Imagine living in a world devoid of individual freedoms and basic human rights, where each person’s behaviour, speech and (even) thoughts are determined by the state. A world characterised by ubiquitous surveillance and ensuing censorship of any action or utterance that deviates from the regime’s version of the ‘greater good’, where martial law can be imposed at the whim of unelected bureaucrats under the pretence of keeping us all ‘safe’.
It is increasingly apparent that people’s day-to-day lives are being shaped by a global ‘elite’ that reside outside of our democratic systems. And our experiences over the last three years strongly suggest that these powerful actors are repeatedly deploying a three-stage process – an authoritarian template – to achieve their self-serving goals.
The Atlantic. What does this phrase conjure up in your mind? Splashing about in the sea in Cornwall? Worries about the direction of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?
As of autumn 2022, add another: Professor Emily Oster’s now infamous “Let’s Forget About The Beastly Things We Did During Covid And Just Be Friends” article was, of course, published in The Atlantic.
In summer 2021, the private messaging forum that HART used was illegally hacked and our private conversations downloaded. Within 24 hours we were contacted by a small company called Logically AI who told us they were going to publish the conversations. This small company had a contract with the government worth over a million pounds of taxpayer’s money.
It strikes us that there is this apocryphal idea in the minds of many that proven conspiracies have only happened in the dim and distant past. This is a very bizarre position to hold. What it supposes is that for centuries there has been clear evidence of deep state corruption within governments and secret government agencies, but somehow that just suddenly stopped a mere moment ago. Nowadays, the fairytale goes that mummy and daddy government in the civilised West would never do anything to harm its citizens. Ever.
…or never in my wildest nightmares? This was the opening phrase in a Twitter post from Dr Lisa Iannattone,on 15 June. The whole Tweet read, “Never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted a future where a new virus would become the #1 infectious disease killer of children and that medical leadership would decide […]
The truth sandwich is promoted as a way of myth busting. The idea is that you state the truth, refer to a myth that you are trying to debunk — and why it is wrong — and then restate the truth. For example, this article used this method in an attempt to debunk the allegation that the Nuremberg code has been violated.
There are plenty of examples in history of individuals who have been brilliant on one topic and controversial on another. Take Marie Curie; a ‘nerd’s nerd who broke the law for knowledge’. A veritable boundary rider, she went on to win 2 Nobel prizes for her scientific discoveries, but also enjoyed a good seance and slept with vials of Radium by her bed because it was ‘pretty’ (a habit that no doubt contributed to her eventual death from aplastic pernicious anaemia). We don’t however dismiss her entire body of scientific work because she dabbled in a bit of witchcraft or didn’t fully understand the dangers of radioactivity.
We are pleased to note that Orwellian censorship antics promulgated by the UK Government – in cahoots with various civil service agencies, assorted contractors and pharmaceutical companies – has managed a few days in the mainstream limelight, even making the front page of the Daily Telegraph.
The BMJ published an article on 5 May entitled ‘We need a gold standard for randomised control trials studying misinformation and vaccine hesitancy on social media’. This lends yet more weight to the thesis set out in our article relating current events to the Orwell 1984 classic. Here we have yet another example of Newspeak trying to eradicate dangerous Wrongthink, in one of the supposedly most ‘prestigious’ Science journals.
Using particular labels has become the unbeatable weapon du jour of online warfare. If you successfully brand someone a racist, a conspiracy theorist, an anti-vaxxer, alt-right or an antisemite (ideally several of these at once), you neutralise everything-they-ever-said-ever. Boom. Done. You’re finished. Next.
There are times when it seems that nothing will ever be the same again. Many of us long to go back to normal life where we can work, play, pay our taxes and observe professional scribes and commentators vociferously debate the arguments du jour. But when it gets to the stage where even pachyderm enthusiasts are consistently ignoring gigantic herds of elephants stampeding around them, their active cognitive dissonance and Nelsonian ignorance is nothing short of enraging.
Spiked has published a spiteful article by Fraser Myers that claims HART is “notorious for its anti-vax statements”. This follows a debate between him and Andrew Bridgen MP on GB News in which Bridgen brought along facts and Myers repeated the phrase “anti-vax conspiracy theory” numerous times.
We appear to be living through a blatant attack on what it means to be a sovereign human being. With our freedoms being eroded from all angles and the worrying shadow of a digital, programmable monetary system looming, we plebs must sharpen our focus.
Alongside society’s increasing recognition of the pervasive harms caused by the unprecedented covid responses, those culpable for the disastrous policies seem to be struggling to accurately recall their contribution to the madness.
The sceptical community – living up to its decentralised worldview – is not short of opinions and theories, robustly debated. These are too numerous to cover in detail in this short piece: it suffices to say that they cover a wide spectrum ranging from calamitous ineptitude (and innumeracy) of politicians and civil servants, deceitful and underhand sales…