Jasun Horsley and I probe some of the darker dimensions of the coronavirus crisis.
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For millions of people worldwide, the routines and rhythms of daily life have abruptly been put on hold. Superficially, the story behind it all – that of a raging global pandemic – is simple and straightforward. However, even official accounts vary from day to day and from place to place, as infection and death rates morph and change and so-called experts contradict each other and themselves. In an era of 24/7 news, instantaneous global communications, and self-re-enforcing feedback loops, perhaps this is not so surprising.
But this constantly-changing narrative is driving increasing numbers into cognitive dissonance as they struggle to support beliefs and world-views which are constantly being undermined by discrepancies in their daily diet of government and media pronouncements. Those with the temerity to actually question what is unfolding may find themselves casually dismissed as conspiracy theorists; no thinking allowed, end of debate. However, the speed with which the populace has embraced the possible ‘new normal’ of top-down command and control and swingeing restrictions on personal freedom strongly suggests that what we are witnessing is social engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is the expansion of policies, in place for decades, for which we have been primed by propaganda and popular culture alike.
Blog post mentioned during the show: Illuminations Never Come from the Crowned
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