2020-12-12 12:19:16

Naomi Klein: Gatekeeper Extraordinaire

by Cat McGuire & Colleen McGuire on Off Guardian

With a title like The Great Reset Conspiracy Smoothie, it appears Naomi Klein is trying too hard to recapture her prowess at defining a meme. Her buzz-concept, "Shock Doctrine", is spot-on and rightfully successful. But her "Screen New Deal" about Silicon Valley technocrats fizzled.

And now she puts forth "Conspiracy Smoothie", declaring the multitudinous "conspiracies" out there are just one big bizarro mashup, an "inchoate meta-scream." The word "smoothie" defeats her purpose, though, because smoothies are healthy, yet she wants to brand alternative thinkers as sinister and unhealthy. Ha! This feckless meme won't catch on with anybody.

To her credit, Klein offers a very good history and analysis of The Great Reset, as long as she stays within the precincts of critiquing Empire, such as:

...The Great Reset is not a serious effort to actually solve the crises it describes. On the contrary, it is an attempt to create a plausible impression that the huge winners in this system are on the verge of voluntarily setting greed aside to get serious about solving the raging crises that are radically destabilizing our world.

But once she gets near taboo topics, Naomi goes batshit mainstream. Unlike alt "researchers" (her raised-eyebrow quotes), these subjects are "inchoate" for her because, like NIST who doesn't know there were explosives on 9/11, she hasn't gone looking. She even admits, "I've been doing my best to ignore it ("conspiracies") for months."

Rather than go off-reservation and investigate for herself, like a typical conspiracy denier, everything under the hood is automatically deemed "off-the-wall." Alison McDowall will surely skewer Klein again as seen during this prickly exchange they had about The Great Reset. (See video at 13:25 to 17:00)

Klein's most damning accusation is her reference to "truly dangerous anti-vaccination fantasies and outright coronavirus denialism." Is Klein really this naive about the objectives and tactics of the Medical Industrial Complex?

Her anti-vaxx slur is a defamation against vaccine-activists, most of whom actually advocate for safe and effective vaccines - the existence of which, however, are questionable. Vaccine manufacturers have no incentive to make a safe product because they were granted legal immunity in 1986 by Congress.

Proof there exists a serious safety deficit in vaccines is the current running tab of $4.2 billion awarded to victims and their families in "Vaccine Court" from vaccine deaths and injuries.

Klein's political bifurcation of conspiracy theories telegraphs an utter misreading of allies and issues:

And yet search for the term "global reset" and you will be bombarded with breathless "exposés" of a secret globalist cabal, headed by Schwab and Bill Gates, that is using the state of shock created by the coronavirus (which is probably itself a "hoax") to turn the world into a high-tech dictatorship that will take away your freedom forever: a green/socialist/Venezuela/Soros/forced vaccine dictatorship if the Reset exposé is coming from the far right, and a Big Pharma/GMO/biometric implants/5G/robot dog/forced vaccine dictatorship if the exposé hails from the far left.

After channeling Cass Sunstein in the above paragraph, she asks readers if they are confused. No, Naomi, you are the one who is confused. You are the one who cannot recognize that most of these issues are not only scientifically legitimate, but many are important to and shared by global activists and professionals across the political spectrum. You are the one who is out of touch for not recognizing how and why these issues unite many diverse communities. Unlike the binary tribalism you attribute to the above players, their unity is transpartisan.

In Klein's inventory of 2020 shock doctrines, it's all the fault of the right side of the aisle. There is not an ounce of finger-pointing, for example, that the extreme failures of the lockdowns are almost wholly the result of diktats by petty Democratic tyrants (not to mention their over-the-top hypocrisy).

Shockingly, she fails to comment on the source of the epic silencing of anyone who questions Official Narratives. To wit, Big Tech and Big Media censors are fully aligned with Democratic agendas. As for the Left's political-identity swamp, there is nary a mention of Mao's Cultural Revolution USA-style that has ravaged our country.

The World According to Naomi is full of plutocrats, but they're all right-wing. She goes on and on about workers rights and all the populist issues that Democrats traditionally stood for. Didn't she get the memo that there's been a tectonic shift? Doesn't she realize that the entire force of the 1% has arrayed itself with the Democrats, a party that has now disgracefully abandoned what had been their deplorables base for decades.

