Government Tyranny And Propaganda Continue
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed three things. First, the sweeping powers that all Western so-called democratic governments have to introduce draconian restrictions on the lives of ordinary people. Second, how those governments can launch and continue with massive propaganda campaigns to persuade the majority of citizens that the draconian restrictions are necessary; and third, how the majority of citizens not only believe the government propaganda but meekly accept the restrictions.
In effect, Western governments have created tyrannical societies where there is constant unopposed government propaganda and where the draconian restrictions on the lives of ordinary people are enforced by the police, with no end-date set for the lifting of such restrictions.
All of which do not bode well for the future of Western societies and the future of the peoples of Western lands. In just over a month Western societies have gone from vibrant, outgoing, bustling places to grim, almost Soviet-like, drab places where the people are told to “stay at home” and bombarded with slogans such as that those who break the government imposed “lockdown” are irresponsible and will be responsible for killing people. In its latest propaganda initiative, the British government – via politicone Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – announced that it will introduce “immunity certificates” which allow selected, government approved, citizens to resume life beyond the confines of their homes.
There is little public dissent to all this. No organized resistance. Few dissidents who dare to publicly contradict government propaganda and government generated hysteria.
For instance, and to place government propaganda into perspective, the British government and its propagandists talk and write about “saving lives” when so far (2 April, 2020) the Covid-19 pandemic has caused only around 3,000 deaths in Britain, most of whom were elderly or had underlying health problems. Yet in the past, before this pandemic, around 600,000 people in Britain died every year, many of them elderly, with over 90% of people who contract the Covid-19 virus surviving and suffering only mild symptoms with the mortality rate from Covid-19 thus being only a few percent greater than that of yearly influenza epidemics.
In regard to those yearly 600,000 deaths did a British government panic and introduce tyrannical measures which severely disrupted normal life and our society? No. Because of those 600,000 yearly deaths did the government and the media try to brainwash we the people with messages about “staying safe” and about staying at home? No.
Even if, as the government and its well-paid advisers and its well-paid sycophantic “experts” claim – in contradiction to the actual survival rate – there might be around 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, then do such extra deaths justify an unprecedented tyrannical regime, an unprecedented disruption of our societies, of our ordinary lives? No.
For death – from natural, from unnatural, causes, from disease, and from epidemics and pandemics – is a fact of human life, of human history. As is the fact that Western governments and their policies and through war have, in the past, killed far far more people than could ever be killed by the recent pandemic: at least 50 million people killed, for example, in the two world wars between 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.
During those wars, when people were dying at a far greater rate than are being killed by Covid-19, did the Western governments of the time disrupt our societies in the way they have now disrupted our societies? No. For they did not close pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas; they did not forbid outdoor sporting events; they did not ban public concerts and events. They did not tell people to “stay at home”.
The fact of the matter is that the Covid-19 pandemic is not a new Black Death, not a plague in which the morality rate is over 90%. It is – with its survival rate of over 90% – just one more pandemic which as our history reveals we human beings are occasionally subject to and suffer from. In other words, it is a fact of Nature; a reality of our biological nature.
For millennia, we have survived such occurrences without nationwide propaganda campaigns and without the government or the potentates of the time severely disrupting our societies, our ordinary lives. As Nietzsche wrote: Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.
That the majority of our peoples seem to not know, or ignore, this natural and necessary truth – such wisdom as created and maintained our current Western societies – I find astonishing.
2 April, 2020