I know, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about the Rise of the New Normal Reich. You want it to be over. So do I. It isn’t over … not by a long shot. It might seem like it’s over where you are. I imagine it does if you live in Florida, or in Texas, or the UK, or Sweden, or Croatia, or in some other country or state in which the majority of the “Covid restrictions” have been lifted, or perhaps were never introduced in the first place. If that’s the case, I’m happy for you.
I am sending you wishes of well-being. I hope you recover the plague the soonest, and we shall prevail!!!!
Amen, CJ. People need to realize there is no such thing as the left/right, liberal/conservative, or Democrat/Republican divide anymore—those are merely distractions to prevent us from uniting. Right now, the only division that matters is whether you are pro-tyranny or pro-freedom. Period.
I have been calling for people to rise above their partisan divides since my first essay (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/a-primer-for-the-propagandized), in which I describe the recipe for achieving mass control as follows:
“Whip up a witches’ brew of anger, envy, and, most importantly, fear, escalating emotions to a boil so as to short-circuit our faculties of reason and logic.
“Isolate us from one another, supplant real-world interactions with virtual feuds, label nonconformists as a threat to the group, and pump the public with a disinformation campaign designed to confuse and atomize. In essence, foster a cultlike mentality that shuts down thought to guarantee assent.
“Cultivate and wield our cognitive biases—especially ingroup bias, conformity bias, and authority bias—against us in a comprehensive divide-and-conquer policy that keeps us too busy squabbling amongst ourselves to recognize and unite against those corralling us into a Matrix-like collective delusion that enables the powerful to extract our resources for their own gain.
“This is not a partisan issue. Those who wish to control us have made it such because disunited lemmings are easier to steer than independent, critical thinkers.
“This is a human issue. This is about crushing the middle class—the backbone of a democratic republic—and transferring trillions from the middle and lower classes to the ruling plutocracy. This is about demolishing the foundations of a free society and building it back—not better, but better-controlled.”
Sadly your observations are spot on C.J., per usual. LA county next door is about to re-institute "indoor mask mandates," even while local doctors publicly dismiss that there is any crisis in hospitalizations whatsoever. While the San Diego school district where my two young grandsons 5 & 7 attend will be doing the same for the fall school year. The head of the school district explaining that if a child doesn't feel comfortable wearing a mask that they should simply not attend school in person. No "science" needed, just more totalitarian dictates. I would like to think people have had enough - but the knee jerk reaction by most to the latest official orders to "jump" - is simply to say - "how high?"
I really hate to say this, but it is becoming more and more clear that the only path out of this new normal cluster will have to involve the people reminding the leaders that no, they do not have a "monopoly on violence."
Perhaps a "demonstration" with no damage or bloodshed would be sufficient, but it never actually is.
God help us!
“… score cheap points on Twitter, or Gettr, or Telegram…”
That’s why I’m off social media. People get along just fine in meat space. That being said, my dear compatriots do drive me to distraction, that’s why I left. No idea how you do it.
I for one understand what you are saying about people being at each others throats. There are a whole lot of people in my life everyday that I just don't engage with. What I mean is I have a cursory required conversation with, for example coworkers. But they have no Idea what is happening around them or in the rest of the world. They choose to look away and pretend. These are simply not serious people. I do not have the time to catch them up, nor do I wish to risk the repercussions of doing so. This too is gloomy. The unexpected magical thing is that a couple times a week I have an amazing conversation with people I hardly know or indeed just met. They know what is happening and I talk to them them like we are long lost old friends. A man came to cut down a wind damaged tree in my yard and we an amazing random, completely honest conversation about the time we are in. This gives me hope.
the french had the best solution and im afraid their revolution was not peaceful, this is the only way i see it happening or we are doooooomed!
So happy you are on Substack, friend.
It really is becoming the AWAKE version of what New Yorker was when New Yorker was something special...like 15 years ago. I used to look forward to it but now I look forward to my special Substacks and New Yorker makes me barf.
We gotta get you out of there, CJ.
It’s very depressing. Even those on the same side as me cannot abide the possibility that I am now willing to explore the idea that there wasn’t even a new virus in the first place.
OMG. The reaction is almost as if I’ve committed a capital crime instead of being transparent & saying “I’m not satisfied by what we’ve been told here & I would like to see further, empirical exploration with a view to obtaining more powerful evidence”.
