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Prepare To Have Your Worldview Obliterated

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The first draft of the civil rights-eroding USA PATRIOT Act was magically introduced one week after the 9/11 attacks. Legislators later admitted that they hadn’t even had time to read through the hundreds of pages of the history-shaping bill before passing it the next month, yet somehow its authors were able to gather all the necessary information and write the whole entire thing in a week.

This was because most of the work had already been done. CNET reported the following back in 2008:

“Months before the Oklahoma City bombing took place, [then-Senator Joe] Biden introduced another bill called the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995. It previewed the 2001 Patriot Act by allowing secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, creating a new federal crime of ‘terrorism’ that could be invoked based on political beliefs, permitting the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review. The Center for National Security Studies said the bill would erode ‘constitutional and statutory due process protections’ and would ‘authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations.’

Biden’s bill was never put to a vote, but after 9/11 then-Attorney General John Ashcroft reportedly credited his bill with the foundations of the USA PATRIOT Act.

“Civil libertarians were opposed to it,” Biden said in 2002 of his bill. “Right after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, ‘Joe, I’m introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994.’”

I point this out because it is now more important than ever to be aware that power structures (and their goons like Biden) can and will seize on opportunities to roll out pre-existing authoritarian agendas. We know it happened after 9/11, and we may be absolutely certain that it is happening now.

Commentator and satirist CJ Hopkins has a long, long, long, long ongoing thread on Twitter right now compiling dozens and dozens of creepy Orwellian steps that have been taken by governments around the world and by Silicon Valley tech giants in response to the virus over the last three weeks. I emphasize how long the thread is because if you think you’ve finished scrolling through it you probably haven’t; make sure you keep clicking “more replies” until you get to the current entries.

I strongly encourage everyone to scroll through the thread when you get a chance to get a sense of the scale and scope of the drastic measures that are being implemented around the world, and maybe bookmark it and keep checking back now and then for updates. The entire thread is comprised of mainstream media articles with excerpts; some entries are more jarring than others, but taken as a whole it becomes clear that we’re looking at a whole lot of power being handed over to the kinds of institutions which historically don’t do good things when given a lot more power.

And these are just the steps we know about.

To what extent are these drastic, intrusive, authoritarian measures justified? The answer, in my estimation, isn’t clear yet. There are too many unknowns about the virus, too many unknowns about the responses to it, and too many unknowns about exactly what is going on behind the veil of secrecy in opaque government agencies around the world. There’s an argument expert epidemiologists are making that there’s no time to get perfectly certain of these things before dealing with a pandemic, that speed is of the essence and hesitating due to fear of maybe getting something wrong can cost millions of lives. Maybe that’s true; I’m not an epidemiologist and I do not know.

What I do know is that enormous changes are happening, and that powerful people are definitely conspiring to advance their own interests as this unfolds. There are many theories about who specifically is conspiring with whom and the specific manner in which they are doing so, and they’re being dismissed by establishment loyalists as “conspiracy theories” as though that in and of itself constitutes some sort of argument. That conspiracies are happening is actually just a fact that is obvious to any adult with a mature understanding of the world, and it can be useful to come up with theories about how that might be occurring; calling theories about conspiracies the thing that they are in a disparaging tone does not actually invalidate them.

There are a ton of theories about what’s going on behind the scenes with this pandemic and the policies that are being put in place to respond to it. Some are smart and relatively well-founded, some are stupid and rooted in generalized paranoia or partisan idiocy, many contradict each other, and many could potentially fit together in some way. I personally haven’t seen enough evidence for any one theory to throw my weight behind it, but I am watching carefully, and I am glad that the hive mind is chewing on this riddle.

One thing I will put my weight behind right now is the prediction that those of us who are dedicated to truth are going to have to drastically revise our worldviews in the coming months. There are such large-scale shifts happening in such an unclear information environment that the only thing we should expect is the unexpected; this virus is shaking things up (and being used to shake things up) in ways we don’t really understand yet, and even before the virus the world’s dominant power structures were acting very weird. This means our ideas about what’s going on in the world will likely have to undergo some revising in the relatively near future; the bigger the revelations, the more revision will be necessary.

Right now that’s the primary piece of advice I have to offer: stay skeptical, stay intellectually honest, and keep your perspectives malleable. If we are more interested in the truth than we are in being proven right or in feeling smug, then we are likely on a collision course with future revelations that will change our ideas about how the world is functioning in some pretty significant ways. If this doesn’t sound possible to you, it’s only because you currently lack the humility, intellectual honesty and cognitive flexibility to understand that you may be seeing the full picture yet.

Things are shifting; all we can do is keep our minds agile enough to shift with them. Prepare to have your worldview obliterated.

Caitlin Johnstone

19 Comments on "Prepare To Have Your Worldview Obliterated"

  1. makati1 on Mon, 6th Apr 2020 10:52 pm 

    “Prepare To Have Your Worldview Obliterated”

    That can only happen if you do not live in the real world. I do. I’m ready for the future, as best as possible. Are you?

