Rock, Stone, Crack – Disappear was supposed to be the last post of 2021. But this post forced itself forward, partly triggered by Marc Casañas, who with Alex Oncina translated El Naufragio – see Chronicle of a Tyranny Foretold.
One of the stories of 2021 in the English speaking world was the discovery of over a thousand unmarked graves linked to several Residential Schools in Western Canada, where First Nations children were sent to be educated. It seems likely there will be thousands more. These schools were mainly run by the Catholic Church and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was called on to apologize.
(The Vatican was a whipping boy but the real culprits were the mostly Protestant Canadian Establishment, who availed of the cheap labour offered by a Church for whom education as well as healthcare was a sacred mission. It’s Trudeau rather than Bergoglio who should be making restitution).
Canadians expressed horror. Some spoke of Genocide. Others softened this to Cultural Genocide. There was a lot of relieved sympathy – relief that we didn’t live in a time when things like this could happen.
The unstated – this could never happen again – element caught my eye in those relatively innocent times a few months before vaccine mandates.
The could never happen again trope shaped a piece I wrote about RCTs for The International Network for the History of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Were we were not repeating with RCTs what we had done to the First Nations? We are civilizing the knowledge people have about drugs, replacing local knowledge with global knowledge. Put this way, what we are doing sounds harmless, almost benevolent.
It translates into savagery. It means that if you are injured by a drug, or vaccine, or a family member is killed, if the problem hasn’t shown up in RCTs, which we design so problems cannot show up, we invalidate your knowledge of what is happening to you and because we are benevolent we keep increasing the dose or adding more drugs to the mix in order to put you right.
RxISK is full of stories of just this – how health systems and increasingly personnel respond with violence against you if you mention the harms you have suffered from treatment.
In addition now, if you haven’t done what the RCTs say you should do, and been vaccinated, health professionals describe you, the unclean individual, as inflicting moral injury on them. There is astonishment that there are still almost subhuman people like this in the modern world. The call goes out for mandatory civilising.
The doctors who shun the unclean are the people who are going to get PTSD from this pandemic. Its always the conquerors, like the Americans in Vietnam, who get PTSD, not their victims. The conquerors are unable to acknowledge their own savagery.
Marc drew my attention to a landmark article on this theme of how those who are harmed by the system are likely to meet violence rather than help. It was written by Leah Ashe from first hand experience. As many people, who get tangled up in healthcare when it goes wrong, can attest, the savagery is all too real. Leah’s article brings this home in an extraordinary way.
As Gandhi said – To do a Great Evil, you must first persuade yourself you are doing a Great Good. In a way that few outside the system ever appreciate, the doctors doing the greatest harm see themselves as benevolent, and fine people – how could they not be better than the average person having witnessed so much suffering (of others)?
It is quite extraordinary that witnessing all this suffering can blind them to the suffering and injustice they inflict.
A failure to take into account the evidence being presented by our patients, and making a diagnosis at odds with their evidence, is not just unscientific, it is as profoundly unjust as coming to a verdict based on their skin color, sex, or class.
Those civilizing today’s Western savages decry the forced ‘treatment’ of Uighurs whom the Chinese claim to be treating to eliminate the virus of terrorism.
Distinguishing forced treatment of a virus from conversion is not easy. Some forced treatment of individuals is inevitable in medicine, and perhaps always will be. It has led to shocking abuses. The safeguards we put in place often make things worse by getting in the way of transparency and vigilance and helping us to recognize that there are times we depend on the Kindness of Strangers.
More recently, we have entered a conversion therapies maelstrom, centred on gender, in which all sides are against attempted conversions, and blame others for doing just this.
Can Covid vaccine mandates be seen as forced conversion rather than forced treatment? Mandatory vaccines came into the frame with Smallpox, leading to a fifty year struggle that created the idea of conscientious objection and religious exemptions.
Getting rid of mandates was a signature policy of a Left that represented working class solidarity – the people rather than the elite. Vaccine mandates are now a signature policy of a Left who are now a party of the elite supposedly following Science.
In the nineteenth century a political function of religion became more clear – a way to keep the tribe, the herd, together. As Shipwreck put it:
There are times we prefer to take our chances with what the universe has in store for us rather than run with the herd. This risks reprisals from the herd. Regardless of the name we put on our religion or politics, community beliefs are conservative. They favor civic duty, and loyalty. Having occasional animals stray from the herd is one thing, having the herd split is another, especially if a technical system appears to offer an efficient solution to a significant threat. Splits can almost only be permitted on ‘religious’ grounds. Technical systems, in health as elsewhere, do not tolerate pluralism. They reach for guidelines and standards.
Clearly tribal beliefs have shifted over time and place. These ‘religions’ tolerate the extermination of others who are different. Behind all such religions, we could probably delineate an Ur-Belief system (shared with Atheists and secularists of all sorts).
Is the religion driving today’s vaccine story the same as the one that gave rise to the ‘religious’ struggles over smallpox?
Possibly yes. Common to both was an early effort to put science/technologies ahead of relationships in the one case and a preparedness to do so now as science and technology increasingly equate with being civilized. Putting vaccines ahead of improving ventilation systems in schools, hospitals and businesses is a recipe for a pandemic of non-stop over-treatment.
This is supremely idolatrous. Not because we are putting Science in the place of God. But because we have put a Golden Calf in the place of Science by
With real science, rather than the stuff politicians follow, we get questions not answers. We get respect for the fact that a scullery maid may spot the answer to a problem as readily as a King or Bishop. That those who think they can mandate by virtue of their position, invoking God or Science en route, have no monopoly on the truths that science deals with. Science is a communal exercise, engagement with which draws us together rather than separates us. Its of the people, for the people, and by the people.
In mid-summer when I first compared the destruction of native knowledge, the immunity that defended the tribe as a body, I had no anticipation of what was to come.
First, the Government of Texas outsourced a policing of abortion bans, bans that had never been formally put in place, to vigilantes. Liberals decried this.
But the Liberals then adopted the same tactics with vaccine mandates, mandates that had never been formally put in place, outsourcing them to the bureaucrats running hospitals, schools, universities and later businesses.
Rather than the monetary incentives for vigilantes, our bureaucrats felt the negative incentives (threat) of legal liability. What if a student or staff member contracted Covid? In our risk averse times the blame would fall on the bureaucrats responsible for running a system that let things like this happen. Better that students get excluded from courses, even they were almost through, and staff get forced to dismiss themselves, than anything happen for which the leadership be held liable.
The managers, bureaucrats, and other who run larger businesses, like to refer to themselves as the leadership. Rarely can a word have been used so inappropriately. Theirs is an abject failure to get on top of events.
The resulting vaccine mandates effectively outlawed native immunity. It criminalized the bodies we were born with. Made the un-civilized (unjabbed) body illegal as Michael Kowalik points out.
Those who don’t flee get on the Train when told to. The System depends on us to do so, depends on us to keep thinking that someone somewhere will recognize a mistake has been made and will intervene and we will keep thinking this way until it is too late.
The Israelis who welcomed European Jews to Zion after the War didn’t honor them for their suffering – they blamed them for their fate, for not fighting back. It took decades for this narrative to change.
There is no easy calculus here. Fighting back justifies further oppression as Leah Ashe and many others – nowhere more so than in mental health – have found.
Fighting back is portrayed as illegal, uncivilized, and justifying further crackdowns, even though the originating violence invariably comes from above.
Homicidal feelings in response to this violence from above are not just perfectly normal but healthy.
The “Every Child Matters” movement was created in 2015 by Andy Everson, who is from K’ómoks First Nation near Courtenay British Colombia.Share this: