“Steal a little and they throw you in jail
Steal a lot and they make you king”.
- Bob Dylan, ‘Sweetheart Like You’ (1982)

Social Engineering and an Expanding Theater of War

In late September 2021, the Ottawa Citizen broke the startling story that the Canadian military had been secretly using propaganda techniques on unaware Canadian citizens during the pandemic. The “propaganda plan” that was “devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, relied on propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war. The campaign called for “shaping” and “exploiting” information. CJOC claimed the information operations scheme was needed to head off civil disobedience by Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic and to bolster government messages about the pandemic”. The Canadian military took this action despite it not being requested by the government nor authorized by the Cabinet. Canadians are not alone in being the subjects of covert propaganda campaigns during the pandemic. In April of 2021, documents were released in Britain showing that the UK government had been using “psychological and information warfare models against their own population”. The use of fear and heightened states of anxiety were among the methods used to cower people into accepting lockdowns and other covid response measures.

Those seeking to covertly sway the behavior of their populations could do so by drawing off a hundred years of social science research, research that was designed to understand what makes humans tick, and how they can be manipulated to behave in desired ways. In her 2005 book World as Laboratory- Experiments with Mice, Mazes, and Men, historian Rebecca Lemov writes, “During the first two thirds of the twentieth century, theory and practice met in certain laboratories in America, as human engineering began to take the reality-driven form of a series of experiments…The social scientists, foundation officers, and policymakers who made up the ranks of human engineers might have preferred a different label- perhaps “pragmatist”, “experimentalist”,  or “behaviorist”- but they still shared a sense that one could devise ways to predict and control people’s actions and behaviors- as well as, eventually, their thoughts…The story of human engineering is available to anyone with a library card” (p.4).

As we’ll see in the next section, many of these experiments on humans were brutal, unethical, and in many cases illegal. The ruling elites sought ways to understand human psychology, human nature, human fears, and to weaponize that knowledge against them. Bertrand Russell exemplifies this aristocratic outlook in his 1953 book The Impact of Science on Society, when he writes, “[In the future] Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so” (p.62). The rulers of the emerging modern industrial mass society believed that “A properly “engineered” society with properly conditioned parts [held] the promise of replacing older forms of order (such as religion, tradition, and the dead hand of authority) with an infinitely more subtle form of social control” (Lemov, p.7).

Psychological warfare techniques have been used for millennia, and methods of coercion have been understood in torture chambers throughout the ages. But in the 20thcentury this knowledge became a science. And it became much more sophisticated than it had ever been before. And through the illegal human experiments carried out by the Nazis, the US Military, the CIA in MKUltra, and many times in open university funded studies, new information about how to terrorize and traumatize and demoralize humans was understood for the first time. The weaponization of this knowledge has been increasingly applied to societies over the past seventy-five years, and it’s my view that many of these same tactics are being used during the global pandemic. We’ll explore that topic in the third section of this piece. But first, a brief tour through the often macabre history of twentieth century experimentation, and the social engineering that arose from it.

A Brief History of the Libido Dominandi

We can begin the story in the early twentieth century after there had been great advances in the field of psychology, including the depth psychology of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and others. The unconscious dimension of the mind was discovered by these psychologists, along with its desires its fears and its animating archetypes. Freud had a nephew named Edward Bernays, and Bernays used his uncle’s understanding of the mind to craft several successful advertising campaigns. Many people are now aware of Bernays after Adam Curtis’ excellent 2002 documentary The Century of the Self. Bernays has been called “the father of public relations”, and in the 1920’s he was already incorporating the findings of social science and psychology to master the art of Propaganda, the name of a book he wrote in 1928. In that book is a paragraph that’s oft quoted in parapolitical lore, but it’s worth hearing again. It’s also worth noting just how early in the 20thcentury that successes in social engineering had been achieved. Bernays writes, “We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society…In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind”. Not only would Bernays’ advertising campaigns get women to smoke and Americans to eat bacon for breakfast, but his understanding of public relations also seeped into politics and many other facets of public life, becoming central to the successful functioning of the bewitching society of the spectacle.