  2. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 2:53 am 

    Who is Caitlin Johnstone?

    She is a “resident” of Australia, but doesn’t say anything about her deep ancestry. American?

    She calls herself a “leftist” but she is most of all “anti-oligarchic” and is therefore prepared to work with other anti-oligarchs, like those on the right: paleo’s, libertarians. She hates the empire.

    I know for a fact that I like her.

    “but you can bet your ass my crony vassal state would ship me to the States in a heartbeat if they were asked to.”

    “I write about US politics because that’s where I reckon the head of the beast is. Australia is essentially an intelligence/military asset of the US-centralized international empire, so there’s no point writing about Aussie politics if I’m interested in helping our species avoid extinction. And that’s really the only reason I write.”

    “Since my focus is on worldwide restoration of power to ordinary people by prying it from the clutches of the oligarchs, my writings are often described as populist, and I think that’s fair. I have faith that ordinary people as a collective are much better governors of the world than a few depraved elites”

    “I believe capitalism is the underlying reason that these nationless elites have been able to so effectively seize control of the world’s governments, media, militaries and infrastructure.”

    ‘nationless elites’ is good! Please elaborate! Please realize that the same ‘nationless elites’ established an anti-capitalist “utopia” in the USSR. These elites are the problem, not that fine 17th Dutch-invented capitalist system.

    I disagree that capitalism needs to be abolished, instead it needs to be tamed. Capitalism is the most efficient system around, but it needs to be subordinated to ecological and national interests. I would advocate a ceiling in private wealth, like 20-50 million. A successful entrepreneur, who provides a living to thousands of families should be rewarded and able to buy an estate, but not a democracy, like currently in oligarch-run, fake democracy US.

    I focus a lot more on attacking the oligarchy than on promoting socialist policies… This is why I have often promoted the idea of working with anti-establishment conservatives toward this end, since libertarians, paleocons and civic nationalists are also generally interested in ridding the world of oligarchic influence and rampant corporatist corruption, as well as senseless military interventionism and Orwellian surveillance and censorship. I get a lot of criticism from the left about this. I insist that I am correct… Leftists call me a right-winger and a Nazi. Right-wingers call me a man hater, an Iran propagandist and a Soros shill. Centrists call me a Russian propagandist, an Assadist, and WikiLeaks asset. Really I’m just a mother doing her best to turn our species away from the omnicidal, ecocidal trajectory it appears to be travelling on.

  3. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 3:17 am 

    “GEOFFREY LEVY: From this awful nightmare there is one glimmer of hope – maybe we can get a cleaner, healthier planet…”

    This gentleman is entirely correct, when this is all over we should NOT endeavor to return to BAU and accept that our economies could lose 20% or so GDP permanently.

    We should not save airline companies, but instead make flying more expensive per mile in that airlines will be obliged to fly on carbon-neutral bio-kerosine, for starters:

    Alternatively, the price of an airline ticket should include the price of planting new trees to compensate for the carbon, burned during the flight.

    Airbus and Boeing should significantly downsize and concentrate on (hybrid) electric flying for the shorter distance, within Europe and the US, NOT all over the planet.

    With 20% less GDP it gets 20% easier to fully decarbonize, instead of running a rat race with your panels and wind turbines, fighting against a run-away economic growth machine.

  4. Davy on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 4:33 am 

    LOL, 20%?? We are likely talking much worse cloggo. We have not even really started this process. It has been a couple of weeks. The 20% is likely just the prelude of the ride down. The 20% will have to be digested and multiple industrial and service sectors will contract further. This is a process that will run a course over a decade like the rundown from the great financial crisis of 08. It took 10 years for that debt binge to run its course. It likely will be quicker because decline is generally swifter than a growth period.


  5. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 5:17 am 

    “LOL, 20%?? We are likely talking much worse cloggo. We have not even really started this process. It has been a couple of weeks. The 20% is likely just the prelude of the ride down.”

    True, for the US you have to factor in additional 30% GDP, due to gradual loss of reserve currency, resulting in 50% total GDP loss.


  6. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 5:32 am 

    Here as an illustration, the situation in the Netherlands:

    Upper graph shows that IC capacity will not be exhausted.

    Reason: lock-down, see 2nd graph. The Netherlands will remain below the curve of 2500 IC max, so we will not have apocalyptic scenes of thousands of people dying in sports halls-turned-makeshift “hospitals”. If we would have done nothing we would have had the brown curve of 17,000 people dying, 15,000 more than we have now.

    This humanitarian gesture will come at the severe cost of a deep recession, with impact for years to come.

    Note that these 15,000 people who we “saved”, are on average 82 year old’s, with strong health issues and who would have died soon anyway, on a different cause.

    Losing your granny, who has to die in isolation and agony, is a drama for granny and her children and grandchildren, for the fate of the nation it is completely irrelevant, a blib.

    Nevertheless, the are big plusses to this “crisis”.

