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The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US

Edward Curtin

“Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished. The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced. Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination. The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness in its objects. It operates by simple pressure and is often contradictory (since contradictory mass movement are sometimes necessary).”
Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

The French-Algerian writer Albert Camus’ great 1947 novel, The Plague, is a warning to us today, but a warning in disguise. When he died sixty years ago at the young age of forty-six, he had already written The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The outward story of The Plague revolves around a malignant disease that breaks out in a town that is quarantined when the authorities issue a state of emergency. After first denying that they have a problem, the people gradually panic and feel painfully isolated.

Death fear runs rampant, much like today with the coronavirus. The authorities declare martial law as they warn that the situation is dire, people must be careful of associating, especially in groups, and they better obey orders or very many will die. So the town is cordoned off.

Before this happens and the first signs that something is amiss emerge, the citizens of the town of Oran, Algeria remain oblivious, for they “work hard, but solely with the object of getting rich.” Bored by their habits, heavily drugging themselves with drink, and watching many movies to distract themselves, they failed to grasp the significance of “the squelchy roundness of a still-warm body” of the plague-bearing rats that emerge from their underworld to die in their streets.

“It was as if the earth on which our houses stood were being purged of their secret humors; thrusting up to the surface the abscesses and pus-clots that had been forming in its entrails.” To them the plague is “unthinkable,” an abstraction, until all their denials are swept aside as the truth emerges from the sewers and their neighbors and families die from the disease.

“Stupidity has a way of getting its way;” the narrator, Dr. Rieux tells us, “as we should see if we were not always so wrapped up in ourselves …. plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”

The American people are wrapped up in themselves. Nor do they recognize the true rats. They are easily surprised; fooled would be a better word.

Camus uses a physical plague to disguise his real subject, which is the way people react when they are physically trapped by human rats who demand they obey orders and stay physically and mentally compliant as their freedom is taken from them.

The Plague is an allegorical depiction of the German occupation of France during World War II. Camus had lived through that experience as a member of the French Resistance. He was a writer and editor of the underground Resistance newspaper Combat, and with his artist’s touch he later made The Plague a revelatory read for today, especially for citizens of the United States, the greatest purveyor of the plague of violence in the world.

We are all infected with the soul-destroying evil that our leaders have loosed upon the world, a plague of killing that is now hidden behind the coronavirus fear that is being used to institute tight government controls that many will come to rue in the months ahead, just as happened after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Coronavirus is a perfect cover-story for the occupation of the public’s mind by a propaganda apparatus that has grown even more devious over the past 19 years.

Ask yourself: Where is the news about U.S. military operations in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, etc.? There is none in the corporate mainstream media, and little in the alternative media as well. Have those operations ceased? Of course not. It’s just that the news about them, little that it was, has disappeared.

Now it is all about us and the coronavirus panic. It is about how many of us might die. It is about stocking toilet paper. For the rich, it is about getting to their second or third houses where they can isolate themselves in splendor.

As I write, 150 or so Americans are said to have died of Covid-19, and by the time you will read this the number will have climbed, but the number will be minuscule compared to the number of people in the U.S.A. and those numbers will be full of contradictions that few comprehend unless, rather than reacting in fear, they did some comprehensive research.

But arguments are quite useless in a time of panic when people are consumed with fear and just react.

For we live in plague time, and the plague lives in us. But to most Americans, Covid-19 is the plague, because the government and media have said it is.

Like the inhabitants of Oran, the United States is “peopled with sleep walkers,” pseudo-innocents, who are “chiefly aware of what ruffled the normal tenor of their lives or affected their interests.” That their own government, no matter what political party is in power (both working for “deep-state,” elite interests led by the organized criminals of the CIA), is the disseminator of a world-wide plague of virulent violence, must be denied and divorced from consensus reality.

That these same forces would use the fear of disease to cow the population should be no surprise for those who have come to realize the truth of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax attacks that followed, both of which were used to justify the endless “wars on terror” that have killed so many around the world.