The field of anthropology studies humans and human culture so naturally this body of knowledge will be of interest to governments, militaries and intelligence agencies, and research from anthropologists has been incorporated by these institutions since the beginning of the 20th century. An early example worth noting is the anthropological work of Gregory Bateson, who developed the concept of ‘schismogenesis’ while doing field work in the 1930s. The concept literally means the “creation of division”. Bateson, later to be an OSS officer (precursor to the CIA) in WW2, was studying intergroup dynamics and what created or led to conflict in groups or between rival groups. It’s easy to see how this might be useful to militaries, and there’s documented evidence that Bateson’s understanding of schismogenesis was used by the US military “against Japanese-held territories in the Pacific during World War II”.

The anthropologist David H. Price has written a pair of important books documenting what he calls weaponized anthropology, or “social science in service of the militarized state”. In his book Cold War Anthropology Price talks about “dual use anthropology”, which is the “militarized applications of basic science research” (p.xv).  Price writes that, “American anthropology has been slow to acknowledge the extent to which it is embedded in dual use processes, preferring to imagine itself as somehow independent from the militarized political economy in which it is embedded...The Second World War and the Cold War years that followed were an unacknowledged watershed for dual use anthropological developments. During the war, cultural anthropologists worked as spies, educators, cultural liaison officers, language and culture instructors, and strategic analysts”. The military use of anthropology continued during the US led ‘war on terror’, where “Military doctrines increasingly [relied] on the means, methods and knowledge of anthropology to provide the basis of counterinsurgency practices”. Anthropological knowledge has been used by militaries and social engineers alike during the past hundred years. One particularly interesting angle on this fact is a presentation by Mirage Men author Mark Pilkington, entitled “Abuses of Enchantment- Folklore and Deception in the Disinformation Age. Pilkington shows how militaries and intelligence agencies have weaponized human folklore, superstitions, and paranormal beliefs against enemy populations, no doubt gaining this information at least in part from the work of anthropologists. None of this is to cast aspersions on the field of anthropology as a discipline of course, it’s just that its findings can be useful to various actors.

The findings of the discipline of psychology have also been weaponized as a tool for military operations and social engineering knowledge. The post 9/11 war on terror era saw “Leading psychologists secretly aiding the U.S. torture program”. An independent review by the American Psychological Association “revealed that ties between the American Psychological Association and the CIA/DOD were deeper than previously recognized, as the associations’ ethics director collaborated with the DOD to align the associations’ ethics policies with the needs of DOD”. But that was only the latest instantiation of psychology being used to understand how the human mind works and how it can be influenced, motivated and/or coerced. In the early 20th century, the school of psychology known as Behaviorism sought to identity objective, measurable laws of human behavior. One of its biggest proponents, B.F. Skinner, “promoted a technology of behavior as the basis for widespread social reform”. Behaviorism viewed humans as unthinking automatons whose behavior could be mapped out and then directed. Although it never fully achieved this goal, and has faded in popularity over subsequent decades, this truncated view of human nature and the desire to control it is worth noting.

The field of psychology saw many ugly and unethical studies over the course of the 20thcentury, with results that could easily be weaponized. You have the ‘Little Albert Experiment’ (done by behaviorists) that conditioned a nine-month-old baby to fear rats by making loud sounds when the boy saw the rat. Over time the boy would cry as soon as he saw the rat and try and crawl away in a panic. Then there was ‘The Monster Study’ in 1939, where a group of orphans were deliberately belittled by researchers to try and induce them to stutter. It worked. Many of the children were left with lifelong emotional and psychological scars, and in 2007 six of the (now adult) children were awarded $1 million in damages. It’s been dubbed the monster study because only a monster would do such a thing to children. In 1965, psychologist Martin Seligman did “learned helplessness” studies on dogs to try and discover if this learned helplessness (basically breaking a creature’s will) could be done. They succeeded. Learned helplessness would be incorporated into the CIA interrogation (torture) manual during the US led War on Terror. Down in Australia in the late 60s early 70s, psychologist Harry Bailey was carrying out “deep-sleep” experiments on patients at a private hospital in Sydney, where “patients were kept in a comatose state for days or weeks by massive doses of barbiturates”. By the time his experiments were forced to close in 1979 twenty-four patients had died, others had committed suicide, and many others had “suffered physical and mental complications arising from their treatment”. Just a bit of human carnage in the name of ‘science’.

