The rise of health fascism should alarm us all:
As I write this piece, half of Australia’s population is in lockdown. While much of the rest of the world is moving in the opposite direction, Australia is going full-tilt lockdown crazy. This is the answer for everything. Discover one or two new cases of a virus that is 99.7 per cent mild for those who get it? No probs: lock ‘em all down again! This is tyranny with a surgical mask on.
I have been writing about this often, providing plenty of evidence and data that lockdowns do NOT work and are in fact counterproductive. Also, mandatory vaccinations seem to be less than the panacea many are touting. I have cited many leading authorities from around the world on these matters. Here I want to appeal to one more expert on this, drawing from two recent articles of his.
I refer to Ramesh Thakur, a professor of Public Policy at The Australian National University. The first of his pieces examines a wealth of information on lockdowns, masks and vaccines. He then summarises things this way:
We can draw three main conclusions from this comparison of the vicious recent waves of Covid cases and deaths in the four countries (India, Israel, Seychelles, UK). First, for the UK and India, vaccination was demonstrably not the main driver of the steep and rapid fall in the Covid mortality curve from 23 January and 23 May 2021, respectively. Nor also in the nearly identical steep rise and fall in the UK Covid mortality metrics in the first wave back in March–May last year.
Second, if vaccination is indeed the silver bullet and the only silver bullet, then India remains dangerously exposed and deeply vulnerable to another devastating wave.
Third, the continuing alarmist fears expressed by Britain’s scientific advisers despite two-thirds having been jabbed at least once and half the population fully vaccinated, is, on the face of it, strongly suggestive of their lack of faith in vaccines as the silver bullet.
Which then begs the question: is there any justification for coercion, compulsion and digital vaccine certificates as a condition of entry into designated venues and events and exit from the country? Talk of variants is just a deflection. Of course, the alternative and perhaps simpler explanation is they’ve just become addicted to control and power and are openly gaslighting the people.
The disgraced UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s personal behaviour certainly indicates contempt born of disbelief in ‘The Science’ behind the very rules he imposed on the entire society. The same arrogance-cum-indifference to the brazen hypocrisy was evident in CHO Bret Sutton’s decision to exempt himself from Victoria’s travel limits to fly to Canberra for a two-day meeting despite the heartless cruelty of refusing permission to allow a community to honour Cooper Onyett, the eight-year-old Warrnambool boy who drowned on a school camp, with a funeral.
The UK’s first and India’s last wave prove that vaccination is not necessary for sharp falls in the critical Covid metrics. Britain’s unabated anxiety about another wave shows vaccination is not sufficient safeguard against the virus. Here’s a suggestion. Why don’t we follow Singapore’s excellent example, acknowledge and accept the disease has become endemic and will keep mutating, that the higher infectiousness and transmissibility of new variants comes with the collateral benefit that they are correspondingly less lethal, and therefore health authorities and the media should stop reporting on numbers of cases and instead focus on hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths. https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/06/like-the-mighty-murray-covid-public-policy-insanity-never-runs-dry/
In another article, “Human rights, civil liberties,” he begins by asking this question: “Citizens have inalienable rights and freedoms. Governments have limited powers. Which part of this equation do governments not understand?” He continues:
On the back of the global pandemic, governments have taken control of every aspect of our lives. Healthy people who’ve committed no crimes have been put under mass house arrest for prolonged periods of time in order to buy ‘three weeks to flatten the curve’. The state has asserted the right to order who we meet, how many, where, for how long, faces muzzled and sans hugs; what businesses may remain open for how long and serve how many people and what must close; whether religious services are permitted or not; if, how far and where we may travel; which health services are able to operate under what conditions, including overriding screenings and treatments for deadlier diseases than Covid-19; and all without accountability and exit strategy. Walks in the park, sitting on a bench, swimming in the sea or joining a peaceful protest have been criminalised, as have attempts by Australians to return home. Finally, and there is no polite way to say this, as we saw in Melbourne last year and again more recently Victoria police have often acted like thugs in uniform indulging their inner bully.
In a featured Sunday interview in the major Argentinian daily La Nacion on 22 August, I expressed shock and dismay at ‘the extent to which majorities in literate countries can be successfully terrorised into surrendering civil and individual liberties’. The ever-feisty Lionel Shriver and Florida’s standout Governor Ron DeSantis share the sentiment. Our adversaries, DeSantis says, must be thinking: ‘Man, if we can instil panic and fear, we can get them to close down their whole society, cripple the strongest economy in the world’. Recently, there was a surreal article in the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, advocating a democracy support agenda by the leading Western democracies. Physician, heal thyself.
In the 1950s, US psychologist Albert Biderman developed a coercion chart based on eight techniques to extract confessions from American POWs: isolation, monopolisation of perception, humiliation and degradation, exhaustion, threats, occasional indulgences, demonstrating omnipotence, trivial demands. All have been used to impose public health fascism (‘Faucism’ is gaining popularity) by the unethical weaponisation of fear. In A State of Fear, Laura Dodsworth comprehensively exposes how the Orwellian SPI-B (Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours) came up with the equivalent of ‘PsyOps’ on citizens by such means as co-opting the media to increase the sense of personal threat ‘using hard-hitting emotional messaging’ and promotion of ‘social disapproval’. Ofcom has said nothing about state weaponisation of fear using taxpayer-funded propaganda….
