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Reality is bad enough; there is no need to explain the world using conjecture and fantasy. The facts suffice.

Government is bad enough. There is no need to explain it using conjecture and fantasy. The facts about it suffice.

In particular, imputing garden variety government evils to conspiracies is based on the following faulty premise: Government generally does what is good for us (NOT). So, whenever we think it is failing in a mission it fulfills so well (NOT), we should look beyond the facts for something more sinister (NOT).

As if the State’s natural quest for expanded power were not enough to explain the events! Why, for example, would you need to search for the “real reason” behind an unjust, unscrupulous war, unless you honestly believed government would never prosecute such a war? History belies this delusion. Even when government prosecutes a just war, it finds ways to turn it into an unjust war by prolonging it. After all, a protracted crisis demands more taxpayer funds. Cui bono? For whose benefit?

There’s no conspiracy here. The constituent elements of the bureaucratic behemoth that is government continuously work to increase their sphere of influence. Thus, grunts don’t benefit from war; the generals everybody reveres do. It is therefore but natural for the soldier’s superiors to pursue war for war’s sake. By virtue of its size, reach, and many usurpations, the U.S. government is a destructive and warring entity—no matter which of one the big-government parties is at the helm.

Clearly, conspiracy thinking is not congruent with a view of government as fundamentally antagonistic to the welfare of the individual and civil society, a position held by a good number of libertarians and conservatives.

Some conspiracy claims are more consequential than others. Those pertaining to coronavirus are an example. Let us, then, briefly discuss coronavirus and conspiracy. Watch the YouTube corresponding to this section of the column here.

It is my sincere hope to help those whose affinity for conspiracy theories could put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Indeed, governments—national, state, city—are engaged in a power grab that might be irreversible. Of that there is no doubt. But from the fact that the State is engaged in this power grab—it doesn’t follow that COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, isn’t lethal.

In other words, keep in mind that the two propositions are not mutually exclusive. To forget this, is to abandon reason and to risk coming short because of conspiracy thinking.

To clarify: It’s piecemeal and incremental, but in this libertarian’s thinking, the State, by and large, presides over the disintegration of civil society. However, it does so reflexively, rather than as a matter of collusion and conspiracy.

Again, the State consolidates power reflexively—a little bit here; a little bit there—and often in response to a real threat, rather than intentionally. Its agents are opportunistic predators, rather than grand conspirators.

Suppose you disagree. Say you think the gargantuan American State is smart enough to coordinate a power grab, rather than do so automatically, and in response to a real threat.

In this spirit, some honestly believe that the novel coronavirus is a harmless hoax invented in the belly of the beast to consolidate power.

Suppose you act in accordance with these conspiracy convictions. You throw caution to the wind. And then you get infected.

Who’s stupid now? In other words, the State’s agents and agencies do instinctively seize power—and coronavirus is real.

Both propositions are true. And you are only as smart as your ability to integrate the two realities.

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  1. Huskynut says:

    I agree with you, though I do think one of the primary drivers is that people are generally uncomfortable admitting to themselves or others how little they can really know for certain around Covid, and they compensate by being superficially “certain” around their assertions and beliefs.

    A second factor is the extent to which Western governments of all stripes have avoiding making detailed information available to the wider public, and have focused instead on managing the PR angles. There is therefore no way for citizens to critique (and thereby improve) the planning and actions of government. This is the converse of the basic principles of democracy, where accountability has been reduced to selecting interchangable representatives at the ballot whilst the machinery of government grinds on, building ever more of itself in the process.

  2. My hunch — my hope — is that even the idiot liberals cheering this crackdown will see European countries loosening things (which they now are) and think “huh, why aren’t we doing the same?” Liberals, much more than conservatives, take their behavioral cues from Western Europe. I’ve noticed when I mention Sweden and the virus they tend to shut their cake holes.

  3. Aren’t you Jewish?

    • Replies: @ILANA Mercer
  4. If I was as cavalier with Corona as I could be, I still couldn’t do worse than the cashier at the still open grocery stores who literally experience everyone in their entire zip code filing past them. What is their attrition rate so far?

