I do not fear the pandemic. I am certain that most people possess enough self-discipline and inner-strength to overcome any pandemic. But I fear the global political (and intellectual) establishment, which is quite clueless, incompetent, and corrupt, and is hell-bent on using its massive power to “rescue” humanity from the pandemic. By imposing draconian restrictions on individuals and businesses, they are creating a psychological and economic nightmare for millions of people. Their response to the pandemic will eventually prove as costly, fruitless, and messy as the global war on terrorism that they have been waging for almost two decades.