IT is unfortunate but it is time to “go there.”
Back when I was climbing up the mountain of life rather than sliding down the other side, there were two great truths. The first was that over population was a fact and that soon nature would take its course through famines and such. The human population would be reduced to a manageable level for “Mother Gaia” to survive even if we did not.
The other truth going into the 1970s was the world was moving into a cooling period that might signal a new Ice Age. Today, that idea is dismissed to the extent that “Well, the very few scientists that thought that were ‘unscientific.’”
On January 11, 1970, the Washington Post reported that “Colder Winters Herald Dawn of New Ice Age.” Whenever scientists from that period are quoted on the possibility of global cooling, it is followed by “but many other scientists doubted these conclusions.”
That may all be true but the fact is that the global cooling prediction was pushed by the press and media as anthropogenic global warming and climate change is today. In 2019, the New York Times ran a scholarly piece titled “Before Global Warming, Humans Caused Global Cooling; Study Finds”. All bases covered; it’s your fault either way.
The Democracy Index is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit that measures the state of democracy in 167 countries. Authoritarian regimes are nations where political pluralism is nonexistent or severely limited. Elections (if they take place) are not fair and free, the media is often state-owned or controlled by groups associated with the ruling regime, the judiciary is not independent, and censorship and suppression of governmental criticism are commonplace.
Thirty countries are full-authoritarian with another 30 almost there. Fifty-four nations including South Korea, Japan, United States, Taiwan, Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines are considered “flawed.”
One of the benchmarks for a really good authoritarian government is mass conformity to an official narrative like Animal Farm’s “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Not only must the government push the idea but supporters must make sure that there is no deviation from the narrative. Think the “Cold War” or the “War on Terror.” Facts cannot be allowed to challenge the narrative. Nazism and Stalinism are the classic examples, but the phenomenon is better observed in cults and in “cult-thinking.”
Only unquestioning conformity to the cult’s ideology can save its members. The atmosphere of paranoia the official narrative generates keeps the cult members (or the society) compliant. Logic and consistency of the narrative does not matter.
The initiation into the “Covidian Cult” began in January, when the medical authorities and corporate media turned on the Fear with projections of many millions of deaths. Eight months later The Head of the Health Emergencies Program at the WHO has confirmed an Infection Fatality Ratio of 0.14 percent—approximately the same as the seasonal flu—primarily because of the higher IFR in the 70 age cohort.
American playwright C. J. Hopkins puts it this way: “The “science” argument is officially over. An increasing number of doctors and medical experts are breaking ranks and explaining how the current mass hysteria over “cases” (which now include perfectly healthy people) is essentially meaningless propaganda. And then there is the existence of Sweden and other countries that are not playing ball with the official Covid-19 narrative, which makes a mockery of the ongoing hysteria.”
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