20th June edit: I put this up to collate a few things I’d found on the subject, ask a few questions, nothing too world shaking. Since then the state-corporate system has become more powerful, the rich have become much richer and prospects for the poor, even for the good ‘ole middle-class, have become much bleaker. A lot of what follows is out of date therefore. For a decent look at where we stand at the moment, regarding this so-called ‘pandemic’, see this article and this thorough overview, neither of which are spotless, but both of which present, on the whole, a compelling case.
Something ain’t right.1 There doesn’t seem to be much clarity about the state of affairs, but plenty of confidence. Everyone knows a nurse, doctor, epidemiologist and journalist these days, and a look through the paps; well, everything looks so plausible. Look at those figures! To address the freakish uniformity of thought on the subject, here is a summary list, in no particular order, of 7 skeptical or critical points which, I’m fairly confident, are either true or, at the very least, are matters worth seriously investigating. These are based on the testimony of friends in positions to observe what is going on (yes, I too know an expert), my own rather cursory research of the available facts and my understanding of the civilised system, which I’ve spent a long time investigating.
- Confirmed novel coronavirus cases currently number less than 3.3 million worldwide, which is 0.04% of the world’s population, with deaths coming to 0.0028% of the world population. With enough testing that could rise to perhaps 0.5% infected? 0.1% mortality? Doesn’t seem like much for a flu-like illness that mostly kills the old and infirm. Governments appear to be inflating C-19 deaths by being very lax about what constitutes ‘death by coronavirus’. (see this thorough overview of UK reporting, or this critical account, or this one — Italy and Germany appear to be doing much the same). The WHO appears to be basing their figure of ‘3 – 4%’ mortality rate only on those patients who were treated in a hospital. Germany, South Korea and Iceland have returned death rates of 0.37%, 0.6% and 0.4% respectively2: only slightly higher than flu. This review of global cases found a lethality no higher than 0.4%. If this is the case, why would the WHO inflate deaths in this way? Anything to do with GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer AG, Sanofi, Merck and other drug and vaccine companies being principle donors?
- Governments around the world have used the virus as a pretext to pass an extraordinary number of chillingly authoritarian laws restricting freedom of movement and freedom of speech and vastly expanding systems of surveillance and [police] control (see this twitter thread for an incomplete sample, more here). These are very unlikely to be repealed (the Patriot Act was supposed to be temporary), and worse is sure to come. But. Those laws were going to be passed anyway. System legislation only ever goes in one direction — more control. As society begins to break down, the net will tighten further; all, of course, ‘for our benefit’.
- 50 – 80% of people infected with Sars-Cov-2 never experience any symptoms (see, for example, here). The BMJ reports that 80% of cases are asymptomatic. The UK Office of National Statistics found that of the 3,372 deaths recorded with underlying C19, approximately 3,068 had at least one comorbidity with the majority having more than two. These are not the findings of ‘conspiracy theorists’.3 Even the UK chief medical officer confirmed that the coronavirus was harmless to the vast majority, but even if the coronavirus is ‘really’ worse than the flu, even if say double or triple or perhaps even five times the number of people die from the coronavirus as they did from the 2017 or 2000 flu (which seems unlikely), that’s hardly a good enough reason to lock the world up.
- Plenty of countries who have not instigated lockdown seem to be doing just fine. Compare deaths per million in ‘loose lockdown countries’ Japan, Mexico and Sweden to those US, the UK and Germany. In many cases non-lockdown countries have done much better. So why did we need it? Oddly it’s those governments most desirous of becoming completely autocratic who are recording high death counts — nothing to do with C-19 being good for passing authoritarian rules I suppose? For the most part ICUs weren’t overrun (Spanish hospitals regularly collapse from flu). How many people are now dying at home because they can’t or won’t go to a hospital? And why is the British Conservative party, whose murderous policies the United Nations recently concluded ‘have led to the systematic immiseration of millions across Great Britain’ suddenly so very worried about the fate of a few thousand OAPs? When it no longer even believes Covid-19 to be a high-consequence infectious disease? Why does any government suddenly care so much about the old and infirm? Why are children being locked up — it’s almost impossible for them to get it — surely it would make more sense just to lock up those who can get it — the old and inform? And why are the lives of the few C-19 victims more important than the millions upon millions that will die of hunger because of the broken supply chains and collapsing economies of lockdown?
- Lockdown is going to create an unbelievable, horrific depression.4 I’m not sure anyone is disputing that. At the moment 30 million people are out of work in the US. 30 million! It seems likely that the coming market-collapse will kill many people, probably more than the coronavirus will, even without lockdown. It would appear that governments have put in place police-states to police the horrendous states that will result from putting in place police states. But. The depression was certain to happen anyway. Financial bubbles always burst and the global inflationary superbubble we’ve been living in for the past few decades has been on the point of a final, shattering pop for twenty years; a vent appeared in 2008 and was patched up, but the swelling never stopped. Elites have known for as long as I have that, one way or another, catastrophe is coming. What kinds of plans have they made or are they making?
- Some folk are doing okay though! All the wealthy upper-middle class folks in their large, comfortable homes don’t seem to be doing too badly.5 Property owners generally seem to be muddling through. Landlords in some countries have been given mortgage holidays while, at the same time, still receiving rents, effectively doubling their income, millionaires in the US have been given lucrative tax-breaks and $5,000,000,000,000 was handed over to the corporate economy. Tech companies have come out of this pretty well too — somehow Apple kept going — Bezos doesn’t seem to have suffered much, it seems that drug companies (those that sponsor the WHO) are coping, the combined wealth of the richest 500 people on the planet has gone up since March 23rd and America’s billionaire’s have made $432 billion in the past two months. Anyone asking ‘why would world elites deliberately bork the world economy’ might have an answer there?
