I’m a big admirer of blogger Caitlin Johnstone. Along with John Pilger and Julian Assange she’s one of the best things to have come out of Australia. She doesn’t always wow me – unlike me she posts daily so that would be a big ask – but her hit rate is high.
Park that thought.
I’ve said often that the world is run by gangster capitalists who control the narrative on pretty much anything that matters – Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Syria, just for starters – through media (including entertainment and education industries) whose political economy almost guarantees they manufacture our views in ways most favourable to a rotten status quo. And where those political-economic guarantees are deemed insufficient we see direct intererference – as with the Guardian after the Snowden revelations.
It seems to me absurd, however, to assume that on every aspect of every matter our rulers and their tame media will always be lying. What, for the practice?
Which brings me to Covid-19. Are we being lied to on the scale of the threat? I don’t rule that out – but nor do I automatically rule it in. On more issues than one – both sides of the Brexit divide and climate change spring to mind – I note a degree of certainty, often among people I respect and whose views I share on many issues, that strikes me as unwarranted. How, I ask myself, can they be so sure?
Now back to Caitlin, who often gets my agreement not only on the substantive assessments of an issue but has an uncannily zeitgeist way of voicing my own nuances of thought and feeling.
Might I recommend her post today, Nine Thoughts On COVID-19 And What’s Coming? To this passage in particular:
Everyone in conspiracy circles has strong opinions about what’s going on, so anything I could possibly say about this is going to get a ton of pushback from some faction or another. That’s fine. In my opinion the fears that the ruling class will seize this opportunity to advance preexisting authoritarian agendas are well-founded, and people are right to have suspicions about the official narrative on the origins of the virus, but people who are still saying the whole thing is fake from top to bottom and it’s just another flu/no big deal have been proved wrong by facts in evidence. People should minimize social contact to avoid overburdening healthcare systems and thereby killing people. No matter how certain you are that this is all fake, you’re not certain enough to justify needlessly risking lives.
I wouldn’t go so far as Caitlin does in saying those who believe the whole thing a fake have been proved wrong. In fact, the link she inserts to back up that claim is to a piece that falls woefully short of proof. Check for yourself.
But on her main thrust – how can we be sure this is all some fiendish hoax? – I fully concur.