We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Abbreviated post)

It appears that the directors of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire are launching an effort to breakdown the allegiance of troops to protect their own country and transfer the allegiance to NATO, the army of the Empire. By the same logic, I'm wondering if the billionaire directors of the capitalist Empire are using the pandemic to transfer the commitment of citizens have toward their individual nations to the Empire and its NATO army.
By grossly enhancing the threat of a disease (Covid-19), which evidence (in spite of censorship) suggests that the disease is no worse than ordinary influenza (see this and this) and other anomalies reported by censored medical scientists, but is more contagious through gain-of-function research at the Empire's various laboratories, the directors of said Empire are using emergency medical strategies to get their individual citizen's commitment to obey the diktats of both medical and political authorities. By using medical emergency strategies, they could weaken citizens commitment to constitutional restrictions of freedom of speech and assembly and strengthen the authority of political leaders who are at least nominally, if not wholly committed, to NATO. Thus the directors of the Empire would prepare the groundwork for the coming titanic struggle against Russia, China, and their supporters in their efforts to establish a multilateral world and free of the Empire's domination. 
Just a thought, which crept into my mind this morning, and I wanted to share it with you. But it's probably one of those "conspiracy theories" that the authorities are so worried about (sarcasm).
  • 💥The Stakes of Finding COVID-19’s Origins by Nathan J. Robinson from Current Affairs. This is a best post. (Note: He writes according to official reports that "Well over 3 million people have been killed by COVID-19 around the world, including over half a million in this country." But Robinson tries to reconcile this estimate with the fact that the National Institute of Health, a government agency, "funded a project in Wuhan that “set out to create novel coronaviruses with the highest possible infectivity for human cells." He goes on to cite an article (I posted it yesterday) entitled "The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?" posted on the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The article reported that two scientists denied that it could have come from the Wuhan Institute which Nicholas Wade, the author of the article, claims is unscientific reasoning, and politically motivated. Wade argued that most scientists won't object because they receive funding from federal agencies.) My reaction: Could it be that this is an example of the "plot thickening", a plot designed and carried out under the direction of our ruling class. Nah, they wouldn't do that! (satire)