“Those who would give up essential Liberty,
to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
We are witnessing the slow-but-steady downfall of American society. America (and possibly the world) is entering an Orwellian state of mind, and no one seems to care. But be warned: This may be the beginning of the end of life as we know it.
I’m going to assume that most people (or, at least, most people with a high school education) have read George Orwell’s 1984 — or, at the very least, have seen the movie.
If not, watch this brief video:
Essentially, society in the book is completely beholden to the powers of the government and their lives are wholly dictated by the decrees and demands of the powers-that-be. In the novel, the people have given 100% control of their lives to the government.
Americans are being told (state-by-state) that they are not allowed to leave their homes, for fear of spreading or contracting the infamous Coronavirus. And, to a significant extent, people are abiding by this restriction. Furthermore, in some places, people can actually be ticketed or even arrested for being out of their homes without permission.
My first thought, of course, is that this is an immediate violation of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, specifically the “right of the people peaceably to assemble.” But that is a topic for another conversation.
So here’s the thing: The government cannot take your liberty and freedom from you. They just can’t. People would revolt and all Hell would break loose. That’s not what they are trying to do. The powers-that-be are not trying to take away your freedom.
However, if they can coerce you into giving up your freedoms willingly — well, then, that’s a whole new ballgame. And they are. Because that’s what’s happing right now. Those in power know that people in fear can be controlled. I’ve already written in a previous article that people in fear consume at a higher rate, creating profits and power for the upper echelon of economic society. But the greedy corporate CEOs don’t have any behavioral control over you (other than fictionalizing “shortages” of goods in which there is no shortage, like toilet paper).
But people in fear are willing to forfeit freedom and liberty in the name of their own safety, even if their safety is not threatened. America got a small taste of this concept after 9/11 when the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. And now, people are being prohibited from leaving their homes for fear of contracting a virus which is only fatal to a small segment of the population (i.e. the elderly and/or those with compromised immune systems).
But if you — America — can be convinced that it is within your best interests to comply with the controlling demands of the government, then you are simply forfeiting your freedom and liberty for a false sense of safety. That is not what America is supposed to be about!
Orwell’s 1984 begins in a world that has already fallen into a totalitarian dystopia. The novel, however, does not adequately illustrate how the dystopia came to be (other than mentioning the wars that prompted it). But it’s safe to infer that the citizens in the book did not immediately forfeit their freedoms and liberty; liberty evaporates like a damp summer sidewalk, little-by-little, over time, until it is merely an afterthought.
People are being convinced that their lives are in danger.
NOTE: I am not saying the Coronavirus isn’t serious — it is. What I am saying is this: When Americans (or citizens of any country) are willing to forfeit their liberty due to an overwhelming sense of fear, we have entered the downward spiral toward totalitarian dystopia.
So how do they make this happen? Simple: They convince you to trade true safety for false safety. And in the new Coronasociety, this false safety has a name: “Social Distancing.”
Social Distancing is not real! Social Distancing is a placebo gimmick designed to give people a false sense of security — it gives people the false impression that they’re being “proactive” against the Coronavirus. The fact is, Social Distancing does not prevent anyone from contracting the virus, just like masks don’t prevent anyone from contracting the virus. As has been stated (but widely ignored) by the United States Surgeon General, wearing a surgical mask in public does not prevent a person from contracting the Coronavirus.
People don’t understand how the virus is transmitted, and therefore rely on ignorant assumptions and Hollywood sensationalism. People seem to think that if they’re in the same room with a person who is positive for COVID-19, they will automatically catch it and it’s an automatic death sentence. This is how people are acting.
But if the powers-that-be are going to control people’s behavior, it can’t sound like they’re controlling people’s behavior. The method can’t sound unpleasant or frightening. They can’t call it “Disease Perimeter” or “Minimum Infection Spacing.” That just sounds scary. But if you call it “Social Distancing” — well, that doesn’t sound so bad, does it? It almost sounds friendly. But regardless of what it’s being called, it’s accomplishing the same outcome: Dictating and controlling behavior, not preventing infection.
This is not the first time the U.S. Government has changed the name of something to make it seem less unpleasant.
During World War I and World War II, the name of the government’s division which oversaw military operations across the globe was called The United States Department of War — AKA “The War Department.” This, ideally, was a completely accurate description of what they did. However, in 1949, “The War Department” was renamed — given a new title that exists to this day: “The Department of Defense.” Defense! All of a sudden, American wars are defensive rather than offensive. Nothing about warfare had changed, but categorizing military action as defensive rather than offensive essentially made America sound less like an asshole.
In 1990, George Carlin did a funny (but accurate) stand-up bit about this concept:
People. WAKE UP. Learn the facts about the virus and stop letting the government dictate your behavior, simply because they tell you it will keep you “safe.” They don’t care about your safety, they care about your submissiveness. Resist the temptation to sheepishly bow to their will and do some reading! Educate yourselves on how the virus is actually spread! Educate yourselves on who is actually at serious risk of infection and/or death from this virus.
FACT: Over 80% of the Coronavirus deaths in the United States are people over the age of 65 — elderly people with aging and weakened immune systems. NEWSFLASH: That’s true of almost every virus!
According to StatNews.com, a website which tracks statistical facts (rather than sensational hypotheticals), “the higher case rate among older Americans strongly suggests a true underlying, biological vulnerability, probably exacerbated by preexisting illnesses;” many people who die from the virus are people who were already immunocompromised to start with! Additionally, “no ICU admissions or deaths were reported among people younger than 20.” StatNews goes on to say, “although older Americans represented 31% of the cases, they accounted for 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions, and 80% of deaths, the CDC reported.” And yet, all Americans are being told they could die, not just the elderly and/or immunocompromised. Granted, young and healthy adults are not “immune” to the virus — no one is — and precautions should be taken. But what should be done and what is being done; these are two completely different concepts.
But the powers-that-be don’t want you to know that because if you are aware of these pesky little “facts,” they can’t control you.
And guess what else they can do: They can buy you! Or, more specifically, they can buy your vote! The President wants to send you a check. He wants to give you up to $1,200 as a “Coronavirus Stimulus Plan.” However, this is less about stimulating the economy and more about people getting their “Trump Check,” so that in November, people will be reminded that Trump gave them money, and they should vote for him because he gave them money. And they will. And Trump will be re-elected — especially if he can draw-out the virus hysteria until Election Day. People vote with two things: their fear and their wallet.
Essentially, the Coronavirus is Trump’s Gulf War. This is his chance to have an ongoing “issue” to handle, prompting people to fear a change of leadership in the midst of a national (or worldwide) crisis.
The Coronavirus will keep power in power; the Coronavirus will give power more power.
Are we four years from 2024, or are we four years from 1984?