The New (Pathologized) Totalitarianism

It was always going to come to this … mobs of hysterical, hate-drunk brownshirts hunting down people not wearing masks and trying to get them fired from their jobs, “no mask, no service” signs outside stores, security staff stopping the mask-less from entering, paranoid pod people pointing and shrieking at the sight of mask-less shoppers in their midst, goon squads viciously attacking and arresting them …

Welcome to the Brave New Normal.

And it isn’t just the Maskenpflicht-Sturmabteilung. The new official narrative is omnipresent. The corporate media are pumping out hysteria about “Covid-19 hospitalizations” (i.e., anyone admitted to a hospital for anything who tested positive for the coronavirus) and “major incidents” (i.e., people at the beach). Police are manning makeshift social-distancing-monitoring watchtowers in London. There are propaganda posters and billboards everywhere, repeating the same neo-Goebbelsian slogans, reinforcing the manufactured mass hysteria. Dissent and nonconformity are being pathologized, “diagnosed” as psychopathy and paranoia. Mandatory vaccinations are coming.

You didn’t think they were kidding, did you, when they started introducing the Brave New Normal official narrative back in March? They told us, clearly, what was coming. They told us life was going to change … forever. They locked us down inside our homes. They ordered churches and synagogues closed. They ordered the police to abuse and arrest us if we violated their arbitrary orders. They closed the schools, parks, beaches, restaurants, cafés, theaters, clubs, anywhere that people gather. They ripped children out of their mother’s arms, beat and arrested other mothers for the crime of “wearing their masks improperly,” dragged mask-less passengers off of public buses, gratuitously beat and arrested people for not “social-distancing” on the sidewalk, shackled people with ankle monitors, and intimidated everyone with robots and drones. They outlawed protests, then hunted down people attending them and harassed them at their homes. They started tracking everyone’s contacts and movements. They drafted new “emergency” laws to allow them to forcibly quarantine people. They did this openly. They publicized it. It’s not like they were hiding anything.

No, they told us exactly what was coming, and advised us to shut up and follow orders. Tragically, most people have done just that. In the space of four months, GloboCap has successfully imposed totalitarianism — pathologized totalitarianism — on societies all across the world. It isn’t traditional totalitarianism, with a dictator and a one-party system, and so on. It is subtler and more insidious than that. But it is totalitarianism nonetheless.

GloboCap could not have achieved this without the approval (or at least the acquiescence) of the vast majority of the masses. The coronavirus mass hysteria was a masterstroke of propaganda, but propaganda isn’t everything. No one is really fooled by propaganda, or not for long, in any event. As Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari noted in the opening of Anti-Oedipus:

“The masses were not innocent dupes. At a certain point, under a certain set of conditions, they wanted fascism, and it is this perversion of the desire of the masses that needs to be accounted for.”

I am not going to try to account for the “perversion of the desire of the masses” here in this essay, but I do want to dig into the new pathologized totalitarianism a little bit.

Now, I’m going to assume that you understand that the official “apocalyptic pandemic” narrative is predicated on propaganda, wild speculation, and mass hysteria, and that by now you are aware that we are dealing with a virus that causes mild to moderate symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms at all) in 95% of those infected, and that over 99.5% survive … thus, clearly, no cause for widespread panic or justification for the totalitarian “emergency measures” that have been imposed. I am also going to assume that you watched as GloboCap switched off the “deadly pandemic” to accommodate the BLM protests, then switched it back on as soon as they subsided, and that you noted how their propaganda shifted to “cases” when the death count finally became a little too embarrassing to continue to hype.

So, I won’t waste your time debunking the hysteria. Let’s talk pathologized totalitarianism.

The genius of pathologized totalitarianism is like that old joke about the Devil … his greatest trick was convincing us that he doesn’t exist. Pathologized totalitarianism appears to emanate from nowhere, and everywhere, simultaneously; thus, technically, it does not exist. It cannot exist, because no one is responsible for it, because everyone is. Mass hysteria is its lifeblood. It feeds on existential fear. “Science” is its rallying cry. Not actual science, not provable facts, but “Science” as a kind of deity whose Name is invoked to silence heretics, or to ease the discomfort of the cognitive dissonance that results from desperately trying to believe the absurdities of the official narrative.

