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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60 thoughts on “The New Normal “Reality” Police

  1. You’re certainly not alone. I was punished for quoting Govt stats on adverse reactions to the “vaccine” by Twitter but more importantly, proper camapaigning journalists and doctors are silenced too. This message came to me this morning…
    https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/03/22/were-on-the-twitter-naughty-step-can-you-help/
    ‘We’ve been put on the Twitter Naughty Step until 6pm tonight due to bringing you the facts that the mainstream refuse to.
    In the meantime you can find us on Gab – https://gab.com/DailyExpose
    Or Parler – https://parler.com/profile/DailyExpose/posts Or Telegram – https://t.co/j5N8sGXCrg?amp=1
    Or still follow us and share our existing posts on Twitter in order to annoy them – https://mobile.twitter.com/thedaily_expose

    This is why I wake at night fretting about the futre. It looks remarkably like a prison cell.

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  2. Germany has no dissidents. It is a democracy. Democracies have no dissidents. Those would be enemies of democracy, so terrorists really. Same thinking with censorship. Germany has no censorship. It is a democracy. It only has moderation and hate speech laws. That’s not censorship. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a democracy. So obvious.

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  3. “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”.

    There really isn’t any reason to be surprised. Isn’t it nearly 20 years since the whole world was put on notice that a new reality was being manufactured, and that anyone who chose to stick with the old reality would be sidelined?

    Of course, the mere fact that anyone thought they could pull off such a coup demonstrates just how much public education, intelligence, scepticism and civic duty have decayed.

    Suffice it to say that those who live by Facebook die by Facebook. If you feed on crap, expect to get sick.

    “The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality ­ judiciously, as you will ­ we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'”
    – Ronald Suskind (American journalist) reporting the comments of a White House aide (later identified as Karl Rove) [“Without A Doubt” by Ron Suskind, The New York Times Magazine, 17 October 2004].

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  4. Everyone knows the game now. The powers that be aim for critical mass, any counter-narrative grassroots “awakener” that develops any traction is de-platformed and censored. Your vaxxine harm statistics Youtube video will be up until it gets say 50,000 views or 10,000 likes, then it will be removed for “violating community standards”. Let’s be clear what “Community” this is: A collection of super wealthy individuals and organizations who want to shape the world in a way that benefits ONLY them, and are willing to kill and bankrupt a majority of the human race on planet earth to achieve this goal.

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  5. James Corbett put it well in a podcast appearance last week: “I feel sorry for people who are only waking up now.” They got thrown into a pool rocked by mid-Atlantic storm-level waves. Sad thing is, it’s already too late. This GloboCap crackdown/ideological blitz coincided so sweetly with the next wave of wealth consolidation by Elites. Game’s over. We’ll all be canceled eventually. But it’s at that point when things seem most hopeless you have to fight the hardest.

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  6. I’m not sure it’s hopeless. I think the new hysteria might indicate they’re getting worried–it was going so well & easy for globocap for a while. But more are waking up. At least that’s what I tell myself.
    but yeah, hope or no hope, it’s time to fight.

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  7. It’s really funny the fake shock reaction the NNElites broadcast when NAZI references are made in relation to Their OPERATION COVIDIUS.

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  8. […] The New Normal “Reality” Police CJ Hopkins. Not on board with all of Hopkins’ views, but this is absolutely nuts and also revealing. “Free speech” only exists in a public context, as in in the town square, in a public meeting (most of all in a government setting). Opinion, as long as it falls short of hate speech, advocacy of violence, or “yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” is ever and always protected speech. But this all goes out the window on private platforms. […]

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  9. […] The New Normal “Reality” Police CJ Hopkins. Not on board with all of Hopkins’ views, but this is absolutely nuts and also revealing. “Free speech” only exists in a public context, as in in the town square, in a public meeting (most of all in a government setting). Opinion, as long as it falls short of hate speech, advocacy of violence, or “yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” is ever and always protected speech. But this all goes out the window on private platforms. […]

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  10. […] The New Normal “Reality” Police CJ Hopkins. Not on board with all of Hopkins’ views, but this is absolutely nuts and also revealing. “Free speech” only exists in a public context, as in in the town square, in a public meeting (most of all in a government setting). Opinion, as long as it falls short of hate speech, advocacy of violence, or “yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” is ever and always protected speech. But this all goes out the window on private platforms. […]

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  11. If ppl are stupid enough to accept the terms and conditions of Zuck et. al. Corpocrathy Inc., what right have they to complain?
    None!

