The nation is slowly starting to re-open economically, but the totalitarian agenda of those engineering the response to Covid-1984 remains firmly in place. The good news is that a sizeable chunk of Americans believe the lockdowns must end, and all over the country, Americans who never protested before in their lives have taken to the streets, and in many cases forced tinhorn dictator governors to begin re-opening their states before they planned to. And as warm weather is now here for good, Americans are going to beaches, restaurants, and otherwise trying to live as normally as they can in the face of Orwellian policies that fly in the face of science and common sense. . . . . . . . . . . . . The politics behind much of the national lockdown and the shutting down of much of the economy has come into sharper focus. Communists and Democrats – often the same thing these days – want the shutdown to continue at least until the November election, in order to defeat Donald Trump, no matter how devastating the consequences to most Americans. Republican politicians are usually more in favor of rational re-opening policies, though not nearly to the extent they should be. In other words, instead of the incessant “we are family” pep talk propaganda on commercials and TV shows, America once again is sharply divided between red states and blue states. As it has become clear that Covid-1984 is merely another corona flu strain that affects mostly the elderly and sick, like other flues, more and more Americans are seeing through the non-stop fake news hysteria and want to live as they did before the world suddenly stopped in early March. But all kinds of loony practices are here to stay in the “new normal” and all Americans can do is to continue to assert their rights, aka their freedom, and continue to battle the totalitarians. . . . . . . . . . . Libertarian Tom Luongo writes of Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis has been one of the most relatively reasonable governors during the “crisis”: “While it looks like the worm is turning against the draconian economic shutdowns decreed by governments, so much damage has already been done it likely won’t matter now. I began the week hopeful that my home state of Florida would lead the way towards challenging the anti-human and thoroughly intolerable lockdown mentality imposed on us by officials at the WHO, NAIAD, Johns Hopkins and the IHME. That hope continued earlier this week while watching Governor Ron DeSantis give a half-hour presentation of why Florida not only outperformed all of the grossly negligent predictive models but nearly every other state in the union in nearly every metric relevant to COVID-19. . . [My hope], however, vanished completely when he finally unveiled his new plan, which was to graciously allow the private economy to get back to 25% capacity, following the same tyrannical guidelines of those now discredited members of President Trump’s Task Force. Thousands of businesses destroyed, economic demand destruction of an unprecedented nature. Meanwhile, how many people died from not receiving medical care as the fear of going to the hospital kept them at home? I guess that doesn’t matter. . . This political decision is emblematic of what is functionally wrong with our society today. To quote then Senator Palpatine, ‘There is no civility, there is only politics.’ Decisions aren’t made by even the best and well-intentioned of our leaders for any other reason than trying to minimize the political backlash from one voting bloc or another. It is truly not their job to coddle our fears and expectations. It is their job to lead and show competence. And if some people can’t handle the responsibility of living a fruitful, productive life in psychological balance with the risks of a hostile Universe then so be it. DeSantis was better than most governors, I give him credit for this, certainly. But this was his opportunity to command the heights, truly lead and call the bluff of the death-dealers and medical-industrial mafiosi surrounding the President, dominating the conversation surrounding COVID-19. He and [Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott, taking their cues from Trump, have failed as leaders. These were the states with the most to gain from separating themselves from the rest of the herd immune to the facts, caring only about gaining an edge in the polls.” . . . . . . . . . . The excellent historian Thomas DiLorenzo views the eagerness of so many Americans to embrace obedient serfdom from a long-term perspective: “If the corona cold virus calamity teaches us anything it is that, with few exceptions, America’s political class is overwhelmingly dominated by fascists and totalitarians. I speak of course of all the governors, mayors, and city and county council members who have taken it upon themselves to declare that their words are law, and to use the heavily-armed police forces at their disposal to enforce their ‘laws.’ The Morticia Adams-ish governor of Michigan has become the face of today’s fascist totalitarian political class. Real laws are passed by Congress and state legislatures and are signed by chief executives. None of the ‘stay-at-home’ orders are laws; they are the mere words of politicians and bureaucrats. Nor are they based on ‘science.’ In the true spirit of Abraham Lincoln, who arbitrarily redefined ‘treason’ from its Article 3, Section 3 definition of ‘levying war upon’ the free and independent states (which he was guilty of) to criticizing himself and his policies, the political class has not amended but simply redefined the Constitution to mean whatever words come out of either sides of their mouths. . . The Bill of Rights does not say that we have inalienable rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and religion ‘unless people get sick,’ after all. But, alas, the Constitution has essentially been a dead letter for generations. Americans have long lived under the ‘Hamiltonian constitution,’ which is whatever the politicians of the day say it is. Jeffersonian ‘strict constructionism’ was abandoned, essentially, at the end of the ‘Civil War.’ This fact is why almost all who are attracted to politics as a career today are totalitarian-minded thugs. They get into politics precisely because they want to wield this monopolistic, totalitarian power against their fellow citizens, who they often despise and hate, publicly labeling them with such words as ‘deplorable’ and much worse. There are a few exceptions, of course, the most magnificent of which is former Congressman Ron Paul, but they are the exceptions that prove the rule. I also speak of the entire U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, and virtually the entire judicial system, every member of whom has remained as silent as a church mouse while the rule of law in America was swept away in a mere six weeks. Think of this the next time a ‘conservative Republican’ in Washington pretends to be devoted to the Constitution. The American public lost control of the federal government when the rights of secession and nullification were abolished in 1865. . . ‘The worst’ do not do it all alone. The have help from a large segment of the population that assists them in making them their own de facto slaves. This takes a large group, wrote Hayek, in order to present the appearance of legitimacy to the state’s totalitarian powers. . . You see these people every day all over America: The man driving alone in his car wearing a face mask. The couple out walking on a windy day wearing face masks and scurrying off whenever they see another human being; those who answer opinion polls in the affirmative when asked if the lockdown should last ‘until a vaccine is available;’ the people giving you dirty looks at the grocery store, or complaining to the manager, that you are closer to them than six feet. Everyone who Judge Napolitano calls ‘the sheeple,’ in other words. . . The U.S. government is constantly fabricating ‘another Hitler,’ whether it is Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, the Sandinistas, Putin, and myriad others. Even slicker, however, and a higher level of demagoguery altogether, is to define ‘the enemy’ as something like ‘terror’ or ‘the invisible enemy’ of a virus that no one seems to understand. Such things can be made to appear to be as common as the air that we breathe (literally, in the case of viruses), so that waging ‘war’ against them, and the never-ending grabbing hold of more government power and the abolition of whatever is left of freedom, can go on forever. The ‘docile and gullible’ do not arise spontaneously as supporters of the fascist thugs who now rule over most of America. They are cultivated by the political system. The political ruling class of any country is always a tiny numerical minority that can be swept aside by the masses, who number in the millions. Therefore, the state has an imperative to make at least a majority of ‘the masses’ into docile and gullible serfs. It does this by monopolizing all aspects of education. . . No one is born with an affinity toward being a slave; they have to be conditioned into thinking that way by the state’s totalitarian control of all aspects of ‘education.’ In return for being an essential part of the state’s relentless propaganda apparatus, the state’s ‘ideological minions,’ by which Rothbard meant primarily university professors, are rewarded with endowed chairs at prestigious universities, government grants, awards, notoriety, fame, and positions as exalted advisors to the government.” . . . . . . . . . . . . In the People’s Republic of California, the totalitarians are striving to use the Covid-1984 plandemic to move the state even further to the left than it already is. While Californians faced arrests merely for going to the beach – with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti eventually relenting enough to tell his slaves that they could go to the beach but had to stay on “wet sand” and not walk on “dry sand” – some 10,000 inmates were freed from jails and prisons to go back to terrorizing citizens. The homeless have been given free motel and hotel rooms and in some areas supplied with free drugs and alcohol. Free laptop computers