The other genius of it (from a GloboCap viewpoint) is that it is inexhaustible, endlessly recyclable. Unlike other official enemies, the “deadly virus” could be any virus, any pathogen whatsoever. All they have to do from now on is “discover” some “novel” micro-organism that is highly contagious (or that mimics some other micro-organism that we already have), and wave it in front of people’s faces. Then they can crank up the Fear Machine, and start projecting hundreds of millions of deaths if everyone doesn’t do exactly as they’re told. They can run this schtick … well, pretty much forever, anytime the working classes get restless, or an unauthorized president gets elected, or just for the sheer sadistic fun of it.

Look, I don’t mean to be depressing, but seriously, spend an hour on the Internet, or talk to one of your hysterical friends that wants to make mask-wearing mandatory, permanently. This is the mentality of the Brave New Normal … irrationally paranoid and authoritarian. So, no, the future isn’t looking very bright for anyone not prepared to behave as if the world were one big infectious disease ward.

I’ve interacted with a number of extremely paranoid corona-totalitarians recently (just as a kind of social experiment). They behave exactly like members of a cult. When challenged with facts and basic logic, first, they flood you with media propaganda and hysterical speculation from “medical experts.” Then, after you debunk that nonsense, they attempt to emotionally manipulate you by sharing their heartbreaking personal accounts of the people their therapists’ brother-in-laws’ doctors had to helplessly watch as they “died in agony” when their lungs and hearts mysteriously exploded. Then, after you don’t bite down on that, they start hysterically shrieking paranoia at you (“JUST WAIT UNTIL THEY INTUBATE YOU!” … “KEEP YOUR SPITTLE AWAY FROM ME!”) and barking orders and slogans at you (“JUST WEAR THE GODDAMN MASK, YOU BABY!” … “NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO MASK, NO SERVICE!”)

Which … OK, that would be kind of funny (or terribly sad), if these paranoid people were not just mouthpieces echoing the voice of the official power (i.e., GloboCap) that is transforming what is left of society into a paranoid, pathologized, totalitarian nightmare right before our eyes. They’re kind of like the “woman in red” in The Matrix. When you are talking to them, you’re not talking to them. You’re talking to the agents. You’re talking to the machines. Try it sometime. You’ll see what I mean. It’s like talking to a single algorithm that is running in millions of people’s brains.

I can’t lie to you. I’m not very hopeful. No one who understands the attraction (i.e., the seduction) of totalitarianism is. Much as we may not like to admit it, it is exhilarating, and liberating, being part of the mob, surrendering the burden of personal autonomy and individual responsibility, fusing with a fanatical “movement” that is ushering in a new “reality” backed by the sheer brute force of the state … or the transnational global capitalist empire.

It is irresistible, that attraction, to most of us. The chance to be a part of something like that, and to unleash one’s hatred on those who refuse to go along with the new religion … to publicly ridicule them, to humiliate them, to segregate them from normal society, to hunt them down and get them fired from their jobs, to cheer as police abuse and arrest them, to diagnose them as “abnormal” and “inferior,” these social deviants, these subhuman “others,” who dare to challenge the authority of the Party, or the Church, or the State, or the Reich, or Science.

Plus, in the eyes of GloboCap (and its millions of fanatical, slogan-chanting followers), such non-mask-wearing deviants are dangerous. They are like a disease … an infestation. A sickness in the social body. If they refuse to conform, they will have to be dealt with, quarantined, or something like that.

Or they can just surrender to the Brave New Normal, and stop acting like babies, and wear a goddamn mask.

After all, it’s just a harmless piece of cloth.

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CJ Hopkins
June 29, 2020
Photos: (1) DHVANI billboard/pymnts.com; (2) United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek.

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55 thoughts on “The New (Pathologized) Totalitarianism

  1. ‘The ruling class was, therefore, faced with an insoluble dilemma. The longer that accommodative monetary policies propped up millions of zombie businesses and household purchasing power, the harder the economic landing would be in the next crisis. With the economic shock therefore looking all the more severe as it would be artificially delayed, some governments that adhere to the shock doctrine have attempted an unprecedented poker move, revolutionary in many ways: using Covid-19 as a pretext to give birth to the economic crisis by Caesarean section, rather than passively waiting for it to appear. The coronavirus thus acted as a deus ex machina. And lockdown was the instrument that allowed this attempt to reboot the capitalist mode of production, its principle as bold as its results were uncertain.’

