Essays on propaganda and censorship by 34 thought leaders.
This is a great essay and I like Boenhoffer. However, I disagree that the government response to covid-19 was "stupid". It wasn't. It was a very intelligently and carefully planned mass murder, consolidation of central power and transfer of assets. The response from targeted victims was stupid, especially targeted victims with advanced medical/science degrees and credentials, those were monumentally stupid. The perps acted very intelligently and with malice aforethought.
I think I've learned more about how the Holocaust happened just by being alive during the past three years than I have from every history book I've read for almost a half century prior.
The important thing is how do you counter the mass stupidity?
This discussion brings to my mind the play "Good" which is set in Frankfurt in the 30s/early 40s. It depicts how a liberal professor (whose very best friend is Jewish ) morphs from a decent, devoted and "good" family man to a member of the SS. He is seduced by political rationalisations, misrepresentations and the attraction of a simple life with clear cut rules where he felt valued and accepted. But to do so he had to disengage from his conscience and turn his back on any impulse /desire to question or really look at what was happening. His motivation was to be "good", but good in whose eyes? Not his Jewish friend's. But rather in the collective eyes of the political machine. It happened slowly, like the frog in the cool water pot set to boil. I see so many parallels to the events of the last 3 years.
As a biblical Christian, and as a thinking human being, I stand with the explanation provided by the Bible. Words are important, and the word is not "stupid."
The first chapter of Romans describes those who once knew the truth, but ignored it. They "became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." The passage continues to warn us, that they "became fools." God then abandons them to their lusts, for which they will be judged. This is a categorically different type of indictment than is associated with the word "stupidity." The German church was compromised. Although the Confessing Church did better, it was not without its own faults. The context in Romans 1 is different, but the idea of "stupidity," with its normal connotation, is not found anywhere in the Bible. In the Word of God, all states of mind are evaluated in the context of morality, not in terms of intellectual failure, even as part of the mix. Failure to see the truth is the result of moral turpitude, not of being "stupid," nor is "stupidity" part of the judgment of God. When people are under the delusion of evil, propaganda does not have to be sophisticated in order to do its job.
2 Thessalonians chapter 2 also describes those who don't love the truth, who succumb to the deception of wickedness. Verse 2:11 says God will send a deluding influence so they will believe what is false "in order that they all may be judged, who did not believe the truth." Again, the strongest indictment is made against those who fail to see the truth, and God does not judge men and women for having a low IQ. It is not a failure of being able to understand the nature of propaganda, it is a shutting off of the understanding that is given by the indwelling Spirit of God.
In both Romans and 2 Thessalonians, God Himself engages in active judgment against those who do not love the truth. He sends an irresistible, deluding influence, just as He hardened Pharoah's heart. Consider the implications of being subject to that form of judgment, by God.
Failure to love the truth will ultimately result in eternal destruction. Speaking for myself, I will not whitewash the nature of deception. It is an object lesson for our own generation. I will not go down the road that glorifies "We the People" as some sort of heroic force against evil, albeit subject to bouts of stupidity. Humanity, to its core, is evil. Without the love of the truth, which is found in unrestrained commitment to Jesus Christ, through a living faith, human beings are inherently unable to resist deception, even in its basest forms.
Yes the similarities between Nazi Germany of the 1930's and 40's compared to the Covid response by Western Governments is startling. The scariest part is we are only part way through the course used by the Nazis!
the gov couldn't have killed all those folks without their participation- that's the stupidity, the sheeple blindly acceding their lives to "authority"
As a kid growing up under communism, my grandfather would often gather his grandchildren to teach us about survival skills. He would often tell us, 'look and see what they (government) are not showing us...listen and hear what they are not telling us.' and 'think critically for yourself if you want to live.' Those words are so true today in the America.
It was deliberate, not stupid.
Stupidity is not a virtue. That said, suggesting it was anything but a carefully orchestrated and carried out attack redefines the word. The hoodwinked "professionals" are the worst. They drank the kool aid and asked for refills. It really is and has been that bad.
I don’t think these officials are stupid. I do think they’re up to no good and ignored our constitutional rights. It was so disgusting to witness. Actually, it still is
We are all rats in this world wide rat cage called Earth and have been used as an experiment similar to Germany and typhoid fever! What shocks me is how brazenly these people perpetuated this entire calamities. With so much information at ones fingertips, I am shocked at the amount of mass murder, disabling destruction these people were able to achieve and yes, the massive transfer of wealth and power, otherwise known as, redistribution! Although nothing was redistributed to US, no, no, only taken from US for they’re diabolical plan of world wide domination! This has Satan written all over it, including all the dates and naming of variants,
Etc! Welcome to Hell!
May God Bless America and the entire world!
Re Boenhoffer’s essay and “The events in Germany between 1933 and 1943 had shown him that perfectly intelligent people were...rendered...incapable of critical reasoning…..”. That time period begins too late IMO. Versailles treaty caused Germans a withering, cruel economic pain over +/- two decades. The currency became worthless, making life seem hopeless. Into that mess, Americans (like Bush family) and Brits supplied money & other commodities to the Nazis to build a military. It wasn’t by magic. Now, look at our situation in US...
Life made hopeless, drugged-out cities, and IMO physical attacks on the American public from 9/11 to covid to Maui. An extraordinarily powerful, over-funded military that’s been trained and conditioned (Iraq, Jade Helm, etc) not to have cognitive dissonance when committing illegal acts against citizens. Police, too, perhaps. HERE’S MY WORRY: the fed Reserve recently “took action” during covid that IMO will greatly devalue our currency and cause a lengthy depression. I believe crushing economics and propaganda are concomitants in the creation of fascist society. Are Americans being conditioned, groomed to be the new Nazis? We need Boenhoffer’s sense of philosophy & logic to overcome that.
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I agree w/ Sasha Latypova. Those who thought of & perpetrated the covid scam are cunning like the serpent who seduced Eve, & poor Adam went along w/ it thus sealing our fate.
Along w/ the perpetrators were the shills, the unspeakable brown-nosers. History is a theatre of re-runs, different time, actors but same sad script. This is a very sad time for me, to know there are those amongst us who wish us struck down & dead. What keeps me going is my faith in Jesus Christ & reading Scripture. The human heart searches for answers which prove elusive. We have a need to know, it is human; but we cannot know the heart of man that would so thoughtlessly harm a newborn, a pregnant woman, a child, teenager & so many vulnerable human beings, squashing them & snuffing out their lives as though they were bugs. It causes me great pain, therefore, I believe many of the living are in pain-suffering over this assault. Covid & climate hoax is a predatory assault upon humanity... the more who are wide awake to this the better.
I think I'm going to pull this substack off my Mastercard. You have just concluded that the PEOPLE who are the victims of the scheming governments of the G-7 countries (don't forget Japan-not so much France) are stupid. You've shifted the blame from the schemers. Most normal people (like the Jews being sent to concentration camps) can't conceive of this level of wickedness. "Never again" has been the slogan since WW2. But here we are. It is not the stupidity of the people, but the evil (and resources) of those who planned & executed this depopulation scheme that is the problem. You need to rethink your mind set.