Document - By: Erling Marthinsen September 19, 2021, 7:27 p.m. (or EPUB)
2020 was a strange year, marked by a world decision to destroy the global economy, with the exception of China and Sweden. This has never happened before.
This is how Mark Steyn introduces a broad page in the Gatestone Institute, an edited version of a lecture he has previously given for Gatestone. The topics have not become less relevant. The consequences have been great, so great that the very balance of power may have been shifted.
This decision to tank the entire global economy is something that strengthened China, the creator of the virus, and the exporter of the virus, and weakened any opposition to China - and that is how they began.
This first year of the new weirdness ended with the United States government pretending that its principal threat is a domestic terrorism movement that does not exist.
The so-called January 6 uprising is being used for all that is worthwhile by the Biden regime. In the wake of the storming of the US Capitol, paranoia spread among Democrats.
We were told two weeks later that there were going to be mass insurrections, not only in Washington but in every state capital.
Among other things, Montpelier, Vermont went into the lockdown. But there was no revolt. Several dates for potential riots were mentioned, first March 4, then March 20.
I have lived in countries that have real domestic terrorism movements. It is not something that one should concoct out of whole cloth lightly. No country blessed enough not to have a domestic terrorism movement should be inventing one.
After 9/11 it was different. Then the authorities told the American people that they should live as normal, otherwise they would let the terrorists win. But now Washington DC is permanently armed, and a wall has been built around the US Capitol. Americans are exposed to a storm of lies.
Also read: Where did the truth go?
Korona and Big Tech
Due to Covid-19 and the shutdowns, fewer people are meeting, so more and more people are relying on information from their screens to understand what is going on. A handful of billionaires have been given the right to define what is reality.
They are not ashamed either, they openly admit it.
Google made an explicit announcement about this recently. They said that sometimes they would put warnings on things that are factually accurate because, even though they are true, they do not think it is in society's interest for people to be seeing it.
Once again, it is the elites' deep distrust of the people that emerges. Freedom of expression is seen as an abstract phenomenon, not as a practical, fundamental value.
Can it be that difficult? It is only to avoid insults to imams, trans activists or other easily offended groups, it is said. But this is how we lose our freedom, bit by bit.
We have states, a few weeks ago issuing orders on who you were allowed to spend Christmas or July 4 th with.
The ability to go to your church, the ability to open your hairdressing salon, the ability to go and get a cheeseburger at your local diner, all these abstract intellectual philosophical issues are now absolutely real for most people around the Western world. Yet, there has been very little pushback against it.
What surprised Steyn was the extent to which Americans accepted the new reality. He paraphrases Lord Moulton, who said that the State could demand that we do a few things, and ban a few other things. The rest, around 80 percent, was to be decided by the individual's freedom of choice and manners.
Now everything is law: How far you have to stand away from people. The realm of manners, in Lord Moulton's phrase - choice - has shrunk to nothing.
Everything is regulated from the center. It's as if Zappa's fantasy character " The Central Scrutinizer " has taken over. Orwell's Big Brother is everywhere.
The Guardian wrote that no matter how the pandemic ends, society should be shut down every other year. This would be great for the climate. After all, Ireland managed to reduce its climate emissions by banning travel more than five kilometers from home.
The idea that this is the new normal is deeply disturbing.
At the same time, we have had a serious crackdown on free speech, particularly in America during election year, and culminating on January 20th by the convergence of the Big State and Big Tech.
Dissenting opinions in the trans debate, the climate debate or the debate on vaccines and shutdowns are no longer tolerated. One risks being blocked from social platforms only because one disagrees with those who govern the country, the very foundation of a functioning democracy.
For example, the Great Barrington declaration, which was written by three of the most prominent epidemiologists in the world from Harvard, Oxford, and I think it was Stanford. That was basically deleted from YouTube, banned from Facebook, simply because it contradicted the WHO, CDC official version of events.
The right wing lags behind as usual, mumbling that private companies can do what they want. But companies like Facebook and Google are more powerful than most nations in the world, and will soon have more power than the United States.
For decades, we were told that trade with China would make China more like us. But the opposite has happened: the West is becoming more like China, and we have adopted the Chinese norms that restrict freedom of expression and make disagreements with the authorities a risky sport.
Globalization does not mean that they will have the same economy and freedom as us. Globalization means that we will have the same living conditions and "freedom" as them. Technological developments have created a virtual open gap between China and the West, a kind of digital version of the China Syndrome .
American companies are afraid of offending China. American officials are afraid of offending China.
When North Carolina passed a law restricting access to different toilets to those that matched the biological sex, the state was boycotted by a number of companies in showbiz and sports after pressure from trans activists.
