EXPOSING CAPITALISM'S MULTITUDE OF VICES AND INCURABLE PROBLEMS—
FROM INGRAINED RACISM and TERRIBLE ECONOMIC CRISES & EXPLOITATION TO ENDLESS WARS
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Sometimes a single precipitating event may play a crucial role in the collapse of a decaying empire.
Such was the case with the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. The sudden accidental meltdown and explosion of one of the USSR’s most advanced nuclear reactors produced a large-scale release of radiation across Europe. The catastrophe was regarded as devastating proof of the terrible decrepitude of the Soviet system, and became one of the biggest stories of the closing decades of the twentieth century.
Indeed, writing on Chernobyl’s twentieth anniversary in 2006, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev even suggested that the disaster “was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union.”
Probably Soviet Communism would have eventually fallen regardless, but Chernobyl may have greatly accelerated the process, and the next few years saw the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the exodus of the Warsaw Pact countries of Eastern Europe, and soon afterwards, the disintegration of the Soviet Union itself.
Yet although Chernobyl may have ranked as the worst nuclear disaster in history and its political consequences were immense, the comprehensive 33,000 word Wikipedia account reveals that the actual statistics were far from overwhelming. Two engineers died in the initial explosion and two more were badly burned. Another 134 members of the staff were hospitalized with acute radiation syndrome, and 28 of these died in the months that followed, along with an additional 14 suspected deaths over a decade.
Later studies suggested that the increased radiation across the Soviet Union and its successor states eventually resulted in 4,000 other deaths, while there were as many as 16,000 extra fatalities across all of Europe during the decades that followed. But given that regular annual deaths across that large geographical region were around 8 million per year, an annual increase of a thousand or so represented an invisibly small change.
Moreover, except for the few million individuals living in the vicinity of the disaster, the only impact upon the lives of ordinary people was the fear of radiation generated by the media. Indeed, if the Chernobyl disaster and the resulting radiation had not been widely reported in the press, few people around the world would have ever become aware of it.
In sharp contrast, consider the global impact of the Covid epidemic that began in Wuhan, China during late 2019. According to the best estimates of the World Health Organization, some fifteen million people have already died as a consequence, either from the disease or its indirect effects, while the Economist has estimated that “excess deaths” may be closer to twenty million. Moreover, the daily lives of many billions around the world have been enormously disrupted, both from the disease itself and from the unprecedented public health measures implemented to control it. Huge economic transformations and shifts in world trade have also occurred.
Chernobyl ranked as one of the most important events of the late twentieth century, but these comparative statistics suggest that the global Covid epidemic has been up to a thousand-fold greater in its destructive social impact.
Perhaps our gigantic current disaster was just a natural calamity brought about by the random mutation or recombination of an existing animal virus. If many millions died from a series of massive earthquakes or volcano eruptions, the political consequences might be minor. But there is considerable evidence that in this case, a human hand was responsible.
In late 2021 the Wall Street Journal devoted a full page to the discussion and review of several recent books analyzing the origins of the Covid epidemic, with all of these strongly arguing that the virus came from a laboratory. I soon responded with an article of my own, discussing both the books and that accompanying review.
American Pravda: Confronting Covid Crimestop
The Unz Review • December 13, 2021 • 6,400 Words
All these authors had fingered the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the probable source of the virus, which they claimed had accidentally leaked into the surrounding city and then afterwards spread across the world, a scenario that carried momentous political implications. As I wrote:
American Pravda: Waging Biological Warfare
Ron Unz • The Unz Review • August 9, 2021 • 7,500 Words
At the time these books and the review appeared, the possibility that the Covid virus had an American origin had remained totally unmentionable in the Western media, but in the last few weeks this situation has suddenly changed.
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University ranks as a pillar of the mainstream establishment and served as chairman of the influential Covid commission established by the Lancet, a leading medical journal. In May, he broke his silence and co-authored an article in the prestigious Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences making the case that the virus was clearly artificial and calling for an independent investigation into its possible American origin.
A call for an independent inquiry into the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Neil L. Harrison and Jeffrey D. Sachs • PNAS • May 19, 2022 • 2,800 Words
Sachs’s huge political bombshell was almost universally ignored by our timorous Western media. However, in June he made similar public remarks at a Spanish conference, and a clip of these went super-viral on Twitter at the beginning of July, now retweeted 11,000 times and accumulating nearly a million views.
