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Consent Factory Inc
30 Jan 2023 | 4:33 pm

1. How to Memory-Hole a PSYOP


There comes a time near the end of every PSYOP when the PSYOP has achieved its objective, or as much of its objective as it is going to achieve, and is becoming increasingly recognizable as a PSYOP, and so the focus shifts to damage control, and erasing the PSYOP from official history.

This is a crucial stage of the PSYOP, because, at this point, a significant percentage of the public have realized that they've been thoroughly mindfucked, and many of them are none too happy about it. Some of them are starting to ask awkward questions, like "why were we deceived and coerced by our governments, global health authorities, and the state and corporate media into submitting to a series of experimental 'vaccinations' that appear to be killing and injuring a lot of people?" Or "why are we occupying and torturing the residents of a Middle-Eastern country that never attacked us, and never had any intention to attack us, and which posed no threat to us whatsoever?"

At this point, it is way too late for those engaged in conducting the PSYOP to continue to deny the facts and gaslight the masses. That won't work anymore. So, it is time to do some limited hangouts, and some whitewashing, and a little sleight-of-hand, and just generally confuse and distract the public, and send them off on various wild goose chases, while the official history of the PSYOP is written.

For example, say you're just wrapping up a PSYOP in which you radically restructured society into a pathologized-totalitarian dystopia where the majority of the masses went full-blown fascist, mindlessly following senseless orders, parroting official propaganda, and demonizing and persecuting those who refused to conform to the new official ideology … say you are just winding down a PSYOP like that, and what you need to erase from your official history is the fact that your entire PSYOP was based on nothing but faked statistics, because the pandemic you used as a pretext for your PSYOP was most closely comparable to the medium influenza pandemics of 1936, 1957, and 1968, so it never remotely came close to justifying any of your fake "emergency health measures," much less the radical restructuring of society into some paranoid, totalitarian "New Normal" … and now you need to erase all that from history, and you need to distract people while you do it.

Well, one thing that almost always works is what stage magicians call "misdirection," which means, focusing the audience's attention on something unimportant while you perform the trick, like … wait, what the hell is that over there?! Is that a MUTANT COMMUNIST VIRUS?!

That's right, folks, the Pfizer Corporation is engineering SECRET MUTANT COMMIE COVID VIRUS BIOWEAPONS that trigger MASS FORMATION PSYCHOSIS! Break out your AR-15s and your checkbooks!

Or whatever. I think you get the picture.

This type of ham-handed misdirection is extremely effective on a certain demographic, but it doesn't work on everyone. Those who haven't awakened to the Sino-Judeo-Commie-Satanist-Occupation-Global-Government plot to depopulate and culturally Marxify the world with the assistance of global corporations like Pfizer, or who have some knowledge of sleight-of-hand techniques, or basic public-relations tactics, tend not to respond as enthusiastically.

So they need to be misdirected more subtly.

And that's where limited hangouts come in. As I outlined in a recent essay, limited hangouts are an elegant means of preventing people from exposing your PSYOP. You just "hang out" a limited part of the PSYOP, one that you know won't do you much damage, and let the masses feed on that. They'll be so grateful to get a little part of the truth that they'll forget about the other parts of it, the parts that matter, which you are never going to give them.

So how do you go about doing that, exactly? It isn't as complicated as you might imagine. All you need to do is pick the right journalists, plug them in, and let them do what they do. They don't need to be instructed or monitored. You know what they are going to report, and what they are going to avoid reporting.

Take the latest "Covid Twitter Files" for example.

Imagine, you're Lee Fang, a journalist at The Intercept, and you are given access to the Twitter database to research censorship of the facts Twitter censored in order to prop up the official Covid narrative and ensure that as many people as possible were injected with experimental "vaccines" that they did not need but were coerced into taking, and which have killed and injured millions of people, and, instead of researching and reporting that story, what you decide to report on is the censorship of users demanding access to these same "vaccines."

Seriously, think about that for a minute.

I'm not suggesting that Lee Fang, or any of the other "Covid Twitter Files" journalists, or those helping to promote them, are "controlled opposition" or anything paranoid (and silly) like that. The most effective PSYOPs don't work that way. Journalists like Fang don't have to be told what they are allowed and not allowed to report on. They know that instinctively. If they didn't, they wouldn't be who they are and doing what they're doing. Lee Fang, for example, is a millionaire, working for Pierre Omidyar.

Journalists like Lee Fang, Alex Berenson, and even Glenn Greenwald — whom I like and respect — are the perfect vehicles for limited hangouts. They have the requisite "outsider" credentials while still being members of George Carlin's "big club" (or maybe just "associate members" … a few million dollars isn't what it used to be).

The point is, such journalists sincerely believe that they are "independent," and "adversarial," and in many instances they actually are … just not when it comes to reporting a story like the most elaborate mass-PSYOP in human history, which is what we've been experiencing for the last three years. Crossing that line would mean the end of everything for them, their money, their status, their social and professional networks, basically, their entire lives. No one has to explain this to them. They got where they are by knowing exactly where that line is, and how close they can get to it, without ever actually stepping over it.

If you ask them, they will tell you "there is no such line," not for "adversarial" journalists like them, not because they are lying, but because they cannot see it. They have been trained, and have trained themselves, to not see it. As Noam Chomsky explained in a classic interview with Andrew Marr of the BBC, "I'm sure you believe everything you are saying. What I am saying is, if you believed something different, you wouldn't be sitting where you're sitting."

OK, one more quick Lee Fang example, which has nothing to do with the Covid story. It has to do with Matt Taibbi's latest Twitter Files report. Note that Matt, unlike Fang and Berenson, has the sense to steer clear of the "Covid Twitter Files," mostly, which is a lose/lose equation for famous adversarial journalists. But that's aside from the point. Here's the Fang tweet …

Hamilton 68 was not "a scam" and the media didn't "fall for it." It was a PSYOP, and the media participated in it. If you think I'm nitpicking, you don't understand how official narratives are created and maintained. They are not created and maintained with magic or top-secret mind-control technologies. They are created and maintained with words … words that frame events in a certain way, and are repeated and reprinted, over and over, by persons and organizations of influence, until they become officially "what happened."

You are witnessing the beginning of that process right now. Fang's tweet is just one of many examples. By portraying the media as the victims of a "scam," the actual PSYOP in which the media participated is erased, and their complicity is portrayed as mere "incompetence." This should be familiar to anyone who was paying attention during the "War on Terror." Compare Fang's framing (i.e., the media tricked by "a scam") to the framing of the Iraqi-WMDs-PSYOP, which concluded with the same type of limited hangouts and "corrections" by the corporate press (after the PSYOP had achieved its objective, of course).

As The New York Times put it in its 2004 "correction" …

"… we have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge. The problematic articles varied in authorship and subject matter, but many shared a common feature. They depended at least in part on information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on "regime change" in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate in recent weeks. […] Complicating matters for journalists, the accounts of these exiles were often eagerly confirmed by United States officials convinced of the need to intervene in Iraq. Administration officials now acknowledge that they sometimes fell for misinformation from these exile sources. So did many news organizations — in particular, this one."

And so on. In other words, "mistakes were made."

Again, Fang's tweet has nothing to do with the Covid-PSYOP or the "Covid Twitter Files." It's just an example of how the system works. Even in the "Hamilton 68" story, there are certain lines that cannot be crossed. The corporate and state media and so-called "papers of record" can be portrayed as "dumb," "sloppy," "incompetent," and even "unethical" and "driven by greed," but they cannot be portrayed as the propaganda apparatus of a supranational global capitalist system, an apparatus that is functioning perfectly, because that would sound like a "conspiracy theory."

Which it isn't, as I believe I have just demonstrated again, and as Chomsky explained in that Andrew Marr interview. There is no "cabal" of evil "elites" running the "PSYOP" that I keep referring to, not in any kind of James-Bond fashion. There never is. There doesn't have to be. Yes, there are powerful people in the world, and yes, of course they conspire to further their interests, and to amass more power and enrich themselves, but that is not how the globally-hegemonic ideological system we all live in works.

It works by conditioning us from a very early age to sense where "the-lines-that-cannot-be-crossed" are, and by weeding out and quarantining those of us who cross them anyway. But that's a topic for another lengthy column.

The point is, the PSYOP that we have all been subjected to for going on the last three years is not going to be exposed, ever. The damage control and memory-holing will continue, and the misdirections and limited hangouts will continue, and the whitewashing of corporations like Twitter and the corporate media and "papers of record" will continue, and the Covid-PSYOP will be erased from history, like the WMDs-PSYOP was erased from history … and people will get used to their "vaccinations," like they got used to taking off their shoes at the airport.

Eventually, even obsessive "conspiracy theorists" like me will tire of writing about it, and we will turn our attention to less depressing topics. That will be kind of a relief, I guess. Maybe I can finally be funny again … if I can forget about all those dead and severely injured people!

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CJ Hopkins
January 30, 2023
Photos: Twitter

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our employees up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
11 Jan 2023 | 3:10 pm

2. The Mother of All Limited Hangouts


The Mother of All Limited Hangouts has begun. Yes, I'm talking about the "Covid Twitter Files," which are finally being released to the public, in almost textbook limited-hangout fashion. I'll get into that in just a minute, but first, let's review what a "limited hangout" is, for those who are not familiar with the term.

The way a limited hangout works is, if you're an intelligence agency, or a global corporation, or a government, or a non-governmental organization, and you have been doing things you need to hide from the public, and those things are starting to come to light such that you can't just deny that you are doing them anymore, what you do is, you release a limited part of the story (i.e., the story of whatever it is you're doing) to distract people's attention from the rest of the story. The part you release is the "limited hangout." It's not a lie. It's just not the whole story. You "hang it out" so that it will become the whole story, and thus stop people from pursuing the whole story.

