Each sling (or arrow if choice preferred) of outrageous fortune brings different reactions from different people. Some will be impoverished by it, many will seek to reverse it, and some will see it as an opportunity to make money. This is human nature, and in many ways it is to be applauded; after all, it got us where we are today, and the inevitable links between the two last-mentioned are a constant driving force for change.
It is a construct within which Money Makers tend to lead. Money Makers espouse power, best exercised through political or armed strength. The decisions they make have to do with the money they can derive therefrom. More breeds more. People with money always want more money.
Bear with me…
In the last half-century the ground rules have changed. The burgeoning influence of Media has cast a pebble into the pool. It is no longer possible to delude a local population with a plausible tale and gain power thereby: whatever tale you tell for however modest a gain will be held up for the whole world to examine, and if it has flaws, the world will find them. As far as the association with money and power is concerned, the basic rule – the more you have the more you can buy – is no longer entirely true. The Media has its own financial interest, and it cannot always be bought.
So it is with the COVID virus. The message shaped by ‘The Science’ has been the darling of the Media for almost a year, and so far it has been very effectively sold. The Media are always happy to lap up a new source for universal hysteria and exploit it – it’s what keeps them in work. So by mutual consent the crisis has been spiced up to a point where all the Money Makers in whose interest it is to extend the crisis have had to do is feed the frenzy with strategically-spaced ‘leaks’ and mystifyingly sourced graphs to lend authority to their pages.
But those in charge of the Media are Money Makers also. And they are expert in identifying the moment when the virus no longer holds its audience: the story has run its course, and there is a new, more powerful story to be wrought from the privations of lock-down, and the tragedies that arise from that. The incidence of suicide in those of working age rising by 75%, the enormous debt burden (yet to be calculated), the loss of employment, broken marriages, and so on.
The next six month or so will be nothing less than fascinating to the observer. Once Joe Biden has managed, by one means or another, to secure his grip on the Presidency, he has vowed to tackle the COVID virus. With what? With lockdowns, presumably. But the populace has never been too keen on restrictions of this kind, which penalise the poorer half of society, and there is a media engine primed to exploit those disadvantaged or damaged by more severe measures. What’s more, there are already cracks appearing in the vaccine story: the newly-developed lab-child of Pfizer with its claimed 90% protection rate is said to be difficult to store, requiring specialised refrigeration: other versions are easier to work with, but less effective. I am offering no prizes for guessing who will get the Pfizer version! They, not the possible lockdown, will form the core of the story.
Will the media, now it has all but succeeded in eviscerating Trump, round upon Biden’s strategy? There are some really iconic crosses on the national calendars in the next few months around the great commerce-fest of Christmas which the Money Makers will be reluctant to forego. There will be crowds. There will be a lack of ‘social distancing’, and there will be a media crusade to ‘ease back’ and let the economy function. All of which, of course, will be behind us by the time the new President is sworn in. What will he inherit? A massive resurgence of the Pandemic or an equally large punctured balloon, with no noticeable increase in the virus? Just as important: how will he respond, this President approaching his eighties who wants to ‘unite the nation’, when he finds himself plunged into a period of huge political unrest? As an observer from without, as it were, I think I share the opinion of a number of blogs I have read over the last few days. I tend to think he will plead illness and step aside. And that will leave America in the care of Kamala Harris who, by accounts I have read, is extremely left-wing. It couldn’t work better if it was planned, now could it?
NB. In this post I have deliberately avoided reference to ‘COVID deaths’ and the human side of this virus. Why? I am becoming persuaded that the figures have been heavily massaged, widely misinterpreted, and those in control couldn’t care less about them anyway. When people of power shed tears, I have found, it has little to do with humanity and a lot to do with their crocodilian digestion.
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