Year Zero

2020 was GloboCap Year Zero. The year when the global capitalist ruling classes did away with the illusion of democracy and reminded everyone who is actually in charge, and exactly what happens when anyone challenges them.

In the relatively short span of the last ten months, societies throughout the world have been transformed beyond recognition. Constitutional rights have been suspended. Protest has been banned. Dissent is being censored. Government officials are issuing edicts restricting the most basic aspects of our lives … where we can go, when we can go there, how long we are allowed to spend there, how many friends we are allowed to meet there, whether and when we can spend time with our families, what we are allowed to say to each other, who we can have sex with, where we have to stand, how we are allowed to eat and drink, etc. The list goes on and on.

The authorities have assumed control of the most intimate aspects of our daily lives. We are being managed like inmates in a prison, told when to eat, sleep, exercise, granted privileges for good behavior, punished for the slightest infractions of an ever-changing set of arbitrary rules, forced to wear identical, demeaning uniforms (albeit only on our faces), and otherwise relentlessly bullied, abused, and humiliated to keep us compliant.

None of which is accidental, or has anything to do with any actual virus, or any other type of public health threat. Yes, before some of you go ballistic, I do believe there is an actual virus, which a number of people have actually died from, or which at least has contributed to their deaths … but there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of any authentic public health threat that remotely justifies the totalitarian emergency measures we are being subjected to or the damage that is being done to society. Whatever you believe about the so-called “pandemic,” it really is as simple as that. Even if one accepts the official “science,” you do not transform the entire planet into a pathologized-totalitarian nightmare in response to a health threat of this nature.

The notion is quite literally insane.

GloboCap is not insane, however. They know exactly what they are doing … which is teaching us a lesson, a lesson about power. A lesson about who has it and who doesn’t. For students of history it’s a familiar lesson, a standard in the repertoire of empires, not to mention the repertoire of penal institutions.

The name of the lesson is “Look What We Can Do to You Any Time We Fucking Want.” The point of the lesson is self-explanatory. The USA taught the world this lesson when it nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki. GloboCap (and the US military) taught it again when they invaded Iraq and destabilized the entire Greater Middle East. It is regularly taught in penitentiaries when the prisoners start to get a little too unruly and remember that they outnumber the guards. That’s where the “lockdown” concept originated. It isn’t medical terminology. It is penal institution terminology.

As we have been experiencing throughout 2020, the global capitalist ruling classes have no qualms about teaching us this lesson. It’s just that they would rather not to have to unless it’s absolutely necessary. They would prefer that we believe we are living in “democracies,” governed by the “rule of law,” where everyone is “free,” and so on. It’s much more efficient and much less dangerous than having to repeatedly remind us that they can take away our “democratic rights” in a heartbeat, unleash armed goon squads to enforce their edicts, and otherwise control us with sheer brute force.

People who have spent time in prison, or who have lived in openly totalitarian societies, are familiar with being ruled by brute force. Most Westerners are not, so it has come as a shock. The majority of them still can’t process it. They cannot see what is staring them in the face. They cannot see it because they can’t afford to see it. If they did, it would completely short-circuit their brains. They would suffer massive psychotic breakdowns, and become entirely unable to function, so their psyches will not allow them to see it.

Others, who see it, can’t quite accept the simplicity of it (i.e., the lesson being taught), so they are proposing assorted complicated theories about what it is and who is behind it … the Great Reset, China, the Illuminati, Transhumanism, Satanism, Communism, whatever. Some of these theories are at least partially accurate. Others are utter bull-goose lunacy.

They all obscure the basic point of the lesson.

The point of the lesson is that GloboCap — the entire global-capitalist system acting as a single global entity — can, virtually any time it wants, suspend the Simulation of Democracy, and crack down on us with despotic force. It can (a) declare a “global pandemic” or some other type of “global emergency,” (b) cancel our so-called “rights,” (c) have the corporate media bombard us with lies and propaganda for months, (d) have the Internet companies censor any and all forms of dissent and evidence challenging said propaganda, (e) implement all kinds of new intrusive “safety” and “security” measures, including but not limited to the physical violation of our bodies … and so on. I think you get the picture. (The violation of our bodies is important, which is why they love “cavity searches” in prison, and why the torture-happy troops at Abu Ghraib were obsessed with sexually violating their victims.)

