The New Normal “Reality” Police

So, according to Facebook and the Atlantic Council, I am now a “dangerous individual,” you know, like a “terrorist,” or a “serial murderer,” or “human trafficker,” or some other kind of “criminal.” Or I’ve been praising “dangerous individuals,” or disseminating their symbols, or otherwise attempting to “sow dissension” and cause “offline harm.”

Actually, I’m not really clear what I’m guilty of, but I’m definitely some sort of horrible person you want absolutely nothing to do with, whose columns you do not want to read, whose books you do not want to purchase, and the sharing of whose Facebook posts might get your account immediately suspended. Or, at the very least, you’ll be issued this warning:

Now, hold on, don’t click away just yet. You’re already on whatever website you’re reading this “dangerous,” “terrorist” column on (or you’re reading it in an email, probably on your phone), which means you are already on the official “Readers of Mass-Murdering Content” watch-list. So you might as well take the whole ride at this point.

Also, don’t worry, I’m not going to just whine about how Facebook was mean to me for 2,000 words … well, all right, I’m going to do that a little, but mostly I wanted to demonstrate how “reality” is manufactured and policed by global corporations like Facebook, Twitter, Google, the corporate media, of course, crowdfunding platforms like Patreon and PayPal, and “think tanks” like the Atlantic Council and its Digital Forensic Research Lab (“DFRLab”).

First, though, let me tell you my Facebook story.

What happened was, I made a Facebook post, and a lot of people tried to share it, so Facebook and the DFRLab suspended or disabled their accounts, or just prevented them from sharing it, and sent them the above warning. Facebook didn’t suspend my account, or censor the post on my account, or contact me to let me know that they have officially deemed me a “dangerous individual.” Instead, they punished anyone who tried to “boost” my “dangerous” post, a tactic anyone who has been through boot camp or in prison (or has watched this classic scene from Full Metal Jacket) will be familiar with.

Here’s the “dangerous” post in question. (If you’re particularly sensitive to “terrorist” content, you may want to put on your “anti-terrorism” glasses, or take some other type of prophylactic measures to protect yourself from “offline harm,” before you venture any further.)

The photo, which I stole from Gunnar Kaiser, is of an art exhibit in Düsseldorf, Germany. My commentary is self-explanatory. As you can see, it is extremely “dangerous.” It literally radiates “offline harm.”

OK, before you write to inform me how this was just the work of a dumb Facebook algorithm, think about what I described above. If an algorithm was preventing sharing and suspending people’s accounts based on keyword spotting, it would have censored my original post, and presumably suspended my account. Or, if Facebook has an algorithm that recognizes certain “dangerous” phrases, and then censors or suspends the accounts of people who share a post including those phrases, but doesn’t censor the original post or suspend the account of the author of the post … well, that’s kind of strange, isn’t it?

In any event, shortly after I posted it, I started seeing reports like this on Facebook:

Those are just a few examples, but I think you get the general idea.

The point is, apparently, the Corporatocracy feel sufficiently threatened by random people on Facebook that they are conducting these COINTELPRO-type ops. Seriously, think about that for a minute. I am not Stephen King or Margaret Atwood. I’m not even Glenn Greenwald or Matt Taibbi. I’m a midlist-level author of unusual literature, and a political satirist, and a blogger, basically, and yet Facebook, and their partners at the Atlantic Council, and AstraZeneca, and Pfizer, and Moderna, and who knows which other global corporations and transnational, non-governmental entities like the WEF and WHO, consider someone of my lowly status enough of a threat to their “New Normal” narrative to warrant the attention of the Reality Police.

Now, let me be clear about who I’m talking about when I’m talking about the “Reality Police.” Facebook’s partnership with the Atlantic Council is only one example, but it is a rather good one. Here’s a quick profile of the Atlantic Council …

“The Atlantic Council of the United States was founded in 1961 as a think tank and anticommunist public relations organization to prop up support within the US for NATO in the post-World War II era … [its] current, honorary and lifetime directors list reads like a bipartisan rogues gallery of American war-criminals, including Henry Kissinger, George P. Shultz, Frank Carlucci, James A. Baker, R. James Woolsey, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta. Among the former Atlantic Council chairman have been Obama administration officials James L. Jones, (national security advisor) and Chuck Hagel (secretary of defense). The chairman of the council is Brent Scowcroft, the retired US Air Force officer who held national security and intelligence positions in the Nixon, Bush I and Bush II administrations. [It] is funded by substantial government and corporate interests from the financial, defense and petroleum industries. Its 2017 annual report documents substantial contributions from HSBC, Chevron, The Blackstone Group, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Ford Motor Company, among many others. Also listed is Google Inc. in the $100,000 to $250,000 donor category. Among the largest council contributors are the US State Department, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK, and the United Arab Emirates. Other contributors include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Boeing, BP, Exxon and the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.” — Kevin Reed, World Socialist Website

These are the folks that are policing “reality” (the “reality” they have manufactured, and are manufacturing moment by moment), deciding what officially happened, and didn’t happen, and what it means, and who qualifies as an “authoritative news source,” and “fact-checking” everything we see on the Internet. It’s not a bunch of pimply-faced IT nerds writing sloppy code in Menlo Park. It’s GloboCap and the Military-Industrial Complex.

