An insidious disease is spreading across the globe. Highly contagious and extremely deadly, this plague is reshaping the lives of men and women around the planet. It has left no community untouched. That disease, by the way, is not coronavirus – IT IS FEAR.
Fear of the pandemic has spread faster than the virus itself. Fear of job loss; fear of the unknown; fear of educations suspended; fear of families segregated, holidays canceled, businesses shuttered, and homes quarantined.
Though a deadly terror too many, COVID-19 has become a boon to those seeking to hold the reins of power. Authorities around the world have harnessed that fear to enact a massive power grab. Fear of an unseen virus has provided both the excuse and the impetus to seize more power.
Governments are using COVID-19 as a pretext for repression. Extremist groups are using COVID-19 to advance an agenda of hate, increasing fear of others in order to preserve and increase their own power. State governments have imposed restrictions on the freedoms that Americans have enjoyed for generations. Persons with disabilities around the world have faced further marginalization increased difficulties in accessing information and health care and LGBTI persons have been arrested and harassed.
In some countries it is illegal to even mention the virus. Communist China has used the virus to contain pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and punish minority groups within their country. Conspiracy theories have fueled a rise in anti-Semitism in France and Germany and troubling incidents of anti-Muslim rhetoric and activity have been reported in India and Western Europe, along with anti-Shia sentiments in some predominantly Sunni countries, including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The Burmese government continues to systematically restrict health care for Rohingya individuals and freedom of movement, preventing them from seeking life-saving help.
In his August 24 episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Mr. Carlson saw the new powers being wielded by unelected officials and asked, “When do we get our country back?” As he pointed out, the original plan was for life to return to normal after the curve flattened. That curve has come—and gone.
Now it is all about a vaccine or so we are told. Mandatory vaccination has already been suggested, but even forced vaccination may not bring a return to normality. Curves and vaccines mean nothing to the likes of World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom, who said: “We will not, we cannot, go back to the way things were.” There will be no getting our country or world back – if the elites have their say. And even if COVID-19 goes, the fear is here to stay.
The political establishment has seen what fear can accomplish—what fear has given to them. And they will not relinquish it easily. As George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984, “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.” And many have become drunk on it.
Never in their wildest dreams could politicians in South Africa have imagined they could deploy almost 70,000 troops to enforce lockdown measures. What unelected health official in Queensland, Australia, could have hoped to open or close national borders? What premier would dare to lock down a state? What about police using drones to hunt those nefarious bushwalkers in the United Kingdom’s Peak District or on the streets of Melbourne? What about Victorian police requesting—and being denied—the use of a military spy plane to track lockdown violators? This is the power grab happening right now under the pretext of stopping the spread of coronavirus. And too many are letting it happen. We are trading public freedom for public health.
Aldous Huxley wrote in A Brave New World that “a really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude.”
While many may not love the lockdowns, they certainly see it as a necessity. How tragic it is that free citizens openly or passively support government-mandated house arrest!
An environment of fear breeds conformity. Obviously nobody wants to die, or be sick. People want the pandemic to be over. And so, with the mainstream media screaming fear in one ear, and the medical expert–prophets of doom in the other, it is little wonder people just accept the measures.
With so few voices of dissent, who will check the power grab?
It is in the best interest of the elites to keep people afraid. After all – A fearful population is a compliant population.
Source: The Power of Fear by Callum Wood, the Trumpet; Countries are using the coronavirus to repress and persecute by Sam Brownback, The Hill