If Bernie progressives, we-the-people patriots, the Yellow Vests, indigenous peoples, and all the rest of the world's 99% would just join hands, we could create a powerful transpartisan movement to abort The Great Reset's dystopian agenda. But this can't happen by staying within the Democrats' Big Tent as Klein does, which likewise ultimately aligns her with the Establishment no matter how much she critiques them from her influential, mainstream-left perch.

Invoking an ever-reliable inference to Trump Derangement Syndrome, she writes:

Is it all a plan, another kind of elaborate conspiracy? Nothing so elegant. As Steve Bannon kindly told us, the informational strategy of the Trump era has always been to "flood the zone with shit". Four years later, we can see what this looks like in practice. It looks like far-left and far-right conspiracists sitting down over a tray of information-shit sandwiches to talk about how the Great Reset is Gates’s plan to use the DNA from our Covid-19 tests to turn the United States into Venezuela.

"It makes no sense", she concludes. Yep, Naomi, if you don't investigate beyond ad hominem analysis and if you seemingly strive for a token social-responsibility seat at the Davos table, your current worldview will only ever perceive genuine opposition to The Great Reset as an indigestible smoothie.

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    last comments from Off Guardian
    seafox 21 Feb 2021 | 5:39 am

    In reply to Eric Blair.

    Well said!

    Cam 9 Feb 2021 | 6:19 am

    Great article anyone who thinks that a club full of billionaires telling us what "they" think is good for us and that they will Impose their ideas(chains) on us whether we like it or not needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves " why am i asleep "

    ekain 10 Jan 2021 | 12:22 pm

    In reply to George Mc.

    A US document has emerged on how to generate panic
    Glen Nowak, Ph.D., acting director of media relations for the American health authority CDC in 2010 and director of communications for the National Vaccination Program (NIP), prepared instructions on how to create public panic,
    to convince people to get the flu shot. It looks like a model for coronavirus panic communication.
    The psychological operation includes the plan to use the media as a "weapon" and in particular to present scenes of hospitals and descriptions of painful medical stories in order to scare the public. Health warnings should be similar to warnings of possible terrorist attacks with great emphasis and focus on generating fear.
    Nowak writes: "Good (ie effective) communication is a necessary condition, but usually only partially sufficient to achieve the desired behavior. Facts, numbers and statistics are not synonymous with good communication (nor is more information equal to good communication).
    The flu affects 2 million Americans every year. The complications of this process kill up to 200,000 people a year – the flu kills more than breast cancer, road traffic accidents and AIDS combined. (Editor's note: By December 4, 2020, approximately 276,000 people in the United States are said to have died in connection with Corona.)
    In order to get people to get vaccinated against the flu, Nowak suggests that medical experts and health authorities publicly (e.g. through the media) express great concern, refer massively to the dire consequences of the flu, and urgently recommend vaccinations flu shots.
    Nowak suggests that flu season should be represented in terms that motivate behavior, e.g. as very heavy, heavier than last year or previous year, even fatal.
    Ongoing reports (e.g. from health authorities and the media) that influenza causes serious illness and / or affects many people help, according to Nowak, to promote the perception that influenza can be serious for large numbers of people. . The reports must be accompanied by visible and tangible examples of the severity of the disease (eg photos of children, families of those affected who report) and of people who have been vaccinated (the former for motivation, the latter for reinforcement). Influenza reports should always be linked with an indication of the importance of vaccinations.
    In view of the fact that communication research assumes that it is necessary to reach people 10-12 times with a message in order for it to be understood, Nowak advises to convey the message in a less nuanced way, therefore, rather overemphasize the dangers, instead of conveying a differentiated and possibly confused, ambivalent image. 

    Cat 29 Dec 2020 | 9:32 am

    In reply to Eric Blair.

    Well said! It's like how Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent is so brilliant, and yet he and his admirers are clueless of the degree that his book describes the mainstream-left media to a T.

    Crock Doctrine 20 Dec 2020 | 10:41 am

    In reply to Jams O'Donnell.

    Pathetic ad hominem attacks on this site – which does NOT mention flat earth. Troll on

    Crock Doctrine 20 Dec 2020 | 10:38 am

    What a sellout

    The Dead Messenger 20 Dec 2020 | 1:07 am

    In reply to Malatok.

    Naomi Klein and Naomi Wolf. Two different women.

    Researcher 19 Dec 2020 | 1:29 am

    In reply to Laurence Howell.

    Do you know of a good source of information regarding making use of the common law? Further reading? Pertinent to the subjects in the video? Thanks

    Koba 18 Dec 2020 | 8:03 pm

    In reply to paul.

    Katie halper too

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