Jabberfear: Indoctrination, Fear-of-the-Jab, and Vaccination Passports?
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 21 Dec 2020
[Note from TMS editor: Addendum to a publication from 7 Dec 2020: Jabbercovid from the Jabberplex: In Celebration of the Jabber Strategy Ensuring a Jab-for-All as a Global Panacea]
21 Dec 2020 – There is now a rapidly emerging confluence of dynamics associated with the pandemic — usefully caricatured as a jabberplex. These include:
- extreme pressure to accede to a singular mainstream perspective — without any space for doubt, or the right to freedom of opinion in that regard (Justin Sherman, Covid Is Accelerating a Global Censorship Crisis, Wired, 8 August 2020; Heidi J. Larson, Blocking information on COVID-19 can fuel the spread of misinformation, Nature, 30 March 2020)
- exploitation of the pandemic crisis in order to advance undeclared agendas (Kenneth Roth, How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis to Grab Power, Human Rights Watch, 3 April 2020)
- increasing fearfulness of contradictory arguments and evidence — with those presenting them subject to unusual levels of pressure, beyond deprecation of alternative perspectives and strategies (Jeanne Smits, Accomplished Pharma Prof Thrown in Psych Hospital after Questioning Official COVID Narrative, Global Research, 17 December 2020; Vinay Prasa and Jeffrey S. Flier, Scientists who express different views on Covid-19 should be heard, not demonized, Stat, 27 April 2020).
- focus on masking and vaccination as a panacea — minimizing any recognition of problematic side-effects (from inadequate testing), or their future possibility (Sarfaraz K. Niazi, COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Be the Ultimate Panacea, American Journal of Managed Care, 16 September 2020; Anselm Wong, COVID‐19 and toxicity from potential treatments: panacea or poison, Emergency Medicine Australasia, 7 May 2020). The inadequacy of testing has been historically highlighted by the thalidomide scandal, and much more recently by that relating to the Boeing 737 Max (Michele Cohen Marill, What Happened Other Times a Vaccine Was Rushed? WebMD, 12 October 2020; Shibo Jiang, Don’t rush to deploy COVID-19 vaccines and drugs without sufficient safety guarantees. Nature, 16 March 2020).
- heavy dependence on the provision of vaccines by Big Pharma — whatever the cost (deemed secret), and irrespective of indications of profiteering in that regard (Matt Taibbi, Big Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers, Rolling Stone, 13 August 2020; David Taylor, Coronavirus vaccine research is delivering huge profit to corporate insiders, ABC News, 28 July 2020; Rachel Tansey, Power and Profit during a Pandemic: why the pharmaceutical industry needs more scrutiny not less, Corporate Europe Observatory, 21 September 2020)
- increasing provision of legislative measures — as with respect to masking, vaccination, and the requirement for an immunity passport (Robert Wheeler, Vaccine Passports and Health Passes: Is Showing Your “Papers” the “New Normal?”, Global Research, 17 December 2020). The possibility that some will become mandatory is already envisaged (Izabella Kaminska, Airlines and the conflict of vaccine visions, Financial Times, 30 November 2020; Tara Patel, Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines for Travel Would ‘Kill the Sector’. Bloomberg, 18 December 2020; Fiona McGaughey, Can governments mandate a COVID vaccination? The Conversation, 30 November 2020). Whilst vaccination may not be mandatory, it may indeed be made a requirement for entry into government buildings, educational institutions, and particular working environments — “no jab, no job” — or in order to benefit from welfare or insurance..
- cultivation of a culture of complicity in authoritative assertions and the complacent assumption that these are a guarantee of safety (WHO warns against pandemic complacency amid vaccine rollout, Reuters, 5 December 2020; COVID-19 vaccines: no time for complacency, The Lancet, 21 November 2020)
This confluence of factors merits comparison with long-deprecated historical processes:
- fundamental need for uncritical universal acceptance of a singular worldview, whether Christian, Islamic, or otherwise
- fear of alternative perspectives, as in the colonial encounter with indigenous peoples holding deprecated worldviews
- necessity for systematic indoctrination in support of a singular perspective through educational curricula, mass media, and propaganda — a form of “vaccination” in its own right
- imposition of a dominant language reflective of that worldview — to the point of prohibiting use of any traditional language or celebration of its cultural value
Parallels with symbols of the past can be usefully highlighted:
- religious approaches to “confirmation” — appropriately registered — following appropriate indoctrination
- requirement for travel authorisation and identity cards — notoriously highlighted in German by the phrase Ausweis bitte (Papieren bitte), perhaps now to take the form of Hinweis bitte, given emerging notions of “right of entry”
- marketing of indulgences — as a guarantee of safety (in the afterlife)
- use of show trials for heretics and dissidents — to be appropriately punished after conviction
Ironically the right to wear symbols of belief (currently variously challenged) is now in process of transformation into an obligation to carry an immunity passport. Curiously no mention is yet made of the historical counterpart, namely the obligation of dissidents to be visually identifiable (as in the case of those required to wear Jewish badges, in contrast to the Hakenkreutz).
