One of the most charming bits of CJ Hopkins riff on the "New Normal" is his very modest self-appraisal:
I’m a midlist-level author of unusual literature, and a political satirist, and a blogger, basically, and yet Facebook, and their partners at the Atlantic Council, and AstraZeneca, and Pfizer, and Moderna, and who knows which other global corporations and transnational, non-governmental entities like the WEF and WHO, consider someone of my lowly status enough of a threat to their “New Normal” narrative to warrant the attention of the Reality Police.
What happened to Hopkins is that he found that most who reposted his Facebook post "Impfen=Freiheit" (showing the Berlin tower with those words projected on it) found their accounts disabled and required to upload ID. This is the message many saw, accusing them of consorting with terrorists, mass murderers and human traffickers!
Platform monopoly was bad enough when Facebook was just spyware 1 and Twitter was useful only as a kind of DM service for software writers to interact directly with each other.2 Now that Facebook and Twitter are no longer neutral platforms but highly policed parts of the MSM, effectively a comments section for the MSM, the transformation of the internet world is almost complete. Rather than an open plain where ideas and innovations roam free, the online space is becoming a tightly fenced in corral.
No matter where you look, all the channels say the same thing again. Any dissenting voice is denied social media distribution. Social media and the internet have become a wonderful narrows from which to exercise control. CJ Hopkins calls reality-policing "ideological conformity".
And that is how reality-policing works. It’s a bullying operation, basically. The entire “cancel culture” phenomenon is. “Cancel culture” is a silly name for it. We are talking about a global empire imposing total ideological conformity (or, in simpler terms, its version of “reality”) on the entire planet through fear and force. The Nazis referred to this process as Gleichschaltung.
Sandy from the comments section tried reposting Hopkins’ "Impfang=Freiheit" graphic and had it deleted.
I made an experiment yesterday and reposted the Tower post shown above in FB to see what would happen. In my particular circumstance FB does not suspend me or notify me of anything. They just delete my stuff. I posted two items on the above article content and they just wiped it from my page without notice of any kind. For about 3 years i’ve noticed near zero distribution of my posts which are 95% political news. I have 500+ friends but less than a dozen and usually only 3 or 4 may respond. This is the silent blocking and throttling treatment that is probably what most are experiencing but don’t even know it’s happening. FB is social engineering of the very worst kind.
Basically if you do not support the current "reality" narrative you are silenced.
This is what Gleichshaltung is about. Drowning out any other voices except those which promote the party and its goals for the state. Humans are social animals. By silencing discussion, the state effectively controls 90% of the people who "get along to go along". Yes, we’re talking about the same 90% who supported dunking witches, the Spanish Inquisition and persecuting Galileo Galilei for heliocentrism in 1633. We know what happened to witches (if they sank they were not witches but drowned, if they floated, they were witches and were burned), Galileo suffered house-arrest until his death, the Third Reich generally condemned its dissidents to concentration camp. What does the "New Normal" have planned for dissidents?
Until now modern Western society has generally cut off contrarian voices economically. The most dangerous journalists seem to off themeslves with astonishing regularity. Those who are not dead are either in prison (Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning) or in exile (Edward Snowden) if they ran fast enough. Once on a wartime footing though, humans celebrate intolerance in those "on their side" and violently crush as a group any dissent.
Normals now perceive Assange and Snowden as enemies of the people and traitors who should be assassinated. It never ceases to astonish me that the war crimes brought to light by Assange and the illegal spying exposed by Snowden generate far less public indignation than Assange’s and Snowden’s exposure of those crimes.
There’s clearly been a shift in the fabric of Western society visibly over the last five years, and in a creeping way since the G.W.Bush/Cheney presidency.3 In the last five years, the US Government and its "partners" like the Atlantic Council have been moving us to a wartime footing against Russia and China and Iran. There’s been incoherence in the shoves and pushes, one day pushing against Russia and the next week against China, once a month against Iran. The issue is not who is the enemy but which one who would like to take on first.4 The unifying theme though is one of active war.
We are basically on a pre-war footing now. The Atlantic Council has been invited to take control of social media, directly controlling standards on Facebook and advising Twitter. The Atlantic Council has never been a friendship group, but always a lobbyist for the drang nach Osten, which was supposed to have ended with the Second World War.