It is a shock for so many people who can’t countenance the thought that their own government could possibly be implicated in the death of thousands of U.S. citizens and the release of the deadly anthrax, which we know came from a U.S. lab and was carried out by a group of inside government perpetrators.

When it comes to the plague-stricken deaths visited on millions around the world for decades by the American government, this must be denied by diverting attention to partisan presidential politics, and now the coronavirus that engenders fear, loathing, and a child-like tendency to believe Big Brother.

The true plague, the bedrock of a nation continually waging wars through various means – i.e. bombs and economic and medical sanctions, etc. – against the world, disappears from consciousness. As U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albrecht said to 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl in 1996 when Stahl asked her if the U.S. sanctions on Iraq that had resulted in the death of 500,000 Iraqi children were worth it: “We think the price is worth it.”

For “decent folks must be allowed to sleep at night,” says the character Tarrou sarcastically; he is a man who has lost his ability to “sleep well” since he witnessed a man’s execution where the “bullets make a hole into which you could thrust your fist.”

He awakens to the realization that he “had an indirect hand in the deaths of thousands of people.” He loses any peace he had and vows to resist the plague in every way he can. “For many years I’ve been ashamed,” he says, “mortally ashamed, of having been, even with the best intentions, even at many removes, a murderer in my turn.”

The rats are dying in the streets. They are our rats, diseased by us. They have emerged from the underworld of a nation plagued by its denial. Unconscious evil bubbles up. We are an infected people. Worry and irritation – “these are not feelings with which to confront plague.”

But we don’t seem ashamed of our complicity in our government’s crimes around the world. For decades we have elected leaders who have killed millions, while business went on as usual. The killing didn’t touch us. As Camus said, “We fornicated and read the papers.”

He knew better. He warned us:

It’s a wearying business being plague-stricken. But it’s still more wearying to refuse to be it. That’s why everybody in the world looks so tired; everyone is more or less sick of plague. But that is why some of us, those who want to get the plague out of their systems, feel such desperate weariness.

Yet the fight against the plague must go on. Tarrou puts it thus:

All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, as far possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. That may sound simple to the point of childishness; I can’t judge if it’s simple, but I know it’s true.

You see, I’d heard such quantities of arguments, which very nearly turned my head, and turned other people’s heads enough to make them approve of murder; and I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language. So I resolved always to speak – and to act – quite clearly, as this was the only way of setting myself on the right track.

These days, I keep thinking of an incident that occurred when I was a young investigator of sexually transmitted diseases, working for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare through the Public Health Service as an epidemiologist. My job was to track down sexually transmitted diseases by finding links of sexual contacts.

One day I went to interview and take a blood sample from a poor woman who had been named as a sexual contact. I knocked on her door on the third or fourth floor of a walkup apartment building.

She looked through the peep hole and asked who it was and I told her my name and what government agency I represented. I could tell she was very wary, but she opened the door. She stood there naked, a very heavy woman of perhaps 300 pounds. She nonchalantly welcomed me in and I followed her as she padded down the hall where she took a housecoat off a hook and put it on.

There is, as you know, an old tale by Hans Christian Anderson called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Although the emperor parades around naked, the adults make believe he is clothed. Only a child sees the obvious. I was a 23-years-old naïve young man at the time of this unforgettable incident, but it echoes in my mind as a reminder to myself that perhaps that woman was unconsciously teaching me a lesson in disguise.

The year was 1967, and when I went out to get into my government car with federal license plates, a white man in a white shirt in a white car in a poor black neighborhood, a hail of bricks rained down toward me and the car from the roof opposite. I quickly jumped in and fled as the ghettos were exploding. Soon the National Guard would be called out to occupy them.

Intuition tells me that although the emperor has no clothes and a vast PSYOPS occupation is now underway, too many are too grown-up to see it.

It’s an old story continually updated. Like The Plague.

