While random acts of violence aren’t new, they have been on the rise. In many places, random acts of violence are increasing, reverting a decades long trend of decline in stranger attacks. This is the New Normal Nihilism.
Looking back over the last six years, the issues I’ve had with now former comrades stem from me wanting to find out the truth of a situation as best I can and to then formulate what I felt was an honest opinion. What I found was that some of the opinions I formed were at variance with what could best be described as the prevailing orthodoxy. I don’t use the term orthodoxy lightly but, on a range of issues where I has differences with comrades, it transpired that there was very little room for an open and honest debate.
It’s only when you start to pull all of the disparate threads of the ongoing clusterf**k together that it becomes frighteningly obvious we’re heading towards some kind of system failure, possibly even a collapse. What this piece is attempting to do (quite possibly in vain) is to try and analyse why we are where we are and then establish what, if anything, we can do to save ourselves.
In Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, journalist John Duffy explores the strong possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Built from interviews with scientists from around the world who have been working to get to the bottom of how the pandemic began, Origins critiques the media and academic institutions that tried to denigrate the lab leak hypothesis.