Mass containment as conspiracy and as emergent phenomenon.
We used to make things. Now we make believe. And we can't tell the difference.
I think these “ hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats” are officious petty tyrants, mid-level tools who relish in whatever level of control or power they can get their hands on. I have see them in corporations, condominium co-ops, and food co-ops. Middle management is a useless (at best) class of society; they create nothing, take much, and have all the power. I lost my job recently not because of company policy on masking, but because of the lone HR toad who pressed to have it enforced (while they completely ignore the smoking ban!).
Nobody knows how to stop it
I agree. It seems unstoppable. But relentless defiance and noncompliance, that is a start. One on one, open discussions with other people, that is another step. I have had two such discussions in the last two days. It doesn't take much, simply to seed the idea of "why am I doing this?"
History is littered with the corpses of supposedly unstoppable forces.
Been really enjoying reading these articles recently. Very informative and I very much like the style of writing. I'm very grateful. Thank You
This is most definitely your finest post yet. Hugely inspiring and so on point. I do wonder if the elite will destroy themselves, after all they are where they are because of their egos, they will fight amongst each other. So when you say “nobody knows how to stop it”, maybe we just need to sit back and watch them stop it for us.
"We now have a class of globalising, extra-national super-elites, who identify primarily with each other, and who have lost contact with their native populations."
Worth the entire article for this sentence alone.
There's a theory that because of the wavelength principle (and I'm sure I'll get this wrong), a particle can spontaneously pop into existence. Usually the laws of physics in that place make it unviable and it pops straight back out of existence. Occasionally everything is right, there's a big bang and a new universe is formed.
Maybe that's how it is with conspiracies. Sometimes several agendas coincide to get them moving as though coordinated, when they are not heavily coordinated.
In the case of Covid, CCP desire to save face by spreading its crazy policies ran into the global media's passion for a beat up, US elite desire to get rid of Trump by destroying the economy, and WEF/bureaucratic goals of seizing power to perfect the world. Plus all the low-level Karens who love this stuff and make it happen right down to the level of 7-11s and suburban parks.
A good way to frame it in our minds is to recall that this is not the first time interests have aligned like this. WWI was another example, although that one involved our old aristocratic elites.
It so damaged their reputation that it did them in.
On thing I would add on "public private partnerships".. The reason the philanthropists love these so much is that for relatively small dollars, they can influence and guide enormous expenditures from the public purse.. much of which, surprise surprise.. finds its way back into their pockets (ahem - Gates' fortuitous investment in BioNTech is just one example). Gates' new testing company investments?
Let us all go back into the yard and grow some vegetables. First we will have something else to concentrate on. We will be outside and get some vitamine D. We will not be on a grass mower with dirty diesel fumes. If things go well we will have some fresh food on the table. And we will forget the conspiracy theories. I was starting to believe it too, but thanks to your articles from the last days, it just looks like a train rolling off a hill without brakes. It will eventually crash in the valley.
This piece is the best explanation of bureaucratic madness I have yet seen. Keep at it, keep thinking, keep refining. Perhaps you are on to something important. The solution must start with understanding the problem.
Excellent piece. The nameless faceless functionaries implementing the various plans are like the triangles, squares and circles in the squid game. We are the players, herded from game to game by the elites in power.
Hugely insightful piece — I loved reading it!! Hmm... wondering why you picked the name “Eugyppius” —Is that the same as “Eugippius,” who lived circa 500 AD? I was only dismayed by your last sentence: it’s too defeatist for my tastes. One thing we need to do is to stop funding these bureaucracies. We need to vastly shrink the size and scope of the federal government, for one. Pull out of these global institutions. Another point is the petty tyranny being wielded: once people like that get power, they are reluctant to give it up (I’ve seen this phenomenon in family relationships, as well). I am now more freedom-loving than I ever was before. Many of us are getting back to basics, so my optimistic nature compels me to look at this vast overreach as a giant wake-up call. As I tell my small Rumble audience (channel name: DeborahRCastleman), we are in a war — and in the midst of a war, no one knows how it will all end, but we have to fight nonetheless.
My God. As I read this, my brain resonates with the words in this essay completely. You have nailed it. I have to read it again. On a normal day, these type of theories seep into my head and I wonder - am I crazy? or is this happening? As a US Computer Scientist and an avid sci fi reader, I recognize daily snippets of what was once our "future" theorized societies ie. 1984 (DAILY), Anthem, Atlas Shrugged, Foundation, The Time Machine, Hunger Games ... . We definitely seem to be moving out of the "all men are created equal" phase towards some Oligarchy/globalized classed society that we have no idea what is really happening. We're not in sci fi land anymore and the Constitution doesn't cover all of this. Most people I know feel this way. As an American, it's both terrifying and sad to see our freedom and way of life shredded and being taken over like a soft coup that many are not realizing. We've got alot of Eloi here.
Seems like these minor conspirations develop out of the bureaucratic urge to "improve" things by changing them. Even at lower levels, bureaucrats are constantly trying to come up with a reason to change something (usually justified entirely by a priori reasoning) ostensibly to improve it in some way. So long as it sounds good to someone higher up, its a win regardless of whether it actually does anything at all.
I can imagine higher level "improvers" gather groupies in their organizations who benefit professionally by being zealous defenders of the team, whether they understand the problem or the proposed solution at all.
For an example just look at pretty much the entire field of education research. Most studies are garbage and non-replicable, but things like mandatory learning objectives on syllabi are vigorously enforced despite there being exactly zero evidence students benefit from, or even read, them in practice.
So maybe what conspiracy theorists see as grand plans are just scaled-up bureaucratic retardation.
We don't know how tobstopnit -- nefarious conspiracies are fundamental to human nature -- but we know how to control it. The best solution is to reduce the influence, and the budgets, of the elites. Small governments with well defined scope don't engage in such shenanigans because they're more transparent and understandable. It's only when bureaucracies overwhelm the public's capacity to understand them that the nefarious conspiracies, and the inevitable theories about them, arise. The true counterweight to bureaucracies that become too big to manage is the proliferation of information that makes conspiracies increasingly difficult to hide. But even that fails when the public becomes too dumb or dependent to react to revelations of misbehavior. A major indication of the social pathology of ignorant populations was the whistle-blowers about US intelligence operations violating American and international law which produced no demands to get them under control. Now the clear fraud of the medical industry has terrified parents clamoring to vaccinate their infants. We are our own tyrants. Global Stockholm syndrome.
"Never let a good [virus] go to waste." -- Rahm Emanuel
"Convergent opportunism." -- Michael Yeadon