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mcdonagh4
mcdonagh4

This article accepts that Coronavirus is a plague. When it clearly is just an viral pneumonia epidemic now subsiding . Mortality rates are in act very low . The lessons of Camus are inappropriate here . The lessons of the 9/11 and WMD apply better .

paul
paul

Russia, China and sanctioned little Cuba are spearheading the efforts to deal with global CV outbreaks.
What are other countries doing?
Poland banned Russian relief flights taking medical teams and medical supplies to Italy.
The Czechs seized Chinese relief supplies to Italy that were in transit through their country.
F*** the Poles. F*** the Czechs. F*** the EU.
Does anyone still doubt we are lucky to be out of this loathsome organisation? Seriously??

What has been the reaction of the Orange POS in the White House?
More sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Russia, China, Cuba.
Burning through $11 trillion in a futile attempt to prop up the stock market.
Letting all the political elite bail out of the stock market in a neat bit of insider trading.

JudyJ
JudyJ
paul
paul

Yep, if those German satraps hand over the vaccine to US big pharma, it’s bonanza bonuses all round again.

Richard Le Sarc
Richard Le Sarc

The idea of merging those two Jewish redoubts, the Federal Reserve and the ‘US’ Treasury, is sheer genius.

mcdonagh4
mcdonagh4

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” . A rule applied rigorously by all governments/elites when they feel the need to concentrate their power over the masses .

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate

Intuition tells me that although the emperor has no clothes and a vast PSYOPS occupation is now underway, too many are too grown-up to see it.

Thanks.

and Heads Up…everyone at home…using lots of Water ? – is it Tap Water..not meaning the (good) medicinal Plague type..more what could be, a contaminated other, perhaps.

How the British Government subjected thousands of people to chemical and biological warfare trials during Cold War

During the Cold War, the British Government used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought, according to new historical research.
In more than 750 secret operations, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Britons were subjected to ‘mock’ biological and chemical warfare attacks launched from aircraft, ships and road vehicles.

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate

link to the above:

Doctortrinate
Dave Lawton
Dave Lawton

Yes in the 1950`s I was serving in RN.They Porton Down offered us two weeks free leave if we volunteered to test a treatment for the common cold,Something told me not to volunteer.

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate

Porton Down – most likely engineering a new strain – Dave…and can imagine they had little problem finding test subjects (two weeks leave)…though I’d prefer to be wrong.

JohnB
JohnB

Yep, remember my dad talking about this. I think, but may be wrong, that the offer was open to civilians too.

Doctortrinate
Doctortrinate

Flies are drawn to faeces….they cant help themselves, the scent is too attractive to ignore, they breed on it, feed on it..are reliant on it – Humans do the same thing, theres no good reason for it, were just “told” it was best for them – better than anything they alone could make….and so they came to crave it , live for it, corrupt piles of it, and when the quality was weakened, they’d swarm together in bellyache, for a new supplier was needed….But, how long could that go on, what happened when their consumption wasn’t necessary, had reached unprofitable highs – and became infectious to the next level of germination…the new sh:t “Machine” wouldn’t need them….So, what did they do ?

BigB
BigB

Might be a good time to remind ourselves of this:

”How can you establish if someone has developed automatic deference to authority? By checking to see if they’ll follow stupid orders. Function one achieved.” John Tayor Gatto

The six purposes of schooling:

1. adjustive function – establish fixed habits of reaction to authority.
2. integrating (conformity) function – develop like-mindedness, unity in thoughts and habits.
3. directive function – label children to mark them in the class structure.
4. differentiating function – divide and conquer strategy to immobilize the social structure.
5. selective function – preservation of the ‘favored’ races – tag the unfit.
6. Propaedeutic function – grooming of those in higher classes to manage the lower classes.

Principles of Secondary Education Inglis, Alexander James, 1879-1924

Awaiting the big announcement from our glorious leader at 20:30 …to see how Function One is to be achieved. 🙁

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE

FICO scores? Maoist social engineering points system based upon reinforcement whether negative or positive? Fixed & variable reinforcement?

