I am 64 today. Greetings to readers of my blog.
The Chinese characters for “crisis” are said to mean “danger” and “point of change” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_word_for_%22crisis%22]. Appropriate, at this time when the great Chinese nation has emerged to challenge the West for world supremacy.
Was “the virus” a planned release, posed as an “accident”? We may never know for sure. Some may say that such a speculation is a “conspiracy theory”, but if so, it is one supported —or not dismissed at any rate— by some pretty well-informed people.
Sir Richard Dearlove, one-time SIS chief, seems to believe that the virus came from an accident in a named Chinese lab, and was not an accident of and in the natural world and/or a market.
I personally (obviously not an expert in scientific subjects) find it very strange that the outbreak in Wuhan was contained very easily in the end, and there was quite swiftly an end to “lockdowns”, “social distancing” and facemask wearing etc. Only about 3% of the population of Wuhan was infected (some sources say); the official death rate was a tiny fraction of 1%, being around 5,000 people in a city of 11 million (about 1 death for every 2,000 inhabitants); and most parts of China were completely unaffected.
Meanwhile, in Germany, Austria, Italy, fast-spreading outbreaks. Was there a deliberate planting of material there?
Reverting to the main theme, 31 years ago socialism dissolved all over the world. I have blogged about it before. The fact that the Chinese government still pretends to be “Communist” or socialist carries no weight. “Communist” is just the name on the outside of the box.
Neither does the fact that there are a few pitiful failed “socialist” states here and there prove the survival of socialism as a significant ideology rising beyond the level of a small political cult. North Korea, with its bizarre pseudo-socialist “monarchy” (by any other name); Cuba, which without Soviet subsidy has become what one would expect of a Latino dictatorship ruling over an island populated mainly by blacks and those of mixed race. Ramshackle, its roads potholed, its railways scarcely functioning, its capital full of condemned and collapsed buildings.
Venezuela? Need one even say anything? [https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/some-thoughts-about-venezuela-socialism-and-developing-a-more-advanced-society/]
As I have blogged previously, in the UK whatever existed of socialism or even social-democracy soon dissipated. The Labour Party deleted Clause 4 from its constitution and socialism was dead in Labour as well as everywhere else.
Corbyn’s rise was resistance against the finance-capitalism then riding triumphant despite the 2008 crash. It was, however, unsuccessful. Now we see Labour just a pale copy of Blairism, run by a former prosecuting lawyer who is, like all his Cabinet, completely tied in with the Jewish/Israel lobby.
Social nationalism, in terms of parties and organizations, has rarely been so weak. A consequence of the globalist finance-capital trend since 1989. The BNP started to gain some traction before 2010, but in the end failed, just like Corbynism.
Now we see widespread discontent, but nowhere (in the UK) amounting to even a real hard protest, let alone any kind of “revolution”. Even the recent dictatorial “control” “laws” [invalid, fake, laws] could not raise much of a protest. Maybe 10,000 in Trafalgar Square, listening to speeches.
When the economy really tanks, when neither Government nor (fake) Opposition can offer the then-suffering British people anything, then social-nationalism might have a chance, but only if it has developed by then (meaning 2022) at least the nucleus of a disciplined party organization.
2022 will bring in an era of change across the world. The world between 2022 and 2055 will be as different from the world 1989-2022 as that now is when compared to 1956-1989.
Or to put it another way, “truth not required on voyage”…
“Dr. Tim” (of whom I have blogged in the past: see https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/theyre-coming-to-take-me-away-ha-ha/) thinks that now-misnamed “Labour” should make it difficult for anyone of modest means to join. He wants Labour Party membership to be restricted to the rather comfortably-off. Says it all about Keir Starmer “Labour” really. No shekels, no membership card?
Actually, I rather like the idea. Destroy Labour and people might start to look for a real alternative to the equally-misnamed “Conservative” Party.
If (which I doubt, frankly) that report is accurate, then at last Boris-idiot will have done something worthwhile. I support public service broadcasting, in principle, but the BBC is not that, not any more, if it ever was (certainly not after some admittedly indeterminate point in the past; maybe 1980 or so). I now hate the BBC despite it still having a few good things showing (mainly on BBC Four).
Hitchens is right. All across the world, and perhaps especially in those jurisdictions which for long have considered themselves “societies under law”, with civil rights and reasonable freedoms, there has been a stunning abrogation of liberty, moreover an entirely (from the public health point of view) unnecessary abrogation of rights and liberties. Incidentally, if anyone reading this cannot see the difference between “a society under law” and a mere “society that has laws”, all I can do here is request (for your own sake) that you research that difference.
Also, take a look at Twitter. Most of the pseudo-socialists, “antifa” twits, most of the Jewish element, are applauding the dictatorial measures being employed in Australasia (New Zealand is almost as bad as Australia, though less confrontational).
As I have blogged previously, the ideological unsoundness of the self-described “Left” (I myself avoid the “Left”/”Right” meaninglessness) is shown by their wish to be controlled and ordered about by the State. That is why these people have no political traction. They have no real core belief beyond various “anti” positions.
Note the stated “position” of tweeter “@Oz_UK”: “socialist“…and pro-Corbyn, and his “avatar” is that of a photograph of the girl I call Greta Nut.
People like that do not change the system, let alone lead or take part in revolutions. Their main aim is to see those with whom they think they disagree hurt in some way, by others or by the State apparat. In the old Soviet Union, they were called Homo Sovieticus…[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_Sovieticus].
Britain is full of them now.
Ever heard of Thomas Edison, Dr. Dim? Maybe he does not count as a scientist, not ever having had much of a formal education… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison
I suppose that Edison was “only” an inventor, not a “real” scientist of the Professor Ferguson type…
I regard Nigel Farage as “controlled opposition”, but I repost his tweets here because his are the best record today of the migration-invasion happening. 400+ in one day!
What use is a Royal Navy, a Royal Air Force, a Border Force that cannot stop this invasion of untermenschen by any and all means? Do you say “because the armed services are there to stop Russian invasion“? If so, you are very foolish.
The Russia of today is not the old Soviet Union, and has no ideology that differs much from that of “the West”, beyond a certain nationalistic outlook. The Russians are far less expansionist than the Americans these days. The USA is the brute force behind the New World Order [NWO] expansion in Eurasia.
Russia has neither the means to invade the UK nor any interest in invading the UK but, speaking frankly, I should prefer a Russian invasion to one by these hordes of (mostly) near-savages. At least I should be able to speak the language!