And the “pandemic” is only one part of the lesson. The other part is being forced to watch (or permitted to watch, depending on your perspective) as GloboCap makes an example of Trump, as they made examples of Corbyn and Sanders, as they made examples of Saddam and Gaddafi, and other “uncooperative” foreign leaders, as they will make an example of any political figurehead that challenges their power. It does not matter to GloboCap that such political figureheads pose no real threat. The people who rally around them do. Nor does it make the slightest difference whether these figureheads or the folks who support them identify as “left” or “right.” GloboCap could not possibly care less. The figureheads are just the teaching materials in the lesson that they are teaching us.

And now, here we are, at the end of the lesson … not the end of the War on Populism, just the end of this critical Trumpian part of it. Once the usurper has been driven out of office, the War on Populism will be folded back into the War on Terror, or the War on Extremism, or whatever GloboCap decides to call it … the name hardly matters. It is all the same war.

Whatever they decide to call it, this is GloboCap Year Zero. It is time for reeducation, my friends. It is time for cultural revolution. No, not communist cultural revolution … global capitalist cultural revolution. It is time to flush the aberration of the last four years down the memory hole, and implement global “New Normal” Gleichschaltung, to make sure that this never happens again.

Oh, yes, things are about to get “normal.” Extremely “normal.” Suffocatingly “normal.” Unimaginably oppressively “normal.” And I’m not just talking about the “Coronavirus measures.” This has been in the works for the last four years.

Remember, back in 2016, when everyone was so concerned about “normality,” and how Trump was “not normal,” and must never be “normalized?” Well, here we are. This is it. This is the part where GloboCap restores “normality,” a “new normality,” a pathologized-totalitarian “normality,” a “normality” which tolerates no dissent and demands complete ideological conformity.

From now on, when the GloboCap Intelligence Community and their mouthpieces in the corporate media tell you something happened, that thing will have happened, exactly as they say it happened, regardless of whether it actually happened, and anyone who says it didn’t will be labeled an “extremist,” a “conspiracy theorist,” a “denier,” or some other meaningless epithet. Such un-persons will be dealt with ruthlessly. They will be censored, deplatformed, demonetized, decertified, rendered unemployable, banned from traveling, socially ostracized, hospitalized, imprisoned, or otherwise erased from “normal” society.

You will do what you are told. You will not ask questions. You will believe whatever they tell you to believe. You will believe it, not because it makes any sense, but simply because you have been ordered to believe it. They aren’t trying to trick or deceive anybody. They know their lies don’t make any sense. And they know that you know they don’t make any sense. They want you to know it. That is the point. They want you to know they are lying to you, manipulating you, openly mocking you, and that they can say and do anything they want to you, and you will go along with it, no matter how insane.

If they order you to take a fucking vaccine, you will not ask what is in the vaccine, or start whining about the “potential side effects.” You will shut up and take the fucking vaccine. If they tell you to put a mask on your kid, you will put a fucking mask on your fucking kid. You will not go digging up Danish studies proving the pointlessness of putting masks on kids. If they tell you the Russians rigged the election, then the Russians rigged the fucking election. And, if, four years later, they turn around and tell you that rigging an election is impossible, then rigging an election is fucking impossible. It isn’t an invitation to debate. It is a GloboCap-verified fact-checked fact. You will stand (or kneel) in your designated, color-coded, social-distancing box and repeat this verified fact-checked fact, over and over, like a fucking parrot, or they will discover some new mutant variant of virus and put you back in fucking “lockdown.” They will do this until you get your mind right, or you can live the rest of your life on Zoom, or tweeting content that no one but the Internet censors will ever see into the digital void in your fucking pajamas. The choice is yours … it’s is all up to you!

Or … I don’t know, this is just a crazy idea, you could turn off the fucking corporate media, do a little fucking research on your own, grow a backbone and some fucking guts, and join the rest of us “dangerous extremists” who are trying to fight back against the New Normal. Yes, it will cost you, and we probably won’t win, but you won’t have to torture your kids on airplanes, and you don’t even have to “deny” the virus!

That’s it … my last column of 2020. Happy totalitarian holidays!


CJ Hopkins
December 16, 2020
Photo: Author

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116 thoughts on “Year Zero

  1. Thanks, Mr Hopkins! Every time I read one of your articles, I find myself thinking “This one is better than any of the previous articles” – and then again the next time. You have a great talent for ultimately simplifying what we thought we already understood – but hadn’t quite processed.

    Almost simulatneously the US Supreme Court decided that Texas does not have any standing to complain about open election fraud that has changed the President who will essentially rule it; and the UK Supreme Court decided that no citizen has a right to challenge any of the totalitarian rules the UK government has imposed this year.