Ken Lay & Jeffrey Skilling like the fixed/variable ratio behavioural control, frankly. What we do know is that whatever mode of reinforcement the man chooses will be based upon Operant Behavioural Conditioning much like old B.F. Skinner utilized to model behaviour in pigeons. A Skinner Box of an Internet of Things based upon 5-g tech & Experimental Psychological control.

China is way ahead on the infrastructure.

MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

“… establish fixed habits of reaction to authority.”

RLF >>> run like fuk, to wild terrain, living with bees, bears, vultures & wolves,
your safest & best option 🙂 (instincts, especially valuable when instilled young),
no question there … head for the hills or mountains.
And hold fort, by whatever means, without provoking unnecessarily.
Leave well alone any authority figures … 🙂
& just survive with the nature, that provides everything.

And having made decades of planning in this direction, with mountain gravity fed water supply and a small pump for extra pressure (as hobby, OTGrid), I find myself feeling obligated to help my wife’s brother, in a sticky situation in a city, with personnel problems & credits (against which I naturally warned him): at present within full police & military Lockdown, I can escape if need be: but heyho, at least he has a small cool warehouse with too few competent transport & warehousing personnel, so we ain’t gonna’ starve, immediately and the products from our garden in the mountains will certainly become vital, by next Christmas.

BigB: We both know this is not gonna’ turnout pretty, now the ‘Reset’ button has been irrevocably pushed. Far worse is surely now guaranteed, immediately, this year . . . when people comprehend that this time around there should be no “Socialism for the Rich” (Stiglitz) or expansion of the M.I.C. that rules still, with further austerity & central bank govern-mental lending with quantitative easing, thus, I’m just wondering about Tim Geithner’s new bout of “Palpable Fear” over this virus thingy. 😉

Looking on the bright side, I never reckoned with a pension anyway &
always thought like The WHO ? Hope I die before I get old … coz’ I can see for miles & miles ahead & I won’t get fooled again by punch-drunk-blind pinball wizards of derivative investment upstream/downstream bollocks 😉 and Keith Moon-shine antics, like parking a Rolls in the swimming pool of scientific entropy & any humanity …
whilst innocents are suffering & murdered for the Mic.
What people lost … ?
Is their soul ! The worst is yet to come, as
logic dictates. And those in control are not thinking logically, ever,
due to corrupted Data. Like, VW programmers & their CEOs.
As VW has ceased production of all vehicles globally,
Vultures & Wolves roam wild, freely in Virgin Wilderness, crossing borders wilfully
(trade marked territory), lol, back in 2010, when Branson’s IP Lawyer, Mark James, was threatening me with the UK High Courts. ‘Fortunately’, fully expecting such antics, the name was registered in Bg. first, (the day before I registered the name in the UK), so, European courts take the ‘biscuit’, in terms of precedence, should the Virgin Group ever wish to discuss, legally & publicly … I do hope Branson suffers, ‘bigly’, for not listening to my ideas.
🙂 Sod’em & go more, ahhhh 🙂 >>> Scream with me >>> “Kids, wake up …”
***Just Get Wild*** 😉 Listen Llareggub dub
According to Odhams Dictionary (1946) a ‘Bugger’ is primarily first & foremost,
1) ‘A Bulgarian Heretic’
(Well bugger me, do you need any further clarifications ? ) 🙂
What do you want, weather wise ? Snow, Ice, Hail or the holy grail, as Eric & Ernie would sing >>> “Bring me sunshine …” no problem, BigB, let me know when & where you want it to rein/reign/rain finally, what with corporate TNC backed regime change & market forces, with weather derivatives… what could possibly go wrong, further than any virus ? 😉
like… no water ?
That’s control. !!
Must dash 4now, could say more on electronic matters,
but what with Quantum Random Encryption waiting in the wings of a Photon Internet,
my brain is becoming legally taxed …
must sleep some, no surprises really,
in the absence of law & any accountable jurisdiction 🙂
Anarchy rules, logically 😉

Hope all is well your end.
Best wishes,
Tim

A. Scott Buch

The fight must go on. It crosses generational boundaries. Sometimes it even seems to cross the boundaries of time. So many have died in the course of fighting this most essential of battles. So many it becomes clear, that the people of this earth will never stop fighting, even if that means to die trying in countless iterations throughout the multiverse of eternity.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE

Billionaires & their creditors only understand asset inflation. Let the Second Law of Thermodynamics do all the fighting against the billionaires & their over-inflated corporations. Give them the rope/Entropy to hang themselves in the public square for spectacle.

