A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic – Laura Dodsworth This review was first published on Estuary Stirrings Way back in March 2020 when the Covid-19 crisis first hit, I remarked that a frightened population could be easily manipulated into giving up a lot of their freedoms in return for an illusion of safety and security. Some people did get what I was trying to convey, others were too busy watching fear porn from Wuhan and not taking a step back to critically […]
Posted on March 29, 2021 by winter oak A brief overview (also available as printable pdf) Life has become very strange indeed for billions of people since March 2020. We are no longer allowed to do what we always did, see who we want to see, live freely in the way we fondly imagined we were entitled to do. Everything has changed. Now we have to check the latest restrictions on our movements and activities. We can’t go to concerts, football matches, pubs or cafés. We are told to avoid […]
Posted on March 27, 2020 by winter oak It is hard to believe what has happened to our “liberal democratic” Western societies over recent days. Even those of us who have long been warning that we were heading into a new 21st century form of high-tech neoliberal fascism have been left gasping at the speed of the Blitzkrieg waged upon us. C.J. Hopkins sums up the situation in a March 27 article on the Off Guardian site. “Police are patrolling the streets of Europe, checking people’s ‘permission-to-go-outside’ papers. “In the […]
February 14, 2021 Paul Cudenec The last year has been an extremely disorientating one for those who have always used a traditional political compass to navigate their way through the contemporary world. All the readings that previously served to guide their thoughts, affiliations and reactions have been madly scrambled. What used to be left now looks more like right, human rights have been rebranded as bio-hazards, telling the truth is now regarded as spreading dangerous misinformation and what was once the dividing line between state and corporate power now looks […]
One should remember that propaganda is morally neutral. Anti-smoking campaigns are a form of propaganda which, if you think being addicted a carcinogenic drug is bad, you might be inclined to think was beneficial for society. Nor is reference to the principle of social proof either good or bad. However, I don’t think that the motivation of any of this fear-conditioning is to “save lives” or protect the vulnerable. I believe it is to condition the population to be compliant, so that they won’t put up too much of a fuss during a time in which society is being radically transformed into a form that none of us would have chosen.