April 26, 2020

The Ultimate Divide and Conquer


It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each another and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from people acting together, acting in concert; isolated people are powerless by definition.
– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
Western civilization, led by the US government and media as always, has embarked upon a campaign of mass psychological terrorism designed to cover for the collapsing economy, set up a new pretext for Wall Street’s ongoing plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people.
The pretext for this abomination is a flu epidemic which objectively is a version of the same kind of flu caused by the same kind of Coronavirus we’ve endured so long without totalitarian rampages and mass insanity. The global evidence is converging on the facts: This flu is somewhat more contagious than the norm and is especially dangerous for those who are aged and already in poor health from pre-existing maladies. It is not especially dangerous for the rest of the population. The overall death rate looks to be somewhere in the range of 0.2-.02% of those infected, with the numbers from a myriad of places converging toward 0.1%.
The whole concept of “lockdowns” is exactly upside down, exactly the wrong way any sane society would respond to this circumstance. It’s the vulnerable who should be shielded while nature takes its course among the general population, who should go about life as usual. Dominionist-technocratic rigidity can’t prevent an epidemic from cycling through the population in spite of the delusions of that religion, especially since Western societies began their measures far too late anyway. So it’s best to let herd immunity develop as fast as it naturally will, at which time the virus recedes from lack of hosts (and is likely to mutate in a milder direction along the way). This is the only way to bring a safer environment for all including the most vulnerable. The fact that most societies have rejected the sane, scientific route in favor of doomed-to-fail attempts at a forcible violent segregation and sterilization is proof that governments aren’t concerned with the public health (as if we didn’t know that already from a thousand policies of poisoning the environment while gutting the health care system) but are very ardent to use this crisis they artificially generated in order radically to escalate their police state power toward totalitarian goals.
The whole concept of self-isolation and anti-social “distancing” is radically anti-human. We evolved over millions of years to be social creatures living in tight-knit groups. Although modern societies ideologically and socioeconomically work to massify and atomize people, nevertheless almost all of us still seek close human companionship in our lives.
(I suspect most of the internet police-state-mongers are not only fascists at heart but are confirmed misanthropic loners who couldn’t care less about human closeness.)
This terror campaign seeks to blast to pieces any remaining human closeness, which means any remaining humanity as such, the better to isolate individual atoms for subjection to total domination. Arendt wrote profoundly on this goal of totalitarian governments, though even she didn’t envision a state-driven cult of the literal physical repulsion of every atom from every other atom.
So far the people are submitting completely to a terror campaign dedicated to the total eradication of whatever community was left in the world, and especially whatever community was starting to be rebuilt.
Some dream of this terror campaign somehow bringing about a magical collective transformation. They don’t explain how that is supposed to happen when everyone’s so insanely terrorized they’re desperate to detach physically from their own shadows, let alone physically come together with other people. But any kind of political or social action, any kind of movement-building, requires close person-to-person contact.
It seems that for most erstwhile self-alleged dissidents, the fact that social media is no substitute for face-to-face organizing and group action, a fact hitherto universally acknowledged by these dissidents, is another truth suddenly jettisoned a few weeks ago and replaced by its complete antithesis.
Thus the terror campaign is a virus causing those it infects to abdicate all activism and all prospect for all future activism, for as long as they remain insane with the fever of this propaganda terror.
Far more profoundly and evoking despair, the terror campaign is a virus causing those it infects to fear and loathe all human contact, all companionship, all closeness, all things which ever made us human in the first place. Prior totalitarian regimes sought this lack of contact and trust through networks of informers. These networks are part of today’s terror campaign as well, encouraged from above and spontaneously arising from below as a result of the feeling of terror as well as the exercise of prior petty-evil intentions on the part of petty-evil individuals.
But today’s totalitarian potential is far worse than this. Now the regimes aspiring to total domination have terrorized and brainwashed the vast majority of people into an automatic physical distrust of all other people. One no longer fears that someone is an informer, but fears the very existence of another human being. Any kind of human relations, from personal friendship and romance to friendly social gatherings and clubs to social and cultural movements become impossible under such circumstances. This threatens to be the end of the very concept of shared humanity, to be replaced by an anthill of slave atoms with no consciousness beyond fear and the most animal concern for food and shelter, which already is allowed or denied in the same way experimenters do with lab rats.
And the more people fear and loathe the literal physical existence of all other people, the more the situation becomes ripe for every epidemic of murder, from the already spiking rate of domestic violence and killings to incipient lynch mobs to pogroms to Nazi-style extermination campaigns.
This is the system’s end goal. It’s the logical end where every trend of today leads. All of it is trumped up over an epidemic which objectively is a flu season somewhat rougher than average.
Why do the people want to surrender and throw away all reality and future prospect of shared humanity, happiness, freedom, well-being, over so little? Is this really a terminal totalitarian death cult, the globe as one massive Jonestown?
So far it seems this is what the majority wants. If they don’t really want this consummation of universal death in spirit, emotion and body, they’d better snap out of their terror-induced mental delirium fast, before it’s too late.


  1. Russ,

    I consider most of what I have read of yours, in the relatively short time I have been reading your blog and your comments at MoA, to be of high quality and valuable to my thinking, but this article I would have to rate among the best and most valuable to me.

    I live in a small VT town which has been a close knit community where people freely and joyously walk the town, often with their dogs, with kids often playing in the streets and a usual friendly and busy hustle bustle on the one block of our Main St. and our downtown park. I don’t walk much because of a sever knee injury but my wife does and is quite avid about it. She never passes someone without a friendly smile and greeting and often a conversation. At least that was the case until we were beset with this scamdemic. Now most people are wearing their masks, avoiding even eye contact and sometimes being somewhat hostile.