Wealth extraction via vulture capitalist corporate parasites is priceless until it ain’t.

Welcome to the New World Disorder where there is no more wealth to extract until BIG Pharmacology finds a vaccine to renew irrational exuberance lost as Atlas got mugged.

MOU

Yana Porter
Yana Porter

Thank you for this piece. I think it one of the most lucid and grounded I have read. It is as if you pulled the words from my own heart…

George Mc
George Mc

Odd announcement on the news:

“Life should not seem normal for anyone right now and if it does, there’s something wrong”.

Now there’s a real bit of mind fuckery!

JudyJ
JudyJ

Goerge

Must be something wrong with me then! I live on my own; am retired (only just 😀 !); find enough activities to do at home, happy with my own company …and that of my dog of course; have no immediate family to worry about and to worry about me; go to the supermarket or local shop at most twice a week; am not in any ‘at risk’ bracket and am fit and well (fingers crossed). I am extremely lucky and very much in the minority I know. I am aware and empathetic enough though to understand the impact all this is having on other people’s lives and I feel obliged at every opportunity to fight against it for their sakes.

So presumably the Govt are dreaming up ways they can disrupt my life as well just so there enforced suffering is leaving no stone unturned. Apart from the threat of grocery shortages (and it’s worrying how many food shops are deciding to close up for the time being) the only step they can take of significance to affect me is to prohibit me from going out walking on my own or with my dog. I suspect the time will come sooner rather than later. Beyond that, will they say at some point that dogs can be carriers and need to be culled? Nothing would surprise me and they must have considered and sought scientific advice on that possibility. But I think that would definitely lead to riots on the streets.

Gezzah Potts

Jesus wept… Are we all in A Clockwork Orange?

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Owned by Terry’s ?

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

Apparently, Boris Johnson is considering telling all shops not selling food or other ‘essentials’ to shut up shop.

That being the case, he must also ban all supermarkets from selling anything that the forcibly closed shops sell, because otherwise he is taking from the small and giving to the big. If he refuses to do that, then the supermarkets must pay solidarity payments to every small shop Johnson forces to close and, if they refuse to do so, all the management of those supermarkets go to prison for 20 years without trial, nor right of appeal. There cannot be a single discussion of allowing the supermarkets to take control of all retailing. Not even a discussion about it.

Boris Johnson needs to be in no doubt that if he is seen to be giving the big supermarkets a free ride and ensuring their increase in market share due to Coronavirus, he must be thrown under a bus. Not figuratively, literally. Supermarkets are NOT our saviours, they are cartels of rentiers extracting super-profits. Always have been, always will be. They must be treated exactly the same as small businesses.

Their food is exorbitantly expensive and I have proved, all over the country, over 20 years and more, that you can feed yourself for a month buying from local markets, butchers and fishmongers just using the money you have to spend in one week in the major supermarkets. They are profiteering rentiers who squeeze all their suppliers to the bone. This is an opportunity to reorganise in the other direction……..and with large sections of society suffering huge losses in income, I do not see supermarkets being the retail outlet of choice for increasing numbers of people……

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood

hmm…if your town (or village) is lucky enough to have a butcher or fishmonger. Mine doesn’t, so supermarkets are the only option for meat or fish. There is a market once a week with a limited range of fruit, veg and some other foodstuffs, that is effectively sold out by the middle of the day, and a farmer’s market once month which is definitely not cheap (although I will grant that you get a better choice of meat than at the supermarkets.

michaelk
michaelk

There is, thankfully, a far less emotional and… ‘ideological’ way of examining what’s really happening in relation to this ghastly virus and the dire situation civilisation finds itself in. Things are… bad enough without grasping at the poisoned nettles of rampant conspiracy theories. There’s enough real horror to go round already. This article shows something of what we’re up against and how difficult, unless we act promptly, with sense and resolution, things could be.