Victor Marchetti, a former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the CIA who went on to become a critic of the Intelligence Community, described the tactic this way in 1978 …

"… a favorite and frequently used gimmick of clandestine professionals. When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting, sometimes even volunteering, some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further."

All right, so, you're probably asking, if the "Covid Twitter Files" are a limited hangout, what's the whole story that they're distracting us from?

Let me try to refresh your memory.

In March and April of 2020, in the course of roughly five to six weeks, the majority of societies throughout the world were transformed into pathologized-totalitarian police states. A global "shock-and-awe" campaign was conducted. Constitutional rights were suspended. The masses were locked down inside their homes, where they were subjected to the most massive official propaganda blitzkrieg in human history. Goon squads roamed the streets of Europe, the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Asia, the Americas, and elsewhere, beating and arresting people for being outdoors without permission and not wearing medical-looking masks. Corporate media around the world informed us that life as we knew it was over … a "new normal" was coming, and we needed to get used to it.

The entire official pandemic narrative was rolled out during those first few weeks. Everything. Masks. Mandatory "vaccines." "Vaccination" passports. The segregation of "the Unvaccinated." The censorship and demonization of dissent. Everything. The whole "New Normal" package. It was rolled out all at once, globally.

If your memory of what happened is a little hazy … well, have a look at this 257-tweet Twitter thread of corporate-media articles compiled in March and April of 2020, documenting the initial "shock-and-awe" campaign …

That is the story. How that happened. Why that happened. And who or what made it happen. It isn't a story about a virus, or our governments' reactions to a virus. It is the story of the radical restructuring of society based on lies and official propaganda, executed, globally, through sheer brute force and systematic psychological conditioning. It is the story of the implementation of our new totalitarian global-capitalist "reality" … the "New Normal" that was announced in the Spring of 2020. It is not a story the global-capitalist ruling classes can permit to be told, except by "crazy conspiracy theorists," "science deniers," and other "crackpots" and "extremists."

All right, so … the "Covid Twitter Files," or the "Fauci Files," or whatever we're calling them. If you wanted to bury the actual story (i.e., the story I just outlined above) with a limited hangout and discredit those of us who have been trying to report it for nearly three years, you couldn't do any better than Elon Musk is doing. Instead of a story about how the entire global-capitalist power apparatus coordinated with global IT corporations like Twitter, Facebook, Google, et al., to conduct a global Gleichschaltung op the scale of which Goebbels could have never dreamed of, censoring and visibility-filtering dissent and enforcing the official pandemic narrative, not just in the USA, but in countries all throughout the world … instead of that monumental story, we are getting The Alex Berenson Show!, starring Alex Berenson as Alex Berenson, with a special guest appearance by Alex Berenson, written and directed by Alex Berenson, and so on.

Seriously, though, who better to handle the "Covid Twitter Files" than Alex Berenson, in whose opinion the events of the last three years were simply due to mass hysteria (or Pandemia, $14.99 on Amazon), and certainly not to any kind of coordinated radical restructuring of society by the global-capitalist power apparatus, or any other wild conspiracy theories. Forget about that 257-tweet thread I compiled in March and April of 2020. What actually happened, according to Alex Berenson, was that people just went kind of crazy, and overreacted, and "mistakes were made." Mistakes like Twitter suspending Alex Berenson, and other very important people! Or, wait, no, it wasn't just mass hysteria … it was also Pfizer and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and the White House, and someone named Andrew Slavitt, all of whom conspired with "Old Evil Twitter" to suspend Alex Berenson from the platform, all of whom Alex will be suing forthwith!

The Alex Berenson Show is just getting started, so definitely stay tuned to "Free-Speech Twitter" to follow all of Alex Berenson's exploits as he leads "Team Reality" to its ultimate victory over "Team Apocalypse" and exposes the crimes of the usual assortment of official "bad apples," or whatever cartoonish fairy tales Alex Berenson and Elon Musk have in store for us! It promises to be quite the spectacle!

I'll be covering the show in my columns, of course — I still have a few subscribers and readers who I haven't totally alienated yet — and discussing "The Art of the Limited Hangout" for the benefit of anyone still paying attention in the weeks and months and possibly years ahead. If you are one of the many people who now appear to seriously believe that military-contractor oligarchs like Elon Musk and narcissistic ass clowns like Alex Berenson are going to deliver us from the New Normal Reich, and "prosecute Fauci," and end corporate censorship, or in any way meaningfully bite the hand of the global-capitalist system that feeds them, you may want to give those columns a miss.

For the rest of you, I will do my best to point out how this phase of the PSYOP works, because it's going to last for quite a while. The "Covid Twitter Files" are not The Mother of All Limited Hangouts; they're just one part of it. There are many more limited hangouts to come. The New Normal having been successfully implemented, the history of its implementation is now being written (or, rather, rewritten) to conform to the official Covid narrative, a process which will likely continue for years.

Those of you who are old enough might recall this phase from "The War on Terror." It started around April 2004, when the Abu Ghraib torture photos were released, and continued until the Summer of 2016, when The War on Terror was abruptly cancelled and replaced by The War on Populism, which prepared us for the implementation of the New Normal in the Spring of 2020. All of which is part of an even larger story, i.e., the story of the evolution of the first globally-hegemonic power system in history, which, lacking any external adversary, has nothing to do but go totalitarian, eliminating all internal resistance and establishing ideological uniformity throughout the territory it occupies, which, in this case, means the entire planet.

Sorry … I know, history is boring, and complicated, and not nearly as fun (and cathartic) as the shit-slinging circus that Musk is making of the Twitter Files. Personally, I can't wait to find out which official "bad apple" they're going to offer us in today's edition of the Two Minutes Hate, and who's going to be released from "Old Twitter Prison," and, whatever, anyway, don't worry about all that evolution-of-global-capitalism stuff. It's probably just a bunch of fancy-sounding nonsense I made up to try to sell you my books, or to make myself sound smart, or something.

Forget that I even mentioned that stuff. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

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CJ Hopkins
January 11, 2023
Photos: SNL/NBC, Twitter

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our employees up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
18 Dec 2022 | 7:58 pm

3. The Year of the Gaslighter


Well, it has been quite a year, 2022. I'm officially dubbing it "The Year of the Gaslighter." I was going to dub it "The Year of the Mother of All Mindfucking Global-Capitalist Gaslighters," but that seemed like a mouthful, so I'm opting for brevity.

Seriously, if there were an Olympics of Gaslighting, GloboCap (i.e., the global corporatocracy) would take the gold in every event. At this point, the majority of the global masses have been successfully gaslighted into a semi-conscious, quasi-cyclothymic state in which they oscillate, on a moment-by-moment basis, between robotic obedience and impotent rage. Those who are not still walking around in their masks and prophylactic face shields and injecting themselves with experimental "vaccines" for reasons they no longer even pretend to be able to articulate without gibbering like imbeciles are genuflecting at the feet of an oligarch huckster who they believe has come to deliver them from Wokeness.

If you were GloboCap, and in the process of imposing your new official ideology on the entire planet in a kind of global Gleichschaltung op, and otherwise establishing your "New Normal Reich," and you needed the masses confused and compliant, you couldn't ask for much more from your Gaslighting Division!

The gaslighting got underway in January, when the corporate media, health authorities, and other major organs of the New Normal Reich started suddenly "discovering" that the official Covid narrative was "inaccurate," or, you know, a bunch of lies.

A series of limited hangouts ensued.

Suddenly, it appeared that the "Covid case" and "Covid death" statistics were inaccurate, or inflated, or had been fabricated. The "vaccines" didn't work. They were killing people. Lockdowns had been a "serious mistake." And so on. Duplicitous politicians, pusillanimous public-health authorities, perfidious pundits, and assorted other professional sycophants and lying weasels were shocked to discover they had inadvertently been part of the most insidious PSYOP that had ever been perpetrated on the masses in the history of insidious mass-PSYOPs.

The Last Days of the Covidian Cult were upon us! The Corporatocracy had overplayed their hand, and underestimated their opposition, and they knew it.

But the Cult was not going to go down quietly. In February, in Ottawa, Canada, thousands of truckers and other working-class people who had had enough of the Pandemic PSYOP occupied the streets outside the capitol and demanded an end to "vaccination mandates," segregation of "the Unvaccinated," and other "emergency health measures." Justin Trudeau, the Canadian media, and their counterparts throughout the New Normal Reich immediately denounced the protesters as "treasonous, Russia-backed, transphobic, Nazi terrorists."

This affront to the authority of the New Normal Reich could not be allowed to go unpunished, so Trudeau declared de facto martial law and unleashed a battalion of militarized police and other unidentified goons to beat and trample the protesters with horses (including one old lady with a "terrorist walker"). Then he went about hunting down and freezing the bank accounts of any Canadians who had donated to the protest, and otherwise attempting to destroy the lives of anyone who had disobeyed him.

This display of contempt for the rule of law and the ruthlessness of the New Normal Reich was one of the last of the bloody crackdowns on dissidents in countries all over the world that had been in progress for over a year by then, e.g., in Australia, The Netherlands, France, Germany, China, and other countries. These vicious "crackdowns" on peaceful protests were conducted "to protect the public health," of course, and were not at all a display of brute force meant to intimidate the masses into obedience. The global-capitalist ruling classes are not fascists, or totalitarians, after all, and anyone who suggests they are is clearly a "Russia-backed, Covid-denying, conspiracy-theorizing extremist," or whatever.

