Invasion of the New Normals

They’re here! No, not the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. We’re not being colonized by giant alien fruit. I’m afraid it is a little more serious than that. People’s minds are being taken over by a much more destructive and less otherworldly force … a force that transforms them overnight into aggressively paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting totalitarians.

You know the people I’m talking about. Some of them are probably your friends and family, people you have known for years, and who had always seemed completely rational, but who are now convinced that we need to radically alter the fabric of human society to protect ourselves from a virus that causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms at all) in over 95% of those infected, and that over 99.6% survive, which, it goes without saying, is totally insane.

I’ve been calling them “corona-totalitarians,” but I’m going to call them the “New Normals” from now on, as that more accurately evokes the pathologized-totalitarian ideology they are systematically spreading. At this point, I think it is important to do that, because, clearly, their ideological program has nothing to do with any actual virus, or any other actual public health threat. As is glaringly obvious to anyone whose mind has not been taken over yet, the “apocalyptic coronavirus pandemic” was always just a Trojan horse, a means of introducing the “New Normal,” which they’ve been doing since the very beginning.

The official propaganda started in March, and it reached full intensity in early April. Suddenly, references to the “New Normal” were everywhere, not only in the leading corporate media (e.g., CNN, NPR, CNBC, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Forbes, et al.), the IMF and the World Bank Group, the WEF, UN, WHO, CDC (and the list goes on), but also on the blogs of athletic organizations, global management consulting firms, charter school websites, and random YouTube videos.

The slogan has been relentlessly repeated (in a textbook totalitarian “big lie” fashion) for going on the past six months. We have heard it repeated so many times that many of us have forgotten how insane it is, the idea that the fundamental structure of society needs to be drastically and irrevocably altered on account of a virus that poses no threat to the vast majority of the human species.

And, make no mistake, that is exactly what the “New Normal” movement intends to do. “New Normalism” is a classic totalitarian movement (albeit with a pathological twist), and it is the goal of every totalitarian movement to radically, utterly transform society, to remake the world in its monstrous image.

That is what totalitarianism is, this desire to establish complete control over everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human interaction. The character of its ideology changes (i.e., Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc.), but this desire for complete control over people, over society, and ultimately life itself, is the essence of totalitarianism … and what has taken over the minds of the New Normals.

In the New Normal society they want to establish, as in every totalitarian society, fear and conformity will be pervasive. Their ideology is a pathologized ideology (as opposed to, say, the racialized ideology of the Nazis), so its symbology will be pathological. Fear of disease, infection, and death, and obsessive attention to matters of health will dominate every aspect of life. Paranoid propaganda and ideological conditioning will be ubiquitous and constant.

Everyone will be forced to wear medical masks to maintain a constant level of fear and an omnipresent atmosphere of sickness and death, as if the world were one big infectious disease ward. Everyone will wear these masks at all times, at work, at home, in their cars, everywhere. Anyone who fails or refuses to do so will be deemed “a threat to public health,” and beaten and arrested by the police or the military, or swarmed by mobs of New Normal vigilantes.

Cities, regions, and entire countries will be subjected to random police-state lockdowns, which will be justified by the threat of “infection.” People will be confined to their homes for up to 23-hours a day, and allowed out only for “essential reasons.” Police and soldiers will patrol the streets, stopping people, checking their papers, and beating and arresting anyone out in public without the proper documents, or walking or standing too close to other people, like they are doing in Melbourne, Australia, currently.

The threat of “infection” will be used to justify increasingly insane and authoritarian edicts, compulsory demonstration-of-fealty rituals, and eventually the elimination of all forms of dissent. Just as the Nazis believed they were waging a war against the “subhuman races,” the New Normals will be waging a war on “disease,” and on anyone who “endangers the public health” by challenging their ideological narrative. Like every other totalitarian movement, in the end, they will do whatever is necessary to purify society of “degenerate influences” (i.e., anyone who questions or disagrees with them, or who refuses to obey their every command). They are already aggressively censoring the Internet and banning their opponents’ political protests, and political leaders and the corporate media are systematically stigmatizing those of us who dare to challenge their official narrative as “extremists,” “Nazis,” “conspiracy theorists,” “covidiots,” “coronavirus deniers,” “anti-vaxxers,” and “esoteric” freaks. One German official even went so far as to demand that dissidents be deported … presumably on trains to somewhere in the East.

