In The Covidian Cult (Part I) and (Part II) I characterised the so-called “New Regular” as a “world totalitarian ideological motion.” Since I revealed these essays, increasingly individuals have come to see it for what it’s, not “madness” or “an overreaction,” however, the truth is, a brand new type of totalitarianism, a globalized, pathologized, depoliticized kind, which is being systematically carried out below the guise of “defending the general public well being.”
With a purpose to oppose this new type of totalitarianism, we have to perceive the way it each resembles and differs from earlier totalitarian methods. The similarities are pretty apparent — the suspension of constitutional rights, governments ruling by decree, official propaganda, public loyalty rituals, the outlawing of political opposition, censorship, social segregation, goon squads terrorizing the general public, and so forth — however the variations should not apparent.
Whereas Twentieth-Century totalitarianism (i.e., the shape most individuals are typically aware of) was roughly nationwide and overtly political, New Regular totalitarianism is supranational, and its ideology is way more refined. The New Regular just isn’t Nazism or Stalinism. It’s global-capitalist totalitarianism, and world capitalism would not have an ideology, technically, or, quite, its ideology is “actuality.”
If you end up an unmatched world ideological hegemon, as world capitalism has been for the final 30 years or so, your ideology mechanically turns into “actuality,” as a result of there are not any competing ideologies. Truly, there isn’t any ideology in any respect … there’s solely “actuality” and “unreality,” “normality” and “deviations from the norm.”
Sure, I do know, actuality is actuality … that is why I am placing all these phrases in scare quotes, so, please, spare me the prolonged emails conclusively proving the fact of actuality and attempt to perceive how this works.
There may be actuality (no matter you imagine it’s), and there’s “actuality,” which dictates how our societies operate. “Actuality” is constructed (i.e., simulated), collectively, based on the ideology of no matter system controls society.
Up to now, “actuality” was overtly ideological, no matter which “actuality” you lived in, as a result of there have been different competing “realities” on the market. There aren’t anymore. There may be solely the one “actuality,” as a result of your entire planet — sure, together with China, Russia, North Korea, and wherever — is managed by one globally hegemonic system.
A globally hegemonic system has no want for ideology, as a result of it would not must compete with rival ideologies. So it erases ideology and replaces it with “actuality.” Actuality (no matter you personally imagine it’s, which after all is what it truly is) just isn’t truly erased. It simply would not matter, as a result of you don’t get to dictate “actuality.”
International capitalism will get to dictate “actuality,” or, extra precisely, it simulates “actuality,” and in so doing simulates the other of “actuality,” which is equally if no more essential.
This global-capitalist-manufactured “actuality” is a depoliticized, ahistorical “actuality,” which types an invisible ideological boundary establishing the bounds of what’s “actual.” On this means, world capitalism (a) conceals its ideological nature, and (b) renders any and all ideological opposition mechanically illegitimate, or, extra precisely, non-existent. Ideology as we knew it disappears.
Political, moral, and ethical arguments are lowered to the query of what’s “actual” or “factual,” which the GloboCap “consultants” and “reality checkers” dictate. Additionally, as a result of this “actuality” just isn’t a cohesive ideological system with basic values, core ideas, and so forth, it may be drastically revised or utterly changed roughly at a second’s discover.
International capitalism has no basic values — apart from change worth, after all — and thus it’s free to fabricate any sort of “actuality” it needs, and exchange one “actuality” with a brand new “actuality” any time that serves its functions, like stagehands altering a theatrical set.
For instance, the “International Struggle on Terror,” which was the official “actuality” from 2001 till it was canceled within the Summer time of 2016, when the “War on Populism” was formally launched. Or, now, the “New Normal,” which changed the “Struggle on Populism” within the Spring of 2020. Every of which new simulations of “actuality” was rolled out abruptly, clumsily even, like that scene in 1984 the place the Occasion switches official enemies proper in the midst of a Hate Week speech.
Critically, take into consideration the place we’re at present, 18 months into our new “actuality,” then return and assessment how GloboCap blatantly rolled out the New Normal in the Spring of 2020 … and nearly all of the plenty did not even blink. They seamlessly transitioned to the brand new “actuality” during which a virus, quite than “white supremacists,” or “Russian brokers,” or “Islamic terrorists,” had change into the brand new official enemy.
They put away the scripts that they had been reciting verbatim from for the earlier 4 years, and the scripts that they had been reciting from for the earlier 15 years earlier than that, and began frantically jabbering Covid cult-speak like they had been auditioning for an over-the-top Orwell parody. Which brings us to the issue of the Covidian cult … methods to get via to them, which, make no mistake, we now have to do, a technique or one other, or the New Regular will change into our everlasting “actuality.”
I known as the New Normals a “Covidian Cult,” to not gratuitously insult or mock them, however as a result of that’s what totalitarianism is … a cult writ giant, on a societal scale. Anybody who has tried to get via to them can affirm the accuracy of that analogy.