    • Agree: botazefa
    • Replies: @Franz
  5. Anon[200] • Disclaimer says:

    Hanlon’s razor explains this perfectly

  6. Ilana Mercer is a little too glib here … stylish see-thru top in the video, tho

    Is it perhaps a fine line between talk of ‘ordinary gov corruption’ and ‘conspiracy’?

    The official gov disease authorities in the USA and globally – Fauci, Birx, Tedros at WHO etc – completely stink of well-documented years of big pharma corruption, especially their fingers dipped in hundreds of millions from the Gates Foundation, which has maimed or killed so many in the third world with its ‘programmes’, as no less than Robert F Kennedy Jr has documented

    ‘Robert F Kennedy Jr. Exposes Bill Gates’ Vaccine Dictatorship Plan – Cites Gates’ Twisted ‘Messiah Complex’
    https://www.fort-russ.com/2020/04/robert-f-kennedy-jr-exposes-bill-gates-vaccine-dictatorship-plan-cites-gates-twisted-messiah-complex/

    ‘Dark Truth About Fauci, Birx, Bill Gates & Globalist Elites’
    https://nationalfile.com/president-trump-vs-bill-gates-on-treatment-fauci-has-a-100-million-conflict-of-interest/

    This is open public fact, textbook ‘regulatory capture’, just like Wall Street etc, no friggin’ doubt whatsoever, no one except the uninformed or a liar can say otherwise

    And along with that, we’ve got something which is, worst case, 90%+ shortening the lives of elderly, diseased or obese people by a few months to a year on average, along with a few random healthy people and some health care personnel sadly added in

    And for that we go along with the big pharma corrupt stooges, and whatever other oligarchs are behind them seeking surveillance and control and monopolistic acquisition, and destroy the world’s economy to a degree that indirect deaths will be 2x or maybe even 3x or 5x more than anything truly the fault of covid?

    With no major group of leftists, Soros-type NGOs, or international organisations, expressing concern about how in poor countries people are literally STARVING to death from a satanically-malicious lockdown?
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2020/04/scamdemic-catastrophic-hungry-third-world.html

    • Replies: @anonymous
  7. “However, it [government] does so [consolidates power or disintegration of civil society] reflexively, rather than as a matter of collusion and conspiracy.
    Thats an important point — government does act reflexively, intinctively. But, note, that is not inconsistent with the view that governments & elites dont also act collusively or conspiritorally.
    The past 40 years has not been the mere expression of an instinctive “will to power”. Indeed, it has been completely programatic. The program ? Essentially the program has been the neoconcervative & neoliberal take over of the world/national economies & civil society. It has been a considerable success (although, inevitably its has brought forth its own contradiction: China & Russia & their State directed capitalism)

  8. Quebecer says:

    Funny how some things seem obvious only after they’ve been pointed out. Thank you for a bit of fresh air. I was getting chocked up by all that weird conspiracy theorizing I’m reading all over the place.

  9. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @brabantian

    Glib – and cultivating male attention – is pretty much her shtick.

    Notwithstanding the highminded dispassion on display here, her previous piece was “Kung Flu” bandwagoning the scapegoating of China.

    Ms. Mercer often injects self-referential, ideological labels (“in this libertarian’s thinking ..”) and fills out columns with repetitive condescension (“In other words … To clarify … Again”).

    And now she’s competing on TUR with the comparably Conservative (although not blonde) Mrs. Malkin …

    • Replies: @ILANA Mercer
    , @rashomoan
  10. Realist says:

    Yes, the Corona virus is real…but how much of a threat is it. Ilana states then you contract the virus, who is stupid now, the point is many people contract the virus and don’t know it…therefore the death rate has been extremely overstated.

    • Replies: @davidgmillsatty
  11. Suppose you act in accordance with these conspiracy convictions. You throw caution to the wind. And then you get infected.

    Better than being on house arrest listening to house arrest preachers in sleazy tops, waiting for my mandatory shot and microchipping.

  12. Anon[128] • Disclaimer says:

    Anobody completely throwing caution to the wind ought to take as many natural known antivirals as possible to hopefully slow the spread of the virus in their bodies’ until their immune systems can concoct the correct antibodies to kill this particular coronavirus:

    I can list a few: zinc, ginger (real, not a flavor), garlic (uncooked), elderberry (probably the best one), black pepper, curcumin……..right off the top of my head. There are several more. Taking a great amount of Vitamin C is a given.

