It’s quite evident that the kind of society the technocratic elites are pushing us all toward is one that emulates China: one where lip service is paid to human rights while the population is held in an iron grip of high-tech surveillance.
China’s authoritarian-style rule is something artist and freedom activist Ai Weiwei is deeply familiar with. In a November 12, 2021, interview with PBS “Firing Line,” (above) (1) Ai discussed his struggles with the Chinese government, which he also reveals in his memoir, “A Thousand Years of Joys and Sorrows.”
“Young people in China today have no knowledge at all of the student protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, and if they knew they might not even care, for they learn submission before they have developed an ability to raise doubts and challenge assumptions.”“How has the Chinese government succeeded in erasing that memory?” the interviewer asks. Ai responds:(3)
“The Chinese government is very sophisticated. They succeed in every way [with] propaganda. They believe if they keep presenting the untruthful conclusion, history will also write it that way.
US Is Already an Authoritarian StateToday, as we struggle against government COVID propaganda, the effectiveness of this kind of totalitarian brainwashing is becoming clear. There’s no doubt we’re in the most sophisticated war in the history of mankind, and anyone capable of rational thought and an inkling toward freedom is the designated enemy.
Everywhere you look, officials are spewing easily provable lies, yet mainstream media run with it, and large numbers of people swallow this information without a second thought.
“Certainly, in the United States, with today’s condition, you can easily have an authoritarian [ruler]. In many ways, you are already in the authoritarian state. You just don’t know it. Many things happening today in the U.S. can be compared to the Cultural Revolution in China—like people trying to be unified in a certain political correctness. That is very dangerous.”
Media Enforced FalsehoodsAshley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’ Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History,” dissects the news coverage of SARS-CoV-2’s origin in her Tablet magazine piece, “The Lab Leak Fiasco.” In it, she suggests China is largely behind the unscientific denial of the lab leak theory. She writes:(5)
“For over a year the media enforced falsehoods about the pandemic’s origins, never evaluated the evidence, never apologized, and was never held accountable ... Jan. 24, 2020, British peer-reviewed journal The Lancet published a study(6) on the novel coronavirus it identified as 2019-nCoV.
“We still don’t know where the coronavirus originated. Could have been a market, a farm, a food processing company. I would note that Wuhan has China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus.”By mid-February, mainstream media were referring to the lab leak theory as fake news and an unfounded racist conspiracy theory that wasn’t even worthy of consideration, let alone investigation.
In her article, Rindsberg details how mainstream media created a “bioweapons straw man,” conflating the accidental lab leak theory, which had relatively widespread support and plenty of evidence, with the theory that SARS-CoV-2 was a bioweapon, which very few, and certainly not Cotton, were claiming at the time.
“Yet blind partisanship alone couldn’t have guaranteed a rapid, simultaneous, and near-unanimous change in coverage,” Rindsberg writes.(8) “There was something else.”
China’s Influence Over Global MediaThat “something else” is China, which wields undeniable influence over American business, including news media and entertainment. As noted by Rindsberg, there’s “an awareness that when the CCP bares its teeth, or, if necessary, goes on the attack, it can alter the fortunes of billion-dollar companies, thousands of employees, and millions of shareholders ...”
Even a corporate behemoth like Amazon is not immune to the CCP’s power. According to Rindsberg, half of the top 10,000 sellers on Amazon are in China, so the CCP could easily throttle Amazon’s profits simply by restricting access to those vendors. Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, one of several news outlets that suddenly turned coat-tails and disparaged the lab leak theory as a fringe conspiracy.
Scientists Have Other Incentives TooSome of the scientists involved in dangerous gain-of-function research, the kind suspected of having spawned SARS-CoV-2, are also beholden to China. But beside that, they’re also incentivized to discredit the lab leak theory in general, regardless of where the lab might be situated, as their careers would be lost if gain-of-function research were to be banned.
Not surprisingly, people involved in some of the riskiest research of this kind don’t want anyone to suspect their work might produce a global killer. A prime example is EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak,(9) who was subcontracting coronavirus gain-of-function research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Feb. 19, 2020, 27 scientists published a letter in The Lancet(10), condemning “conspiracy theories” that suggest COVID-19 has an unnatural origin.
In mid-September 2021, it was finally revealed that the letter had been cooked up by Daszak, and 26 of the 27 signatories had ties to the Wuhan lab. In the meantime, however, Daszak had been “uncritically interviewed, cited or tapped as a talking head” by a long list of legacy media, Rindsberg notes.