    To my mind, that was a message from the “West”‘s so-called “justice systems” – “So long, signing off here, from now on you citizens are on your own”. Bring lawsuits, ask for prosecutions, appeal until you are black in the face – we’re not listening.


    1. Incidentally, perhaps because I’m an old fogey, I like your current look as pictured. There’s something about the times that makes the “Old Testament prophet” style so very appropriate.

      Although I think Ray McGovern is still slightly ahead…


  2. I think you are nuts, Sir, you just can’t go around telling folks what is really happening.
    That ain’t fair to rob us of our illusions we grew up with believing we THE PEOPLE, had some say in what OUR representatives tell us how to behave and think.

    It ain’t fair to tell us we are being lied to, not sometimes but almost all of the time, and then tell us we actually know this or at least suspect but this but this is done to teach us that we are just there to take anything that is done bending over and without vaseline.

    You are too kind to try to rob us of our cherished dreams of a participatory society (an at least 10€ word, this) just before a Christmas that they tell us with how many folks we can have our sinner with.

    Aren’t you ashamed?

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  3. Ex-fucking-actly. On the point. I`d only suggest one little adjustment:

    We will win.

    And do not count Trump out yet. He does not necessarily need the courts, because of his 2018 decret. Was he 2 years ahead of the game? We will see.


  4. Mr. Hopkins,
    The events and circumstances you brilliantly outline, and that we’ve lived, point to something I can’t explain, that’s for sure. The fact that all the tyrants applied the same protocols of oppression indicate some centralized plan (enter your favorite conspiracy here).
    I want to know who you think GloboCap is. Yes… Global Capitalism.. OK.. but what does the animal look like? Is the headquarters in some hollowed-out-mountain lair of evil? (I see levers and analog gauges on blinken-licht panels.)
    Seriously, could you flesh out a prosaic mug shot of this GloboCap entity in a future missive, or point me to an earlier one? I want a flesh-and-blood enemy, I want to know who’s fiery death to pray for.

    Thanks for your thinking, observations, and writing.

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    1. Hello Emmett… In relation to the part “Who GloboCap” is”, I’ve notice the same absence, but on a comment I posted before this one I share the scheme of our current Civilization with the names of the Secular Ruling Families. To know who Their Friends are just look at the list of Billionaires and that’s it!

      “centralized plan”, indeed… This plan has been perfected during the last 20 years. And in this wonderful year of 2020 They are harvesting an excellent crop!


  5. The greatest coup preceding this one is the conquering of the minds and hearts of the vast majority of people worldwide. At least in richer countries, they still feel great: Well, they are heroes now, so they are told, because they obey. They »do the right thing« – even to their detriment. It’s mainly younger folks who have told me to wear a mask – and it is their future which is going to be fucked up.

    The actors driving the neoliberal agenda for several decades now have managed to trick people into being slaves who feel like kings and queens, like almighty magicians. Staring at their smartphones whenever possible, those remote controls for the movie they believe to be their life, with sounds of their choice stomped on or into their ears, reality is what they declare it to be. In doing so, they can feel incredibly free and absolutely independent, but at the same time follow a silent consent about how to dress and behave.

    So if something like the »New Normal« is »sold« to them claiming to be necessary and good, and being the thing to follow as public consent, you easily get them where you want them to go. And voila – you have a new totalitarian movement believing to fight for the good of mankind. Gleichschaltung began well before C-19, and we see the agonising climax now …


  6. @Emmett
    not who you questioned, but still an answer.
    It is a class one calls oligarchs (maybe you have heard those terms, class and oligarchs or plutocrats?) who wield (with the exception maybe but not necessarily of those in China) with their power enormous influence over politics, and in the USA especially can influence the formulation laws like those concerning finances, government budgets, interest rates, labour laws etc. etc. – to their benefit.

    There is this:

    Click to access gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf

    “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.”

    And this:


  7. CJ, you articulated the extent of the globocap hell better than anyone – thank you. This article is brilliant. I have felt like a rat in a cage for years, and of course, I never stop fighting. But watching people succumb to the most idiotic demands is wearing us all down. I think our incoming dystopian times may last for thousands of years. I’m just glad I’m old (ish). The kids have already mentally succumbed because they never knew the level of ‘freedom’ my generation was allowed. That had to end I guess, in order for the powers that be to hang onto their wealth and gain complete control. Hoping everyone shares this widely. Happy holidays to the extent possible, CJ.

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  8. Summed up and delivered with profoundly compelling force. Ive tried to say it so many times but always end up falling of my soapbox in a frothing frenzy of cussed contrariness. Very well said and right on time. I read it back through with what was probably your original text, “balls” instead of “guts” and loved it even more. I will read whatever youve put into print soon. Thank you for your patriotism.


