It's strange that they have had an absolutely minimal contemporary and cultural impact. Nobody mentions them, even those weird fanatics that mentioned nothing else all at once moved on. I remember when we all first started being locked up, all the memes people were making about how we'd remember these months where we stayed at home and how things were locked down. But it wasn't like that at all, it was just instantly forgotten.
Lots of people speculated about the cause of them. Mass hysteria, genuine concern about the death toll, some seizure of power by state actors. But I think the fact most overlooked is that people, large portions of the general public, just wanted to feel powerful and influential. They felt alienated and powerless, and when an excuse came for a cause and reason to reorder society abruptly, they all fell behind it.
The BLM protests and the tearing down of statues happening at the same time supports this theory. Nobody really gives a shit about niggers, but it gave people what they wanted, an excuse to feel powerful. Those milquetoast conservatives that stood on the sidelines pointing out the hypocrisy of it missed the point, part of holding power is the ability to be a hypocrite.
With all said and done, and with those two years with that massive display and outpouring of passion, it was really only fiscal limitations and some new distraction with the Russian/Ukrainian war ending it all. If you look closely, you'll see those same people obsessed about covid are now obsessed about this war. They have their new Manichean struggle and they're happy to live vicariously through it, as if it functionally matters which corrupt slavic shithole controls the donbas region or not.
But this Covid experience serves as evidence of some unspoken upper limit on wealth and development. The closer we get to utopia, the more likely we are to have members of the public willing to squander all that wealth in order to pay for a feeling of power. I don't think we can ever pass the level of accumulated wealth of 2019, the second we hit that point, we'll see some sort of mass hysteria arise and destroy it all.
that last point about reduced wealth (e.g. reduced purchasing power relative to the rest of the world) has more to do with global de-dollarization (outside the jewSA satellite states) as a response to the weaponization of SWIFT and countries seeing the sanctions being ineffective against russia. the jewkraine war is not just a distraction, you forget that the value of fiat currencies, like the jewSA dollar being the global reserve currency, is backed by projection of power (e.g. NATO will sanction and/or invade your ass if you threaten their hegemony a la Libya which tried to create a gold-backed pan-African alternative to the dollar). china, a rising power and 2nd largest economy (unlike during the cold war when it was poorer than most of africa), is implicitly backing russia in this conflict by not sanctioning them, the russians are largely unaffected by the "mother of all sanctions", and the saudis see this and even they are tired of being "partners" with jewSA and i$rael by backing the petro-dollar arrangement and have announced wanting to join the chinese-led economic block BRICS, have normalized relations with iran and welcomed assad back in the arab league.
It's all fake and gay shit, but one thing you're forgetting is that there was also a lot of monetary incentive for a significant amount of people to keep it going. I just wanted an excuse to stay home and collect obscene amounts of unemployment. People were bitching left and right about MUH LOCKDOWNS, which were practically nonexistent here in Florida by the way, while I was perfectly happy making more than three times my paycheck doing nothing. It significantly helped me to get my life back on track. Some people were just blind to the opportunity they had. My application was bullshit too, but they couldn't keep up with the paperwork. The only reason I stopped collecting is because they eventually started demanding dated paperwork from your employer, which I knew would never fly. I would be more than happy to shill masks and occupancy requirements if the government wants to pay me again. I also won't shed a tear for all these Dave Ramsey-tier boomers who lost their business. A lot of wagecucks were disillusioned when they were let go and it gave them the time to reevaluate their priorities in life. And before some fag mentions it I was never vaxed, and this was before there even was a vax. People were only bitching that stores were closing earlier, that nobody wanted to work, and that the poor saps who still had a job asked them to wear masks and not stand too close together. Is MUH MUZZLE worth an extra 2400 dollars a month? I think so, pal. I really do.