In the beginning, to counter the public backlash, Anthony Fauci and Co. took a conciliatory tone. They assuaged Americans’ well-founded concerns. Eager to quash growing discontent, the medical establishment spent 2020 on a rhetorical tightrope:
“We’ve got to have a delicate balance of carefully and prudently going towards normality and opening up at the same time that we contain and not allow these surges.”
-Anthony Fauci, July 2020
Over and over, Fauci and Co. promised the lockdown of the economy and social life would be imminently lifted once the emerging virus was contained. The lockdowns were — in their original rollout and PR framing — temporary, emergency measures to prevent imminent loss of life.
What a difference a year makes.
The ruling class, via the corporate press that services it, has now dramatically altered the parameters of the lockdowns:
“The ease with which the coronavirus spreads, the emergence of new strains and poor access to vaccines in large parts of the world mean Covid-19 could shift from a pandemic disease to an endemic one, implying lasting modifications to personal and societal behavior.”
-Wall St. Journal, Feb 2021
Former CDC director Thomas Friedan – via the nominally “conservative” Wall Street Journal– dropped the shoe that the grassroots right has warned would drop since the lockdowns began:
“Going through the five phases of grief, we need to come to the acceptance phase that our lives are not going to be the same. I don’t think the world has really absorbed the fact that these are long-term changes.”
-Thomas Friedan, CDC Director, Feb 2021
Friedan and the WSJ are here to ensure that you absorb that lesson, internalize it, and, ultimately, regurgitate it to cull others. In this way, the prisoner erects his own prison – of his own volition.
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people.”
Not a day has passed since early 2020 that the corporate media has not gone to great lengths — alternating between shaming, threatening, and dangling phantom “carrot” rewards for compliance in our faces – to aggressively market safety during the pandemic. Everything they do is for safety, they are diligent to emphasize.
Their motivations are not, in Anthony Fauci’s and Joe Biden’s carefully crafted narrative, to atomize the population by keeping them in perpetual fear by way of the well-trodden psychological tactic of stress-induced Pavlovian conditioning, hence facilitating greater social control. Rather, it’s for safety.