Oh, and speaking of totalitarians, and fascists, and goose-stepping, Sieg-heiling neo-Nazis, the Gaslighting Cavalcade of 2022 reached a whole new level of gaslighting in March, when, after years of provocation, Russia finally invaded Ukraine, and all the Ukrainian neo-Nazis that the corporate media had been extensively reporting on magically vanished into the ether.

Yes, it was Springtime for the GloboCap Nazis! And not just for the GloboCap Nazis! Liberals, still struggling with withdrawal symptoms from the adrenaline rush of the Covidian Cult, and the thrill of fanatically persecuting "the Unvaccinated," suddenly had a new official narrative that they could mindlessly parrot and fanatically defend from the "conspiracy theorists" and "disinformationists."

The only problem was, it didn't make any sense. According to the new official narrative, those reports of Ukrainian neo-Nazis by virtually every mainstream media outlet and Nazi-hunting organization on the planet in the years leading up to 2022 were now, suddenly, just "Russian propaganda." GloboCap hadn't even bothered to scrub or visibility-filter those reports. They were all still right there on the Internet.

And, OK, the other problem was, in order to remain "New Normals in Good Standing" and keep their jobs and social contacts, liberals were now forced to actively cheer for swastika-tattooed, Sieg-heiling Nazis, and look the other way as Ukrainian fascists advocated the mass murder of children and quoted Adolf Eichmann on Ukrainian television.

The Spring and Summer were kind of a blur, or maybe I was just preoccupied with publishing The Rise of the New Normal Reich, a collection of my essays documenting the rollout of the New Normal in 2020 and 2021, which was an international Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestseller upon its release, and then was promptly banned by Amazon in Germany, The Netherlands, and Austria, and labelled with a "Covid-19 vaccine warning" advising readers to visit the CDC before purchasing and (God help them!) reading the book in every other Amazon market.

I vaguely remember something about monkeypox, but, mostly, when I wasn't promoting the book, or struggling to keep my breakfast down after seeing another one of my liberal friends cheering for neo-Nazis on Facebook, I was focused on events here in New Normal Germany (which, yes, mask mandates are still in effect), and The Normalization of the New Normal Reich (which, no, is not over, but is just beginning), and attempting to start to emotionally recover from two solid years of official gaslighting, demonization, segregation, and so on.

Fortunately, in September, right on cue, as I was working through my emotional issues, i.e., how most of my former friends and colleagues had either gone silent and looked away as our constitutional rights were cancelled, dissent was censored and demonized, goon squads were dispatched to brutalize dissidents, experimental "vaccines" were forced on people, a social segregation system was implemented, and so on, or else, if they hadn't gone silent, they had joined the shrieking fascistic mob … just as I was starting to process all that, as were a lot of other people, a prophet arrived on the "freedom" scene!

That's right, as it turned out, I was totally wrong about the new totalitarianism, and how it works! I had stupidly assumed it was a political phenomenon … you know, a sociopolitical and cultural system imposed on the masses from above by force, but, according to Mattias Desmet, it's actually a psychological phenomenon, a "mass formation" or "mass hypnosis"-type thing!

It's possible that I'm not describing it correctly. As his devoted fans have repeatedly informed me, I don't understand the nuances of Desmet's theory. He explained it all on the Alex Jones show, while he was lying, which he does, repeatedly, but … whatever. I'm not a professor of psychology. The point is, the Covidian Cultists were all hypnotized! No one was threatening or gaslighting the masses! The poor confused things were doing it to themselves!

But that was not the end of the gaslighting. Globocap saved the best for last!

See, the problem was, there were all these people who hadn't joined the Covidian Cult or any other part of the New Normal movement, and who were extremely angry about having been demonized, and segregated, and censored, and gaslighted, and so on, by their governments, global corporations, non-governmental governing entities, the corporate media, "scientific experts," and the majority of the masses for two and a half years.

Something needed to be done about all that anger. It needed to be redirected somewhere. At something that wasn't GloboCap, and that wouldn't interfere with the New Normal program.

Emperor Elonicus to the rescue!

If Elon Musk wasn't actually appointed by the global-capitalist ruling classes to redirect the pent-up anger of "the Unvaccinated" demographic, and the "Systematically Censored and Demonized" demographic, and everyone else who opposed the New Normal into a balls-out left/right shit-slinging contest … well, they couldn't have found anyone better for the job.

Consider what he's accomplished in the space of six weeks. After purchasing Twitter for $44 billion, he bought himself a couple of independent journalists — because who could resist the Twitter Files? I certainly couldn't have, had I been in their position — and is staging the most audacious limited hangout in the history of audacious limited hangouts. Whether it will work over the longer term is unclear — Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi are already starting to become uncomfortable with being perceived and treated as Elon Musk's employees — but, so far, it is going gangbusters!

Now, students of limited hangouts, whitewashing, and other COINTELPRO ops, really need to pay attention. Because the beauty of this limited hangout is that the "hangout" is actually a monumental story, an up-close look at the nuts-and-bolts processes of the global-capitalist Ministry of Truth. As Matt Taibbi reported in a recent piece

"… the Twitter Files show something new. We now have clear evidence that agencies like the FBI and the DHS are in the business of mass-analyzing social media activity — your tweets and mine, down to the smallest users with the least engagement — and are, themselves, mass-marking posts to be labeled, 'bounced,' deleted or 'visibility filtered' by firms like Twitter. The technical and personnel infrastructure for this effort is growing. As noted in the thread, the FBI's social media-focused task force now has at least 80 agents, and is in constant contact with Twitter for all sorts of reasons. The FBI is not doing this as part of any effort to build criminal cases. They've taken on this new authority unilaterally, as part of an apparently massive new effort to control and influence public opinion. These agencies claim variously to be concerned about election integrity, foreign interference, medical misinformation, and monitoring domestic extremism, among other things. As crises wax and wane, the building out of the censorship infrastructure to ever-bigger and broader dimensions has been constant, suggesting that creating and deploying the tool to manipulate opinion was always the real end."

And this monumental story is being buried in shit … American red/blue partisan shit. With a series of ham-handed PR stunts, cheap provocations, attention-grabbing antics, and good old-fashioned diversionary shit-slinging, Musk is (a) whitewashing the new "free-speech Twitter," which continues to censor and defame us with impunity, (b) burying the actual story under a steaming heap of partisan acrimony, and (c) driving a big blunt wedge into the supra-partisan coalition of forces that had aligned in opposition to the roll-out of the New Normal.

That, my friends, is some world-class gaslighting! And the wildest part is, he probably doesn't even consciously realize what he's doing. Nevertheless, by the time he's done playing grab-ass with the freedom-of-speech thing, and getting revenge on Taylor Lorenz, and so on, corporate censorship will have been completely normalized. "Freedom of speech" will be a running joke, as opposing camps of hate-drunk hypocrites take turns applauding as global corporations and their governmental partners censor one camp or the other.

On that cheery note, I'll sign off for the year, and go tend to all the irate messages I'm getting from abject Elon Musk worshipers, and the hate-email from assorted anti-Semites, and so on, and then hibernate until 2023.

Oh, yeah, and those "Covid Twitter Files." I can't wait to scroll through those with a nice glass of eggnog. I'm sure they will be coming out any day now, maybe even on Christmas morning!

Happy holidays to one and all!

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CJ Hopkins
December 18, 2022
Photo: Gaslight, MGM

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Consent Factory Inc
10 Dec 2022 | 4:13 pm

4. Swimming with Sharks


So, Elon Musk's free-speech Twitter appears to be going extremely well. Critics of the official Covid narrative, and the official Ukraine narrative, and Elon Musk, are still being deplatformed, censored, and defamed, but, otherwise, you can tweet whatever you want! If you want to tweet about how Elon is running Twitter almost single-handedly while personally caring for his nine hungry children and "being a journalist" without ever sleeping, or how he's "driving down the cost of access to outer space," or "improving life on Earth for humanity" while planning to exfiltrate himself and his family and friends in the military community (and anyone else who can afford a ticket) to Mars if something goes catastrophically wrong, or is otherwise heroically "doing God's work," go for it … you can tweet stuff like that all day!

OK, sure, if you don't want to do that, and, instead, you want to tweet about the systematic destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that has been carried out by the global-capitalist ruling classes during the past three years, or the most insidious official propaganda and gaslighting campaign in human history, or if you want to tweet about neo-Nazis in the Ukraine, or anything else the Emperor Elonicus doesn't want you to tweet about, well, not to put too fine a point on it, you're fucked. Fucked as in suspended, or censored, or "deboosted," or "visibility filtered," or maybe your account is just hidden from view behind one of these fake "sensitive content" warnings, exactly like it was on non-free-speech Twitter …

But whatever … that's a small price to pay for privilege of "shitposting" and "owning the libs," which, that was the whole point of the Twitter takeover, wasn't it (i.e., revenge, as opposed to actual free speech)? Who cares if scientists, medical experts, and critics of the New Normal are still being censored? Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi editor of The Daily Stormer, is back! That will certainly stick it to those "shitlibs"!

And then there's the release of the Twitter Files, which is turning into a le Carré thriller! Yes, that's right, Elonicus the Just is releasing in-house documentation of the rogue cabal of liberal "bad apples" that were arbitrarily censoring conservatives, not for any systematic ideological-narrative-enforcement reasons, but just because, well, you know, they're liberals, or "leftists," or "cultural Marxists," or whatever!

Part Two, published by Bari Weiss on Thursday, focused on Twitter's notorious blacklists, and included screenshots and other evidence of how Twitter executives censored, "deranked," and otherwise intentionally disappeared and misrepresented information and political views they did not like and so decided that no one should be able to read. Part Three, published by Matt Taibbi last night, documented the censorship and eventual deplatforming of Donald J. Trump, who was The President of the United States at the time … so, yeah, another "nothingburger."

