On Monday, controversial figure and Brown University professor Emily Oster, drew ire after publishing a piece in the Atlantic entitled “Let’s Declare A Pandemic Amnesty, We need to forgive one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID.”
The piece went on to document various harmful actions taken, mainly against children elderly and the infirm, during the pandemic. Oster goings on to admit just how bad closing of schools were on children, attributing to learning loss, mainly amongst the most economically-insecure. She documents how people were unable to screen for illnesses or receive the treatment they needed due to rigid policies that, ultimately, were reversed.
While she blames “misinformation” for contributing to negative behaviors, she asks for those who “got it right” (stood against overreaching governmental lockdowns, school closures and the like) to not “gloat.” She said pointing out how bad COVID responses were “continues to gobble up a lot of social energy and to drive the culture wars, especially on the internet.”
She then says the harm done by mainly leftist COVID policies isn’t a sign of a “moral failing.” Oster said, “In the face of so much uncertainty, getting something right had a hefty element of luck. And, similarly, getting something wrong wasn’t a moral failing. Treating pandemic choices as a scorecard on which some people racked up more points than others is preventing us from moving forward.”
The call for a type of amnesty for actions that negatively impacted huge people groups and removed certain civil liberties was met with criticism online.
Accountability is coming. Soon. pic.twitter.com/enJjKi1pVC
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 31, 2022
I started the pandemic giving the experts the benefit of the doubt. I embraced the vaccine (not all the boosters). There doesn’t need to be amnesty, but accountability for what experts over time got wrong and dogmatically used the press to censor dissent https://t.co/zZfcNiNik9
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 31, 2022
Absolutely no Amnesty. Some of us did not lose our minds, did not force vaccines or lockdowns, and instead fought for freedom the entire time.
It’s one thing to have gotten some things wrong over the past few years, it’s another to have led the charge to destroy human freedom. https://t.co/xKMRDkhVBk
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) October 31, 2022
How about mass public trials for the “experts”, Fauci, Daszak, big corporate bosses, and even task force chief Mike Pence? pic.twitter.com/dMCeMJ8A9Y
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) October 31, 2022
They made you cancel funerals and say goodbye to loved ones over Skype.
No pandemic amnesty.
Accountability is coming. pic.twitter.com/S3cfGL2pqm
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 31, 2022