The Regime Wants You to Get Monkeypox

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the spread of monkeypox to be a global health emergency, one of just three in the world, along with COVID and polio. 

Once confined to fairly limited outbreaks in Africa, the latest monkeypox outbreak has reached more than 75 countries with more than 16,000 confirmed cases (the actual number is doubtless much higher). While just three deaths have been reported, that number is certain to climb and the lasting consequences of contracting it, including scarring and other serious side effects, can be quite significant. 

It is ironic that the WHO has declared monkeypox a global health emergency, because the global regime under which we labor (of which the WHO is certainly a part) wants you to get monkeypox. 

They want your kids—who are at much higher risk than adults for serious complications—to get monkeypox. 

You may doubt it. You may question whether the government would want everyone to contract a painful, debilitating, and potentially deadly disease—and, indeed, have that disease become endemic around the world—rather than anger key constituent groups. 

Question all you like. But it is true.

The importance of your health and even your life is trivial to the regime compared to their need to appear morally virtuous. 

Don’t believe me? They have done it before, with deadly consequences. 

No, I’m not talking about COVID—though the depredations of our government’s response to the pandemic will be studied for a long time to come. Instead, I’m referring to the AIDS epidemic, a more direct analogue to monkeypox, which was first spread by extremely promiscuous gay men with hundreds and sometimes thousands of anonymous sex partners. 

The government in the 1980s lied about who was really at risk and refused for politically correct reasons to take steps public health authorities knew would have dramatically reduced infections. Those of us who lived through the AIDS epidemic remember this well. For those who don’t, read Randy Shilts’ outstanding book And the Band Played On, considered the epidemic’s definitive history. Shilts was a pioneering gay journalist who later would succumb to AIDS. But unlike today’s left-wing journalists, Shilts cared more about the truth than politically correct nostrums.

Political cowardice turned an easily containable outbreak into an endemic disease with a significant morbidity and mortality profile, one that may require millions of Americans to receive a vaccination with potentially serious risks.

As devastating as AIDS was, it primarily afflicted the gay community, which pressured public health officials and politicians to lie about the risks. Promiscuous gay men who were in denial about the virus almost universally were handed a death sentence. IV drug users who shared needles suffered a similar fate. 

But contrary to the public health propaganda at the time, AIDS never spread broadly into the general population who were not engaged in risky behaviors, though it was devastating to some groups such as hemophiliacs who could not control their risk exposure. 

AIDS, like monkeypox, was never really a “gay disease” (lesbians, in fact, were at the least risk of exposure) or even a disease of gay men in monogamous relationships. But it was a disease that disproportionately attacked promiscuous gay men, which was (and is), sad to say, a huge number of them. 

As with AIDS, monkeypox clearly has spread through networks of gay men with staggering numbers of partners. Slowing the spread and ultimately containing the monkeypox virus would have been easy. All it would have required is to broadcast loudly and clearly to gay men that they need to abstain from sex with multiple partners until the epidemic is under control. But we didn’t do that because the public health community feared stigmatizing irresponsible behavior among a favored minority group. 

Of course, the point of addressing transmission pathways for a disease isn’t to stigmatize—it’s to stop the spread of the disease. But to our public health community. making members of a protected or oppressed class change their irresponsible disease-spreading behavior is worse than spreading a deadly disease. 

Fortunately, unlike with AIDS, we do have a monkeypoz vaccine that appears effective, at least against the current strain. Monkeypox is related to smallpox, one of the most horrific and deadliest diseases known to man and, thankfully, one we have vaccinated against and actually eliminated. 

Symptoms for most who contract monkeypox will be manageable if unpleasant—two to four weeks of painful blisters, aches and fevers. But some people will get very ill and die. And even those who don’t will suffer. As one of the first Americans to get monkeypox wrote, “it was painful to the point I couldn’t sleep some nights . . .” Another man said his skin felt like “it was on fire.” Young children and the immunocompromised have the worst outcomes.

Yet despite the current risk profile, Dr. Andy Seale of the WHO said “this is not a gay disease, as some people in social media have attempted to label it. Anybody can contract monkeypox through close contact.” This is not strictly false, but it obscures the fact that 98 percent of current monkeypox patients are men who have sex with men, and the U.S. outbreak, as with AIDS, is centered in San Francisco and New York, with their large populations of promiscuous gay men.

California State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, last seen passing bills reducing the criminal penalties for knowingly spreading AIDS, and for supporting gay pedophile sex offenders,was happy to place the blame for the monkeypox epidemic elsewhere: “Once we move past this emergency, we need accountability for these failures [of the federal government]—failures that put people’s lives and health in jeopardy.” No word from Wiener on the failure of San Francisco’s gay community to discourage promiscuity to help contain the pandemic. 

As conservative writer Inez Stepman put it on Twitter, “The monkeypox baseline is worth noting. Visiting your grandpa in the hospital wasn’t essential but the idea that people would give up orgies for public health purposes is apparently unthinkable.”

The CDC is engaging in doublespeak about monkeypox just as it did with AIDS: “Having multiple or anonymous sex partners may increase your chances of exposure to monkeypox. Limiting your number of sex partners may reduce the possibility of exposure,” they inform us.

It’s worth noting that in an earlier stage of the epidemic, the LGB Alliance, a gender-critical British gay rights group—called for commercial sex venues of all types to go dark for a month, leading to utterly predictable calls of “homophobia.”

But while the CDC won’t do anything useful to stop the epidemic like taking steps to shut down gay orgies, COVID catastrophist and prominent virologist Angela Rasmussen helpfully informs that “The good news is that a lot of the same measures that will reduce your risk of COVID—social distancing, wearing masks in public spaces, practicing good hand hygiene and surface disinfection—will also reduce your risk of getting monkeypox.”

So just wash your hands and socially distance, straight people. That will surely stop the epidemic in its tracks.

It is easy to poke fun at the absurdities of our public health authorities, but those absurdities matter. The longer it takes to contain the virus, the greater the likelihood it will become an endemic virus in humans. 

Malcolm Clark of the LGB alliance put it well: “It appears that 30 years after HIV, we haven’t learned anything.” I’d argue we’ve learned a lot. We’ve learned we can’t trust public health officials to tell the truth and protect us. And we’ve learned that disease prevention will always be trumped by leftist politics. 

Our public health authorities could very likely have stopped the epidemic of monkeypox. But they preferred to let a deadly disease become an epidemic and possibly infect you and your children to having to face disapproving comments from the New York Times and gay activists. 

So yes, the regime wants you to get monkeypox. Treat it accordingly.

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About Jeremy Carl

Jeremy Carl is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute. He served as deputy assistant secretary of the interior under President Trump and lives with his family in Montana. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeremycarl4.

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