Fortunately, it turns out, all this censorship, defamation, intentional deception of the public, interference in the political process, and so on, was the work of (you guessed it) a few "bad apples," Yoel Roth, Parag Agrawal, Vijaya Gadde, and other "bad apples," who have all been fired (or "exited") by The Emperor Elonicus. So that's all over now, and will never happen again, not as long as Elonicus reigns!

So, great, I'm glad that proof of the shenanigans that so many of us have been describing for years is finally definitively coming to light. However, eternal optimist that I am, I was hoping that the Twitter Files would at least broach the subject of how the global corporatocracy, and its government functionaries, and the state and corporate media, and global corporations like Twitter, have gone more or less full-blown totalitarian, and have been conducting a textbook Gleichschaltung campaign, imposing and enforcing ideological uniformity and systematically censoring those of us who have been questioning and challenging the official Covid narrative (and that destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that I mentioned above).

But let's not get sidetracked by all that narrative stuff, or that global-capitalist totalitarianism stuff, or the countless people around the world that are dying "suddenly," or "unexpectedly," which, of course, has nothing to do with the multiple experimental "vaccinations" they were deceived and/or coerced into submitting to, which Twitter and the rest of the global-capitalist propaganda apparatus repeatedly assured us were "safe and effective," and censored those of us who suggested that they might not be, or that we might not need to "vaccinate" every man, woman, and child on the planet.

All that stuff is water under the bridge. The important thing is American "red/blue" politics!

OK, before I get into the Twitter Files further, I need to do the "full-disclosure" thing. As I am sure you are aware, Elon Musk has chosen to release the selected Twitter Files to Matt Taibbi, and now also Bari Weiss, instead of, you know, just making them all public. Well, I know Matt Taibbi. We communicate occasionally. He has blurbed a few of my books. I respect him. I like him. I am seriously biased toward Matt Taibbi. I would have Matt Taibbi's babies if he let me. Basically, I am in in love with Matt Taibbi, and would probably be creepily stalking him right now if I lived in the USA instead of here in Germany. I don't know Bari Weiss at all, but, from what I can tell, she seems like a nice lady.

All right, that's my full disclosure. Let's get back to those Twitter Files.

So, here's the other thing that is bothering me (i.e., in addition to how this story is gradually devolving into a "red/blue" slugfest). You saw the news about how James Baker, the FBI guy who worked with the Clinton team on perpetrating the Russiagate hoax and had a hand in censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story, was "vetting" the Twitter Files before they were released. Well, according to the story, Baker was doing this "vetting" unbeknownst to Elon Musk, who had apparently just accidentally forgotten to fire his Deputy General Counsel (who he had been aware of for at least eight months) when he fired all those other liberal "bad apples," and so Elon, being totally "in the dark," as it were, had absolutely no idea what Baker was doing to the Twitter Files until Bari Weiss caught it and brought it to his attention.

That bothers me … as in I do not believe it.

I want to be clear about what I'm saying. I'm not questioning Matt's or Bari Weiss' motives, or methods, and certainly not their characters. If I were in their positions, I'd be doing the same thing, getting my hands on as many "Twitter files" as possible and reporting the story that is there to report. They are journalists. That is what journalists do. They have also been around the block a few times, so I assume they are aware that they are swimming with sharks. If they weren't previously, they certainly are now, after this fishy Baker "vetting" business.

What I'm saying is, how can we trust what they are getting? How many files were "vetted" by Baker? Why was he still in a position to "vet" them? Who's "vetting" the files now that Baker has been "exited"? Which files have been given to Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss and which files have not been given to them? The reporting they are doing is like creating a collage; they can only work with the materials they are given, and the materials they are given will determine the story, or at least limit the nature and scope of the story.

Also, and notwithstanding my respect and disturbing affection for Matt Taibbi, neither Matt nor Bari Weiss have been particularly interested in covering the roll-out of the official Covid narrative, i.e., the most insidious propaganda and gaslighting campaign in human history, or the destabilization and radical restructuring of global society that I keep mentioning in this column and have been writing about, extensively, since March of 2020. So, even if Musk has dumped the entire Twitter database on Matt and Bari Weiss, I doubt that either of them are going to be exactly chomping at the bit to report that story.

Seriously, just imagine if they did. If you think the corporate media's reaction to Matt Taibbi's initial Twitter Files release was brutal — and it certainly was — imagine what would happen if he and Bari told the story of Twitter's role in the global New Normal Gleichschaltung campaign. They would likely lose everything, publishers, book deals, literary agents, colleagues, friends. They would be excommunicated from the Hall of Seriousness, cast out into the outer darkness where the denylisted souls of "Covid-denying, conspiracy theorizing anti-vaxxers" moan into the void for all eternity.

Because telling that story would mean documenting everything … the fabricated "Covid cases" and "Covid deaths" statistics, the lies about the lockdowns, the masks, the "vaccines," all of it, the whole New Normal megillah. Not how it's "over now" because "the science changed," but how the whole thing was one enormous PSYOP (regardless of whether or how much of it was intentional), how it was manufactured with lies and propaganda from the very beginning, in March of 2020.

Put yourself in Matt Taibbi's and Bari Weiss' position. If they tell that story, their lives will be destroyed. Go ahead, judge them if you want. I'm not interested in judgement, personally. I'm interested in seeing things as they are, and the way they are … well, we have a little quandary here, a quandary regarding the Twitter Files not turning out to be a limited hangout, or being perceived as a limited hangout.

And, so, in light of that little quandary, here is a proposal for Elon Musk. Maybe Matt, or Bari Weiss, or one of my "high-profile" right-wing readers can pass it on to him. You don't have to tell him where it came from. It's pretty simple. Here it is:

Share the Covid-narrative-censorship Twitter files with journalists who want to tell that story. Let Matt Taibbi and Bari Weiss keep telling the story they are telling, which, make no mistake, is of historic importance (and is ultimately a part of the larger story that the Covid-narrative censorship is also part of), but share the files with other journalists who don't have as much to lose, or who are willing to lose it to report the story, or who have already lost it and so don't give a shit. If you actually meant "Vox Populi, Vox Dei," then how about a little Vox Populi, Elon?

If Elon Musk is serious about coming clean, and defending freedom of speech, and all that stuff, and not just whitewashing the company he just bought, and orchestrating an elaborate limited hangout, he can prove it by offering the Covid-narrative-censorship Twitter files to a few other journalists … journalists who want to report that story, who want to report that story right now, not two years from now, when no one cares anymore.

I have a hunch he might get a few takers.

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CJ Hopkins
December 10, 2022
Photo: Juan Oliphant @JuanSharks @OneOceanDiving

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our employees up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
27 Nov 2022 | 7:02 pm

5. The Emperor Elonicus


Everyone is going to hate this column. Musk worshipers are going to hate it because I'm going to blaspheme against Elon Musk. Musk demonizers are going to hate it because I am not going to blaspheme against him enough. Everyone else is going to hate it because they're sick to the gills of hearing about Musk, and Musk's destruction of Twitter, or his salvation of Twitter, and censorship, and "hate speech," and all that stuff.

I'll get to the blasphemy part in a minute, but first, let's quickly review what's happened, and where things now stand, or appear to stand.

On October 27, 2022, so almost exactly a month ago, Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, US government military contractor and all-around global-capitalist oligarch with a net worth approaching $200 billion, completed his acquisition of Twitter, the notorious "hell-site" where Donald Trump, the Russian-backed literal Resurrection of Hitler, Jordan Peterson, the "lobster hierarchy" guy, Alex "the Devil Incarnate" Jones, and assorted members of the "deplorable" masses had been wantonly perpetrating acts of "hate speech," disseminating "disinformation," and otherwise unrestrainedly expressing themselves, until Twitter's "content moderators" started censoring, deboosting, and deplatforming everyone whose views and opinions they didn't like.

As it turned out, most of the views and opinions they did not like, and thus needed to censor, were views and opinions that conflicted with their increasingly fanatical "woke" ideology, or allegiance to the Democratic Party, or one of its European equivalents, or which contradicted, or challenged, or playfully mocked, whatever official narrative the global Corporatocracy was pumping out on any given day.

From 2016 to 2022, Twitter.com (which, let's face it, is essentially a glorified listserv with ads) abandoned any pretense of editorial neutrality and regard for anything remotely resembling people's right to freedom of speech (i.e., a fundamental principle of democratic society), and brazenly attempted to impose and enforce ideological uniformity on the platform under the guise of "keeping people safe" and "protecting the health of the public conversation."

This metamorphosis of a social-media company into a full-blown Orwellian Ministry of Truth was just one part of "The War on Populism" that the global-capitalist ruling classes have been relentlessly waging for the last six years, which I've written about extensively elsewhere (e.g., in that book I just inserted a link to, and the majority of my Consent Factory essays), so I just want to focus on Twitter at the moment and get to the part where I blaspheme Musk, or don't blaspheme him enough, and piss everyone off.

Basically, the backstory, in a nutshell, is, by circa the middle of 2021, the Twitter moderators' censorship of views that didn't conform to their "woke" ideology had reached the point where a lot of conservatives, and libertarians, and the approximately 15-16 old free-speech-absolutist lefties like me that still exist, were unhappy about being censored, deplatformed, "deboosted," and demonized as "disseminators of hate speech," "science deniers," "election deniers," "anti-vaxers," "conspiracy theorists," and an assortment of other official epithets, and were making a considerable amount of noise.

The governments that nominally regulate Twitter and other social-media platforms are owned and operated by GloboCap (i.e., the global Corporatocracy I mentioned above), which has been imposing and enforcing ideological uniformity on the entire planet for the last thirty years, so, of course, they were not going to intervene in the affairs of global corporation that is part and parcel of the Gleichschaltung campaign that they are also part and parcel of.