Such parallels acquire a degree of focus through the symbolic gestures by leaders, most recently through media dissemination of their vaccination. The highly questionable nature of the latter is evident in that it is impossible to prove that the syringe did not contain water — given the resources which could be deployed for such staging (Covid: US Vice-President Mike Pence receives vaccine live on TV, BBC News, 18 December 2020; Obama, Bush and Clinton pledge to film themselves getting Covid vaccine, BBC News, 3 December 2020). The staging is thus a distortion of the nature of the fear-of-the-jab which is primarily associated with its after-effects, not with vaccination itself.
In the purported quest for global unity over many decades, it is remarkable to note the degree to which the jabberplex has been able to achieve it by a “backdoor” — by the imposition of unity through invoking fear globally to an unprecedented degree. This is effectively a replication of historical patterns rendered more effective by media framing of pandemic cases and fatalities in excess of those of world wars of the past.
The strategy is all the more remarkable in that it avoids any need to respond to other issues on which appeals for unity have been made, most notably those relating to climate change and poverty. It is in this sense that, rather than any focus on the physical nature of the viral disease (and future mutations), there is a case for a focus on memetic viruses and their mutations (Memetic and Information Diseases in a Knowledge Society, 2008; Richard Dawkins, Viruses of the Mind, 1991). The study of memetics focuses in particular on meme complexes (or memeplexes), namely groups of memes found together. There is a case for recognizing that, in addition to injection being a metaphor (as previously indicated), vaccination itself merits exploration from that perspective.
Understood in that light, in the current crisis of global governance, social order and collective intelligence, there is effectively a quest for a form of “innoculation” against disorder — of which disease and disinformation are obvious metaphors. This justifies the pressure to conform to mainstream thinking — with an implication that it is a remedial “truth serum” that must necessarily be innoculated. Ironically reference to “mainstream” recalls use of “mainlining” — a slang term for intravenous injection of drugs as a means for many of reframing the problematic encounter with conventional reality (Barry I. Liskow, The Politics of Drugs: marijuana to mainlining, JAMA Network, 3 May 1976; Holly M. Karibo, Mainlining along the Line: building a transnational drug market, North Carolina Scholarship Online, 2015).
Is recognizing COVID as standing for Christian Overreaction to Viral Infection Disinformation a part of that memeplex? Whilst the response to COVID has been widely framed as a global “war”, is there also an unexamined sense in which this is a “memetic war” — effectively camouflaged (Joshua Philipp, Memetic Warfare: spreading weaponized ideas for influence and control, The Epoch Times, 20 February 2018; James Scott, Information Warfare: the meme is the embryo of the narrative illusion, 2018)? What role is memetic engineering playing with respect to the response to the pandemic (Douglas Selvage, Memetic Engineering: conspiracies, viruses and historical agency, Open Democracy, 22 October 2015)?
Anthony Judge is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment and mainly known for his career at the Union of International Associations (UIA), where he has been Director of Communications and Research, as well as Assistant Secretary-General. He was responsible at the UIA for the development of interlinked databases and for publications based on those databases, mainly the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential, the Yearbook of International Organizations, and the International Congress Calendar. Judge has also personally authored a collection of over 1,600 documents of relevance to governance and strategy-making. All these papers are freely available on his personal website Laetus in Praesens. Now retired from the UIA, he is continuing his research within the context of an initiative called Union of Imaginable Associations. Judge is an Australian born in Egypt, a thinker, an author, and lives in Brussels. His TMS articles may be accessed HERE. (Wikipedia)
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