With riots, looting, and arson widespread in late May and early June, suddenly we see almost no media at all cover Corona anymore. The seamless transition of coverage is curious, if they really believed it was such a major pandemic with “100,000 dead.” What’s going on?
The best way to understand it: The Corona-Response caused the riots in the US. The riots are a direct extension of Corona.
The media, and most regular people who get their information from the media and follow its lead, all go along with the charade that the riots are about what the claimed trigger is, which any close analysis or basic critical thinking will show to be untrue.
Most of the media, academic, corporations, celebrities, and in a word the entire US regime, has spent a long time pushing the ideas here, behind the latest quasi-hoax (the claimed trigger). They always meant it to be controllable, a political-cultural wrecking ball with them at the helm, for the people they rile up to serve as their pets, as it were. What happens when the ‘wrecking ball’ goes rogue, or the ‘pet’ goes rabid?
Still, true-believers in large sections of America are easy to find.
The role of the hostile media and elite-class in inciting the riots
The media, for its part, with the lifting of the Corona-Lockdowns it agitated so hard for and with Corona looking like the failed god it always was (though it will still have partisans and believers for time to come), as if on cue began pushing the latest moral panic/malicious-hoax hard, and said not a word against protestors for breaking social distancing rules, as it had condemned the anti-Lockdown Michigan and other anti-Panic protesters before as “terrorists.” A close examination of facts of the claimed trigger is something no one in the media seemed to want, nor even cared about (which sounds to me again like Corona).
These are largely race riots and the riots are very obviously a follow-on effect of the wrong, destructive, and often-maliciously-made lockdown policies. The riots cannot be understood at all outside a Corona Lockdown context.
The pro-Panic side is guilty here, a national-scale Yelling ‘Fire!’ in a Crowded Theater situation. The writing at this website and elsewhere, fighting a rearguard action against the pro-Panic side’s arguments (imposed from above by a coup d’etat junta after a while, with mass support via religion), was worth it, and remains worth it for the historical record and as people pick up the pieces going forward.
I have several more Corona posts planned (on who formed into the pro- and anti-Panic coalitions in March and why). While they may seem irrelevant now, I believe in the medium- and long-run they are more valuable than ever.
Why does the media not so much as bring up the Corona Lockdown as a factor in the riots/looting, much less argue (point out) that the Corona-Response (lockdown) is the direct cause of the riots? This is curious given how obvious the connection is.
For one thing, it shows just how weak the anti-Panic side was in the media and elite class, which we already knew.
The seemingly universal endorsement of the most extreme interpretation of the claimed trigger (a single ambiguous case becomes a wave of “genocide” and open murders of Blacks for sport by evil white police, a total detachment from anything like reality, comparable to the Corona-doomsday-fantasists’ hallucinations). The immediate ceding of narrative control to the radicals, black-racialists, and anarchist fantasists. These are puzzling.
What we got: After the artificial virus crisis was imposed from above by a massive propaganda effort, a similar artificial crisis of Blacks murdered by police for no reason is created, when none of the data supports this at all (whites are more likely to die in interactions with police per capita per interaction).
Everyone fell in line, just like they did on Corona, obedient and unquestioning.
No Coherent Grievances or Demands, Facts-Last and Emotion-First Impossible to Understand without Corona Lockdowns
That the riots align exactly with the beginning of reopening schedules immediately suggests the connection. As does the bizarre lack of any kind of articulated, specific grievance or demands. Lots of race solidarity/racial-nationalism, Yes; lots of virtue-signalling, Yes (which camp one falls into dependent on race), all pent up for three months.
The (flimsy) pretext, a single ambiguous case in Minnesota. The only thing close to a clear demand being that the mob wants “facts-last, emotion-first” lynchmob-style execution of the arresting police officer involved in the fight. This was the only clear demand I have seen articulated. One ambiguous death with an unknown person thousands of miles away triggers mass riots everywhere, seemingly out of nowhere? It makes no sense without Corona as trigger, though the structural causes in US culture, politics, and demographics are also obvious to those willing to see them.
These insane, unnecessary, unprecedented, pigheaded, groupthink-based, magical-thinking-based, endless mass-shutdowns and lockdowns kept people out of work and school for months, yet at the same time the steady and enormouse stream of Corona-propaganda riled them up. With nothing to do, often with lost jobs, an indefinite freeze on school, and no apparent immediate hopes of getting new one jobs or going back to school (shorter time horizons in school age), we of the anti-Panic side warned in general terms of unforeseen consequences. Here we are. There will be many more (unforeseen consequences that is).
The timing and the nature of these race riots points to the base cause. The base cause is the total victory of the pro-Panic side in March, the pro-Panic coup d’etat, and the pro-Panic junta(s)’ refusal to yield an inch, even when it was clear the panickers were wrong as became crystal-clear in April. The pro-Panic side bizarrely dragged it out through May, against all logic, almost as if intended specifically to harm the population, as in “a victor’s peace.” I believe it is better understood in general terms as a religious cult but the malicious, political “victor’s peace” angle is not to be ignored.
The pro-Panic side was playing with fire, metaphorically, and they should have known it. Now others have ‘played’ literally with fire after the lockdown lifted and they’d spent over two months with nothing to do, often without jobs of any kind, and no school. The economic damage is realbut the moral/prestige damage is greater.
The USA, ruled by pro-Panic mob that locked down society for no reason, put tens of million out of work for no reason, and which bizarrely engages in top-down encouragement of opportunistic looting/arsonist mobs, does not seem to be a serious country.
Why did they media do it this time?
Why did they push the latest mini moral panic hoax, seemingly creating it out of thin air?
Their ideological commitments. Their role as chief purveyors of shrill nonsense. They cannot help stumbling from one mini moral panic to the next.
Besides that, they are too addicted to the instant-news-cycle, and dramatic footage, and dramatic stories largely inflated/created by themselves, to yelling at each other over the same (presumably). All these things meant they would push the hoax and yet again it would get out of control, and given their Corona-Panic-pushing ongoing for over three months and the destruction they caused thereby, it was all inevitable.
In light of the media’s entire loss of interest in the so-called pandemic, does Corona still matter? The answer is Yes, because the riots are part of Corona. No understanding the riots without understanding Corona.
There is also obvious value in knowing the truth, and in evaluating the role of the media and the sociological phenomenon of moral panic and how it begins, and how destructive it can get.
The media’s role, yet again, in fomenting an artificial crisis, and the “facts-last, emotion-first, embrace the moral-panic” nature of it reminds me of the Corona Response in general, which also makes Corona as a specific phenomenon worth studying. The amount of magical thinking on display is high both with Corona and with its follow-on riots.
The religion-like nature of Corona (which I previously argued was the breakthrough of a literal religious cult) triggered the fanatics to move on to wilder, more aggressive religious-cults, or revived some of the 2010s, with BLM as a race-based religion for some and replete with magical thinking and facts-last, facts-don’t-matter-anyway, emotion-first, agitation-based religion. I have been on the ground observing some of these protests and riots/looting, and there is much more to say but I will have to do that another time or in another format (I have some tweets on the matter).
What is the lesson of ‘Corona’ (by which I mean the victory of the pro-Panic side and its total-stranglehold on almost all governments in the West) and the follow-on “Corona-Riots”?
It seems increasingly to be that the US regime, the media-run state, has lost moral credibility. The US does not seem to be a serious country. There are serious structural problems that allowed fertile soil for the Corona-Paranoia and Corona Cult to break through.