So, Emperor Elonicus to the rescue!

Musk, who did not get where he is by not being able to read a market, saw an opportunity and he seized it. As I've been going on and on and on about monotonously for the last six years, the essential conflict of our historical epoch is the multiplicitous backlash (or insurgency) against the advance of hegemonic global capitalism. I won't go on and on about it here. The point is, at the current stage of that conflict, there is serious money to be made by marketing to the "anti-Woke" demographic, and, if Musk is a master of anything, it's marketing.

You probably think I'm kidding. I am not. As Bill Hicks would put it if he were still around, the authoritarian anti-authoritarianism dollar is just sitting out there waiting to be harvested. "Anti-Woke" authoritarianism is the next big thing. We are talking beaucoup branding action, social media platforms, phones, you name it!

And so begins the glorious reign of Emperor Elonicus the Just, the half-man/half-god savior of Twitter, and freedom of speech, and freedom itself, selfless defender of the common man, and unrivaled practitioner of the marketing stunt!

The day before the deal was sealed, Elonicus swaggered into Twitter headquarters carrying an actual kitchen sink, tweeting "let that sink in!" to his 100 million followers, the first of a series of such stunts to follow.

The plebeians in the digital Colosseum erupted into wild applause. A frenzy of joyous hooting and hollering and "liking" and retweeting ensued. At last, a beneficent billionaire Caesar had arrived to save the Internet from Wokeness! Elonicus loyalists flooded onto Twitter, chanting the ancient Roman obeisance, "Avē Imperātor, tweetitūrī tē salūtant!"

The next day, Elonicus summarily fired Parag Agrawal, Twitter's CEO, and took his seat upon the throne. Other "woke" heads were soon placed on spikes. Hallelujah … the bird was freed!

The Corporatocracy went absolutely apeshit. Liberal pundits rent their garments and rushed onto the Internet to histrionically denounce Elonicus the Usurper, who was going to unleash the most the stochastically-terrorist orgy of white-supremacist hate speech in the history of white-supremacist hate speech, or stochastic terrorism, or orgies, or something. Television celebrities, ageing rock musicians, bestselling philosophical podcasters, and other such influential personages began pretentiously fleeing the platform in droves, a number of them migrating to something called Mastodon, where they immediately commenced scolding and cancelling each other. Advertisers pulled their accounts. The media began a "Twitter Death Watch." Jonathan Chait threatened to move to Canada, but then changed his mind and vowed to "stay and fight."

Meanwhile, Elonicus, who understands a public-relations war as well as anyone, did what all good emperors do when under attack from their own patrician class. He broke out the bread and circus for the plebeians … or, all right, at least he broke out the circus.

Yes, he actually did the imperial Roman "pollice verso" shtick to decide the fate of Trumpus Maximus, and then, once the results came in, he imperiously tweeted "Vox Populi, Vox Dei"!

And now, apparently, Elonicus, in his mercy, after running another Vox Populi poll stunt, has decreed a "general amnesty" for all political prisoners (i.e., suspended Twitter accounts). It remains to be seen whether this "amnesty" extends to the countless people whose accounts were suspended for challenging the official Covid narrative, or for mentioning the fact that GloboCap is arming and funding the neo-Nazis in the Ukraine that have been carrying out its latest counterinsurgency op, but let's not worry about minor details. Next week is going to be a celebration … a celebration of freedom, and "anti-Wokeness," and the god-like power of Elon Musk!

All of which has been highly entertaining, but forgive me if I don't get all worked up. For one thing, I've seen this movie before, the one where the handsome new charismatic sheriff (who just happens to be a major GloboCap player, or puppet, or otherwise a member of "the club") rides into town to set things right. No matter how many times I watch it, it always seems to end the same.

The other thing is … well, it's personal. For about a year now, Twitter has been maliciously defaming my business account in order to damage my reputation and income. Twitter has been doing that by concealing my tweets — the majority, but not all, of my tweets — behind fake "age-restricted adult content" advisories. Twitter has been doing that in order to trick people into believing that I am tweeting some kind of pornography.

This rather weird tactic has been quite effective. It has definitely damaged my income as an author, and has presumably misled countless people into assuming I am some sort of sleazy pornographer posing as a political satirist. You can probably imagine how I feel about that.

Elon Musk's Twitter did not start this, and I realize the man has a lot on his plate, but I just assumed that, after a month or so on the throne, it might have occurred to him to issue an order instructing his "freebird" staff to, you know, stop maliciously defaming people, and attempting to damage their reputations and income, because they questioned the official Covid-19 narrative, or the official Russia narrative, or the "Emperor Elonicus" narrative.

Or … I don't know, maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe Elonicus really has come to save us from the "woke" fanatics. Maybe this is not just another iteration of the classic good cop/bad cop routine, like when Obama the Beneficient saved the world from Evil Bush and ended the War on Terror by bombing numerous countries, extrajudicially assassinating anyone he felt like, and illegally surveilling everyone, to the wild applause of millions of liberals, who had spent the previous eight years shrieking about Evil Bush doing exactly the same thing.

Because conservatives and libertarians would never fall for a con job like that, would they?

No, the Emperor Elonicus is probably going to issue that order any day now (i.e., to cease and desist from maliciously defaming people). Or I guess it might take a little longer than that. Not maliciously defaming people is probably a complicated, multi-stage process involving months of meticulous planning, like rocketing a car into outer space. One Elonicus fan, alarmed by the disrespectful tone of my repeated tweets to the Emperor, advised me to stop whining and wait one full year, which … sure, on reflection, that's probably about right.

So, never mind, and please forgive the foregoing blasphemy. Hail Elonicus! Long may he reign!

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CJ Hopkins
November 27, 2022
Photo: The New York Times

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our employees up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
13 Nov 2022 | 7:47 pm

6. The Road to Totalitarianism (Revisited)


It feels like it's finally over, doesn't it, the whole "apocalyptic pandemic" thing? I mean, really, really over this time. Not like all those other times when you thought it was over, but it wasn't over, and was like the end of those Alien movies, where it seems like Ripley has finally escaped, but the alien is hiding out in the shuttle, or the escape pod, or Ripley's intestinal tract.

But this time doesn't feel like that. This time it feels like it's really, really over. Go out and take a look around. Hardly anyone is wearing masks anymore (except where masks are mandatory) or being coerced into submitting to "vaccinations" (except where "vaccination" is mandatory), and the hordes of hate-drunk New Normal fanatics who demanded that "the Unvaccinated" be segregated, censored, fired from their jobs, and otherwise demonized and persecuted, have all fallen silent (except for those who haven't).

Everything is back to normal, right?

Wrong. Everything is not back to normal. Everything is absolutely New Normal. What is over is the "shock-and-awe" phase, which was never meant to go on forever. It was always only meant to get us here.

Where, you're probably asking, is "here"? "Here" is a place where the new official ideology has been firmly established as our new "reality," woven into the fabric of normal everyday life. No, not everywhere, just everywhere that matters. (Do you really think the global-capitalist ruling classes care what people in Lakeland, Florida, Elk River, Idaho, or some village in Sicily believe about "reality"?) Yes, most government restrictions have been lifted, mainly because they are no longer necessary, but in centers of power throughout the West, in political, corporate, and cultural spheres, in academia, the mainstream media, and so on, the New Normal has become "reality," or, in other words, "just the way it is," which is the ultimate goal of every ideology.

For example, I just happened upon this "important COVID-19 information," which you need to be aware of (and strictly adhere to) if you want to attend a performance at this Off-Broadway theater in New York City, where "everything is back to normal."

I could pull up countless further examples, but I don't want to waste your time. At this point, it isn't the mask and "vaccination" mandates themselves that are important. They are simply the symbols and rituals of the new official ideology, an ideology that has divided societies into two irreconcilable categories of people: (1) those who are prepared to conform their beliefs to the official narrative of the day, no matter how blatantly ridiculous it is, and otherwise click heels and follow the orders of the global-capitalist ruling establishment, no matter how destructive and fascistic they may be; and (2) those who are not prepared to do that.

Let's go ahead and call them "Normals" and "Deviants." I think you know which one you are.

This division of society into two opposing and irreconcilable classes of people cuts across and supersedes old political lines. There are Normals and Deviants on both the Left and the Right. The global-capitalist ruling establishment couldn't care less whether you are a "progressive," or a "conservative," or a "libertarian," or an "anarchist," or whatever you call yourself. What they care about is whether you're a Normal or a Deviant. What they care about is whether you will follow orders. What they care about is whether you are conforming your perceptions and behavior and thinking to their new "reality" … the hegemonic global-capitalist "reality" that has been gradually evolving for the last 30 years and is now entering its totalitarian stage.

I've been writing about the evolution of global capitalism in my essays since 2016 — and since the early 1990s in my stage plays — so I'm not going to reiterate the whole story here. Readers who have just tuned into my political satire and commentary during the last two years can go back and read the essays in Trumpocalypse (2016-2017) and The War on Populism (2018-2019).

The short version is, back in 2016, GloboCap was rolling along, destabilizing, restructuring, and privatizing the planet that it came into sole unchallenged possession of when the Soviet Union finally collapsed, and everything was hunky-dory, and then along came Brexit, Donald Trump, and the whole "populist" and neo-nationalist rebellion against globalism throughout the West. So, GloboCap needed to deal with that, which is what is has been doing for last six years … yes, the last six — not just two and a half — years.