“With Daszak leading the way, the media successfully couched lab leak as a conspiracy theory with roots in Trumpian politics, environmental denialism and anti-Chinese sentiment,” Rindsberg writes.(11)
Brutal Authoritarianism Hailed as Success ModelDaszak was also a staunch defender of China’s research on zoonotic viruses with human emergence potential in general. “The media enthusiastically embraced this notion as it reported on China as a global model for fighting the pandemic and handling major crises more generally,” Rindsberg says.
And that brings us back to where we started. U.S. media have glorified China as a role model for how to “win” the war against the virus. The fact that this “safety” has come at the price of freedom is something the media have skirted almost entirely.
Indeed, many have opined that people shouldn’t expect to have human rights during a pandemic such as this. CNN’s Don Lemon openly suggested the unvaccinated should be banned from grocery stores(12)—an inhumane suggestion of such epic proportions, many couldn’t believe their ears, yet this is happening today in India.(13)
War of WordsAnd let’s not forget that the reason a pandemic could be declared and combated with gene-based therapies in the first place is because basic definitions were altered. Reality didn’t change. Science didn’t change. Medical knowledge didn’t change. Only words did, and based on altered verbiage alone all sorts of falsehoods have been promoted.
As just one example, a “vaccine” has since its inception been known as a product that protects you from disease by producing immunity (even if only temporary).(16) That definition has now changed to a product that stimulates an immune response against a given disease.(17)
This definition was obviously contrived to describe the limited function of the COVID-19 gene therapy injections, which do not make you immune and can’t prevent you from getting or spreading the infection. By any definition of a vaccine in use before 2021, the COVID shot is not a vaccine.
Trust in Media ‘Damaged Beyond Repair’So, why did media turn against the lab leak theory? As noted by Rindsberg, “Which theory is more likely—lab leak or zoonotic spillover—is ... the key question for science. The question for the media is why it chose sides so quickly, so vigorously and so collectively, before there was enough evidence either way.” The answer, Rindsberg argues, goes back to China’s influence over American business, science and media.
“In these few words—more ham-fisted but also more revealing than anything you’d find in a leading consumer news outlet—Nature drew back the curtain on not just the connection the media drew between lab leak and racism, but the media’s broader take on the role that China played in the pandemic,” Rindsberg writes.(19)
Global Totalitarianism Modeled on the CCPTo go back to where we started, Ai stated in his interview:(20)
“In China, we have a saying: ‘To deal with anything, you have to be strong yourself.’ I don’t think the West is strong enough themselves to deal with China ... I don’t think the U.S. has the ability to really examine the situation of its own moral and [ethical] behavior.”Where does that leave us? It’s now undeniable that the U.S. is becoming more totalitarian by the day, and many of the incoming changes to society are patterned after the CCP’s iron rule, with round-the-clock digital surveillance, a punishing social credit score and draconian censorship system, the likes of which Americans cannot even fathom. Even the smallest dissenter is hunted down and punished.
Speaking Out Is the Most Important Thing We Can DoImportantly, as explained by Mattias Desmet,(21) professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium, totalitarianism differs from dictatorships in that totalitarian regimes commit their worst atrocities once dissenting voices have been silenced.
By keeping the pressure on, by vocalizing dissent, many planned horrors can be kept at bay. By speaking out and uniting in the fight for freedom we also provide those who otherwise would simply go along with the program, for fear of being ostracized, a better alternative. They can join the resistance rather than joining those who are trying to destroy society as we know it and take away our freedoms.
“In my opinion, it is not an option to stop speaking,” Desmet says. “It’s the most important thing we can do.” We also need to create parallel structures—businesses, organizations, technologies, movements and creative pursuits that fit within a totalitarian society while being morally outside of it. Once enough parallel structures are created, a parallel culture is born that functions as a sanctuary of sanity within the totalitarian world.
According to Desmet, totalitarianism will always self-destruct in the end. The psychological underpinnings are so self-destructive that the system ends up killing its own. That’s the good news. The bad news is a totalitarian system can survive for long periods of time before petering out, and there tend to be few survivors at the end.
That said, Desmet believes this new global totalitarianism is more unstable than regional dictator-led totalitarian systems, so it may self-destruct faster. So, the key is to survive outside the totalitarian system while we patiently resist it and wait for its self-destruction.