Wow????Prof. Jeffrey Sachs:
"I chaired the commission for the Lancet for 2 years on Covid. I'm pretty convinced it came out of a US lab of biotechnology [...] We don't know for sure but there is enough evidence. [However] it's not being investigated, not in the US, not anywhere." pic.twitter.com/IYvSJnlv1q
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) July 2, 2022
In a column last week, I argued that the cat was therefore out of the bag, and Britain’s Daily Mail soon proved me correct, publishing an article that finally broke the media embargo:
Covid leaked from an AMERICAN lab and not the notorious Chinese facility at centre of pandemic cover-up, claims top US professor described as ‘Xi propagandist’
Connor Boyd • Daily Mail • July 4, 2022 • 1,500 Words
The Daily Mail has long specialized in covering those subjects too “hot” for the rest of the mainstream media. As a result, it has achieved a reach second only to that of the venerable BBC, with more than twice the traffic of the Washington Post and five times that of the Wall Street Journal. The explosive story about Sachs’s revelations quickly accumulated a couple of thousand shares and 1,800 comments.
Furthermore, a previous February article in the Daily Mail had discussed new scientific evidence that a crucial component of the Covid virus came from a sequence previously developed and patented years earlier by Moderna, a leading American biotech company. Although there is no evidence that Moderna itself had any direct connection with Covid, this seemed to establish that the virus was indeed artificial and further suggested an American origin.
Scientists claim Covid virus contains tiny chunk of DNA that ‘matches sequence patented by Moderna THREE YEARS before pandemic began’
Connor Boyd • Daily Mail • July 4, 2022 • 2,100 Words
So courtesy of Sachs, a public debate has now begun on whether Covid came from an American lab. But the two earliest major outbreaks occurred in China and Iran, striking the two countries in the world most subject to American hostility, surely a rather implausible result from an accidental release.
The absolutely unmentionable subtext of the current discussion is the obvious possibility that the Covid virus was created in an American lab and then deliberately deployed against China and Iran just as the Iranian government had claimed at the time, eventually leaking back and devastating America and the rest of the West.
Over the last two years I have been virtually alone in advocating this controversial hypothesis, which has been almost totally excluded from both the mainstream and the alternative media. My lengthy series of articles can be read on this website, and have also been collected together in a freely available eBook, which has been downloaded more than 11,000 times:
Ron Unz • The Unz Review • April 2020-December 2021 • 60,000 Words
In 1986 the globally-dominant Western media ensured that the Chernobyl disaster came to symbolize Soviet incompetence and dishonesty, and used that incident to inflict a crippling and perhaps ultimately fatal blow upon the tottering Soviet Empire. But today, the West still totally dominates global media, so as yet the American Empire has suffered no serious consequences for its likely role in the vastly greater Covid disaster. However, that may now be starting to change.
Google and Facebook are the primary gatekeepers to the global Internet, and days after I published my first article in April 2020 analyzing the origins of Covid, they banned our website and deranked all of our pages, severely reducing our ability to disseminate our information. Similarly, Google’s Youtube division is the world’s dominant video platform, and apparently shadow-bans videos if their discussion of Covid strays too far from the standard narrative.
However, Youtube’s increasingly strict political censorship on so many topics has created an opening for rival video platforms, and according to a March New York Times article, Rumble has become the primary competitor, especially attracting conservatives and Trump supporters alienated by Youtube’s severe restrictions. After Russia’s large RT channel was banned by Youtube, it also shifted to Rumble.
Rumble’s traffic still remains merely a sliver of Youtube’s, with the latter attracting roughly 100x as many monthly visits. But Rumble’s refusal to suppress controversial content has left it as one of the best choices for those who challenge establishment dogma, and I’ve been very pleased with my own results. Just before the February outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, I did several video interviews on my Covid analysis with small podcasters, and these have now been viewed more than 600,000 times on Rumble, including over 100,000 additional views in just the last ten days.
Having been banned by Youtube, Alex Jones now focuses on Rumble and he has 127K subscribers, but if you sort his videos by views, none have broken 70K views. If you search for “Tucker Carlson,” about a dozen of his videos are over 300K, but the overwhelming majority are far below 100K. And except for its continual Livestream video, only four of RT‘s Rumble videos have broken 100K views, with the vast majority being closer to 10K views.
If my interviews with tiny podcasters may have accumulated more views on Rumble than 98% of the videos featuring Alex Jones or Tucker Carlson or by RT, that suggests the enormous potential audience for a candid discussion of the likely true causes of a global disaster probably a thousand times more serious than Chernobyl.
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^3000US citizens have no real political representation.
We don't live in a democracy. And our freedom is disappearing fast.
I don't want to be ruled by hypocrites, whores, and war criminals.
What about you? Time to push back against the corporate oligarchy.
And its multitude of minions and lackeys.
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