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

Alan Tench
Alan Tench

I glanced through the article and came across this: “If we do nothing: Everybody gets infected, the healthcare system gets overwhelmed, the mortality explodes, and ~10 million people die” Utter bollocks! I stopped reading it at that point.

Ben
Ben

You know what. Even that number doesn’t warrant what they doing.

John Pretty
John Pretty

Well, I prefer facts to fear porn. This is more standard fearmongering. I’m not impressed.

And my writing here is neither an endorsement of any article, or a signal of agreement with what anyone else here says, but I believe in free speech.

The facts about coronavirus (from the nhs) are that it generally causes mild symptoms characterised by a raised temperature and a dry cough. There are other possible, but not guaranteed symptoms, but you are advised not to contact your doctor.

Much has been made of the likelihood that nobody has immunity to this virus. SO WHAT. You don’t have immunity to any virus that makes you feel ill. If you did they wouldn’t make you feel unwell. This includes the coronaviruses and rhinoviruses that cause the common cold. Your body’s immune response will give you immunity once it has fought off the infection. Which, in all probability – if you even get it – your body will.

This is not a particularly dangerous virus. The rabies virus is 100% fatal if a person bitten by a rabid animal is not treated right away. Ebola kills around 50% of people that get it. What is the death rate of this? Estimated from 0.3% in Germany to 8% in Italy. Looks as though it must like Germans!

This may sound controversial, but I am not even sure that coronavirus has killed anyone.

It may have helped to dispatch some elderly people who were already very sick (as elderly people often are) and very poorly individuals who were younger. But nobody on it’s own. And to my knowledge no children.

I could go on and on, but people are not listening to sense over this at the moment.

Watt
Watt

This bug is nothing more than regular winter flu(albeit different from the last, which is in itself normal), with ice and a slice. What is different is that a global pandemic of fear and panic has spread like wildfire, rendering 90% or so of people either unwilling or unable(due to social lockdown) to righteously protest against these draconian measures. It is only online at such blogs as this here that voices of sanity are to be heard.

Watt

John Ervin
John Ervin

No children. Few below 70.

Seem to be clues.

clickkid
clickkid

Thanks to Edward Curtin for another great article. I love Camus’ work

Yes – the biggest financial bubble of all time needs the biggest psyop of all time to try and effect a controlled demolition of the debt towers, and to build the structures of oppression to control the outrage of the scammed populations.

It won’t work – the real world is too complicated and too full of unintended consequences.

Just today the guy from the Robert Koch Institute in Germany reiterated that anybody who dies and is subsequently ‘tested positive’ for covid-19 is automatically counted as having died from covid-19. Angelo Borralli, the head of the Italian civil Protection organization, said the same on Saturday.

All the world’s a stage.

John Ervin
John Ervin

I guess that rationale is presented to total mind-controlled patsies. They count them as victims. This “science” is what we’re up against.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

”The American people are wrapped up in themselves.”

They surely are, but the really disturbing thing is the brute learned ignorance of what ought to be a leadership class and an abject denial of reason which is all pervasive; this particular stratum inhabit a winner takes all political, social and cultural universe but the have sold the pass and betrayed the trust of the people they are supposed to represent. Trahison Des Clercs is about right. Ayn Rand is perhaps the doyenne of this reactionary nihilism which must eventuate in a cultural collapse. This is not new however, since,

” … the lack of judgement in matters of domestic and foreign policy is more shocking in the case of educated people and of people who are successfully active in non-political forms of life than it is with more uneducated people in more humble stations… information is plentiful and available. But this does not seem to make any difference … without the initiative which comes from immediate responsibility ignorance will persist in the face of masses of information however complete and correct.