    • Replies: @ILANA Mercer
  13. This is a very insightful article. Since this pandemic unleashed an authoritarian, or even totalitarian, wave upon the world, I am increasingly drawn towards writers like Ilana and Ron Paul. I have only a minor disagreement with her here: it’s not that conspiracies do not exist; they are at least possible. The ideal — for them — globalist totalitarian State is not a reality yet, and thus there is still some behind-the-curtains activity going on. But she is right in saying that too much focus on such activities mostly deviates people from the real nature of the State and the damage it is capable to inflict in broad daylight.

  14. @anonymous

    Not competing, Sir: I’ve been proudly on the margins since my syndication arrangement fell through, late 2002, I believe. The reasons given by the corporate syndicator: “You’re against the Bush war (then ramping up), you’re neither Republican nor Democrat. And you’re not a Beltway libertarian.”

  15. @pickle jar

    You noticed! OMG! My cover is blown. All that plotting and conspiring for naught. [Smile]

  16. @Anon

    Excellent advice. Thanks.

  17. “Lock Step” http://www.nommeraadio.ee/meedia/pdf/RRS/Rockefeller%20Foundation.pdf

    Thanks but no thanks, Ilana. I tend to believe Dr. Cynthia McKinney, right now, considering she was right about 911, PNAC and that whole gosh darn conspiracy thingy.
    https://files.wtc7report.org/file/public-download/A-Structural-Reevaluation-of-the-Collapse-of-World-Trade-Center-7-March2020.pdf
    https://ae911truth.org/images/PDFs/Abstract-A-Structural-Reevaluation-of-the-Collapse-of-World-Trade-Center-7.pdf

  18. Ilana: great assessment. And if I may dovetail: there is generally a rationale, with some legitimacy.
    And the perps as often as not BELIEVE the legitimacy of the rationale (even if they have to lie to themselves).
    BTW: you are beautiful. I didn’t realize that before. I always (TRUE!) valued you only for your honest intellect !

    • Replies: @ILANA Mercer
  19. Anon[170] • Disclaimer says:

    Ilana is a beautiful woman with a captivating velvet voice. I think I’d even watch a YouTube video of her reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming.

    Now, on to COVIDIOCY…

    In addition to what @RonUnz has written, and contrary to the Fox News prime-time lineup, it is now looking like this novel Coronavirus was likely released as a bioweapon by some U.S. Deep State entity.

    https://www.livescience.com/first-case-coronavirus-found.html

    1st known case of coronavirus traced back to November in China

    By Jeanna Bryner – Live Science Editor-in-Chief March 14, 2020

    A 55-year-old individual from Hubei province in China may have been the first person to have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus spreading across the globe. That case dates back to Nov. 17, 2019, according to the South Morning China Post.

    I heard an American virologist say COVID-19 first appeared on the radar of the international virology research community in the first week of December.

    But apparently the U.S. was warning the IDF as far back as the second week of November.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-alerted-israel-nato-to-disease-outbreak-in-china-in-november-report/

    US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — TV report

    By TOI STAFF
    16 April 2020

    US intelligence agencies alerted Israel to the coronavirus outbreak in China already in November, Israeli television reported Thursday.

    According to Channel 12 news, the US intelligence community became aware of the emerging disease in Wuhan in the second week of that month and drew up a classified document.

    Wow, if this second report is accurate it’s shocking. Ask Philip Giraldi if he believes the U.S. intel community would be able to get this information that early, when some guy in a billion has some symptoms* of a fever and pneumonia? And would this U.S. Deep State entity be that confident that this it would rise to the level of being disseminated to NATO and Israel?

    *I presume that the date given in the Live Science article of November 17, 2019 is when patient zero/one was already in the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms.