If you’re one of my “New Normal” ex-friends and colleagues (or one of my Facebook or Twitter trolls) who, for some unknown reason, is still reading this column, perhaps on your way to get experimentally “vaccinated” or report one of your neighbors for not wearing a mask or being outdoors without a valid reason, this is who has manufactured your “reality” and the so-called “science” you claim I am “denying,” even as reality stares you in the face …

This did not begin with the “New Normal,” of course. Every system of power manufactures its own “reality” (totalitarian systems more fanatically than others). No, I’ve been writing about the manufacturing of “normality,” and the War on Dissent and Populism that GloboCap has been relentlessly waging on anyone and everyone opposing its hegemony or refusing to conform to its ideology, since back when I was still writing heretical columns like this for CounterPunch … before the editors saw which way the wind was blowing and ideologically purged its roster to get back into the good graces of GloboCap (following which ideological purge, Google restored it to the ranks of “real news”).

And that is how reality-policing works. It’s a bullying operation, basically. The entire “cancel culture” phenomenon is. “Cancel culture” is a silly name for it. We are talking about a global empire imposing total ideological conformity (or, in simpler terms, its version of “reality”) on the entire planet through fear and force. The Nazis referred to this process as Gleichschaltung.

Global capitalism has reached the stage where it no longer needs to tolerate dissent (any kind of dissent, from any quarter) to maintain the illusion of “freedom and democracy,” because there is no alternative to global capitalism. It is everywhere. There is nowhere to run or hide. When the Reality Police find you, and threaten to “cancel” you, you have two choices … obey or be vaporized.

If you’re a Palestinian, a Syrian, a Yemeni, the president of an uncooperative African country, or some other type of non-Western person, you might very well be physically vaporized. For Westerners, vaporization is less dramatic and final. You will simply be disappeared from the Internet, fired from your job, socially ostracized, deemed a “dangerous individual,” a “racist,” an “anti-Semite,” a “conspiracy theorist,” a “white supremacist,” a “domestic terrorist,” an “anti-vaxxer,” a “Covid denier.”

If you’re a member of the independent media, or a prominent activist, or a lawyer, or doctor, or just someone with a big social media platform, and have not seen the “New Normal” light, you will be demonized, demonetized, deplatformed, censored, and subjected to the type of creepy COINTELPRO-type tactics I described above. If you don’t believe me, just ask Robert F. Kennedy, Rainer Fuellmich, Vanessa Beeley, Whitney Webb, James Corbett, Ken Jebsen, Cory Morningstar, The Last American Vagabond, Geopolitics & Empire, The Centre for Research on Globalization, OffGuardian, and countless other people and outlets that have challenged the official “New Normal” narrative.

Or have a look at this “warning” you get on Twitter if you attempt to read anything published by OffGuardian

I could go on and on with this, and I’m sure I will in future columns. It’s kind of the only story at the moment, the changeover from simulated democracy to pathologized-totalitarianism as the governing structure of global capitalism. For now, I’ll just leave you with one more image in this already overly pictorial column. Don’t worry, it’s been thoroughly “fact-checked,” so there’s no need to read or question the fine print (even though I have a feeling you will) …

Do watch out for those “unrelated coincidences.” Some of them, I hear, can be rather nasty.

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CJ Hopkins
March 22, 2021
Photo: Kate Sheets/Flickr CC-BY-2.0

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64 thoughts on “The New Normal “Reality” Police

  1. “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” Frank Zappa

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  2. […] Hopkins: Perhaps the most dramatic example was the censorship of a Facebook post featuring a photo of a “New Normal” art exhibit in Germany where the artist projected “Vaccination = Freedom” on one of those gigantic TV towers that we have here. Of course, that evoked the infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign over the gates of Auschwitz, which I noted in my post (i.e., “Not quite ‘Arbeit Macht Frei,’ but close enough”). Facebook prevented people from sharing the post, and, when they inquired about why, sent them this warning: “Your post goes against our Community Standards on dangerous individuals and organizations … we don’t allow symbols or support of dangerous individuals or organizations on Facebook. We define dangerous as things like terrorist activity, organized hate or violence, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, criminal or harmful activity.” Many people who tried to share the post had their accounts suspended or restricted. I covered this in detail in one of my Consent Factory columns, The New Normal “Reality” Police. […]

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  3. […] Hopkins: Poate că cel mai dramatic exemplu a fost cenzurarea unei postări pe Facebook care conținea o fotografie a unei expoziții de artă „New Normal” în Germania, unde artistul proiectase sloganul „Vaccinare = Libertate” pe unul dintre acele turnuri TV gigantice pe care le avem aici. Desigur, asta mi-a evocat infamul semn „Arbeit Macht Frei” de deasupra porților de la Auschwitz, fapt pe care l-am remarcat în postarea mea (adică „Nu chiar« Arbeit Macht Frei», dar suficient de aproape”). Facebook a împiedicat oamenii să de share postării și, când s-au întrebat de ce, le-a trimis acest avertisment: „Postarea dvs. contravine standardelor noastre comunitare privind persoanele și organizațiile periculoase… nu permitem simboluri sau sprijin pentru persoane sau organizații periculoase pe Facebook. Definim periculoase ca fiind activități teroriste, ură sau violență organizată, crimă în masă sau în serie, trafic de persoane, activitate criminală sau dăunătoare.” Multe persoane care au încercat să dea share postării au avut conturile suspendate sau restricționate. Am scris despre acest lucru în detaliu într-unul dintre editorialele mele Consent Factory, „Poliția «realistă» a Noului Normal”. […]