are being given to children in urban areas to facilitate “distance learning.” All these changes and more are part of California’s “new normal.” It should be noted that California and New York have the highest state income taxes in the country yet are broke and mewling for endless billions of dollars in bailout money. And both have had among the most draconian lockdown policies, hardly a coincidence as politicians become more totalitarian the further left one moves along the admittedly narrow ideological spectrum allowed in America’s tightly closed political system. . . . . . . . . One of the very few politicians who experienced success outside of that narrow ideological spectrum was Ron Paul, who at the age of 84 still strongly and vigorously sounds the call for freedom and liberty through his writings, website, videos and speeches. In “Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America,” Dr. Paul observes: “First we were told we had to shut down the country to ‘flatten the curve’ so that hospitals were not overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. When most hospitals were nowhere near overwhelmed, and in fact were laying off thousands of healthcare workers because there were no patients, they moved the goalposts and said we cannot have our freedom back until a vaccine was available to force on us or the virus completely disappeared – neither of which is likely to happen anytime soon. Many politicians clearly see the creeping totalitarianism but lack the courage to speak out. Thankfully, patriots like Shelley Luther ( the Dallas hair salon owner who briefly went to jail rather than bow down to an arrogant black judge) are demonstrating the courage our political leaders lack. When Patrick Henry famously said ‘give me liberty or give me death’ in 1775, he didn’t add under his breath ‘unless a virus shows up.’ If we wish to reclaim our freedoms we will have to fight – peacefully – for them. As Thomas Paine wrote in 1776, ‘These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman’.” . . . . . . . . . . But the totalitarians have no use for Ron Paul. In an article that appeared on Consortium News (“While Pandemic Destroys Lives, the Surveillance State Celebrates”), Lee Camp writes: “While many of us remain quarantined — inexorably welded to our home/apartment/RV in an abandoned Walmart parking lot — the surveillance state is actually stretching its legs, brought out for a run by our friendly neighborhood oligarchs like a young golden retriever let off its leash on a nice day. Unfortunately, in this case what it’s retrieving is all of our information, movements, thoughts and desires. Right now violations of Americans’ privacy rights do not hold many people’s attention. We’re too busy adapting to a new, confusing, and anxiety-filled form of existence. . . As the virus death toll rises, various governments around the world have discussed using smart city technology to trace where infected people go and who they come in contact with. At first that sounds great. What kind of psychopath doesn’t want to end this pandemic? But it turns out there’s one problem with allowing the moneyed rulers to track every man, woman, and child. That problem — stop me if you guessed it — is that they’re tracking every man, woman, and child. As was written in the crazy anarchist rag known as Forbes Magazine: ‘…the use of masses of connected sensors makes it clear that the coronavirus pandemic is — intentionally or not — being used as a testbed for new surveillance technologies that may threaten privacy and civil liberties. So aside from being a global health crisis, the coronavirus has effectively become an experiment in how to monitor and control people at scale.’ Oh goody! I love being gerbilized for the ruling elite. . . Forbes again: ‘Making use of a traffic light indicator system, their algorithm is able to anonymously identify and label people who maintain safe distances, while flagging violations.’ If they’re able to track ‘violators’ who follow within a flying spit particle of someone else, then it stands to reason they could choose to track pretty much any other type of behavior. Such surveillance activity can effectively shut down all dissent or resistance, both large-scale and small. . . As we’ve seen in dictatorships the world over (most of them friends-with-benefits of the American government) a police state can be used (abused?) to arrest anyone the rulers desire. Now imagine a state where those political elite know exactly how and where you walk at all times — what you do, where you do it, and why you did it. . . They’re calling this kind of surveillance ‘smart cities,’ but a more accurate term would be ‘dystopian surveillance state hellholes.’ As Edward Snowden stated: ‘Five years after the coronavirus is gone, this data is still available to them — they start looking for new things. They already know what you’re looking at on the internet, they already know where your phone is moving, now they know what your heart rate is. What happens when they start to intermix these and apply artificial intelligence to them?’