    I’m guessing the U.S. Deep State expects people to believe that they intercepted a message from a Wuhan Virology Institute lab worker who relayed to another worker/person that someone might have been infected with the virus even before anyone had symptoms in a hospital. Because if it had been inadvertently released who would know that it had? “Hey Zhou, it’s Ming, I accidentally carried out a vial in my pocket and it fell out when I was getting my subway card and it broke. I’m worried. I think it was that new virus.”

    Ask yourself, how good would this intel have to be for the U.S. to warn NATO and the IDF about it? They have sketchy details of the possibility that someone might have contracted a new virus but don’t have solid info of anyone actually contracting it and they decide this rises to the level of having to warn the IDF and NATO?

    If this is Deep State’s false flag narrative then it’s even more ludicrous than Saddam’s 9/11 ties, Saddam’s WMDs, Assad’s poison gas genocide, Russian collusion, …

    • Replies: @davidgmillsatty
    , @Realist
  20. Conspiracy Theories are more entertaining and sometimes easier to understand than ugly reality.

  21. @Paul Marchand

    This is truly appreciated, Paul. Funny, too.

  22. the “conspiracy” involves the opportunistic

    use of a (((mediated))) fake-pandemic

    to screen a $10 trillion dollar bail-out of (((Wall Street)))

    a liquidation of (white) Main Street, and

    a vast extension of jew.gov tyranny

    by ‘Murka’s shabbatz goy political class.

    this mess has the pawprints of Ilana Issacsohn-Mercer’s

    co-ethnics all over it.

  23. @Realist

    Getting the virus is a real crap shoot. You could have very mild symptoms or you could be dead. How would you like living in NYC right now? What about all those health care workers getting sick and risking their lives?

    See here is the problem. The government wants to shut down everyone’s right to make a living without paying for it. That is the problem. Under the fifth amendment that constitutes a taking of a property right without just compensation. But the government will get away with it with token pay outs here and there.

    • Replies: @Realist
  24. @Anon

    Nonsense. Where is the gain of function? It is nowhere. If it was a bioweapon it would have been much worse. It could have taken a shorter time to infect others. It could have had a longer period to infect others. It could have been more deadly. And you would think that if it was a bioweapon it would not backfire on whoever made it. Covid 19 is proof bioweapons of this kind would never work.

    • Replies: @Realist
  25. Suppose you act in accordance with these conspiracy convictions. You throw caution to the wind. And then you get infected.

    That’s actually not very likely. First of all, you’d have to be living in an area where infections are rare; otherwise, you’d know someone, or at least know of someone, who’d gotten it. You might still believe in a conspiracy–your belief might even be true–but you could no longer consider COVID-19 a hoax.

    If you do live in such an area. . . well, let’s take my state, Arizona. As I write this, there are 4234 confirmed cases. They’re all at home or in the hospital, but let’s say there are ten times that number of asymptomatic carriers walking around. The population of the state is estimated at 7.38 million, so the chance that each individual you come in contact with is one of those, is about .0057. If you work at it, you can probably find one, but chances are he’s keeping his distance from you, so you’re still safe.

    Once the sit-down restaurants reopen, they’re going to need some covidiots to rebuild their customer base. People who take the virus seriously will be reluctant to eat out even after they’re allowed to.

  26. Franz says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    If I was as cavalier with Corona as I could be, I still couldn’t do worse than the cashier at the still open grocery stores who literally experience everyone in their entire zip code filing past them. What is their attrition rate so far?

    Thanks for asking! We’re fine.

    The wife cashiers, I’m industrial security, BOTH of us essential, along with nearly everybody we know. All of us “overage” and allegedly in the Covid bull’s eye and not a sniffle yet.

    Yeh, there’s a virus out there. And there are new strains every year. Why is this year different from all other years? As an ex-libertarian, I’d really be curious.

    I’ve also known many electro-sensitive people over the years, and note that infuenza epidemics and new power grids go hand to hand. See: The Invisible Rainbow, Arthur Firstenberg (book). The anti-5G protests/sabotage people in the UK may have a point after all. Curiously, an earlier flu pandemic struck at the opposite pole from this one: Most at risk were young people just starting out/reaching peak earning years. It was said that people under 15 and over 45 were essentially immune. Firstenberg’s book has loads of oddities like that.

