Discord and confusion, conflicting stories, rampant disinformation, faction against faction, widespread anger and fear, people fighting among themselves, economic dislocation, personal interactions disrupted and people separated from friends and family, cessation of favorite sports and pastimes, and widespread abandonment of familiar ways of doing things. That is the state of our world today.
How have we come to this sorry pass and to what is it leading? Is this an act of God, is it the natural course of societal evolution, or is it something that has been intentionally contrived, and if so, by whom and to what purpose?
It all started with the announcement of the discovery of a “novel coronavirus,” a microbe that was said to be the cause of severe illness and many deaths in a small part of China but then began to spread to other places. The world health authorities soon declared that this microbe was the cause of a “pandemic” that needed to be contained, that there was no effective treatment for it, and that it would cause millions to die.
The response of government authorities around the world has not been entirely uniform, but has consisted mainly of orders for businesses and schools to close, for sports events and religious assemblies to be suspended, for people to wear face masks and to keep their distance from one another, and to allow governments to track their movements, all of this justified in order to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the disease.
So, yes, the present situation was mainly contrived, but presumably for good reason. But one must ask, “Is the stated reason the whole story? Is there perhaps some hidden agenda?” Okay, call me paranoid, call me a “conspiracy theorist” but I’ve been around too long and I’ve seen too much to put my blind trust in political and corporate leaders and the rest of the “power elite” who have led, nay, driven civilization to the brink of collapse. It is clear to anyone who cares to look that everything they do is, not to promote the common good, but for the purpose of consolidating their own power and wealth, and to control and dominate the masses. I’m not at all cynical, but I am skeptical. I take to heart the famous words of H. L. Mencken, who observed that, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.”
“Remember the Maine,” the sinking of an American ship that was used to justify the Spanish-American War? Fake!
Remember the “Red scare” that was used to justify the Cold War arms race. Fake!
Remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident that justified the US invasion of Vietnam? Fake!
Remember the “yellow cake” uranium and weapons of mass destruction that justified the invasion of Iraq? Fake!
Remember the “war on terror” that has justified regime change wars in many countries in recent years. Fake!
If the object is to dominate and control, the entire coronavirus scenario seems made to order, like a psy-ops plot in some dystopian science fiction novel. But it isn’t fiction, we’re living it today. Divide and conquer, distract, disorient, and disable–these are tried and true strategies for conquest and domination. Contrive some sort of emergency that causes people to accept demands they would otherwise reject, including measures that invade privacy and restrict freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of contract, and the freedom to be left alone. Create scarcity of things necessary for subsistence, let alone living a dignified life–land, housing, food, energy, health care, gainful and satisfying employment, and above all, the money that is needed to acquire all those things. Make people ever more dependent upon the centralized institutions that are under your control, like governments, banks, energy companies, medical and health care facilities, and all the mega-corporations that people depend upon to supply the things they need and desire, along with educational institutions and news media that help shape people’s opinions and views of reality.
While the Covid-19 disease is clearly real, and has been the cause of many deaths, there is abundant evidence that the facts have been distorted, that the numbers have been intentionally inflated, that contrary facts and opinions are being censored, including reports that the “side-effects” of the official responses have had worse consequences than the disease itself. So let’s put this in perspective.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), huge numbers of people worldwide die in traffic accidents each year (1.35 million in 2016) and millions more are seriously injured. Do we close down the highways to save lives? No, we accept it as a normal part of modern living.
- The WHO also estimates that the flu kills between 290,000 to 650,000 people each year. Do we close down the economy to prevent its spread and save lives?
- Globally, tobacco kills nearly 6 million people and causes hundreds of billions of dollars of economic damage each year. Why don’t we ban the sale and use of tobacco, as we do drugs like heroin and cocaine?
- According to World Citizen, “nearly 1 in 9 people, or 820 million people, are hungry or undernourished, and 132 million people live with acute hunger that approaches starvation, and according the Vision Launch, “The United Nations reports that over 7.6 million people die annually throughout the world because of hunger or a hunger-related cause.”
- Diarrhoeal disease kills 1.4 million people annually. The WHO says it “is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old. It is both preventable and treatable. Each year diarrhoea kills around 525, 000 children under five. A significant proportion of diarrhoeal disease can be prevented through safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.” So why doesn’t everyone have those things? Why do we allow that situation to continue? I presume it’s because it is “them” over there, not “us” over here, who are the ones affected. There seems to be a prevailing attitude that, as slavery was in the past, the exploitation of the resources and people of “those” countries is a necessary part of the global economy.
Think about all of that when someone accuses a mask refuser of being selfish.
In 2019 a total of about 59 million people died worldwide. Official statistics currently put the number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 at 672,806. Even if we take that number to be accurate, does it support the conclusion that Covid-19 is a modern version of “the plague?” Is our only hope, as we’ve been told, in developing a vaccine and inoculating the entire population of the Earth?
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This article has also been published on Medium.