I am not someone who embraces the more exotic conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID-19, or the view that coronavirus is really no big deal. Historically, outbreaks of deadly epidemic have been entirely normal, with drastic measures often being required to contain them. During my grandparents’ generation, an outbreak of tuberculosis over even step throat could lead to a quarantine. My parents’ generation grew up with the fear of a polio epidemic. But it’s obviously true that the present crisis has provided a pretext for a power grab by governments all over the world, ruling class looting sprees (the US is once again the world leader on that one), and attempts by the global elite to consolidate their position.