Back in the US in the 1970s, psychologist Harry Harlow was deploying his macabre “pit of despair” on rhesus monkeys. The monkeys would be put into a pit of solitary confinement for weeks on end, separated from any social interaction. This social isolation basically broke the monkeys, and when they were allowed out to interact once again, the majority “would simply remain still in a huddle position, clasping their own body with their hands”. Revelations of Harlow’s experiments on monkeys would kick off the animal rights movement.  No discussion of this overall subject would be complete without reference to Stanley Milgram’s infamous Yale “Obedience to authority studies”, where subjects (“the teacher”) were instructed to administer what they thought were real shocks to a person (the “learner”) in another room. The teacher would be instructed to raise the shock dose higher and higher until eventually the person in the other room (an actor) would be groaning and begging for it to stop, sometimes crying out in pain. Many teachers kept administering the shocks as they were instructed to do so, despite the sounds of real harm being done. The study found that, “In general, more submission was elicited from "teachers" when (1) the authority figure was in close proximity; (2) teachers felt they could pass on responsibility to others; and (3) experiments took place under the auspices of a respected organization”. The Milgram studies were reproduced in Australia at La Trobe University where 200 students were subjects, many of whom suffered lasting psychological damage. And finally, many are familiar with the forty-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study in the US, where over a hundred people died, but it’s been recently revealed that in Canada there was medical experimentation done on indigenous children in the Canadian residential school system. The tests carried out between 1942-1952 were seeking to learn about malnutrition, and “In these experiments, parents were not informed, nor were consents obtained. Even as children died, the experiments continued. Even after the recommendations from the Nuremberg trial, these experiments continued”.

That’s just a brief summary of what could be a much longer list of unethical and many times illegal human and animal experimentation done in the 20th century. When one looks at this material in toto there’s something so cold and calculated and cruel that runs throughout it. Some philosophers in the 20th century, such as Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor, talked about “instrumental reason” as being the source of this kind of rational brutality. They argued that Enlightenment reason had come to dominate the mind of the industrial West, excluding our many other capacities and approaches to reality. A cold, disembodied rationality had begun to rule over everything through what the structuralist philosopher Jean Gebser would term “the deficient stage of the mental rational structure of consciousness”. It was from this detached mental space that studies such as the ones above could be carried out with such unfeeling care for its test subjects. There’s some truth to this, but the longer I’ve delved into this kind of material the more I see other factors at play too. These studies in the service of social engineering display a powerful undercurrent of what St. Augustine in The City of God called the “libido dominandi”, or the lust for domination. There’s been an elite class of the mega-wealthy in high places who have long sought to dominate and control most of humanity, and they’ve been putting in the pillars of their control grid a little at a time over the past century. Through their foundations (Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller, Gates etc.), and through research organizations like the Tavistock Institute and the RAND Corporation, they’ve funded a lot of social science research into how humans work, learning along the way how they can best be manipulated and controlled. In a very real way, they now understand us better than we do, and that’s a great weapon in their hands. This elite ruling class, as my colleague Son of Korg has unpacked, fancies themselves the Luciferian/Promethean controllers of human destiny and evolution, the Ubermenschen vanguard that knows what’s best for everyone. And playing a global game of Risk at a very high level, they apparently don’t give a fig about the ‘collateral damage’ that occurs along the way to their sought-after goal of total control. The libido dominandi is strong with these ones. During the last two years this mostly hidden hand has become a lot less hidden.

There is also a strong streak of sadism in much of this experimentation, which can especially be seen in our next example of weaponized social sciences, the illegal human experiments that began during World War 2. The Japanese, the Russians, and most famously the Nazis started doing human experimentation within the context of that vicious global war. The experiments sought many things, but chief among them was the ability to “subdue and control human minds”. After the war many Nazis scientists, engineers, and technicians were brought to the United States via Operation Paperclip, while others went to places like the Soviet Union and Australia through similar operations. In the US many Nazis who were engaged in brutal human experimentation were enabled to continue this experimentation through the CIA’s top secret MKUltra program, which ran from 1953 to 1973 (officially) and had 169 subprojects within it. I’ve written a long piece entitled Naomi Klein’s Bridge- Neoliberalism, MKUltra, and the Long Trauma War Pt.1, that unpacks what MKUltra was and the many terrible things it led to. I invite the reader to read that article to get a better sense for that material, which we won’t rehearse here. But I came across some new MKUltra related material in the research for this article, a couple pieces being pertinent to the overall theme being explored here. MKUltra subproject 68 seems particularly relevant. Performed by psychologists Donald Webb and then Ewan Cameron at McGill University, they studied the effects of isolation and sensory deprivation on the human psyche. Webb had planned to keep his subjects in isolation for weeks, but most couldn’t last a few days. He found that the isolation “impaired their cognitive faculties”, and they also experienced “increased restlessness [and] childish emotional responses”. In others their “identity began to disintegrate”, and the researchers found the sensory deprivation made subjects “suddenly became very tolerant of ideas that they had readily dismissed before”. Webb’s subjects were all volunteers. Cameron’s were not. They were all sick or mentally ill patients under his care, and the experiments were done without consent. In 2017 the Canadian government finally paid a settlement to the family of one survivor but put a gag order on them not to speak about it. Both Webb and Cameron discovered just how destructive isolation can be on the human psyche.