” … Thus the typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He analyses and argues in a way which he would readily recognise as infantile within the sphere of his own interests. He becomes a primitive again. His thinking becomes associative and affective.” (J.A.Schumpeter – Two Concepts of Democracy.)

Unquestionably we are far along the axis of terminal decline, but this is nothing new.

The six stages of the decline of empires are adumbrated by Sir John Bagot Glubb (British soldier and historian. better known as Glubb Pasha, who wrote about the collapsed empires of the past. In his late 19th century book The Fate of Empires and the Search for Survival, he described a common pattern fitting the history of some fallen empires. They went through a cycle of stages as they started, expanded, matured, declined and collapsed.

These stages were as follows:

1. The age of outburst (or pioneers).
2. The age of conquests.
3. The age of commerce.
4. The age of affluence.
5. The age of intellect.
6. The age of decadence.
7. The age of decline and collapse.

This makes uncomfortable reading and I would offer the view that we are somewhere between stage 6 and stage 7.

John Ervin
John Ervin

Such empires seem to have expiration dates that grow shorter and shorter. This one went from 1 to 6+ in blazing record time, maybe because it leap-frogged #5.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE

The Greeks nailed it with Acropolis, Metropolis, Necropolis.

Creative Destruction has been around for millennia.

MOU

paul
paul

There are several characteristics of an empire on the verge of collapse.

– A vast bloated, out of control military establishment, that is at the same time very inefficient and no longer effective.
– Blatantly inadequate and dysfunctional leadership at the highest levels.
– The debasement of the currency.
– A huge gulf between rich and poor, with blatant flaunting of wealth.
– Excess and spectacle of all kinds.
– Complete and open degeneracy in personal and sexual behaviour.
– Decline of standards in every respect.

Alan Tench
Alan Tench

Sorry, this IS the plague. Tim Stanley in The Telegraph (paywall) says it is, so who ware we to argue:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/wrong-isnt-war-plague/

Alan Tench
Alan Tench

BTW, read the article if you can – because he’s right ….

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

COVID-19 is just another flu; the real plague is the banksters. It looks like the Fed is getting ready for the mother of all corporate bailouts: https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/welcome-to-sweatshop-amerika-the-next-bailout-will-be-our-last/

#CoronaHoax

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball
Steve Hayes

Presenting Albert Camus as a hero, an fighter against oppression and the lies of the powerful, is ironic to say the least. Camus was a sexist, racist, imperialist, as can be seen from a reading of “The Stranger”.

clickkid
clickkid

I am sure he was an anti-vaxxer and a climate-change denier too.

There weren’t many recipes for vegan meals in L’Etranger either.

Sgt Oddball
Sgt Oddball

…was he a putin-bot-neo-nazi too?…

– enquring minds, an’ all that.

😉

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe

A plague causing delirium has been infesting Americans for numerous decades. Most are so used to its presence they don’t even notice its effects. They do on occasion sense a heaviness and sluggishness lingering in the air, and if it overwhelms them with sadness an anodyne is merely just a few steps away. The glumness and periodic surliness is a dietary issue resulting from the overconsumption of announcements, but NO real news. Warnings, alarms, uncertainties– the phobias are endless the results are stupefying. Oh yes, did I mention that’s the other side effect of this plague–mass stupidity. It should be noted, this particular disease is manufactured by a group of demented sadists deriving schadenfreude whenever they infest the air with a bit more misery. You can almost visualize the coterie of mad scientists housed in an undercover lab laughing deliriously at the brand-new scheme guaranteed to stupefy and terrorize the unprepared and the naive.

One of the original mad scientists was, Edward Bernays, who turned public relations into weaponized propaganda. If you can sell the public overpriced breakfast cereal comprised of non-nutritious sugar-flakes, why can’t you sell them a world war or a panic pandemic….

“Modern means of communication—the power afforded by print, telephone, wireless and so forth, of rapidly putting through directive strategic or technical conceptions to a great number of cooperating centers, of getting quick replies and effective discussion—have opened up a new world of political processes. Ideas and phrases can now be given an effectiveness greater than the effectiveness of any personality and stronger than any sectional interest. The common design can be documented and sustained against perversion and betrayal. It can be elaborated and developed steadily and widely without personal, local and sectional misunderstanding.” HG Wells

By the way, the “only” panacea for this specific malady is “knowledge,” but it must be obtained from independent research and not from mind-boggling announcements…….