The War on Dissent didn't start with Covid and it isn't going to end with Covid. GloboCap (or "the Corporatocracy" if you prefer) has been delegitimizing, demonizing, and disappearing dissent and increasingly imposing ideological uniformity on Western society since 2016. The New Normal is just the latest stage of it. Once it gets done quashing this "populist" rebellion and imposing ideological uniformity on urban society throughout the West, it will go back to destabilizing, restructuring, and privatizing the rest of the world, which is what it was doing with the "War on Terror" (and other "democracy"-promoting projects) from 2001 to 2016.

The goal of this global Gleichschaltung campaign is the goal of every totalitarian system, i.e., to render any and all deviance from its official ideology pathological. The nature of the deviance does not matter. The official ideology does not matter. (GloboCap has no fixed ideology. It can abruptly change its official "reality" from day to day, as we have experienced recently). What matters is one's willingness or unwillingness to conform to whatever the official "reality" is, regardless of how ridiculous it is, and how many times it has been disproved, and sometimes even acknowledged as fiction by the very authorities who nonetheless continue to assert its "reality."

I'll give you one more concrete example.

After I happened upon the "Covid restrictions" (i.e., the social-segregation system) still being enforced by that Off-Broadway theater, I stumbled upon this article in Current Affairs about the oracle Yuval Noah Harari, the writer of which article mentions in passing that somewhere between 6 million and 12 million people have "died of Covid," as if this were a fact, a fact that no one in their right mind would question. Which it is, officially, in our new "reality," despite the fact (i.e., the actual fact) that — as even the "health authorities" have admitted — anyone who died of anything in a hospital after testing positive was recorded as a "Covid-19 death."

This is how "reality" (i.e., official "reality," consensus "reality") is manufactured and policed. It is manufactured and policed, not only by the media, corporations, governments, and non-governmental governing entities, but also (and, ultimately, more effectively) by the constant repetition of official narratives as unquestionable axiomatic facts.

In our brave new totalitarian global-capitalist "reality," anyone who questions or challenges such "facts" immediately renders oneself a "Deviant" and is excommunicated from "Normal" society. Seriously, just for fun, try to get a job at a corporation, or a university, or a part in a movie or a Broadway play, or a book deal, or a research grant, etc., while being honest about your beliefs about Covid. Or, if you're a "respectable" journalist, you know, with literary and public-speaking agents, and book deals, and personal managers, and so on, go ahead, report the facts (i.e., the actual facts, which you know are there, but which you have been avoiding like the plague for the last two years), and watch your career get violently sucked down the drain like a turd in an airplane toilet.

That last bit was meant for "urban professionals," who still have careers, or are aspiring to careers, or are otherwise still invested in remaining members in good standing of "Normal" society, i.e., not you folks in Florida and Idaho, or my fellow literary and artistic "Deviants."

We have pretty much burned our bridges at this point. Unless you're prepared to mindfuck yourself, and gaslight yourself, and confess, and convert, there's no going back to "normal" society (which we couldn't go back to anyway, on account of how it doesn't exist anymore).

I realize that a lot of folks have probably been looking forward to that … to the day when the Normals finally "wake up" and face the facts, and truth prevails, and we return to something resembling normality. It's not going to happen. We're not going back. The Normals are never going to "wake up." Because they're not asleep. They're not hypnotized. They're not going to "come to their senses" one day and take responsibility for the damage they have done. Sure, they will apologize for their "mistakes," and admit that possibly they "overreacted," but the official narrative of the Covid pandemic and the new "reality" it has ushered into being will remain in force, and they will defend both with their lives.

Or, rather, they will defend both with our lives.

If you think I'm being hyperbolic, well, consider the epithets GloboCap has conditioned the Normals to use to demonize us … "conspiracy theorist," "science denier," "insurrectionist," "extremist," "violent domestic terrorist." None of which signify a political ideology or any political or critical position whatsoever. They signify deviation from the norm. Any type of deviation from the norm. They are tactical terms, devoid of meaning, designed to erase the political character of the diverse opposition to global-capitalism (or "globalism," if you are touchy about the word "capitalism"), to lump us all into one big bucket of "deviance."

It is usually not a very good omen when nations — or totally unaccountable, supranational global-power systems — suddenly break out the "deviance bucket." It is usually a sign that things are going to get ugly, ugly in a totalitarian fashion, which is precisely what has been happening for the past six years.

Back in July of 2021, at the height of the fascistic New Normal hate frenzy, with the military enforcing "Covid restrictions," a global segregation system being implemented, and people threatening to decapitate me for refusing to get "vaccinated," I published a piece called The Road to Totalitarianism. We are still on that road. Both the Normals and we Deviants. We've been on that road for quite some time, longer than most of us probably realize. The weather has improved, slightly. The scenery out the window has changed. The destination has not. I haven't seen any exits. Let me know if you do, will you?

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CJ Hopkins
November 13, 2022
Photo: W. Rospondek, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our employees up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
16 Oct 2022 | 4:42 pm

7. The Gaslighting of the Masses


For students of official propaganda, mind control, emotional coercion, and other insidious manipulation techniques, the rollout of the New Normal has been a bonanza. Never before have we been able to observe the application and effects of these powerful technologies in real-time on such a massive scale.

In a little over two and a half years, our collective "reality" has been radically revised. Our societies have been radically restructured. Millions (probably billions) of people have been systematically conditioned to believe a variety of patently ridiculous assertions, assertions based on absolutely nothing, repeatedly disproved by widely available evidence, but which have nevertheless attained the status of facts. An entire fictitious history has been written based on those baseless and ridiculous assertions. It will not be unwritten easily or quickly.

I am not going to waste your time debunking those assertions. They have been repeatedly, exhaustively debunked. You know what they are and you either believe them or you don't. Either way, reviewing and debunking them again isn't going to change a thing.

Instead, I want to focus on one particularly effective mind-control technology, one that has done a lot of heavy lifting throughout the implementation of the New Normal and is doing a lot of heavy-lifting currently. I want to do that because many people mistakenly believe that mind-control is either (a) a "conspiracy theory" or (b) something that can only be achieved with drugs, microwaves, surgery, torture, or some other invasive physical means. Of course, there is a vast and well-documented history of the use of such invasive physical technologies (see, e.g., the history of the CIA's infamous MKULTRA program), but in many instances mind-control can be achieved through much less elaborate techniques.

One of the most basic and effective techniques that cults, totalitarian systems, and individuals with fascistic personalities use to disorient and control people's minds is "gaslighting." You're probably familiar with the term. If not, here are a few definitions:

"the manipulation of another person into doubting their perceptions, experiences, or understanding of events." American Psychological Association

"an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity." Psychology Today

"a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim's mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition." Newport Institute

The main goal of gaslighting is to confuse, coerce, and emotionally manipulate your victim into abandoning their own perception of reality and accepting whatever new "reality" you impose on them. Ultimately, you want to completely destroy their ability to trust their own perception, emotions, reasoning, and memory of historical events, and render them utterly dependent on you to tell them what is real and what "really" happened, and so on, and how they should be feeling about it.

Anyone who has ever experienced gaslighting in the context of an abusive relationship, or a cult, or a totalitarian system, or who has worked in a battered women's shelter, can tell you how powerful and destructive it is. In the most extreme cases, the victims of gaslighting are entirely stripped of their sense of self and surrender their individual autonomy completely. Among the best-known and most dramatic examples are the Patty Hearst case, Jim Jones' People's Temple, the Manson family, and various other cults, but, the truth is, gaslighting happens every day, out of the spotlight of the media, in countless personal and professional relationships.

Since the Spring of 2020, we have been subjected to official gaslighting on an unprecedented scale. In a sense, the "Apocalyptic Pandemic" PSYOP has been one big extended gaslighting campaign (comprising countless individual instances of gaslighting) inflicted on the masses throughout the world. The events of this past week were just another example.

Basically, what happened was, a Pfizer executive confirmed to the European Parliament last Monday that Pfizer did not know whether its Covid "vaccine" prevented transmission of the virus before it was promoted as doing exactly that and forced on the masses in December of 2020. People saw the video of the executive admitting this, or heard about it, and got upset. They tweeted and Facebooked and posted videos of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, Bill Gates, the Director of the CDC, official propagandists like Rachel Maddow, and various other "experts" and "authorities" blatantly lying to the public, promising people that getting "vaccinated" would "prevent transmission," "protect other people from infection," "stop the virus in its tracks," and so on, which totally baseless assertions (i.e., lies) were the justification for the systematic segregation and persecution of "the Unvaccinated," and the fomenting of mass fanatical hatred of anyone challenging the official "vaccine" narrative, and the official New Normal ideology, which hatred persists to this very day.

The New Normal propaganda apparatus (i.e., the corporate media, health "experts," et al.) responded to the story predictably. They ignored it, hoping it would just go away. When it didn't, they rolled out the "fact-checkers" (i.e., gaslighters).

The Associated Press, Reuters, PolitiFact, and other official gaslighting outfits immediately published lengthy official "fact-checks" that would make a sophist blush. Read them and you will see what I mean. They are perfect examples of official gaslighting, crafted to distract you from the point and suck you into an argument over meaningless details and definitions. They sound exactly like Holocaust deniers pathetically asserting that there is no written proof that Hitler ordered the Final Solution … which, there isn't, but it doesn't fucking matter. Of course Hitler ordered the Final Solution, and of course they lied about the "vaccines."

The Internet is swimming with evidence of their lies … tweets, videos, articles, and so on.

Which is what makes gaslighting so frustrating for people who believe they are engaged in an actual good-faith argument over facts and the truth. But that's not how totalitarianism works. The New Normals, when they repeat whatever the authorities have instructed them to repeat today (e.g., "trust the Science," "safe and effective," "no one ever claimed they would prevent transmission"), could not care less whether it is actually true, or even if it makes the slightest sense.