. . . Fear makes us idiots. Fear makes us listen to the lizard brain instead of the smart guy in your head. Don’t let the oligarchs use fear to trick you into giving up what little right to privacy and freedom you have left.” . . . . . . . . . Hand-in-hand with the Orwellian surveillance powers being gobbled up by the government of the U.S. “democracy” is rapidly increasing censorship of those who dissent from the unitary system’s propaganda line and agenda when it comes to Covid-1984, which is now likely somewhere around a healthy 40 percent of the population. Attorney John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute, one of the voices crying in the wilderness against the rapid creation of the American police state over the past two decades, writes in his article “Technofascism: Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age”: “As commentator Caitlin Johnstone recognizes, the censorship of David Icke by these internet media giants has nothing to do with Icke: ‘What matters is that we’re seeing a consistent and accelerating pattern of powerful plutocratic institutions collaborating with the U.S.-centralized empire to control what ideas people around the world are permitted to share with each other, and it’s a very unsafe trajectory.’ Welcome to the age of techno-fascism. Techno-fascism, clothed in tyrannical self-righteousness, is powered by technological behemoths (both corporate and governmental) working in tandem. As journalist Chet Bowers explains, ‘Techno-fascism’s level of efficiency and totalitarian potential can easily lead to repressive systems that will not tolerate dissent.’ The internet, hailed as a super-information highway, is increasingly becoming the police state’s secret weapon. This ‘policing of the mind’ is exactly the danger author Jim Keith warned about when he predicted that ‘information and communication sources are gradually being linked together into a single computerized network, providing an opportunity for unheralded control of what will be broadcast, what will be said, and ultimately what will be thought.’ It’s a slippery slope from censoring so-called illegitimate ideas to silencing truth. Eventually, as George Orwell predicted, telling the truth will become a revolutionary act. We’re almost at that point now. What you are witnessing is the modern-day equivalent of book burning which involves doing away with dangerous ideas — legitimate or not — and the people who espouse them.” . . . . . . . . . . Mark Zuckerberg, the head robber baron of Facebook, recently made a big show of setting up a content moderation oversight board for his monopoly mega-corporation that has close to two billion accounts worldwide. Sounds good in theory, but as always the reality is it’s nothing but the same old same old. As Eric Striker reports: “Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has recently established a reputed ‘independent oversight board’ featuring academics from all around the world. Its goal is to respond to growing criticism of Facebook’s attacks on free expression and political dissent by allowing an appeals process these experts will weigh in on. On paper, the board claims to be a free speech check against draconian ‘community standards.’ In practice, it is another neo-liberal amen corner that will try to grant legitimacy to social media censorship and demand it go further. The board includes scholars and NGO workers from every continent. Nations as diverse as Brazil, Senegal, Yemen, and Israel are represented, yet notably, there isn’t a single Russian, Chinese, Venezuelan or Iranian voice on the panel. Wisegrad group nations, where Facebook also plays a controversial role, have no representation with the exception of George Soros-funded anti-Viktor Orban activist András Sajó. While Sajó is listed as a Hungarian representative, he is an agent of Wall Street and Brussels interests in Eastern Europe, including as a founder of Central European University, a product of the Open Society Foundation otherwise known as ‘Soros U.’ The lack of representation for countries that have billions of people disproportionately subjected to Facebook’s censorship makes the whole project an illegitimate fraud.” . . . . . . . . . . . . A famous commercial by Apple that first aired during the 1984 Super Bowl portrayed a totalitarian state in which a room full of human drones, all identically dressed (and a few wearing masks much like today) sat at rapt attention listening to a Big Brother-like figure addressing them from a huge screen. A young female athlete, being chased by police, bursts into the room and throws a hammer at the screen, destroying it. The narrator then says, “On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984’.” In its early days the personal computer was hyped as an instrument of liberation that would ensure that a “1984” type totalitarian state couldn’t occur. The bitter irony is that it’s been the Big Tech corporations themselves that have in large part constructed a “1984” totalitarian society and are now its gatekeepers and enforcers. . . . . . . . . . . . .
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