Propaganda by Edward Bernays (1928)

John Ervin
John Ervin

I just read the other day the bio of HG Wells, and that he requested his epitaph to be cut in lasting stone: “I told you so, you damned fools.”

Chesterton, his debating nemesis in the beginning days of BBC “wireless”, said of Wells that he was “a good man gone bad”.

I don’t know enough of the whole history, or their backstory, to quite grasp what GKC meant, and whose appraisal I greatly value on many other things.

I read recently that Wells attended GKC’s funeral in ’36 and was heard to say something like “perhaps my one best hope of getting into Heaven is the prayers he’s now saying for me.”

It sounded touching, but you would have to know just how he delivered that line!

I do know that I saw Wells just recently on a list of 33rd° Freemasons, and I wouldn’t trust any of that club farther than I can hurl my piano.

By the way, the key banking figures in charge of the Vatican banks, and who nearly collapsed Banco Vaticano and Banco Ambrosiano about 40 years ago were both high-ranking Masons of the P2 Lodge in Italy, since “disbanded” as merely “pseudo-masonic” rather conveniently, the damage was done (Berlusconi was a member): Roberto Calvi and his apparent handler Licio Gelli. Calvin was murdered in ’82 as a “staged suicide” (as was my own father, by the way, also in ’82, come to think of it, and a highly connected Freemason) found hanging from Blackfriars (Dominicans, O.P.) Bridge in London. It took Italian courts over 30 years to call it a homicide.

Gelli, long prosecuted in said courts, was asked in an Italian radio interview what he then really wanted to be, and he answered coolly, “Puppet master.”

At the end of the day Wells was so gifted, and with so much to say. What you cite is intense. With all the caveats about him, I need to learn a lot more about the Invisible Man (sorry, I can’t help but picture an invisible Claude Raines cackling now, in bandages).

Intrigued and fascinated, because GKC quoted him, “It’s not much worth thinking about a thing unless you’re willing to think it all the way through.”

Splendid verity.

Are you listening, USAmerica, virologists, and Western leaders?!

We wonder.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse

At the end of the day, it matters little if Well’s was a Free Mason or not. What counts are his insightful observations about the insidious ruling class.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE

“A good man gone bad.” signifies defiance to norms held sacred. When one talks of the soul of a man it is judgemental at best. To assert that a man has gone bad is to assert that that man has lost morality or ethics.

MOU

michaelk
michaelk

I’m not keen on the article at all. I think it makes great flights of ‘fancy’ based on nothing very much. This is easy to do as this virus is so new and we really know so little about what’s happening and the statistics are not solid at this stage, that wild rumours and hysterical conspiracy theories flourish in this atmosphere.

It’s somewhat ‘ironic’ or ‘grotesque’ that many of the same people who criticise the infamous ‘they’ and ‘them’ the media and shadowy forces of the the Deep State, are themselves guilty of reacting in a similiar fashion, only in the opposite direction!

Ken Garoo
Ken Garoo

An informative video on COVID-19 from Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a German pulmonologist who ran a regional medical department.

How Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg sees the current Corona pandemic…

Watt
Watt

Informative, yes. I found it compelling. A few of his words were omitted from the subtitles, but he has a mischievous, deadpan sense of humour.

amused
amused

How to fight COVID-19?

“US steps up maritime provocations .. Since late January, US warships have travelled within 12 nautical miles of the South China Sea islands in Chinese territory five separate times. Three instances happened close to one another on March 10, 13, and 15.”

Reported only in Chinese press: https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1183384.shtml

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

How many people have even heard of the Swine Flu epidemic in China and Vietnam in 2019?

How many people think it was a bioweapon release that triggered it?

if that is US trade war tactics, then people need to get real about the USA.