These gaslighting "fact-checks" are not meant to convince them that anything is true or false. And they are certainly not meant to convince us. They are official scripts, talking points, and thought-terminating clichés for the New Normals to repeat, like cultists chanting mantras at you to shut off their minds and block out anything that contradicts or threatens the "reality" of the cult.

You can present them with the actual facts, and they will smile knowingly, and deny them to your face, and condescendingly mock you for not "seeing the truth."

You can show the New Normals the video, and they will watch it, and then look you right in the eye and deny it. pic.twitter.com/iLWsS7jl0f https://t.co/JJTuhGViya

— Consent Factory (@consent_factory) October 13, 2022

But here's the tricky thing about gaslighting.

In order to effectively gaslight someone, you have be in a position of authority or wield some other form of power over them. They have to need something vital from you (i.e., sustenance, safety, financial security, community, career advancement, or just love). You can't walk up to some random stranger on the street and start gaslighting them. They will laugh in your face.

The reason the New Normal authorities have been able to gaslight the masses so effectively is that most of the masses do need something from them … a job, food, shelter, money, security, status, their friends, a relationship, or whatever it is they're not willing to risk by challenging those in power and their lies. Gaslighters, cultists, and power freaks, generally, know this. It is what they depend on, your unwillingness to live without whatever it is. They zero in on it and threaten you with the loss of it (sometimes consciously, sometimes just intuitively).

Gaslighting won't work if you are willing to give up whatever the gaslighter is threatening to take from you (or stop giving you, as the case may be), but you have to be willing to actually lose it, because you will be punished for defending yourself, for not surrendering your autonomy and integrity, and conforming to the "reality" of the cult, or the abusive relationship, or the totalitarian system.

I have described the New Normal (i.e., our new "reality") as pathologized-totalitarianism, and as a "a cult writ large, on a societal scale." I used the "Covidian Cult" analogy because every totalitarian system essentially operates like a cult, the main difference being that, in totalitarian systems, the balance of power between the cult and the normal (i.e., dominant) society is completely inverted. The cult becomes the dominant (i.e., "normal") society, and non-cult-members become its "deviants."

We do not want to see ourselves as "deviants" (because we haven't changed, the society has), and our instinct is to reject the label, but that is exactly what we are … deviants. People who deviate from the norm, a new norm, which we reject, and oppose, but which, despite that, is nonetheless the norm, and thus we are going to be regarded and dealt with like deviants.

I am such a deviant. I have a feeling you are too. Under the circumstances, it's nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, we need to accept it, and embrace it. Above all, we need to get clear about it, about where we stand in this new "reality."

We are heading toward New Normal Winter No. 3. They are already cranking up the official propaganda, jacking up the fabricated "cases," talking about reintroducing mask-mandates, fomenting mass hatred of "the Unvaccinated," and so on. People's gas bills and doubling and tripling. The global-capitalist ruling classes are openly embracing neo-Nazis. There is talk of "limited" nuclear war. Fanaticism, fear, and hatred abound. The gaslighting of the masses is not abating. It is increasing. The suppression of dissent is intensifying. The demonization of non-conformity is intensifying. Lines are being drawn in the sand. You see it and feel it just like I do.

Get clear on what's essential to you. Get clear about what you're willing to lose. Stay deviant. Stay frosty. This isn't over.

CJ Hopkins
October 16, 2022
Photo: BBC History Revealed

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our staff up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
3 Oct 2022 | 12:18 pm

8. The Morning After


This is the weirdest part of the PSYOP. It's like the morning after an office party on which you wake up almost terminally hungover to hazy memories of having performed a Tequila-fuelled blowjob on Bob in Accounting in what was either the 9th Floor Reception Area or possibly the downstairs lobby of your building while someone vaguely resembling that smirking kid in the Mail Room filmed it on his phone.

Yes, it's the Morning After … that revolting regurgitant chorus you're hearing is the sound of millions of Covidian Cultists down on their knees in their gender-neutral bathrooms praying to the Porcelain God.

It has been quite a trip these last two and a half years, but the orgy of fear and hatred is over, the mass hysteria is wearing off, and the reality of the damage they have done is beginning to become undeniable.

Countless thousands of people have been killed, seriously injured, and permanently disabled, victims of experimental "vaccines" they did not need but were coerced into taking. Societies have been torn apart, economies crippled, institutions discredited, democratic precepts like the rule of law and constitutional rights made mockeries of themselves, friends and families turned against each other, and so on, and the dust hasn't even settled yet. It will take many years to assess the damage … or, rather, to recontextualize, rationalize, deny, and memory-hole the damage (while simultaneously "normalizing" the fascistic biosecurity dystopia the damage made it possible to implement).

This process is now well underway. As I'm sure you've noticed over the past several months, governments, global health authorities, the corporate and state media, the culture industry, and other key components of "The New Normal Reich" have been quietly phasing out their "Covid restrictions," rewriting "The Science," rewriting history (i.e., the science and history they had previously rewritten), executing limited hangouts, and otherwise transitioning the masses out of "emergency" mode and into the New Normal.

In other words, everything is going to plan.

You can't keep people whipped up into a state of full-blown hysteria indefinitely. When you're radically destabilizing and restructuring a society, you hit them hard with the Shock-and-Awe for a few weeks, or months (or years in this case), and then you gently ease them into the new "reality." Which, after being systematically terrorized, gaslighted, threatened, and otherwise tormented for however long you did that to them, they'll be grateful for anything resembling "normality," no matter how fascistic it turns out to be.

You have to be delicate executing this phase, in which the vast majority of the masses, having forced themselves to believe whatever you needed them to believe during the Shock-and-Awe phase, have to force themselves to believe they never believed whatever you needed them to believe then, and believe whatever you need them to believe now, which typically completely contradicts whatever they had previously forced themselves to believe (and actually, literally, believed) in a desperate attempt to keep you happy, so that maybe you would eventually stop beating on them, and relentlessly gaslighting and terrorizing them.

Now, a lot people seem to be having trouble understanding or accepting this fact, i.e., the fact that human beings are capable of forcing themselves to believe whatever they need to believe in order to survive or remain in good standing with "normal" society (or whatever social body they are members of and depend on to meet their basic needs). Not pretend to believe, literally believe, the way that religious converts believe, the way we believe whatever we believe today that we didn't believe ten years ago.

I must say, I find it rather baffling, people's lack of understanding and acceptance of this fact, as this capability is a fundamental human attribute that has been documented, over and over, throughout the course of human history. It is not some "theory" I just made up. It is how we maintain social cohesion. It is how we socialize our children. It is how armies and university departments work. It is basic part of how social bodies function; conformity is rewarded and non-conformity is punished. There's nothing new about this phenomenon. People have been conforming to new official "realities" and making themselves believe whatever they have to believe to survive within them for approximately five thousand years.

It is, however, a rare occasion when we are able to observe the process this clearly. It usually takes place more or less invisibly within the context of normal everyday life. It is only during sudden radical shifts from one "reality" to another "reality" that we can watch people force themselves to believe whatever they perceive they need to believe, or are instructed by their rulers to believe, in order to survive and thrive in society (e.g., cult indoctrinations, religious conversions, the outbreak of war, physical torture, or in the wake of political revolutions).

This is what we've been watching since March 2020, not mass hypnosis, or mass formation psychosis, but the masses forcing themselves to believe whatever they sensed they needed to believe (or were instructed by the authorities to believe) in order to remain parts of "normal" society and not be demonized by their governments and the media, ostracized by their friends and family, fired from their jobs, segregated, censored, beaten and arrested by the police, and otherwise punished for non-conformity as a new "reality" was manufactured and imposed on societies throughout the world.

And now their "reality" is changing again, or "The Science is evolving," or whatever, and the absurdities they forced themselves to believe are being exposed as … well, as absurdities, and their fanatical and often fascistic behavior, as it turns out, was based on absolutely nothing.

Many of them couldn't care less, as their behavior was never "based" on anything other than going along with the herd, and so they have simply transitioned from fanatically hating "the Unvaccinated" to fanatically hating "the Russians," and fanatically supporting Ukrainian neo-Nazis, and fanatically doing whatever else the GloboCap puppets on their televisions instruct them to fanatically do. However, a significant number of them have retained enough of their critical faculties that being yanked back and forth from "reality" to "reality" is causing them to experience mild cognitive dissonance, and confusion, and shame, or borderline psychosis.

Believe it or not, my heart goes out to them … these formerly fanatical Covidian Cultists that wanted me segregated from society, and silenced, and locked up in an internment camp. I cannot make it easier for them by pretending they didn't do what they did (and in too many cases are still actively doing), or pretending they were hypnotized, or in some other altered state of consciousness, while they did what they did for the past two and half years, but just imagine how they must be feeling now that the party is finally over and the brutal morning after has arrived.

Imagine realizing at this late stage of things that everything you believed, thought, and said, the incalculable harm you have done to people, and to society, was never about a pandemic, but was always about conditioning the masses to respond to fear, coercion, and control like some global Pavlovian behavioral experiment.

Or just take it from actress Jennifer Gibson …

Canadian actress Jennifer Gibson. pic.twitter.com/4FsC5ndfAp

— D. Scott @eclipsethis2003 (@eclipsethis2003) September 29, 2022

And now comes the really nauseating part, the part where the New Normal authorities admit that they "overreacted," and that "mistakes were made," and that they deeply regret having needlessly murdered and seriously injured God knows how many people, and psychologically crippled countless children, and accidentally totally destabilized and restructured the entire global economy, and explain in a lengthy piece in The New Yorker how they're sorry, but they were drunk at the time, and swear they will never do it again.