You possibly can present them the info till you are blue within the face. It is not going to make the slightest distinction. You suppose you’re having a debate over info, however you aren’t. You’re threatening their new “actuality.” You suppose you’re struggling to get them to suppose rationally. You aren’t. What you’re is a heretic, an agent of demonic forces, an enemy of all that’s “actual” and “true.”
The Scientologists would label you a “suppressive particular person.” The New Normals name you a “conspiracy theorist,” an “anti-vaxxer,” or a “virus denier.” The precise epithets do not actually matter. They’re simply labels that cult members and totalitarians use to demonize these they understand as “enemies” … anybody difficult the “actuality” of the cult, or the “actuality” of the totalitarian system.
The straightforward reality of the matter is, you possibly can’t discuss individuals out of a cult, and you’ll’t discuss them out of totalitarianism. Often, what you do, within the case of a cult, is, you get the particular person out of the cult. You kidnap them, take them to a safehouse or wherever, encompass them with a whole lot of non-cult members, and deprogram them step by step over the course of a number of days.
You do that as a result of, whereas they’re nonetheless contained in the cult, you can not get via to them. They can not hear you. A cult is a collective, self-contained “actuality.” Its energy flows from the social organism composed of the cult leaders and the opposite cult members. You can’t “discuss” this energy away. It’s a must to bodily take away the particular person from it earlier than you possibly can start to purpose with them.
Sadly, we shouldn’t have this feature. The New Regular is a world totalitarian system. There isn’t any “outdoors” of the system to retreat to. We won’t kidnap everybody and take them to Sweden. As I famous in Half I of this collection, the cult/society paradigm has been inverted. The cult has change into the dominant society, and people of us who haven’t been transformed have change into a set of remoted islands current, not outdoors, however inside the cult.
So we have to undertake a unique technique. We have to make the monster present itself, to not these of us who can already see it, however to the New Regular plenty, the Covidian cultists. We have to make Jim Jones drop the peace-and-love crap, transfer into the jungle, and get away the Kool-Support.
We have to make Charles Manson put down his guitar, cancel orgy-time, and go homicidal hippie. That is how you are taking down a cult from inside. You don’t attempt to thwart its progress; you push it towards its logical conclusion. You make it manifest its full expression, as a result of that it when it implodes, and dies.
You don’t do this by being well mannered, conciliatory, or avoiding battle. You do this by producing as a lot inside battle inside the cult as you possibly can.
In different phrases, we have to make GloboCap (and its minions) go overtly totalitarian … as a result of it could actually’t. If it may, it could have executed so already. International capitalism can’t operate that means. Going overtly totalitarian will trigger it to implode … no, not world capitalism itself, however this totalitarian model of it. In truth, that is beginning to occur already.
It wants the simulation of “actuality,” and “democracy,” and “normality,” to maintain the plenty docile. So we have to assault that simulation. We have to hammer on it till it cracks, and the monster hiding inside in seems.
That’s the weak point of the system … the New Regular totalitarianism is not going to work if the plenty understand it as totalitarianism, as a political/ideological program, quite than as “a response to a lethal pandemic.” So we have to make it seen as totalitarianism.
We have to drive the New Normals to see it as what it’s. I don’t imply that we have to clarify it to them. They’re past the attain of explanations. I imply that we have to make them see it, really feel it, tangibly, inescapably, till they acknowledge what they’re collaborating with.
Cease arguing with them on their phrases, and as a substitute instantly assault their “actuality.” Once they begin jabbering concerning the virus, the variants, the “vaccines,” and all the opposite Covid cult-speak, don’t get sucked into their narrative. Don’t reply as in the event that they had been rational.
Reply as in the event that they had been speaking about “Xenu,” “body thetans,” “Helter Skelter,” or another cultoid nonsense, as a result of that it’s precisely what it’s. Similar goes for his or her guidelines and restrictions, the “face coverings,” the “social distancing,” and so forth.
Cease arguing in opposition to them on the grounds that they do not work. After all they do not work, however that’s not the purpose (and arguing that means sucks you into their “actuality”). Oppose them due to what they’re, a set of weird compliance rituals carried out to cement allegiance to the cult and create a common ambiance of “lethal pandemic.”
There are a lot of methods to go about doing this, i.e., producing inside battle. I’ve been doing it my means, others are doing it theirs. In the event you’re considered one of them, thanks. In the event you’re not, begin. Do it nonetheless and wherever you possibly can. Make the New Normals face the monster, the monster they’re feeding … the monster they’ve change into.
In regards to the Creator
C.J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist primarily based in Berlin. His performs are revealed by Bloomsbury Publishing and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. His dystopian novel, Zone 23, is revealed by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant.
Volumes I and II of his Consent Factory Essays are revealed by Consent Manufacturing unit Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Content material, Inc. He will be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.