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Why Bill Gates Is So Crazy

Posted November 11, 2021

Jeffrey Tucker

Today I had planned to write about the catastrophic history of the Weimar inflation and how it unfolded so rapidly and shockingly. The new inflation numbers are out and they look absolutely terrible.

The Biden administration has essentially threatened price controls in the form of anti-gouging regulation, as I predicted. The shortages are getting worse. We could be repeating one of the worst episodes of the 20th century.

Everything looks terrible. You know that. A trip to the grocery store proves it. So please permit me to change the subject to something slightly more enlightening than my usual.

Gates the All Knowing

I was being interviewed yesterday on Bill Gates’s disastrous influence over virus policy. I explained how he thinks and why he is so wrong. The reporter was a bit amazed, and it occurred to me that most people have no idea how such a rich and smart person could be so clueless. So herein I try to present the reasons.

The occasion for this reflection relates to an interview in which Gates admitted that the existing vaccines have failed to control infection and transmission. That at least shows that he is keeping up with the news.

The effectiveness of this vaccine to do either is now well known. There are manystudies that prove this. Their effectiveness in delaying death is still in question. There is some reason to believe that they achieve that much at least for the vulnerable population.

In passing, Gates makes an astonishing statement: “we need a new way of doing vaccines.”

Brilliant, But Dumb

Mouths dropped at that comment. Trillions of resources have gone into the production and distribution of these things, causing tremendous social upheaval all over the world. At least 4 billion people have gotten the jab. Now he off-handedly says we just need some new products. Wow.

What’s behind this?

Let’s travel back in time to examine his career at Microsoft and his shepherding into existence of the Windows operating system. By the early 1990s, it was being made as the essential brain of the personal computer. Security considerations against viruses were not part of its design, simply because not that many people were using the internet. The browser was not invented until 1995. Security of personal computers was not really a question that Microsoft had dealt with.

The neglect turned into a disaster. By the early 2000s, there were thousands of versions of malware (also called bugs) floating around the internet and infecting computers running Windows worldwide. They ate hard drive. They sucked out data. They forced ads on people. They invaded your space with strange popups. They were wrecking the entire industry.

I recall these days well, and so do you. The problem of malware was dubbed viruses. It was a metaphor. Not real. It’s not clear that Gates ever really understood that they aren’t anything like biological viruses.

You want to avoid and block a computer virus at all costs. Any exposure is bad exposure.

With biological viruses, we have evolved to confront them through exposure and let our immune system develop to take them on. A body that blocks all pathogens without immunity is a weak one that will die at the first exposure. An immune system that confronts viruses grows stronger. That’s a gigantic difference that Gates never understood.

The Virus Threat

Regardless, the advent of the army of computer pathogens fundamentally threatened his proudest achievement. Microsoft frantically searched for a solution, but the creativity of the malware army moved too fast for its engineers.

Others sensed an opportunity. Companies specializing in anti-virus software appeared on the scene. Once the internet became fast enough, these software packages could be updated daily. There were ever newer companies, each with a different method and a different marketing and pricing model. Eventually, the problem was mostly solved on the personal computer, but it took ten years. Even now, Microsoft’s products are less protected than Apple’s, and Microsoft has yet to come close to solving the problem of spam on its own native email client.

In short, keeping pathogens out of computers constitutes the single biggest professional struggle in Gates’ life.

After finally stepping back from Microsoft’s operations, Gates started dabbling in other areas, as newly rich people tend to do. They imagine themselves especially competent at taking on challenges that others have failed at simply because of their professional successes. Also by this point in his career, he was only surrounded by sycophants who would not interrupt his descent into crankiness.

And what subject did he pounce on? He would do to the world of pathogens what he did at Microsoft: he would stamp them out! He began with malaria and other issues and eventually decided to take on them all. And what was his solution? Of course: antivirus software. What is that? It is vaccines. Your body is the hard drive that he would save with his software-style solution.

What a Goofball

At the beginning of the pandemic, I noted that Gates was pushing hard for lockdowns. His foundation was now funding research labs the world over, plus universities and direct grants to scientists. He was also investing heavily in vaccine companies.

To get a sense of Gates’s views, I watched all of his TED talks. I began to realize something astonishing. This guy knew absolutely nothing. He couldn’t even give a basic 9th-grade-level explanation of cell biology. And yet here he was lecturing the world about the coming pathogen and what should be done about it.

The rich, their pretenses, their influence: sometimes charming, sometimes beneficent, sometimes deeply malicious. Gates’s influence has been tremendously baneful, but it’s unclear whether he even knows it. In fact, I don’t think that he does. In some ways, that’s even more dangerous.

Readers might be quick to point out that he has benefited enormously from lockdowns and vaccine mandates, both seeing his former company grow to enormous size and from his stock ownership in vaccine makers. So yes, his ignorance has been rewarded handsomely. As for his influence on the world, history will not forgive him.

Regards,

Jeffrey Tucker
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