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Norm’s note: I note a lot of confusion among people rightly outraged over the psychological and profiteering operation being perpetrated upon us under the guise of the SARS-Cov-2 “pandemic.” Many believe that what they are witnessing in terms of the now manifest and globally ubiquitous intensifying authoritarianism is a turn toward communism. What they don’t understand is that this totalitarianism that is being ratcheted up actually goes hand in glove with capital. What we are not seeing is a turn toward the left, in socio-political terms, but rather a sharp veering toward the right, that is to say, toward a ruthless and brutal intensification of the prerogatives of the capitalist ruling class, both international and national. Over the coming days I may commit to address and clarify my thoughts on this issue in more detail. I shall see. In the meantime, a nugget of truth perhaps deserving of a little musing:

For some reason, I could not embed this: a Tweet by Red Kahina

The fake left is the most pernicious, the most nefarious of all. They make the struggle impossible no matter how courageous the people are and how willing to sacrifice. These people are not prog liberals, they are fascists frauds masquerading as lefties.

Indeed. And for a bit of context, Red Kahina adds this quote to his/her Tweet:

We are not seeing an erosion of capitalist rule but rather its intensification right down to the grassroots. Private property, which is the essence of capitalism, is antithetical to democracy. But those who control your education work very hard to conceal that basic antithesis and are very accomplished at this task.

As Harold Pinter put it in Art, Truth & Politics,

Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory [of speaking the truth] since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.

(The emphasis is mine — N.P.)

We now return you to your regular regimen of programming (. . . but not before one last interruption — if you haven’t read this, it is to my way of thinking relevant to the issue of being ‘ignorant of even the truth of one’s own life:’ Gell-Mann Amnesia, Dissonance, and Resolution by Mathew Crawford).