    – globalism got a big kick in the teeth. The sudden change of EU heart at the Greek-Turkish border would not have happened without corona. Corona plays into the hands of the populists, at the cost of the globalist designs of empire and their vassals in Europe and Anglosphiere.
    – corona is good for the environment and transition. 2020 will be a vintage CO2 year!
    – corona encourages strengthening national cohesion, clap orgies for health workers. On my Whatsapp street group, traffic has increased dramatically with people offering help, cookies, shopping for elder and what not.

  7. Davy on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 6:29 am 

    ‘True, for the US you have to factor in additional 30% GDP, due to gradual loss of reserve currency, resulting in 50% total GDP loss. #Slovenia”

    There will be some slovenias but many more in Europe when the EU fails and the euro is worthless.

  8. Davy on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 6:30 am 

    ‘Here as an illustration, the situation in the Netherlands”

    Holland is a postage stamp country but the cloggo uses it constantly to project Europe as a whole.

  9. The Nationalist or is Ricky van Winckel? on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 8:42 am 

    or prepare to have your mind obliterated by a beautiful view of the world:

    Vegetable rights and peace V

  10. The Nationalist aka "the lover" (of muzzies) on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 8:47 am 

    Davy on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 6:30 am

    ‘Here as an illustration, the situation in the Netherlands”

    Holland is a postage stamp country but the cloggo uses it constantly to project Europe as a whole.

    i declare world grater nedertardland day feb22021 just one day after world grater supremacist muzzie bag day feb12021

    muzzie denied aid to pakistani christians …
    unlike all charity, muzzie charity is forbidden to help kufar

  11. The Nationalist aka "the lover" (of muzzies) on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 9:03 am 

    muzzie scholar, invoking Qur’an, says Muslims should rejoice when unbelievers “died because of the coronavirus”

    it’s not wrong to have the people’s trial of global muzzies for crime against humanity and amputate all muzzies. there’s no mercy

    do muzzie hear plea for mercy when they behead people? no

    create a calendar to remind ourselves that amputation of all muzzies is normal and ok

    put in software logic with explanations that muzzies are to be amputated in adherence to sharia ..they will go to heaven if amputated

  12. The Nationalist aka "the lover" (of muzzies) on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 9:04 am 

    Fathertard Stephen Farragher is no doubt a loyal follower of Pope Francis, who has made the risible claim that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

    fathertard venderbroeker said amputate all muzzies and he was chastised. but above is ok

  13. makati1 aka "the lover" (of muzzies) on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 9:44 am 

    muzzie Activists Press Malaysia to Ban Non-Halal Products…

  14. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 11:01 am 

    Never waste a good crisis for the globalist cause:

    “Coronavirus: Brown, Blair and Major join more than 200 world leaders and experts to call for ‘urgent’ funding to prevent second wave of pandemic”

    The signatories are all the usual suspects:

    Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major…

    Ninety-two former world leaders signed the letter, including Ireland’s Bertie Ahern, Australia’s Kevin Rudd, and Belgium’s Guy Verhofstadt.

    Other signatories include Ban Ki-moon, former UN secretary-general; Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

  15. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 7th Apr 2020 11:14 am 

    Saying goodbye to the Dutch (and European) Golden Decade, the Roaring Tens:

    Unemployment: 2.9% (lowest since 1973)
    Work-participation 15-75: 69.3% (highest ever)
    Public budget surplus: 1.7% (highest ever)
    Public debt: 48.4% (lowest since 2007)
    Uninterrupted growth: 23 Qrts (all but one longest)
    GDP/capita: 38.4k euro (highest ever)
    Pension fund: 1.5 trillion euro (highest ever)
    Global competition pecking order: #4
    Innovation pecking order: #4
    Private savings: 0.37 trillion (highest ever)

    Now comes the Coughing Twenties.

  16. Telly Savalas ( the lover of muzzies) on Wed, 8th Apr 2020 2:53 am 

    who luvs ya baby!

  17. the muzzie lover on Wed, 8th Apr 2020 2:54 am 

    My farts are liquid now, all is lost
    allah Snackbar!

  18. Abraham van Helsing on Wed, 8th Apr 2020 12:56 pm 

    “Could coronavirus be the beginning of the end for the oil industry?”

    “Wall Street analysts say the Covid-19 pandemic will permanently alter the energy industry and shift the debate around climate change. Ben Chapman finds out why”

    “Currie and his team believe that plummeting demand caused by the current crisis could, paradoxically, lead to a massive spike in oil prices next year when the economy comes out of hibernation. They predict that the oil industry won’t be able to keep up, leaving a gap for renewables such as wind and solar to fill.”

    “The wells most vulnerable to being shut down and never opening up again are those in North America and Russia, says Currie: “It’s going to require a lot of money to be spent to fix the industry.””

    I think so too.

    Corona is extremely good news for the European renewable energy industry.

  19. Apolitical on Fri, 10th Apr 2020 4:28 pm 

    I only live in the here and now.

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