. It’s the owners of small neighborhood places. It’s the people whose living depends on being tied to a particular spot. They are being schooled into hating the idea of being tied to a spot, of being rooted in a community.
What our governor (D) is doing seems illogical and crazy if you accept the narrative that these measures are about “public health.” But they aren’t. This is a refashioning of the economy. Lockdowns and riots are punishing rootedness and encouraging constant movement, reshuffling, and fluidity.