  9. Mr Hopkins,
    You seem like a pretty well educated and somewhat intelligent person so I’m wondering exactly how you would suggest that we protect ourselves against a pandemic? When people listen to the likes of you and proceed to resist safeguards that have been recommended by medical professionals, I feel that you will share in the responsibility for, potentially, thousands of deaths. Perhaps that’s your goal? Are you trying to lighten the burden on our planet by helping to kill off thousands of its population? If that’s it, I would agree that we (speaking specifically of the US) would be well served if a few thousands (perhaps millions) of our ignorant masses would drop off the face of the earth, but I, for one, would be very hesitant to contribute directly to their deaths, due to the burden it would place on my soul (you know, Karma, etc).
    I think that you are being very simplistic when you compare ‘democratic’ societies, that try to safeguard citizens with mask mandates, social distancing, etc., to totalitarian societies or prisons. I have to believe that that’s because you have never lived in either. You have freedoms that you neither appreciate nor even recognize. You are free to write your drivel with no penalty, from the authorities. That is not the case in a totalitarian or fascist society. The NEAREST we’ve come to a fascist society in the US is the trump administration. He calls the free press the enemy of the people. He fires people in his administration, and people that have been life-long public servants, for unforgivable sin of not being loyal to him. If he is the type of ‘leader’ that you think should be in charge of world affairs, then you are a sad sack of shit.


        1. Sorry… After the 1st you posted, you’re already unbeatable… this 2nd one just confirms that you’re just another useful idiot slave running around in this Planet. Keep it up, at least those types of comments are good for just one thing: a Good Laugh.


    1. Its some medical professionals, get it right, you’re only listening to a handful of hand picked ‘professionals’ – in the end of day they’re just people, not Gods, just simple people who are open to corruption and lying like anyone else, WE on the other hand (as opposed to you) look at glaring realities like death totals, ( 0 .02 percent) we look at age and medical history of the people who die of it (which is very similar to the deaths of any given flu) we look at total overall deaths for 2020 and its a low normal to any previous year, we look at the fact the numbers for actual flu this year have miraculously vanished, we look at these idiot ‘leaders’ and their double standards and lies, we look at health dangers of wearing masks and isolation, this sudden promoting of the “GREAT RESET !” also unemployment, poverty and depression, addiction, abuse, and suicide, all due to your beloved lock downs which the UN said were pointless and extremely damaging, and don’t forget Como, we look at the potential 30 thousand deaths he caused by putting infected people into nursing homes, – its not good coming on here and wagging your finger, go take a good look in a mirror and come back and say sorry to someone who is using their brain for critical thinking


      1. Your reply is full of misinformation, which is about what I would expect. Most medical professionals agree that we have a wold pandemic. Only those that reside in the far-right spectrum disagree. The death rate of COVID is 1.8%, not the 0.02 % that you proclaim. Total US infections, as of today, are 17,179,180 (CDC) and total US deaths are 310,325 (CDC). That comes out to 1.825%. Math is hard, I guess. Total overall deaths for 2020 (US) are up over 2018, 2019 total deaths.Total deaths in US for 2018 and 2019 were 2.83 million and 2.84 million, respectively (CDC). Total deaths for 2020, extrapolated from current data, is expected to be 3.1 million by Dec 31 (CDC). The only thing that you are partially correct about is that there are fewer (but non-zero) flu deaths this year. I expect that can be contributed to better-than-normal contact-protections, due to COVID guidelines.
        I have no current response to the GREAT RESET, as I haven’t read it, but I did download it and will read through it tonight. At first glance, though, I’m not sure what’s got your panties in a wad about it, but I’ll try to get back to you on that. I’m sure that you will have a problem with my quoting the CDC for all the statistics that I’ve given but, since you’ve given NO SOURCE for your made-up numbers, I can’t specifically argue against your source of information.
        I do agree that there are many problems created by self-quarantines: abuse, suicide, depression, etc. What exacerbates those problems is our lack of effective mental health care in the US. Those would be less of a problem if the cons hadn’t gutted mental health care over the years. In our present state, I’m not sure what the remedy is for that, but I do know that becoming infected with COVID will not help those particular problems.
        If you’re looking for an apology from me, I’ll just say, don’t hold your breath. I will say that I don’t really find you guilty of critical thinking. It looks to me like you’ve been getting your info from places like Newsmax, OANN, FoxNews, InfoWars, or some other biased source, and just repeating their drivel as though it’s gospel. Sorry to give you the bad news but, that’s not the definition of ‘critical thinking’. By the same token, I don’t find the author of the article is guilty of critical thinking. His examples of why we’re approaching totalitarianism are rubbish and over the top. But I think he just knows where the sweetest market is and is driven right-wing conspiracies because that’s where the paycheck is. It’s a shame that thousands of people will pay the price of his sell-out, with their health or with their life. But that’s on him.
        PS: I’m surprised that you didn’t make the standard (right-wing) argument that many of the people listed as COVID deaths actually die from obesity, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, etc. In anticipation of that, I’ll leave you with one final thought. If you’re obese, diabetic, have high blood pressure and heart problems, but you step off a curb and get hit by a bus, then getting hit by the bus IS the cause of death.