One of the reasons the CIA was seeking to do mind control experiments, is that US soldiers coming back from the Korean War who had been prisoners of war seemed to have been ‘brainwashed’ (a new term coined at the time to describe it) by their captors. The psychiatrists who examined the returning POWs said they were “dazed, lacked spontaneity, spoke in a dull monotonous tone with markedly diminished affectivity”. They were also “tense and restless” (Lemov, 193). The US Military wanted to know how this was done to them so they could help their soldiers fend against it in the future. One psychologist who was hired to study the returning soldiers was Louis Jolyon West, who would later be an MKUltra subcontractor. West and two other young psychologists (one curiously being the above Harry Harlow of pit of despair infamy) came up with the term “DDD” to describe how this ‘brainwashing’ had been done. The first thing that needed to be done was debility- to weaken the body’s strength through various means such as fatigue (sleep deprivation), semistarvation, or wounds that weren’t treated. The second was dependency- according to Lemov, “This was produced by a prolonged deprivation of basic requirements such as food and sleep. The deprivation was interrupted by occasional, unpredictable, brief respites, reminding the prisoner that the captor had the power to relieve his misery”. And lastly, the third D was for dread- this was achieved by keeping the subjects in a chronic state of fear. In the returning soldiers’ case, it was fear of death, pain, deformity, or permanent disability that was the permanent engine of fear. If these three conditions were met, the captors could achieve “total compliance” from the prisoners. What’s interesting is that in his report, “West stressed the connection to earlier advances in the social science of human engineering…and the conditioning experiments of the earlier part of the twentieth century [as being] key to understanding the phenomenon of brainwashing” (Lemov, 196). It was the well-funded forays into social engineering by a moneyed elite that paved the way for this ability to crack a human being and garner total compliance from them.

Mass Formation

If we look at the last two years of the pandemic through the lens of DDD, one can make a strong case that all three of these tactics have been deployed worldwide (to varying degrees depending on country and individual states/provinces of course). The first, debility, has been achieved through various means. The chronic fear narrative being pumped out of the media 24/7 during the pandemic weakens the immune system and “can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions…leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions”. Chronic fear and anxiety can also make us “fatigued and depressed”. Then there’s the often constantly shifting landscape of Covid related rules and regulations, many dropped on businesses and parents without warning, making people juggle their already complicated lives on the fly. This is a very tiring way to live long term. The heavily media stoked cultural divisions over issues like wearing masks or getting the vaccine also takes its toll. Strained or torn relationships with family and friends, tensions in the workplace, bitter debate on social media, all this saps our energy and frazzles our nervous systems. The social isolation of lockdowns was (an in some places, still is) incredibly hard on the psyche and the well-being of people, as we saw through the various 20thcentury studies just how destructive isolation can be. Then there’s the issue of masks. There’s been many who have claimed that mask wearing lowers our oxygen levels (section four of this link), and there’s been many fact checkers and debunkers who have sought to refute this claim. Either way, the endless wearing of masks creates a general atmosphere of fear, a symbolic environment that times are not normal and that we’re in a state of emergency, and combined with social distancing this creates an atmosphere of social hesitancy towards our fellow humans. All the above combines to create a general “pandemic fatigue”, a battle-weary condition which can lead to general exhaustion and a reduction in our capacities.