Current, honorary and lifetime Atlantic Council directors list reads like a bipartisan rogues gallery of American war-criminals, including Henry Kissinger, George P. Shultz, Madeline Albright, Frank Carlucci, James A. Baker, R. James Woolsey, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta.
Not only is it extremely disturbing is how well-financed the Atlantic Council is (though it always has appetite for more whether to spend on luxury travel or "fellowships" for compliant journalists – it’s amazing how much more appetising the words bribe, propaganda and war-mongering sound wrapped in a fellowship), it’s even more disturbing who is funding the Atlantic Council. The usual suspects such as Chevron, The Blackstone Group, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BP, Exxon, the US State Department, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Trade & Development and Her Majesty’s Foreign office should surprise no one. On the other hand, it’s disturbing to see Google and Facebook as Strategic Partners and Twitter, 21st Century Fox, Microsoft as corporate partners. I would prefer to see social media and technology companies as neutral advocates of communication. Seeing them explicitly invest in propaganda ventures is disturbing.5
With Western governments on a war footing, the war-mongering Atlantic Council in charge of social media, our nominally free societies are entering a dark period of build-up to hot war. This means censorship, platform-banning and the total crushing of any dissent. 6
Did anyone sign up for the abolition of free speech during our lifetime? Silencing political discourse was certainly not on the curriculum during the 1980’s university of Toronto. As Canadians, we talked more about the importance of dialogue and maintaining a civil discourse, not about demonising and silencing those who disagree with us.
At least the future looks promising for dystopian authors.
Collecting and cataloguing your most embarassing moments for the CIA, law enforcement and your future employer. The latter two were not supposed to have access but of course through special partnerships, the more determined did. What’s particularly pernicious about this use of Facebook – and every useful to a security state – is that it leaves basically everyone vulnerable to blackmail. I can’t imagine how many people have at least the clear beginnings of extra-marital or illegal affairs catalogued on Facebook. As a concrete example, Hunter Biden’s intra-familia forbidden relationships have long trails on Facebook, quite outside of the video evidence on his laptop. Anyone in the Biden family can be called to heel at any time by the security state. Since I don’t use Facebook for posting anything except posting football pictures, my extra-marital dalliances are probably safe. ↩︎
Twitter’s advantage over email: email had been overrun by spam already from about 2000, unsolicited emails were going to the garbage, email communication encouraged to long communication for busy programmers to answer, Twitter allowed the 140 character question and the 140 character answer, ideally suited to mid to advanced level programmers to pop close-ended answerable questions to one another. Open-ended questions were far too big and far too time-consuming for a programmer (any answer must be complete and accurate) to take on. Hence even well-intentioned unsolicited emails were largely going unanswered. ↩︎
I cite the Presidency and not 9/11 as 9/11 was a planned event, explicitly advocated for in the infamous "Project for a New American Century". ↩︎
The Third Reich struggled with these issues as well, first leaning towards its nearest neighbours, Austria, the Sudetland, Slovakia, Poland. Then West and finally to the Soviet Union. There was so little early motion against the Third Reich as the hope in Western capitals was that Hitler would dispose of the USSR. The notion was the size of the engagement would render Germany militarily toothless for at least a decade afterwards. Plenty of time for lawfare against Germany and/or to build a coalition against Germany. Germany heading West first upset all of those plans. Stalin had similar inverse plans, waiting for Europe’s countries to consume themselves in war, before sweeping the whole board with fresh armies. By attacking in all directions, the military collosus of Germany soon stumbled and then fell, helpless to even defend itself. History, as it often does, looks likely to repeat itself. ↩︎
More amusing is that both FedEx and UPS are Atlantic Council Strategic Partners. I thought these two were in the business of delivering packages not war but apparently I was wrong. I was equally disappointed to see Joe Gibbs Racing (legendary coach of 1980’s Redskins) and Penguin Random House (historically important publisher) and even the Washington Redskins among the relatively exclusive list of a few dozen Corporate Members. The Atlantic Council is so greedy for cash it’s even shaking down the impoverished Embassies of the Slovak Republic and of Lithuania to the United States for substantial donations. ↩︎
The flurry of legal activity and doxxing and attempts to cut off the ability of the "Capital Rioters" (97% of which were peaceful political demonstrators, 2% of which were over-agitated conservatives and 1% of which were antifa-provocateurs) to earn a living is just the start. Antifa and BLM’s real rioting, burning and looting goes unpunished, while non-violent political demonstrators are persecuted. ↩︎