    Don’t u remember Julian Assanges exposing of Zucks thinking of his users YEARS AGO?
    -> DUMB FUCKS

    Nothing more to says.

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  12. Hey CJ,
    You rock the casbah, my friend.
    Not sure where else to put this,
    but I feel like it would be alt-left at home right here with you.
    And if anyone gets confused, please let them know
    they need to get their hearing checked, because
    my poem is meant to inspire VIOLINS.
    xo
    M

    ©️Superficial Progress For Fun & Profit©️

    Do you desire a fire foray?
    Shame an Artist Today!
    Project your Trauma Away!
    There’s no “I” in TRY, so do it with US!
    Together we’ll think all the evil away!

    Why let twelve of the Media Titans
    reap all the value themselves?
    With some simple cliches
    and reductive assessment
    you, too, can all by yourself
    level the field of its features,
    with a word and some lumping
    discourage achievement,
    erasing all that which
    you don’t agree with!!!

    With a teaspoon of thought
    And a wee dash of rage
    Select your oppressor
    from life’s living stage.
    You can tell by their boldness
    of having opinions,
    they dare to risk words
    that tempt nonconformance.

    There’s surely one there
    cowered under the chair,
    so deliver the memo with spleen
    that the privilege of standing, indeed,
    is no longer a question of need,
    and from today on, it will be afforded
    only to those who consent
    in advance to agree.

    So no more excuses!
    No more feigning of blindness!
    Being differently sighted
    is a virus of pirates!

    So roll over at once
    For a full dose of justice!
    Roll over at once
    No need of appointment!

    Don’t keep all your fear,
    all your fear to yourself!
    Cancel careers,
    Gang-stalk an elf!

    You can outsource your mind
    way up to the top –
    all the way way up!
    To the tippy top shelf!
    Drink down the power
    going now ’round ‘n ’round.
    No need to slow down;
    there’s surely enough.

    The last thing we need
    is someone thinking in private,
    or feeling good for a future,
    containing notions unsought,
    an’ risking more complications
    to binary thought.

    So shame an Artist Today!
    Project your Trauma Away!
    There’s no “I” in TRY, so do it with us
    as we think all the evil away…

    ©️Matt Collins, 2021 Creative Commons
    Please attribute this, please
    (or on second thought, maybe not)
    Tell them I found it
    in Dr. Seuss’s
    whatchamacallit,
    long thought lost to the ages,
    or burned with the sages,
    or maybe I channelled his ghost.
    In whichever case, I
    hope you and me, and the old man, he
    can all one day meet at the roast!

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  13. Freedom of thought is an inalienable right…. What we’re
    talking about here is the nature of the beast. He wants total control over this earthly realm.
    He’s hiding behind the environment…We all want to help the planet, right?
    Yes, it’s globocap that’s pulling the strings behind the curtain, but the endgame is global communism (globocom)…the sheeple are a herd of communists.
    The forces that be want a perfect global communism where everyone is equally miserable…a prison planet…a real Hell.

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  14. seems the inevitable goal of the “current crop” of “GloboCaps” is to consolidate everything under their own thumbs, then institute “GloboCom”.

    We will own nothing, and be happy, right? And if we all own nothing, I assume Gates/Bezos/Zuck & their Vichys in the political “class” own everything – and we perpetually rent, until we die.

    And if you don’t tow the line, you are barred from “renting” (anything), which means you starve and die in the street. If you are caught “aiding and abetting” the “untouchables”, you will be “canceled” as well and suffer the same fate.

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    1. I think you’re quite close to the mark in your comment, Joe C. What’s frustrating as f*ck is that 90% of my
      neighbors now seem to be all-in of their own immiseration..

      “Tell me, Big Bro: how many masks shall I wear today?”
      My copy of Sinclair Lewis’s ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ thankfully (I think!) arrived today.
      Most seem pretty OK now with life under the New Facism (let’s give things their proper names, shall we?) where I live on the central Cal coast..

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