    From ”Making good use of epidemics’. Here: https://www.autistici.org/tridnivalka/making-good-use-of-epidemics/

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  2. ‘“Science” is its rallying cry. Not actual science, not provable facts, but “Science” as a kind of deity whose Name is invoked to silence heretics, or to ease the discomfort of the cognitive dissonance that results from desperately trying to believe the absurdities of the official narrative’.

    Often referred to as “the science” by those who wouldn’t recognise science if it bit them. Perhaps the underlying idea is to suggest that there is only one “science”, and they are its designated handmaidens (of whatever gender). The UK government always likes to point to “the science” as what it is guided by. Although I find myself in a bewilderment: if the politicians don’t know anything at all about science (and they don’t), how can they distinguish between good, bad and Ferguson-awful advice? One feels they just pick the last highly decorated scientist they had dinner with and go with him.

    There does exist a kind of garlic or crucifix to ward off this kind of foolishness, and Richard Feynman usually comes into it. Everyone, I feel, should read his short talk “Cargo Cult Science” at least once a year, as a kind of sacred duty – even if you know every word by heart.

    Feynman pointed out that science is not authority; it is the exact opposite of authority. Science is an attitude of free, open, unhampered inquiry coupled with the utmost intellectual honesty and integrity. (If that sounds like the opposite of Professor Ferguson, that’s because it is). There’s a reason why the Royal Society’s motto is “nullius in verba”.

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  3. “It is irresistible, that attraction, to most of us”.

    Except for the small minority who were born with that stubborn independence and pride that won’t allow it. Obviously Mr Hopkins is one; I am another; and I imagine most readers of this site are too.

    It’s not really a virtuous quality; it’s just the way we are.

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  4. The pinpricks of propaganda: “shocking rise in cases..” “a tragic milestone in corona deaths..” “now spiking” “worrisome new figures”
    “stay home, stay safe, save others” “We’re all in this together” “Did you accidently kill someone today?” “Our front line heroes” “essential workers” “safe & contactless service/deliveries” “community spread” “I wouldn’t bet on opening up too soon” “social distancing” “stay 6ft apart” “lockdown” “self quarantine” “isolate” “We know it’s tough” “We’ll get through this” “No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service” “We can make your stay at home more exciting with our (insert product)” “wear a mask for them” and so on and so on, droning forever.

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  5. Thanks, CJ. I needed to read this!
    you described the dynamic of talking to a virus believer to a tee.
    and a lot of these are people I consider pretty normal, and pretty smart. I didn’t think groupthink was that strong a force–at least not for something so seemingly questionable as this. I mean there’s a difference between the “going along to get along”, which a lot of us do, and this virus hysteria, which is, quite frankly, scary. It’s as if they’re getting something deeply satisfying out of it. And I have no idea what that is, because I don’t get it! Although I’m beginning to fear the consequences of not going along. That’s very real.
    anyway. as always, thanks, from those of us who remain, for whatever reason, uncomfortable with the cozy totalitarian embrace. how long will we last?

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  6. All this mass histeria is going to end in the next several weeks. As a Scientist and a Doctor we are hard at work on the cure which we believe we have from the Grace of God himself. And yes I’m one of those doctors that believes in the Lord. (More on that in the future). As for the draconian measures being imposed upon us all is nothing more than a prelude to total control of the masses for which independent thinkers will not accept. Especially since we know we can do something about it. The cure is on its way; we only need approval from the Hospital where the trials will be carried out. For those of you wondering what the heck I’m talking about check out this video and see what it is the Good Lord is commending upon the world. May the Good Lord keep you all safe and sound and may he grant us all the patience’s needed to put up with these Draconian Commies wishing to enslave us all.

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  7. Except that, really, a mask is not that big a deal. They’ve been wearing them in Asia for decades because of pollution. CJ, can you point to other forms of totalitarianism to which COVID response is leading?

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    1. Well… Chinese can use masks freely if they want to. BUT THAT doesn’t mean that they are good for avoiding pollution… 2018
      Abstract

      Objectives
      Many residents in Beijing use disposable face masks in an attempt to protect their health from high particulate matter (PM) concentrations. Retail masks may be certified to local or international standards, but their real-life performance may not confer the exposure reduction potential that is marketed. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of face masks that are commercially available in China.

      Methods
      Nine masks claiming protection against fine PM (PM2.5) were purchased from consumer outlets in Beijing. The masks’ filtration efficiency was tested by drawing airborne diesel exhaust through a section of the material and measuring the PM2.5 and black carbon (BC) concentrations upstream and downstream of the filtering medium. Four masks were selected for testing on volunteers. Volunteers were exposed to diesel exhaust inside an experimental chamber while performing sedentary tasks and active tasks. BC concentrations were continuously monitored inside and outside the mask.