The second D of dread has already been mentioned, but we can observe just how intentional this has been by the engineers of the pandemic response. The fear-based reaction to the pandemic was stoked by China at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, there’s been a steady barrage of new fears such as multiple variants, supposed ‘super-spreader’ events, and coming “twindemics”. Then there’s the climate of fear surrounding speaking out against aspects of the pandemic response and losing a job or a business license or friends and family. This last fear builds off our deep natural fear of ostracism, which we “fear more than death”. Experiencing ostracism (eg. ‘anti-vaxxer’; ‘covidiot’, ‘anti-masker’, 'conspiracy theorist' etc.) “creates brain activity in the same area that is active when we feel physical pain”. The social engineers of the pandemic response have knowingly weaponized this ancient dimension of our psyche. The leaked UK government planning document mentioned in section one says, “Communication strategies should provide social approval for desired behaviors and promote social approval within the community”. Don’t you care about your neighbors? Do you want to be the one that kills grandma? An Israeli health minister was caught on a hot mic admitting that Israel’s ‘green pass’ was not about health, but about coercing the unvaccinated to take the shot. Canada’s Justin Trudeau and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern didn’t bother hiding this fact, they both just said the same thing out loud at press conferences. And what does this intentional two-tier society amount to? Forced ostracism. A fate worse than death.

A CNN technical director was secretly recorded saying that the station had been intentionally stoking fear, and senior doctors and a marketing director at a North Carolina hospital were recorded on Zoom saying they need “to be a little bit scarier” to get people to take the vaccine. An editor of the German newspaper BILD even apologized to the children of Germany for unnecessarily terrorizing them with their Covid coverage. Fear has been front and center on the social engineering menu during the pandemic. It’s worked so well that the UK public “believes the death toll is a hundred times higher than it really is”, and as Bill Maher has pointed out several times now, when American Democrats are asked what percentage of people who catch Covid need to be hospitalized (the answer is between 1 to 5 percent), “41 percent of Democrats thought it was over 50 percent, while 28 percent thought it was between 20 percent and 49”. Fear based media programming has completely distorted the perception of many.

The classic way to achieve the third D, dependency, is to punish and deprive a subject and then meet out small rewards, often only to have them taken away again. As we’ll recall from above, this “reminds the prisoner that the captor had the power to relieve his misery”.  The constant stop starting of Covid rules during the pandemic has worked in this manner. A grueling lockdown is finally lifted, and then a few weeks later it’s suddenly reimposed. Mask mandates are removed, it feels great to take them off and see people’s faces, but then they’re reinstated. You can’t do Thanksgiving, kids can’t do birthday parties, and no gathering with your neighbors. Then those rules are relaxed, and people begin to feel somewhat human again. A month later many of them are back once more. Where I live everything was dropped at the beginning of this past summer. Take your mask off, go wherever you want. Vaccination rates were getting very high, summer weather was fantastic, and people spoke like maybe we had turned a corner and could see the end. Then the first week of September came, masks were back on for all including kids 5 and above, and now there were vaccine passports, people began to be forcibly fired from their jobs if they didn’t vaccinate, and now many can’t go out in their own society. All of this, boom, unexpectedly and without warning. I could see how demoralizing this reinstatement was to people. Just a big deflating gut punch. Many seem to be disassociating a little now, just going through the motions, not able to make heads or tails of why or how any of this works and trying not to think about it. A sort of learned helplessness has set in. In the words of R.L. Burnside, “It’s bad you know”. People are now dependent on their governments for what they’re able to do and not do, and dependent on the government for information about what’s happening, meted out during the weekly and at times daily news briefing from the health minister. Given that the response by many has been to double down on following all the Covid rules as strictly as possible, as though this will make it all go away, and I wonder if we’re now experiencing a traumatic bonding phase with our captors.

