We're not in power, they are, and this circumstance requires specific strategies.
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu advises: "If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him." I think ridicule is an excellent tactic for this. Most of these people fall on the narcissism spectrum. Looking wrong or foolish is their worst nightmare, and when you push those buttons, they make mistakes.
These are great points. My take on this whole thing is it has been the Revenge Of The Middle Managers.
Well said, it was a combination of malice, incompetence and hubris. They’re more than willing to appear as though they were the untouchable architects of the pandemic if it would discourage resistance, but the truth is much less romantic.
We must deride them endlessly, mock them without respite and ridicule them beyond their egos’ ability to tolerate.
They’re already doing a great job of showing the world what a twisted, pathological lot they are, so never interrupt your enemy while they’re making a mistake.
Calling the protagonists "evil" has always made me uncomfortable, although it is hard to deny the evil of the past three years' events. Eugyppius has helped me to understand why - evil has, as he says, eschatological connotations that remove it from the quotidian "mundaneness of evil" we can more easily comprehend. Great crimes appear to occur in small steps. Each small immoral step becomes magnified in time and scope as its effects ripple outwards. The people committing these apparently petty crimes are not "evil" people. They are people who have been seduced, cajoled, browbeaten, or coerced into playing their roles. Often they do not often see the downstream implications of their moral lapses. In fact, misled by others in similar positions, most are apt to view their lapses as on balance, a moral plus, in spite of having misgivings about the means employed toward those imagined good ends. In this way, small moral failings grow to monstrous proportions, where unimaginable crimes naturally ensue. It is easy to see all this in retrospect, but to forecast them ahead of time is more difficult.
What I think can be said is that the moral slippages we have seen occur over the past three years can only occur when the society as a whole is morally weak. The past hundred or more years of history, possibly more, have seen a slow weakening of morality, as greed, the advancement of the individual at the expense of the community, and the weakening influence of religious teachings have advanced the secular mission of Western civilization. Western civilization has led to some major advances, not only in economic,, political and cultural realms, but also in moral realms, but our spiritual selves have grown weaker. We see this in the confusion of morals and identity that abound, and the moral relativism the Liberal tradition has unraveled into. It is high time for a renewal of our spiritual beings, along with a renaissance of integrity and higher moral aspirations for ourselves and our institutions. It's not about going to Church or Temple more. It's about inculcating into our children, our institutions and ourselves an attitude of open-minded inquiry about spiritual matters, not blind compliance with imposed orthodoxies. We need to be better people, and we need to want to be. I hope the disaster of the past three years will inspire us in that direction.
If we call them "supreme evil overlords", they only hear "supreme overlord". Saying they successfully executed a master conspiracy will be taken as a compliment. As in Hollywood, there is no such thing as bad or good publicity, there is only publicity.
I agree, our only path is ridicule and irrelevance, at least for the figureheads. Dismantling the massive bureaucracies is going to be much more difficult. I believe it will take very strong leaders to cut their funding. Or, worst case, a financial collapse of some sort to do the same.
The only way to stop the Administrative State/Permanent Bureaucracy/Blob is to turn off the money spigot. Fiat currency confers unlimited resources to grow the state, through printing money, at the cost of inflation. A cost borne by everyone else. Gold Standard or Bitcoin, it matters not, so long as fiat money ends. It is no coincidence the blob started growing with the suspension of the Gold Standard in the First World War.
I have been thinking about this for a very long time. From my observations over many decades if you have tp attribute either sinister/evil or stupid/incompetent to public officials, you will almost alway be right choosing stupid/incompetent.
Then you believe that the world changes by a kind of osmosis?
That it is not steered? I agree that viewing historical events as sole responsibility of 'evil' personalities like a Hitler or Mussolini is facile but do we not endlessly credit Hitler with almost omnipotent power? Isn't WW2 the story of how one single man - Hitler- had such charisma that he pulled the world into war?
Thinking aloud - just reacting to your well thought out piece that in many respects I agree with yet I cannot believe the events of the last three years were not premeditated either.
I vote for ridicule & mockery, particularly in the case of Anthony Fauci.