- Most people tell you that they don’t believe what they read in the news and that they don’t trust governments. And yet so many people believe that C-19 is uniquely dangerous and requires draconian policies to control. Even so-called ‘alternative media’ outlets (see my new postscript to 7 Unofficial Socialists) are not questioning the state of affairs when there is clearly a good reason to be sceptical of what is officially presented. The so-called ‘dissident’ left are all crowded round sniffing the Labour Party leaks.6 These are the same people who remind us, over and over again, that the government lied about Iraq’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’. Even, going on a flight of fancy, if the government and their institutional hangers-on aren’t lying now, even if C-19 has a 10% or 20% mortality rate and even if the right thing to do is lock-down, increase police powers, funnel through a tonne of repressive laws and demolish the lives of the poor, that still wouldn’t excuse complete unquestioning acceptance of the official picture. Unless you fundamentally support the system; then it makes sense.
I use the word ‘appear’ quite a lot there. I’m not certain of what is going on, I don’t imagine many people are. Some of the above might turn out to be mistaken, but as a whole they add up to an empty hole in the middle of the official presentation of the situation that few people appear to be looking into, most conspicuously, as I say, the left.7 But as you can probably tell from this none-too-incisive post — just a few links and questions basically — I’m not very interested in investigating the hole myself because, firstly, it’s obvious that the system is in it and, secondly, I believe that all conspiracy theories are a red-herring, even the correct ones. Even if a nefarious cabal of Illuminati are rubbing their hands in underground bunkers, or if Bill Gates, in league with the WHO, is planning to depopulate the earth8, or if ‘5G has caused the coronavirus’9 — it would still be nowhere near as astonishing, or as horrifying, as the origin and growth of the encompassing system. This is why I won’t be writing much more on the coronavirus, except as it develops into the next nightmarish phase of dystopia. If you want to read a good analysis of the situation, connecting the system up specifically to this hole, try Dmitry Orlov’s. I’ve written two accounts of the future, in my two books, both of which are certain to roughly come to pass. I don’t have a crystal ball and have no idea what the details will be. I didn’t predict this calamitous event and can’t predict the next one; but the overall trend, which my accounts express, is indisputable. Total control followed by utter ruin. This is the beginning of the end for civilisation. The nightmarish sense of the frozen world at the moment and the horrors of the consequent depression are both microscopic compared to what is to come.
Read about what the system actually is and where it is headed in my free guide, 33 Myths of the System.
- Personally speaking this whole business has, so far, been quite agreeable for me. By something of a fluke I have ended up in a flat which, although tiny, has a garden surrounded by trees full of wrens, blackbirds and long-tailed tits, I have lost most of my waged-work but my readers and supporters raised an astonishing sum of money to keep me afloat for a year without it, and I like the quiet world, even if the behaviour of so many people in it has become, if you can believe it, even creepier than before (Today, in the middle of George Street, the main shopping road through Reading, I walked past a guy who looked like Paul Heaton, walking a highland terrier, calling out ‘meth, anyone for meth?’). Finally, I have always believed that something like this was inevitable; believable.
- Thanks to OffGuardian for discovering these sources, and various others in this piece. I certainly do not agree with their ‘take’ on quite a few matters, or, occasionally, on their style, and as I keep saying, ultimately, who knows — but at least they’re asking questions. Other ‘alt-left’ sites should be ashamed of themselves.
- A Stanford anti-body study also concluded that the fatality rate if infected is likely to be 0.1 to 0.2 percent — although conflict of interests and questionable methodology puts those figures in doubt.
- Because people are only buying what they need — what does that tell you?
- Although God only knows what private horrors are taking place between couples who have to actually face each other for five minutes.
- I think one of the most interesting things about this situation is how it cuts completely through the fake left-right dichotomy. So far I’ve seen John Pilger applauding Piers Morgan, George Galloway on the same side of the fence as Tony Blair and Peter Hitchins retweeting me!
- Also unmentioned by the rebel left; the genuinely revolutionary opportunities presented by this situation, such as reclaiming land, permanent rent strikes and so on.
- Who knows what’s in Gates’ mind (don’t expect the world’s media to offer to much insight), but on his blog he says ‘The goal is to pick the one or two best vaccine constructs and vaccinate the entire world—that’s 7 billion doses if it is a single-dose vaccine, and 14 billion if it is a two-dose vaccine.’ Yes, vaccinate every single person on the planet for a virus with a death-rate of much less than 1 per cent.
- If, as seems to be the case, the virus isn’t very much worse than flu, 5G can’t be the cause anymore than 4G was the cause of the last one. What appears to be happening is that people are reacting unreasonably to a reasonable danger (David Icke’s stock-in-trade), in this case an extremely powerful and entirely unnecessary new technology, which is only being imposed on us because of the needs of the technocratic system. Now (thanks to people like Icke) that the reaction to 5G has been given the all-purpose bogey label ‘conspiracy theory’ it’s impossible to reasonably discuss any threat of it. I wonder if to suggest that face recognition requires 5G but Netflix and Facebook don’t is to offer a ‘conspiracy theory’?