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  4. I also got blocked on FB coz I posted a photo which I took from your Twitter page, dear CJ. I got blocked completely for 7 days and 30 days from going live or posting advertisements (which I never do).

    I filed a complaint to this bleedin’ FB ‘customer support’ and to the Oversight Board. FB answered me within about 5 seconds that they allegedly had “revised my post again” and concluded it would “violate their community standards concerning ‘hate speech'”. I was rather astonished coz I’ve never been much into hatred, I’m more the pacifist kinda guy.

    So, about what was my leprous and most abominable post? I think it’ll be best when I copy here what I wrote to FB ‘customer support’ and Oversight Board. That’s perhaps gonna make things easy to comprehend. So here’s the full text of my complaint:

    “To whom it may concern,

    “Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others. In some cases, words or terms that might otherwise violate our standards are used self-referentially or in an empowering way”

    This is what Facebook says, it’s a quote or better said an explanation of your community standards. The post I made was intended as a protest against other peoples hates speech (in that case displayed as a graffiti). I do not endorse at all to what is written on that house wall. The post shows a photograph of a housewall with a graffiti “Ungeimpfte in’s Gas!” which means in English “Gas the unvaccinated!”

    As I’m ‘unvaccinated’ myself and intend to stay ‘unvaccinated’ it was my intention to raise sensibility towards an increasingly hostile and discriminatory attitude against so-called ‘unvaccinated’ persons. So I shared some anonymous graffiti sprayer’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awereness or educating others.

    I will file a lawsuit against Facebook if you keep on blocking me for things I have NOT done and keep on accusing me for spreading ‘hate speech’ which I’ve never done, not in this case nor in any other case. The way Facebook censors my post is absolutely unbearable and I will not tolerate to be punished around, chikaned and be accused of preposterous things. I am the sole administrator of two Groups and member of several scientific groups on FB. If you hinder me from posting and commenting there you hinder me from things I’ve got to do which are of a certain importance to me.

    To say it again, in case you haven’t understood or just deny to understand me: I definitely and without the least doubt shared an anonymous graffiti sprayer’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awereness or educatiing others. This is as plain as a pikestaff. In a lawsuit I or my lawyers will be completely able to prove this fact.

    Yours sincerely WM Seidel-Guyenot”

    Later I almost regretted that I wrote those dumbasses such an elaborate complaint. In German we’ve got a saying “Perlen vor die Säue werfen”, which means in English “To throw pearls to hogs” or “To feed hogs with pearls”. (maybe I’m a bit too proud or even vain, but the un-vaxxed-man’s pride and a certain kind of vanity are the only things that keep me psychically alive these days).

    Nevertheless I’m at the edge of deleting my entire FB profile because I’m fed up with their bleedin’ censorship. I got blocked three times at FB lately. For posting something about ivermectin, remdesvir and other non-vaccinatory therapeutical platforms for treatment of covid-19, for a ‘Gates-critical’ article in the ‘National Herald of India” and now for posting an picture of a gaffiti some lunatic Vaxx’em-all-Gestapo jerk sprayed onto a housewall.

    I’m quite aware that FB won’t collapse when I quit my account, but I’m fed up with nurturing these douchies. “When you don’t pay for a prestation you’re not the ‘client’ you’re the product.” That sentence I read on an other guys blog made me think. FB earns its money by selling data…my data, my friends data, my neighbors data, your data maybe even my good old cat’s data (I dunno??? maybe that was a bit exaggerated).

    By the by…I didn’t post just the picture of that bleedin’ graffiti but I added a short critical comment to the picture which I titled “The Seeds of Hatred”. In the text I wrote that our politicians sow seeds of hatred when they attack so-called ‘un-vaccinted’ persons as Goebbels attacked the Russians in his mad-dog like propaganda speeches. By the way…No, I didn’t mention Goebbels in my text, I was more ‘polite’. I was exactly as much polite as I’m capable to be polite at the moment, after having read comments of a moonstruck ‘expert’ called “Dr. Falk” and Merkels saliva licking valet Helge Braun concerning ‘un-vaccinated’ which they preferably call “dangerous vaccination-deniers”. Nope, not that bad man’s bad name in my text, No Goebbels. I just wrote that our politicians are using ‘hate speech’ and ’emotionalized propaganda’ to defame, discriminate and sow hatred to persons whose sole ‘crime’ is that they don’t want’ to get this bleedin’ jab with an experimental vac.nobody knows what long term adverse effects it can have and who want to get their basic rights back as these are written down and declared in the German Consttution.

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