When people live this long with this level of fear, anxiety, despondency and exhaustion, they begin to yearn for anything that will take it away and make it stop. One solution is to find a scapegoat, some group of people that are responsible for this continuing misery. The media and government leaders have offered up the unvaccinated as the scapegoat to place on the sacrificial alter (despite the CDC’s own admission that the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection or transmission). Charles Eisenstein has written an excellent piece utilizing Girardian theory to show just how incredibly dangerous this kind of scapegoating can be, flirting as it does with stoking genocidal rage. But what happens when almost everyone is vaccinated and Covid cases still explode, as happened recently in Waterford, Ireland? Who do you blame then? Another solution to this prolonged psychological disturbance can be what psychologists call a mass formation. Dr. Mattias Desmet is a professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium, and he has offered a powerful perspective on how to understand some of the response to the pandemic. One response to the constantly changing rules, the endlessly shifting and contradictory views expressed in the media, the hypocritical behavior of politicians and elites, the incessant undercurrent of fear and anxiety, is to check out mentally, forgo using rational thought, and give total power over to a higher authority. When large groups do this all together at the same time, this has been called a mass formation, which is akin to a mass psychosis. After Skool and the Academy of Ideas have put together a very good 20-minute presentation on the subject that can be watched here (video is called ‘Mass Psychosis- How an Entire Population Becomes Mentally Ill’ if it gets scrubbed from YouTube). This total surrender of autonomy might get rid of one’s debilitating anxiety, but as Vaclav Havel wrote in his 1978 essay ‘Power of the Powerless, while living under totalitarian communist rule in Poland, this capitulation comes with a steep price- “One pays dearly for this low-rent home: the price is abdication of one’s own reason, conscience, and responsibility, for an essential aspect of this is the consignment of reason and conscience to a higher authority. The principle involved here is that the center of power is identical with the center of truth”. When people have gone into a mass formation, they become very susceptible to totalitarianism. Freedom is traded for the pain going away. We are at that precipice today.

The More Glorious Triumph

During the research and writing of this article, some strangely timely and relevant materials have come to light. The first is the revelations that Anthony Fauci has himself been involved in macabre and unethical experiments, including on dogs, monkeys and orphaned children. Which brings to mind Faulkner's famous remark that, “The past is not dead. It’s not even past”. And the second is there was a NATO event held on October 5, 2021, on the topic of “cognitive warfare”, which it describes as “a new domain of competition, where state and non-state actors aim to influence what people think and how they act”. This is a “hybrid warfare” where civilian populations and their minds are the target. This builds off a 2020 NATO document that states, “The objective of Cognitive Warfare is to harm societies and not only the military”. The knowledge of how to do this comes from the “weaponization of brain sciences” so as to achieve more advanced “social engineering”. The mostly covert war on hearts and minds is now being explicitly discussed in the open. And whole populations are now seen as the enemy, as the libido dominandi marches on towards its precious goal of total control.

If the last two years has taught me anything, it’s that the West has become very soft in recognizing totalitarianism. We’re like a valley of rabbits where eagles and owls haven’t been seen in seventy years. The rabbits don’t even have the memory of air borne predators anymore, so they don’t even see them above when they’ve made their return and are circling hungrily above. Rod Dreher has written a recent book called Live Not by Lies- A Manual for Christian Dissidents. In it he relays the stories of Christians who lived through communist totalitarian countries in Europe during the 20th century. These people are still alive and they’re warning Dreher that what’s been happening over the last two years with the pandemic, the culture wars, the big tech censorship, looks very recognizable to them. They’ve seen this before. It’s what they lived through, and in many cases fled their countries to escape.

This situation has been exacerbated by the brutal deployment of psychological warfare techniques on populations during the pandemic, weaponizing a hundred years of social science research and human experimentation. To escape the pain brought on by this abusive behavioral regime, many have chosen to check out and turn over their will to the rulers and technocrats guiding the pandemic response. This opens the door towards totalitarianism even further, as we continue to careen towards a permanent medical dictatorship that will be yoked to a digital social credit system, all within an atmosphere of total surveillance. The final bars of the Black Iron Prison are being put in place. But the situation is far from being a fait accompli. During the last month, people all over the world have been fighting back, from airline pilots in the US to dockworkers in Italy to Mounties in Canada, thousands and thousands of people in a wide variety of professions are not complying with the vaccine mandates, and there’s been huge protests against vaccine passports all over the world. This has been blacked out by the complicit quisling mainstream media of course, but there’s been no stopping the vast networks of information sharing that’s happening on a whole host of alternative free speech friendly platforms such as Telegram, Rumble, Signal and much more. The increasingly coercive measures taken by state actors continues to wake people up in waves, with new people every day breaking free of the asylum like Chief at the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It might seem like we’re in the valley of dry bones, but those bones are rattling. The holy spirit is blowing once again through a beat-up humanity, and the courage to take back our freedom and our sovereignty is growing swiftly.

Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis (1776), “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated”. The days and months ahead will be difficult no doubt. But if we stay the course and fight the good fight, and resist the encroaching tyranny every step of the way, what lies on the other side of the fallen Goliath could be glorious indeed. It could even give the storied New Jerusalem a run for its money. Let’s live to see that future.