On the other hand, when China says, "Homosexuality is a mental illness," Disney, and the NBA, and all the other China shills that American corporations have become, all of those groups say, "No problem. We're not going to say a word about it, and we are all going to continue sucking up to China. "
The English-speaking countries think only short-term. But China is thinking long-term and strategically. They do not have to worry about the next election. The same can be said about Islam. The pandemic made it clear how dependent the world has become on China.
China makes our aspirins. Good luck fighting a war against China over Taiwan because by the third day, China will have disrupted the supply chain of aspirins and suppositories. Our tech fighter pilots are all going to be flying into battle with splitting headaches and itchy posteriors.
China makes batteries. Everything that is with you right now is dependent on a battery, your telephone, your laptop, and all the rest of it.
China steals technology from the West, and mass-produces this for a fraction of the price. At the same time, we will destroy our access to cheap energy to save the climate, while China is pushing for new coal-fired power plants.
But the opposition in the West seems most interested in Oprah interviewing a mediocre actress who has become the princess of woke, since she did not learn to say no properly as a princess in Britain.
Steyn elaborates in the question round
In the question round that followed the lecture, Mark Steyn elaborates on some of the topics.
This is China's moment. Take it as someone who grew up, in large part, in a great power in decline. There's no real explicit handover day. People, in hindsight, expect to pinpoint the day that the baton was passed.
My great worry is that actually, the transfer to China has already happened.
You should actually get a 100% tax break if you bring your business home from China to the United States. You should get something like a 70% percent tax break if you move it to a non ‑ hostile nation, such as moving it from China to Indonesia, or to India, or to Vietnam, or some such.
The Big Lie
Steyn comments on the lies from the media, which some call "The Big Lie". He is convinced that Joe Biden never won the election, and only feels disgust at how lazily these accusations have been handled in the judiciary.
He comes with strong criticism of the long history of electoral fraud in the United States.
In Canada, in Slovenia, in the Netherlands, in Australia, ballot boxes do not get driven around. It's one of the most basic things.
There are all sorts of disturbing elements that have been allowed to go on far too long here. The upshot is that half the country does not think that Joe Biden "won that election."
Big Tech has ravaged the internet, which can have dramatic consequences. He mentions the rapes in Cologne, which were committed by newly arrived Muslim migrants. No newspapers would write about this. There were various accounts on Facebook that let the truth trickle out. Without Facebook, the story would probably never have been told.
But today, Facebook had strangled the story at birth. For now, Facebook is collaborating with governments around the world.
Over 100 years ago, Standard Oil was split by force. Something similar needs to be done with Facebook, Google and the other Big Tech giants.
Facebook and Google and Apple have far more control over their business than Standard Oil did 110 years ago. The difference is that their business is knowledge and the access to knowledge, which is more important even than oil.
In Australia right now, Facebook is trying to cancel an entire country. We have left it far too late to take serious moves against these people.
The United States' problems are high tax pressures and an incredible amount of regulation.
If you can not make a widget in Massachusetts, it is generally because Massachusetts has an over ‑ regulated economic environment.
The violated masses overlook important moral components in their struggle for decolonization and Social Justice.
The fact that you're rampaging around the Confederate general while wearing shoes made by child labor somehow does not impact on your moral virtue at all.
While judges blocked President Trump as he tried to deport illegal migrants, Biden is given free rein to open its borders wide.
If one is to be able to fight the woke madness, organization is required, Steyn believes.
The backlash will not come unless it is organized. My whole view is that unless you are prepared to surrender everything, surrender nothing.
The war on the past is straight out in 1984, straight out of Orwell: Who controls the present, controls the past. Who controls the past, controls the future. If you blow up the past, you make social engineering so much easier because there is nothing to go back to.
The threat from Iran
When asked what should be done with Iran, one can sense the despair Steyn feels, unusual from that side. He does not know who is actually leading the country, except that it is not Joe Biden.
They bring him out once every few days, take him to an ice cream parlor with a 40 ‑ car motorcade. He manages to order the ice cream pretty competently.
Other than that, we know two things. That the Iranians are keen to finish their nuclear project. At the same time, that the United States, under its present government, is keen to get back into the Iran deal and deliver more pallets of cash to sweeten that deal.
Iran must be taken seriously, not because of the Iranians, but because of how they can influence countries in the minefield around them. The Islamist regime in Iran is under strong pressure from within, and the West should support the internal, regime-critical forces by increasing external pressure.
What we ought to be trying to do is connect the Iranian people with their great glorious past, which is actually a platform on which you can build a future. That again is one of Orwell's lessons.
Mark Steyn: A Hinge Moment of History
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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