Despite this increasing totalitarianization and pathologization of virtually everything, the New Normals will carry on with their lives as if everything were … well, completely normal. They will go out to restaurants and the movies in their masks. They will work, eat, and sleep in their masks. Families will go on holiday in their masks, or in their “Personal Protective Upper-Body Bubble-Wear.” They will arrive at the airport eight hours early, stand in their little color-coded boxes, and then follow the arrows on the floor to the “health officials” in the hazmat suits, who will take their temperature through their foreheads and shove ten-inch swabs into their sinus cavities. Parents who wish to forego this experience will have the option to preventatively vaccinate themselves and their children with the latest experimental vaccine (after signing a liability waiver, of course) within a week or so before their flights, and then present the officials with proof of vaccination (and of their compliance with various other “health guidelines”) on their digital Identity and Public Health Passports, or subdermal biometric chips.

Children, as always, will suffer the worst of it. They will be terrorized and confused from the moment they are born, by their parents, their teachers, and by the society at large. They will be subjected to ideological conditioning and paranoid behavioral modification at every stage of their socialization … with fanciful reusable corporate plague masks branded with loveable cartoon characters, paranoia-inducing picture books for toddlers, and paranoid “social distancing” rituals, among other forms of psychological torture. This conditioning (or torture) will take place at home, as there will be no more schools, or rather, no public schools. The children of the wealthy will attend private schools, where they can be cost-effectively “socially-distanced.” Working class children will sit at home, alone, staring into screens, wearing their masks, their hyperactivity and anxiety disorders stabilized with anti-depressant medications.

And so on … I think you get the picture. I hope so, because I don’t have the heart to go on.

I pray this glimpse into the New Normal future has terrified and angered you enough to rise up against it before it is too late. This isn’t a joke, folks. The New Normals are serious. If you cannot see where their movement is headed, you do not understand totalitarianism. Once it starts, and reaches this stage, it does not stop, not without a fight. It continues to its logical conclusion. The way that usually happens is, people tell themselves it isn’t happening, it can’t be happening, not to us. They tell themselves this as the totalitarian program is implemented, step by step, one seemingly harmless step at a time. They conform, because, at first, the stakes aren’t so high, and their conformity leads to more conformity, and the next thing they know they’re telling their grandchildren that they had no idea where the trains were going.

If you have made it through to the end of this essay, your mind hasn’t been taken over yet … the New Normals clicked off around paragraph 2. What that means is that it is your responsibility to speak up, and to do whatever else you can, to stop the New Normal future from becoming a reality. You will not be rewarded for it. You will be ridiculed and castigated for it. Your New Normal friends will hate you for it. Your New Normal family will forsake you for it. The New Normal police might arrest you for it. It is your responsibility to do it anyway … as, of course, it is also mine.

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CJ Hopkins
August 9, 2020
Photo: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978

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74 thoughts on “Invasion of the New Normals

  1. If ever there was a standard bearer for freedom in our time, it is C.J.

    If ever there was an image that sums up the New Normals, it’s lemmings chanting YASSSSS QUEEN as they march confidently off of a cliff.

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  2. So exactly how lethal would this virus have to be to justify a reaction? and when did we calculate that? Cause the lethality has changed dramatically from place to place and throughout time, as would be expected based on relative health and access to treatment and new treatments being developed. And what about the people who don’t die yet have symptoms for months?
    Your logic is childishly naive. Yes we live in a dystopian hellscape. No that does not mean that we are magically immune to plagues that have been happening every few years since antiquity. You are just as bad as the horrible MSM that has to filter everything through a ‘this is good or bad for Trump’ lense before reporting on it.

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    1. Actually, practically every one of us _is_ magically immune to plagues. Take care of your immune system with vitamins D and C, and with zinc, selenium, magnesium, niacin and garlic, and general good nutrition and exercise and partying with your friends, and it will take care of you.

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      1. Yeah, a healthy immune system is good but it’s no magic bullet. There are plenty of perfectly health young people who have died from covid. And there are Even more stories of perfectly healthy young people who still have symptoms months later, developing something similar to chronic fatigue syndrome. Is our shitty dystopian hellscape of global oligarchy using covid to their advantage? of course they are, but it so irresponsible to pretend like no one has anything to worry about.

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  3. Thanks very much for this state-of-affairs piece, CJ, and I’m in full agreement; meanwhile,
    the ZOMG COVID-19!!! hysteria continues at most every media outlet, including the formerly
    thoughtful, skeptical, and People-oriented ones..

    odd.

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  4. Mr. Hopkins, my only objection to this masterful, comprehensive summary of the dismal, dystopian, degenerating status quo is that you have turned me into a dittohead.

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  5. The various city and county mask rules are setting up neighbor against neighbor for violent confrontations. Sadly, the push from the already manipulated and agenda driven individuals to guilt shame those who choose not to wear a mask is just conditioning the masses to view their own freedom as selfish.

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  6. In addition to the news about Covid, there is the social disease currently being instilled in the US population. One of the more disturbing aspects of the “new normal” is the normalization of US citizens’ monitoring and harassing other US citizens. Crisis after crisis has been used to normalize the notion of Americans policing and denigrating other Americans.