      Results
      The mean per cent penetration for each mask material ranged from 0.26% to 29%, depending on the flow rate and mask material. In the volunteer tests, the average total inward leakage (TIL) of BC ranged from 3% to 68% in the sedentary tests and from 7% to 66% in the active tests. Only one mask type tested showed an average TIL of less than 10%, under both test conditions.

      Conclusions
      Many commercially available face masks may not provide adequate protection, primarily due to poor facial fit. Our results indicate that further attention should be given to mask design and providing evidence-based guidance to consumers.

      Just like wearing face masks are USELESS to prevent VIRAL INFECTIONS!

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    2. “After all, it’s just a harmless piece of cloth.”

      Of course CJ’s closing statement is true taken at “face value” (pun intended). And also true in the context of Asian custom. But in the context of the symbolic submission of the individual to irrational groupthink and unjustified imposition by government fiat, it is a big deal.

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  8. Excellent read. For whatever it’s worth, today I read a “scientific” article on the “effectiveness” of wearing a mask. This article had literally no science in it at all. It was essentially a “you should wear a mask because everyone else is” piece. The only study it cited was a study that said “there really isn’t any way to get enough data to prove masks work.” Such a study would require control groups, etc.

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  9. This hyperbolic ‘essay’, such as it is, evinces the attitudes of the quintessential American idiot, who thinks only of himself, without a care or thought for others or for the common good.

    Yes, tough guy, maybe SARS-CoV-2 won’t knock you on your ass. But what about the person you spread it to? Do your free-dumbs include the right to infect others, including those who might succumb to this disease? Wearing a mask isn’t only about you, idiot. It’s about protecting others from your idiocy.

    Is it such an infringement upon your free-dumbs to ask you to reduce your chances of becoming a disease vector? And to the idiots in the comments, if masks are so ineffective, why does every healthcare professional in the world wear one when performing procedures that might expose a patient to infection? Go ahead and tell your surgeon the next time you need surgery that s/he and the rest of the team don’t need to wear masks.

    Idiots like this author, and those in the comments, can only learn through pain. Pain of discovering through personal experience, or that of a loved one, that maybe this disease isn’t your run-of-the-mill cold or flu. But even that pain may not be enough to get them to learn that the simple public health measure, of wearing a fucking face covering in public so you reduce your chances of catching and spreading this disease, isn’t only about themselves.

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    1. I think you missed the larger point about pathologized totalitarianism.

      I think you missed the many other scientific analyses, charts and graphs regarding the mortality rate of Covid-19 compared to other respiratory pathogens and flu seasons, and the news about unemployment, destruction of small businesses, economic ruin and deaths of despair.

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  10. “by now you are aware that we are dealing with a virus”

    Really? Can you point to a study that shows a new virus was isolated and identified and shown to cause some disease? I don’t think so.

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  11. Indeed, it is tragic how easily people are fooled and how eagerly they rushed to follow orders. I’m really afraid that that vast majority of people have ceased to think for themselves.

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  12. “The other genius of it (from a GloboCap viewpoint) is that it is inexhaustible, endlessly recyclable. Unlike other official enemies, the “deadly virus” could be any virus, any pathogen whatsoever. All they have to do from now on is “discover” some “novel” micro-organism that is highly contagious (or that mimics some other micro-organism that we already have), and wave it in front of people’s faces. Then they can crank up the Fear Machine, and start projecting hundreds of millions of deaths if everyone doesn’t do exactly as they’re told. They can run this schtick … well, pretty much forever, anytime the working classes get restless, or an unauthorized president gets elected, or just for the sheer sadistic fun of it.”

    Excellent observation. Little Tony Fauci has found one already. Yes, that 1918 monster is back.

    “Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 swine flu and 1918 pandemic flu

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/dr-anthony-fauci-says-new-virus-in-china-has-traits-of-2009-h1n1-and-1918-pandemic-flu.html

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  13. Great work as always C.J. and your eloquent insights are deeply appreciated. Just wait until January, when the World Economic Forum holds its Great Reset summit. As always, the pathological overlords put it all right out there in front of us – predictive programming or honesty in advertising? “A chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage” has transformed into “A mask for every American and (at least) two chickens in every house.”

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