The opening sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms ‘the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family’ as ‘the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’. Putting ‘inherent dignity’ before ‘inalienable rights’ was deliberate. Take away people’s dignity and you take away their humanity, enabling the state to commit atrocities at will and sustain a long-term abusive relationship with citizens. State propaganda has whipped up public emotions with public shaming and social ostracism of sceptics and recalcitrants. This helps to explain why science has been turned on its head by replacing scepticism with cult-like absolutism: if you cannot question, that’s dogma and propaganda, not science.
Scott Morrison, whose grasp of free speech is limited to its job-creation potential, is PM of a LINO (Liberal in name only) government that has expanded the reach of the state to trash individual freedoms and business autonomy and indulge in financial profligacy like the proverbial drunken sailor. Most Western governments have succumbed to the fatal conceit that one group of citizens has the right to use coercion, to set their personal protection as an absolute value and to disregard the safety-values balance of others. To escape death, we stop living and claim to have cheated the virus in the very act of giving it victory. As the great American broadcast journalist Edward Murrow warned prophetically, ‘A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves’. https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/06/human-rights-civil-liberties/
The COVID Stazi
All this is about the rise of health fascism. Unelected and unaccountable “health experts” are enjoying their time in the public spotlight as they make things up as they go along. They not only disagree with each other, but they disagree with themselves, and little of their demands have anything to do with the evidence.
Power-drunk politicians are quite happy to hide behind them, claiming they are simply ‘following the best health advice.’ Yeah right. Lockdown madness is just part of the draconian steps we see everywhere being run with. Things like mandatory vaccinations, vaccine passports, and encouragement to snitch on your neighbours are also a part of the new normal.
And all the information being obtained from the QR code contact-tracing apps on our phones is now getting out of control, with our every movement quickly being traced. Increasingly it is becoming mandatory not just for what shops you go to, but for much, much more.
We were assured that this information would only be used for COVID purposes, but it is already being used by the police for other purposes. In WA for example, despite all the assurances of Premier McGowan, we now know the police are accessing and using the info that is being gathered. https://theconversation.com/police-debacle-leaves-the-mcgowan-government-battling-to-rebuild-public-trust-in-the-safewa-app-162850
With all this in mind, an article on the East German Secret Police (the Stasi) is worth drawing from here. As Statism keeps on growing – all in the name of keeping us safe – we must learn from history here. Let me offer the opening words and first three points of the piece by Laura Williams:
To maintain power for 40 years while their people starved and plotted to escape, the Communist Party had to get very good at controlling people and undermining anti-state activists. But outright street violence and assassinations weren’t good for the Party image, so the Ministry for State Security got creative. Better known as the Stasi (the German acronym), these secret police were the “Schild und Schwert der Partei” (Shield and Sword of the Party). Their sole function was to keep the Communist Party in power. They didn’t care how.
1) They Were Gaslighting before It Was a Thing
The Stasi were prolific gaslighters. In the 1950s, repression was brutal, physical torture. Early in the 1970s, eager to be accepted on the international stage, the East German Secret Police had to get more subtle. The aim of Zersetzung (a repurposed military term meaning disintegration or corrosion) was to “switch off” any activist individuals and groups who might threaten the Party. Police collected medical, school, and police records, interviews with neighbors and relatives, and any other evidence they could get and would then customize a direct hit on an individual’s mental health.
If someone looked like he might challenge the Communist Party’s legitimacy or control, the Stasi systematically destroyed his life. They used blackmail, social shame, threats, and torture. Careers, reputations, relationships, and lives were exploded to destabilize and delegitimize a critic. Some forms of harassment were almost comical: agents spread rumors about their targets, flooded their mailboxes with pornography, moved things around in their apartments, or deflated their bicycle tires day after day. Others were life-altering: Individuals labeled as subversives were banned from higher education, forced into unemployment, and forcibly committed to asylums. Many suffered long-term psychological trauma, loss of earnings, and intense social shame as a result of Stasi lies.
2) They Were (Almost) Everywhere
The Stasi had 91,000 employees at its peak—roughly one in every 30 residents was a Stasi agent. More than one in three East Germans (5.6 million) was under suspicion or surveillance, with an open Stasi file. Another half million were feeding the Stasi information. This level of surveillance and infiltration caused East Germans to live in terror—you really never knew if you could trust anyone—though most had no idea of the scope of these activities until after the Berlin Wall fell.
3) They Kept a Crazy Amount of (Meticulous) Records
Stasi files laid out together would cover about 69 sq. miles. Recording detailed personal information on a third of the populace required a tremendous amount of paper. More pages of printed text were generated by the Stasi than by all German authors from the Middle Ages to WWII. Thousands of citizens were targeted as anti-government “trouble makers,” their homes were searched, phones and cars—if they were lucky enough to have either—were bugged, their letters opened and copied, and their movements secretly filmed or photographed. Every document went into a personal Stasi file. So far, hundreds of millions of files, 39 million index cards, 1.75 million photographs, 2,800 reels of film and 28,400 audio recordings have been recovered from Stasi archives. Millions more were shredded before they could be made public. https://fee.org/articles/10-terrifying-facts-about-the-east-german-secret-police/
Hmm, why does all this sound alarmingly familiar?