We’re alogned, it seems, on many things, including that NONE of the “measures” imposed did any good nor ever could have; and that the alleged “vaccines” are ineffective & dangerous.
Therefore, everything should go back to normal.
Nope. Not enough alignment.
I’m very glad I belong to no club, association or profession. I plan always to remain independently minded.
Push back against that which is crushing the life out of a once-free people.
Waste no time on anything else.
That’s my recommendation anyway!
If you disagree, that’s absolutely fine
Here in some parts of the US, it does feel like it is over. And then you learn that DC schools will require kids 12 + to be covid-vaxxed for school, and you realize it's not over by a long shot. And it won't be over until our politicians start acknowledging vax injury and the media starts covering it. Which I can't see as anything other than inevitable...At least I hope so.
I am writing to you from Italy, a country that has probably had one of the worst scenarios and the longest restrictions, now we still have a transport mask, green pass for the hospital, nursing homes, but many people do not wear it, especially in trains. . The dragon left the temple a couple of days ago, but that doesn't mean it's time to feel relieved, we think it's a strategy, despite resigning he still has the power to carry out the plans it's absolutely a time of concern to prepare for what can happen in the fall. in italy there are many communities that are being born, especially one in the north, we are 10,000 people now, mostly families, we are trying to be independent from food, agriculture, culture, health care, wood heating, home schooling and so on , even with the method of exchange and barter, it seems impossible, but it is possible. It is important to be in communities and to support each other, being alone is very difficult. Now several new court rulings are getting suspended doctors and non-vaccinated doctors reinstated. Right now many people are sick, most, many, trivaccinated. The mainstream says that many people are dying from the heat as in 2003, the issue of monkeypox has not attacked the public nor even the African mosquito. Let's get ready, these are crazy to bind !!!! Love will win!
Some of the culpable in facilitating the madness are those in the arts, in film, & game & software development. They should know better from history. They have zero intellectual honesty & courage. But the most culpable are the media & the order following law enforcement. The latter are doing it for a pension they’ll never get. The media themselves appear to be heavily indoctrinated & mired in groupthink. But it is they with their lack of critical thinking & intellectual honesty that are worthy of the most condemnation. With every broadcast & social engineering articles they condemn themselves & humanity to a perpetual hell of a permanent biosecurity state.
When i go to @consent_factory twitter, I get this warning: "Caution: This profile may include potentially sensitive content
You’re seeing this warning because they Tweet potentially sensitive images or language. Do you still want to view it?"
Then i press YES, SHOW ME THE FRIGHTENING STUFF,
And then I get all sorts of warnings "Age-restricted adult content. This content might not be appropriate for people under 18 years old. To view this media, you’ll need to log in to Twitter. Learn more".
This is how absolutely absurd the world has become. Such a pity Elon does not want to destroy this big-brother-dystopia anymore. And no, I will definitely not log-in anymore, because they kicked me out 3 times already.
I too live (on an island of occasional sanity) in one of the New Normal enclaves, and your sentence, "The masses are like actors being forced to emotionally invest in the “reality” of an absurdist stage play" is so true.
I know that not everyone has the ability or opportunity, but by not being in a metro or even suburban area helps immensely. Even within the New Reich a bit of space can be what keeps the insanity at bay.
When I leave my "island", the described clowns are running to and fro, but when I return, normalcy and personal sanity and calm, returns.
Not living in the New Normal Germany, who (and where) is that man in the lead photograph! New Normal, Old Normal—right in your face. I empathize.
Although I do not live in A New Normal stronghold U.S. state, there are still residual participants out there in my state to be seen in public places— people wearing masks in stores or walking outdoors or at farmers markets and even worse people masking their children down to age of toddlers. So, the hysteria and illogic are waiting to be reignited, whether attacks by “foreign” microbes or countries or ideologies. Note the Ukraine mythology. Mainstream propaganda, whether through media, corporate advertising or politicians, local to national, still flourishes, still captivates the Normal captive audience. Daily, on every conceivable front. The age old, usual US garbage.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Because, the movers and shakers know we know it is all smoke and mirrors. To quote Neil Oliver, “ our seeing and knowing and shouting about it isn’t deemed to matter.”