    I have considered the idea that you so clearly define in this post to have been the motive for all the hype and lockdown since this whole thing started. But you have articulated this idea so well that I would like to ask your permission to paraphrase you or even use some of your phrases or sentences verbatim in my efforts to enlighten others. This “terror campaign” has been so insidiously successful that it has indeed “blasted to pieces” what used to be the norm of human closeness here in our town and I am sure even more so in other areas of the state and country. Most urgent now is the resurrection of the old social norm here and movement into a new economic norm of local activity and interdependence.

    Thank you for your continuing coherent and cogent writings.

    Comment by juannie — April 27, 2020 @ 2:50 am

    • John I’m glad you find what I write valuable. By all means feel free to use it any way you think could help. I agree, “Most urgent now is the resurrection of the old social norm here and movement into a new economic norm of local activity and interdependence.”

      You’re in Vermont? I went to college there my first two years before transferring. Lovely place. I’d love to move back up there.

      Comment by Russell Bangs — April 27, 2020 @ 4:07 am

  2. Another great comment Russ- keep it going.

    I am sending out the swptr link and that video of the two CA doctors to everyone I know of and to many I haven’t contacted in years. Also sending it out to media , grocery store managers, university professors and other over educated types- laughs. I do not care what the blowback will be for me personally- this is an emergency and not a viral one.

    Keep going brother.

    Comment by Allen — April 27, 2020 @ 9:39 am

    • Sounds great Allen, and thanks. (Thanks also for the good word at MoA.) I agree this is a world-historical emergency, and the worst pandemics now are those of insanity and totalitarian intent.

      Comment by Russell Bangs — April 27, 2020 @ 11:36 am

      • Russ,

        I’m going to email you a piece that I finished today. Feel free to use it. The tables don’t translate in a comment box so I’ll register for email here and then reply to that.

        It’s on the narrow point of the disappearance of the flu positive in the CDC records over the last 3 weeks.

        Comment by Allen — April 27, 2020 @ 8:40 pm

  3. MoA censoring all my comments now. Posted the Orlov article and it was taken down on a matter of minutes:


    This comment below was not allowed- pretty sure my account is now censored even as it says ‘comment posted.’

    Some interesting data on the value of shares of Big Pharma before and after “pandemic.”

    Percentage drop and increase in share price in February-April of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies (value in dollars):


    ROCHE HOLDING 19/2/20 – 351,1 12/3/20 – 247,4 % – 29
    JOHSON&JOHNSON 21/2/20 – 149,8 12/3/20 – 110,6 % – 26,3
    GILEAD 20/2/20 – 67 12/3/20 – 68 % – 1,4
    AMGEN 13/2/20 – 223 12/3/20 – 182 % – 18,3
    GLAXO 10/2/20 – 1657 12/3/20 – 1404 % – 15,2
    NOVARTIS 12/2/20 – 95 12/3/20 – 83,9 % – 11,6
    MERCK 13/2/20 – 122,7 12/3/20 – 89,5 % – 27
    SANOFI 18/2/20 – 93,7 12/3/20 – 73,4 % – 21,6
    ABBVIE 13/2/20 – 64,5 12/3/20 – 74,2 % + 15
    PFIZER 11/2/20 – 38,09 12/3/20 – 30,1 % – 21,2


    ROCHE HOLDING 12/3/20 – 274,4 28/4/20 – 352,7 % +28,5
    JOHSON&JOHNSON 12/3/20 – 110,6 24/4/20 – 154,86 % +40
    GILEAD 12/3/20 – 68 29/4/20 – 83,14 % +22,2
    AMGEN 12/3/20 – 182 27/4/20 – 242 % +32,9
    GLAXO 12/3/20 – 1404 30/4/20 – 1698 % +20,9
    NOVARTIS 12/3/20 – 83,9 27/4/20 – 88,03 % +5,8
    MERCK 12/3/20 – 88,5 30/4/20 – 108,55 % +22,6
    SANOFI 12/3/20 – 73,4 27/4/20 – 93,4 % +27,2
    ABBVIE 12/3/20 – 74,2 29/4/20 – 83,76 % +12,8
    PFIZER 12/3/20 – 30,1 29/4/20 – 38,12 % +26,7

    Comment by Allen — May 4, 2020 @ 1:02 pm

    • I saw that Allen. I was in the act of replying to you and when I finished my draft and refreshed the page I saw your comment was gone. So I just italicized the quote I wanted to emphasize without giving the link and posted it. Last I saw it was still there. I’m not sure why b doesn’t delete my comments, maybe because I’ve been a regular (on and off) for several years. It seems like he deletes newer names and comments with certain kinds of links. But he’s been getting more twitchy and grumpy with the delete button, so I won’t be surprised if my turn comes soon.

      Seems like Wall Street and Big Drug know what the terror-lockdowns are all about. If only our erstwhile “anti-corporate” dissidents could understand. Meanwhile in their estimation Ioannidis went from universally appreciated Big Pharma debunker to hack with an “agenda” in just a couple of weeks. The flipping of polarities really is unprecedented in profundity and magnitude.

      Thanks for posting the Beeley link. Glad to see she’s one of the few sane ones. I go to Orlov’s site but this one had most of the piece behind his paywall. I’m glad I was able to read the whole thing, it’s very good.

      Comment by Russell Bangs — May 4, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

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