        1. AhAhAh… you’re just a repeater of garbage.

          We’ve ZERO cases of “COVID-19″… For the same sample of snot that ends with a “positive” PCR amplification I can have a “negative” PCR amplification, and since “cases”, and the “COVID-19” label is based on PCR results, I can have ZERO “cases”… and therefor ZERO DEATHS:

          But don’t worry useless repeater, you’re not alone, even most “experts” are just like you.


    1. Apologies for the delay in posting your original comment, Mr Borg. Our in-house comment-moderation specialists are handling an unusually high number of requests at the moment. Your vitriol has been noted, but you will have to be considerably more abusive than that in order to be censored here.

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      1. My bad Mr Admin, and I appreciate the leeway on your censorship requirements. That was my first comment on your site so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m trying to learn more patience but I find that my level of vitriol typically rises to the same level as that of the post that I’m commenting on. I found the author of this article to be particularly deserving.


  10. Hello…

    “The point of the lesson is that GloboCap — the entire global-capitalist system acting as a single global entity — can, virtually any time it wants, suspend the Simulation of Democracy”

    I’m just sorry that the author failed to share with us the names of the Owners of the MAIN SYSTEM, the MONETARY SYSTEM,. This is the system that controls the sub-system “capitalism”, and “democracy” and all the rest of the tools.

    So If I may, I’ll help on this part and leave here the scheme showing what out current Civilization looks like… The names of the Secular Ruling Families are the names the author links to “GloboCap”.

    I also say to my fellow modern slaves, for many years now, the following:

    The BEST function of DEMOCRACY is to give SLAVES the FREEDOM to CONSUME


  11. I forgot one thing…

    Look at how the SRF & Billionaires really MASTER the Art of Herd Control without the herd noticing who are the REAL Shepherds!

    They have been using an organization – that They CONTROL – to deploy all the TOOLS and COMMANDS to steer the herd and impose the CHANGES They need in order to SECURE Their future and Life Style… And the organization is the World “Health” Organization.

    And the funniest part is that this organization only spews “recommendations” and “guidelines”!


  12. Because we have all lived in a world where there has been a sizeable middle class, who even appeared to have a claim on some ephemeral political power, we have all forgotten that the normal historical pattern is that a couple of percent of the people have always held all of the power and all of the assets. The other 98% or so have always lived hand-to-mouth, and have always been dependent on the good graces of the 2%.

    Even worse, that 2% have allowed the middle class to endeavor to build a magnificent scientific and material edifice and body of work, and they can now seize it for themselves. Now it all goes back to the historically normal state of things, and being in the 98% is really going to suck, for the people who have experienced what real middle class living had been like. For the kids, well, they won’t miss what they never knew…

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  13. @Cyrus Borg December 17, 2020 at 06:2

    What I dearly miss is that you mention the most important guard of our freedom within this set of your laudatio: irrelevance.


  14. The BEST function of DEMOCRACY is to give SLAVES the FREEDOM to CONSUME

    So true. McDonalds, for example. And masks get on the way of them killing you, and you paying for the privilege of getting killed by their unhealthy food and now their unhealthy virus-ridden environment.

    Just saying for the benefit of any poor sod that sincerely believes that the satirical bits are about the corporations. No, they are about the fools that read things like this, and still honestly believe their authors aren’t on the payroll of big corporates. He’s totally spelling it out, that he’s mocking YOU, the reader that believes this stuff.


    1. McDonalds shit”food” is a great tool to generate PROFIT for the Medical and Pharmaceutical Complex by providing millions of unhealthy animals…

      The author, you and me, we’re slaves of the SRF MAIN SYSTEM. All the rest it’s just us entertaining ourselves!


  15. Fantastic article. One question: Is there ANYWHERE left on the planet one could move to and live that is pushing against this? Serious question.



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