I've said throughout the pandemic that his motivation was fame and heroics. He wanted to be revered--not unlike Dr. Salk. Fauci wanted to win a Nobel Prize.
Fauci is an egomaniac. So, to mock him, disgrace him, to characterize him as an International Quack is grand punishment.
Sure we can talk about requiring him to forfeit his hefty government pension, but I fantasize about the opening of his obituary: "Anthony Fauci, the disgraced former director of the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases, died today after spending the remainder of his life alone at an undisclosed location..."
He will never be able to rehabilitate his reputation.
For those of you not fortunate enough to live on the same sceptr'd isle as I, Hancock went on a TV programme called 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'. It's a modern version of Bedlam (the mental hospital where Victorian visitors could pay to mock the unwell) but this time the inmates are volunteers. For money and a chance at some crumbs of fame various idiots debase themselves in the Australian jungle, sleeping in hammocks and cooking over open fires whilst watched by cameras.
The public vote for the 'contestants' to carry out various tasks for which they are rewarded with food rations for themselves and their campmates. These are invariably humiliating and disgusting, crawling along tunnels or swimming in puddles with insects thrown over them as they go. The most repellent is when they are made to eat revolting things. Hancock was voted for more than anyone else and ended up at the table one night eating a camel's arsehole and a sheep's vagina. In the British Army a 'sheep's cunt' is a particularly aggressive insult and I have a funny feeling that there was an ex-squaddie on the safety or camera crew.
That's who this man *is*. He is desperate to be popular , just like Johnson and as we've seen will do literally anything for it. In many ways we don't have to do the work, they are fools enough by themselves. Satire and clever jokes belong to a different era when the man who shut us all up in our houses and ruined our country will eat filth for money.
Eugyppius, you are a wise man. I couldn't agree more with you.
If you think about it, the only real conspiracy is the fact that the State has grown from its natural size (5% of the economy?) to over 40%. All that we are discussing over and over in this blog and similar others is just the consequence of that.
What we are doing is financing our enemies with our hard earned money, and they just take advantage of it to repay us with their contempt.
I actually would prefer if they were evil geniuses. At least then I would be able to grudgingly admire and respect the outcomes they engineer.
But this, the Kamalas and Ursulas and Bidens and Buttigegs and Hancocks and so on and so forth, they're just morons. And yet they ascend
So mockery, and pointing out logical inconsistencies are the only tools we have left? I've been doing this until I'm blue in the face for the past 3 years and it's got me nowhere. My sanity is still intact, however (I tell myself).
You’re still a coincidence theorist after all these smoking guns? Just because these people are incompetent and stupid doesn’t mean they aren’t also capable of malicious Malthusian machinations.
Here are a few more smoking guns for you:
• “A Mostly Peaceful Depopulation” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/a-mostly-peaceful-depopulation)
You’ll find more extensive excerpts from documents like the Kissinger Report in my “Anatomy of a Philanthropath” series:
• “Part 1: A Mostly Peaceful Depopulation” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/anatomy-of-a-philanthropath-dreams)
• “Part 2: Downloadable Digital Dictatorships” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/anatomy-of-a-philanthropath-dreams-947)
• “Part 3: Yuval Noah Harari: Not the Man We Think He Is?” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/anatomy-of-a-philanthropath-dreams-3fd)
#MistakesWereNOTMade (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/mistakes-were-not-made-an-anthem), eugyppius, and anyone who claims so is building the case for exculpation of the perpetrators.
If you’re afraid of being called a conspiracy theorist, I can assure you the water’s fine over here as we’re batting a thousand thus far:
• “Letter to a Mainstream Straddler: Live Not by Half-Lies” (https://margaretannaalice.substack.com/p/letter-to-a-mainstream-straddler)
You are spot on here, especially with your practical reason. 100% agree.
I agree with your prescription, Eugyppius, but I question your theology:
"Consider that, in Christianity, evil is generally personified in the figure of the devil. This effectively removes the locus of evil to the supernatural realm, beyond the sphere of human activity."
That is not what Christianity teaches. Men have free will, and can thus choose to do evil. Or be evil.