    Near as I can guess the virus is killing people who had one foot in the grave already. If I’m wrong, fine. But I ain’t seeing it.

  27. Realist says:
    @davidgmillsatty

    How would you like living in NYC right now?

    I would not live in NYC…virus or no…it is a shithole.

  28. Realist says:
    @Anon

    In addition to what @RonUnz has written, and contrary to the Fox News prime-time lineup, it is now looking like this novel Coronavirus was likely released as a bioweapon by some U.S. Deep State entity.

    Of course I don’t know the veracity of this, but it is certainly in the realm of possibility. The US government is a lying, corrupt entity…that has pulled this crap many times before.
    The way Fox News is pushing this…especially Carlson with his China did it meme…it makes me think it is probably true. All of Fox has a full court press with this meme. Carlson has that dumbass self hating Gordon Chang on a lot. Here is the story about Chang:

  29. Realist says:
    @davidgmillsatty

    If it was a bioweapon it would have been much worse. It could have taken a shorter time to infect others. It could have had a longer period to infect others. It could have been more deadly. And you would think that if it was a bioweapon it would not backfire on whoever made it.

    None of that is true…if the US made it…they screw up all the time.

  30. rashomoan says:
    @anonymous

    I would agree with glib had she not been so obviously reading this material…

  31. Crashing the economy and killing large numbers of us would not enhance the widespread support among the people that our rulers enjoy today but would gravely, perhaps fatally, jeopardize it. They did not factor in the possibility of an infectious disease outbreak for the same reason the dangerous changes in earth’s climate are not real to them either. Of course they will exploit this emergency to their advantage, if they can; that’s a given. Sociopaths are always drawn to power, but our rulers are insane, not crazy. Insidious plots to further enslave us, if they succeed, would weaken the illusions that keep most of us compliant. Even people who really believe that they live in a magical place called “the free world” can be counted on to take notice if their chains suddenly become so heavy that they finally notice they’ve always been there.

    It’s interesting how popular culture has taken the stereotype of the heavy-handed regime in the book 1984 as the only model of what an unfree state looks like. In the real world, all they require is obedience, and this they obtain by providing shiny toys and a fantasy narrative. Despite their formidable power, the elite live in constant terror, like the slaveholders of the old south, that you will realize how powerful you are when we stand together in numbers. Their survival depends on keeping us complacent, not waking us up with heavy-handed oppression.

    • Replies: @Jedi Night
  32. @Observator

    Be honest, did you actually read 1984? The whole thing was done with propaganda on the intelligentsia and keeping the commoners complacent. Terror only had to be applied rarely and selectively. Those who watched it happen got the message.

    Like watching someone get fired who talks about Those Who Cannot Be Named. Everyone else learns real fast not to mention them. The vast majority of people don’t care.

  33. What liberalist nonsense. The entire premise of this article is:
    “based on the following faulty premise: Government generally does what is good for us (NOT). So, whenever we think it is failing in a mission it fulfills so well (NOT), we should look beyond the facts for something more sinister (NOT).”
    Being an ertswhile conspiracy theorist myself, I can tell you one thing:
    Conspiracy theories originate, survive and abound precisely because of the obvious disconnect between the idea of a government, and the abuses by private individuals with no legal regard or consequences. Add to this the clear and obvious animosity government exhibits towards the non-Invested, and it becomes rather clear that “government” does not care for me.
    From stating your premise, you descend into liberalist drivel; self-referring moral announcements and denigrating the validity of others’ thoughts about subjects you feel you have some kind of authoritarian expertise and last word on.
    That said, it turns out there really is no conspiracy. A farmer does not conspire against his cattle, he breeds’em, he feeds’em, then he eats’em. No conspiracy against the Goyim (grazing livestock) at all…

  34. infronta says:

    A covfefe conspiracy cov-idiot – you don’t say??

    Poor Mercer, in her conservative dim-wittedness, never manages to connect the obvious dots in her comments back to the even more dim-witted incumbent in the Oval Office.