    During the current crisis, we are being openly encouraged by the media to “police” other citizens behavior in response to Covid. However, the notion one can violate peoples’ boundaries and harass others for “good” reasons (such as a reduction in Covid cases) is deceptive.

    Instead of doing good, this behavior is deliberately provoking conflict and eroding public trust. It has nothing to do with making this a safe and healthy society to live in. Health requires knowledge of real science, not fear-based acting out.
    In addition, ”citizen policers” are engaging in the same behavior once encouraged and exploited by hard communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe. During the period of the USSR, “good citizens” were employed as volunteers by communist governments to spy on, intimidate and harass people who opposed their policies. This was validated through the concept that “the ends justify the means.” But harming people never leads to anything positive. It only creates misery, oppression and fear. Under these regimes, individuals who engaged in monitoring and harassing others, acted in the interests of brutal and corrupt power structures.

    I’m not trying to say Covid is the same things as communism. Or use the red scare nonsense about the evil threat of socialism. My only point is that the fear-based psychology taking place here is identical to methods used in the past by hard communist regimes.
    The US is witnessing the same psychological phenomenon as happened then – citizens “policing” fellow law-abiding citizens because they disagree over issues. People are being told they are “empowered” (to monitor neighbors and friends) but this is not empowerment. It is fear-based social paranoia which is promoted under the pretext of being “empowered.”

    This is what took place in communist countries in the 1970s. The destructive results have been much-documented. In those countries, this behavior contributed to stifling social environments which crippled spirit, enterprise, creativity and personal trust.

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  7. Excellent article, thank-you! A thought to ponder: referring to the believers “The New Normals” will further their cause as it makes it seem cool/hip to many people; would encourage people to want to be part of it; most people want to “fit in” with what’s normal; want to be part of something “new” that the herd is doing; many people’s greatest fear is to be seen as not fitting in; to be one of “the others”. Perhaps a phrase like “Corona-Tots” or “Corona-Totties” would be better for conveying what they are. ;)

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  8. … and all of it based on the faulty logic of Pasteur’s germ theory, that he himself recanted on this deathbed. Pull that out and the whole Jenga Technocracy/Rockefeller Medicine tyranny crumbles.

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  9. Oh, people! You don’t know you live in a totalitarian state already.

    When was the last time you exposed your genitals in public? What, you have never, ever done it? Even in the hottest days of summer, when any piece of clothing is just intolerable?

    I bet you don’t even know why you can’t do it. You were just indoctrinated as a child that it was completely wrong. The idea was implied, though never said explicitly because it would sound too ridiculous, that if you exposed your genitals somebody would certainly rape you.

    Come on, free yourself from your chains. It’s summer. Walk the street naked.

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  10. There’s a silver lining here for those of us who are Jewish or part Jewish or sort of Jewish or look Jewish or have Jewish in-laws or just have a yen for bagels and lox. The coronatarian regime, even the judenhassers, have finally included us among the cowed and bullied lumpenproletariat. “Wear your mask and you can stay.” ‘Tis a better deal than that offered by the neo-sicherheitsdienst ever waiting in the wings of blut und erde

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  11. A friend of mine’s uncle died of Covid last month & she’s terrified of getting it or anyone else in her family. I’ve tried to explain how low the probability is & encourage her to look at the real statistics. Here’s the irony — her uncle was 94 and she’s an RN with a masters degree. But no amount of reasoning does any good. I think we’ve gone over the tipping point now.

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  12. Recently it dawned on me too that this has become a movement indeed. Thank you for pointing at this analogy! Since the mask is its symbol, and since it is a totalitarian movement at its very core, the mask may resemble the new swastika.

    But compared to the swastika as a symbol, it has a lot in favour of it: It’s a multilayer symbol! For example, it seems to be »necessary«, which makes it banal but also a »socially responsible behaviour«, it’s virtually »in your face«, on your body – you can’t ignore it, not as a wearer nor as an onlooker. We humans look each other in the face! And we see … a mask as a symbol of fellowship and obedience to a totalitarian movement. Back then you had the (even little) choice not to wear a badge or hoist a flag with a swastika. Now you are forced to show »their symbol« – in your face, impeding your breath, at the same time making you invisible as a person! Goebbels would die from excitement if he could see this!

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  13. On some level, I completely agree, yet on another much more real level, I see no difference between what you’ve posted here and what anyone working for the elite totalitarian state would publish to encourage those they need flushed out into the open.

    I see the face diaper as the modern day equivalent of the tassels or Tzitzit attached to the four corners of the tallit gadol, (prayer shawl). Christ rebuked those who wore them prominently to display their self righteousness. Many are diapering up like a bunch of virtue signaling modern day Pharisees.

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