  35. Of course it is a conspiracy, but like you say the virus can be lethal.
    The odds are a coronavirus was weaponised in an American lab, deliberately used to infect some or all of the US Military Contingent to the Wuhan World Military Games, who then spread it in Wuhan.
    See ‘WUHAN OUTBREAK: CHINA DEMANDS AN HONEST ACCOUNTING’: (Aletho News).
    This was a world event: the US sent a military contingent of some 300, yet failed to get even one gold medal, coming 35th, behind countries like North Korea and Bahrain, who each got 9 gold medals!
    Dr. (Faust?) Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) gave $3.7 million to scientists at the Wuhan Lab; the Chinese were also accused of stealing coronavirus samples from a Canadian lab – handy for creating ‘Red Herring’ alternative narratives when the time came to blame China, which they are now starting to do.
    Of course, if you want to believe the government and the MSM, rather than facts and common sense, by all means do so. Cui bono, indeed.

  36. Chip says:

    After reading your latest piece I went back and reread your previous piece, where you introduce the portmanteau “Covidiot”, which, while clever, was insulting to people who think as I do.

    I found it impossible to untangle your opening postulate,

    “In particular, imputing garden variety government evils to conspiracies is based on the following faulty premise…”,

    …with it statements negated by a following (NOT), but I think I deciphered what you were driving at, in subsequent paragraphs. You state

    “Clearly, conspiracy thinking is not congruent with a view of government as fundamentally antagonistic to the welfare of the individual and civil society, a position held by a good number of libertarians and conservatives.”

    …without offering any coherent argument at all. Indeed one would suppose that if you did believe that

    “government as fundamentally antagonistic to the welfare of the individual and civil society”

    you would rationally presume agents of government would indeed conspire to achieve their own ends, regardless of the consequences to individual and civil society. You go on to say

    “But from the fact that the State is engaged in this power grab—it doesn’t follow that COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, isn’t lethal.”

    …yet you provide no evidence that anyone is claiming the COVID is not lethal simply because they believe that the state is engaged in a power grab. I have read dozens of articles various thinkers and have watched numerous videos by epidemiologists, in addition to going to the CDC site and pulling their official case and fatality numbers. And in virtually every case the consensus is that the numbers don’t match the projections. On that basis the lethality of infection to any random individual is rationally questioned. No one is saying it is not lethal to some. But when one steps back and looks at the draconian measures taken worldwide, thinking people cannot help but ask how such a thing could take place on such a grand scale with such rapidity. Couple that with such stellar investigative research as has been provided by Whitney Webb, Ron Unz and others, along with the obvious controlled demolition of the economy at the very time that the massive fiat bubble was starting to implode and rational people start to connect the dots and question this patterns they are seeing.

    “Again, the State consolidates power reflexively—a little bit here; a little bit there—and often in response to a real threat, rather than intentionally. Its agents are opportunistic predators, rather than grand conspirators.”

    While I agree that the state is an opportunistic predator, to say that they do not engage in grand conspiracy is the height of naivety. Research the entry of the US into Spanish American War, FDR and his conspiracy to get us into WWII, the Gulf of Tonkin; and the granddaddy of all conspiracies, the WTC demolitions. (And if you are throwing up your hands and dismissing the WTC as some fringe kook belief, but have not taken the time to review the available evidence, then you are not the thinker you purport to be)

    “Suppose you act in accordance with these conspiracy convictions. You throw caution to the wind. And then you get infected.”

    “Who’s stupid now?”

    And suppose the actual overall mortality rate turns out to be the same as a bad flu, as the latest data seem to suggest, yet you destroy thousands of businesses and jobs, cause many people to die who cannot get elective treatment that they may have gotten or cancer screening they missed out on, or committed suicide because their livelihood has been taken from them overnight, not to mention the dramatic shifting of the overton window so far toward totalitarianism.

    Who’s the Covidiot?

  37. @ Chip
    Totally agree. ‘Spotty’ Lincoln, Lusitania, USS Liberty, ‘Kuwaiti Incubator Babies’, ‘Operation Northwoods’, JFK, RFK, MLK, John Lennon, Saddam’s WMD, Princess Diana, to name a few more.
    Also see ’53 Admitted False Flag Attacks’ on Global Research site. One doubts a coherent response from Ilana Mercer, if she tried to respond.
    Well, Ilana, cat got your tongue?

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