You remember this part from 2004 after the invasion and occupation of Iraq when the photos of Abu Ghraib were published, and the American masses who had been hooting and hollering and waving American flags around, and calling people "ragheads" and "sand niggers," and so on, had to stare themselves and their war crimes in the face.

You recall how the Americans dealt with their shame. That's right, they reelected George Bush and carried on murdering and torturing Iraqis, and Afghans, and assorted other brown people, and hooting and hollering "we're number one," and waving American flags around, because in for a penny, in for a pound.

You see, another fundamental human attribute (in addition to our ability to force ourselves to believe whatever we need to believe in order to survive and thrive in society) is that we don't tend to deal with shame very well. We tend to repress it and react aggressively to anyone who tries to force us to face it. If you don't believe me, ask anyone you know who has been (or still is) in an abusive relationship. Ask them how their abuser reacts when they try to get them to take responsibility for their abusive behavior.

I can't tell you exactly what's going to happen over the coming months, but I told you back in January that there was going to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, and wailing and gnashing of teeth there has been, and there is certainly going to be a lot more of it … and probably not just wailing and gnashing.

This is just the dawn of the Morning After. I have a feeling we ain't seen nothing yet.

CJ Hopkins
October 3, 2022
Photo: Jennifer Gibson

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our staff up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
11 Sep 2022 | 7:23 pm

9. Mass Formation Hypnosis Disorder


Well, gosh, this is kind of embarrassing. For approximately the last two and a half years, I have been documenting, analyzing, and occasionally satirizing the so-called "New Normal," i.e., the new, pathologized, official ideology that has been rolled out all across the planet by the global-capitalist ruling classes under the pretext of combating an apocalyptic pandemic … or at least that's what I thought was going on.

As it turns out, I was totally wrong.

Apparently, the global-capitalist ruling establishment (or "GloboCap," as I often refer to the unaccountable, supranational network of global corporations, banks, governments, and non-governmental governing entities that unaccountably govern our world) has not been rolling out a new official ideology, or pathologized form of totalitarianism, or not intentionally in any event.

No one has been methodically gaslighting anyone, or terrorizing anyone with propaganda, or censoring or segregating anyone, or coercing anyone to get needlessly "vaccinated" with any sort of dangerous experimental drugs, or consciously conspiring with anyone to do anything.

Everyone has simply been suffering from Mass Formation Hypnosis Disorder!

I know, you probably find this hard to believe, especially because I have been making precisely the opposite case for over two years now, but I saw it on the Alex Jones show! Mattias Desmet, a professor from Belgium, and "the world's leading expert" on this new disorder, explained it all in meticulous detail.

According to Desmet, the way this disorder works is, people feel "lonely and isolated," which makes them feel angry, but they don't have anything or anyone to unleash their anger on, so they form a mass and hypnotize each other, and invent a new fanatical ideology that they all fanatically hypnotically believe in, which, at that point, their rulers, who are also hypnotized, have no choice but to go full-totalitarian, and hypnotize everyone even more, because that is what the hypnotized mass demands, so that they can finally unleash their anger on someone, i.e., those who have managed to avoid being hypnotized (one assumes with some special anti-hypnosis technology, but I don't think Professor Desmet explained that part).

And, OK, before you hypnosis deniers start sending me emails denying the power of hypnosis to totally totalitarianize society, listen to Professor Desmet explain how surgeons in Belgium are routinely performing open-heart surgery on hypnotized patients without any anesthetic whatsoever! They just saw right through their breastbones with a sternum saw, ratchet open their rib cages with a sternal retractor, and start slicing into the patients' hearts … and these patients don't even flinch or anything! He has witnessed this with his own two eyes!

Or, all right, it seems he hasn't actually witnessed this with his own two eyes. It seems he was actually just lying when he said that, which he confessed to in a lengthy Facebook post (after people pointed out that he had lied) in which he publicly wondered why he had lied, and then rationalized his lie with various excuses, and posted several misleading links in an attempt to suggest that he hadn't actually lied, despite the fact that he had just admitted he did, and just generally tried to muddy the waters with a lot of awkward psychobabble.

But I don't mean to cast aspersions. Professor Desmet is, after all, "the world's leading expert" on "Mass Formation Psychosis" or simply "Mass Formation" or whatever you want to call this fairy tale that he and others have been peddling, not just on clown shows like Alex Jones', but to massive audiences like Tucker Carlson's

Seriously now, I have been aware of Desmet's theory for some time, but I had mostly held my tongue about it because (a) I considered it relatively harmless, and (b) I'm generally reluctant to tear another vocal opponent of the New Normal a new asshole. We get enough of that from the New Normal "fact checkers." However, unfortunately, this "mass hypnosis" gibberish has gained enough traction that it has now become dangerous, so I need to do a little new-asshole-tearing. (Fanatical fans of Professor Desmet will probably want to navigate away at this point.)

Ready? OK, here we go.

What we've been experiencing for the past two and a half years — and arguably the last six and a half years — is not the result of "mass hypnosis." The global-capitalist ruling establishment is destabilizing and restructuring societies, globally. The people that staged and published this photograph in January 2020 and lied to the masses about the Covid death rate (i.e., 3.4%) a few months later were not mass-hypnotized. They knew what they were doing.

Likewise, the people who went New Normal (i.e., the vast majority of most societies) were not "mass hypnotized" or in some kind of trance. They were simply looking out for themselves by conforming to the new official "reality." This is standard behavior in totalitarian systems, and cults, and even non-totalitarian systems. I explained it this way in a recent interview

"Totalitarianism can be imposed on any society if the government, or whatever structure rules it, controls the essential elements of power (i.e., the military, the police, the media, the culture industry, etc.). Once the transition to totalitarianism begins, you can count on roughly two thirds of the society either embracing it or acquiescing to it, not because they are in some vulnerable psychological state, but rather because they correctly perceive which way the wind is blowing and they don't want to challenge the totalitarian regime and be punished for doing so. They are not hypnotized or under any other kind of spell. It's pure survival instinct. … Not to put too fine a point on it, but most people are either perfectly content to conform to whatever type of society those in power impose on them as long as their basic needs are met, or they are not content [to do so], but they are cowards, so they stand by in silence. I don't mean that as a judgment or an insult. Cowardice and the ability to abandon one's principles (or not having any principles in the first place) are very positive traits to have if your goal is survival. When a society goes totalitarian or is otherwise occupied and radically transformed, it's the rebels and dissidents who get lined up against the wall and shot, not the cowards and collaborators."

I realize how harsh that sounds. It's meant to, and at the same time, it isn't. We are, all of us, capable of such cowardice and betrayal of our fundamental principles, given the right set of circumstances. Everyone has a breaking point. If you haven't experienced yours yet … well, I hope you never do.

The point is, we are dealing with questions of power, not a psychological condition. Desmet's theory pathologizes the political essence of totalitarianism, just like the official New Normal narrative pathologizes and displaces its political character, rendering it immune to political opposition, and rendering its opponents "conspiracy theorists," or "paranoid," or otherwise divorced from "reality," thus stripping us of political legitimacy.

In this "Mass Formation" fairy tale, the political conflict disappears. The totalitarian system and those who resist it are replaced by a psychiatrist and a psychiatric patient. In this story, there is no one and nothing to fight. We just need to find a "cure" or a "treatment" for this bizarre new psychiatric disorder that keeps causing the masses to hypnotize each other and invent some new fanatical totalitarian ideology in order to alleviate the pent-up frustration caused by their loneliness and isolation by unleashing their rage on unhypnotized persons!

Or whatever … maybe I don't understand the nuances of "Mass Formation" theory. I'm not a professional psychologist or anything. I'm sure one or two of Professor Desmet's fans will be happy to explain it all to me, if they're not too busy undergoing open-heart surgery without anesthetic. I wouldn't want to interfere with that!

CJ Hopkins
September 11, 2022
Photos: InfoWars; Twitter; FOX News; The Guardian

DISCLAIMER: The preceding essay is entirely the work of our in-house satirist and self-appointed political pundit, CJ Hopkins, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Consent Factory, Inc., or its staff, or any of its agents, subsidiaries, or assigns. If, for whatever inexplicable reason, you appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to support it, please go to his Substack page, or his Patreon page, or send a contribution to his PayPal account, so that maybe he'll stop coming around our offices trying to hit our staff up for money. Alternatively, you could purchase his satirical dystopian sci-fi novel, Zone 23, or Volumes I, II, and III of his Consent Factory Essays, or any of his subversive stage plays, which won some awards in Great Britain and Australia. If you do not appreciate Mr. Hopkins' work and would like to write him an abusive email, feel free to contact him directly.

Consent Factory Inc
31 Aug 2022 | 2:30 pm

10. The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III, banned in Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands!


So, the censorship of my latest book, The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021), continues. Amazon.com has now banned the book in three countries … Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands.

The pretext the Amazon Content Review Team has cited as grounds for banning the book is the semi-visible swastika on the cover. This pretext is clearly a pretext, i.e., a lie, as Amazon sells a number of other products displaying semi-visible swastikas in these markets.

For example, William Shirer's books, or Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, as depicted in the images above. Some of the swastika-displaying products Amazon offers in these markets display not merely semi-visible swastikas, but totally-visible swastikas on their packaging.

For example …

So, the Amazon Content Review Team's pretext for banning the book is clearly a lie, and not even a convincing lie. But then Amazon doesn't have to lie convincingly.

When you are an unaccountable supranational corporation founded and executive-chaired by Jeff Bezos, the second-richest person in the world, and a component of the US Intelligence Community, the "rule of law" does not apply to you. You do not have to justify your actions to any court of law or regulatory body, much less to some mid-list author whose income and reputation you are maliciously damaging.

Sure, there are constitutional protections against censorship and discrimination, and other laws that ostensibly forbid you from maliciously damaging the reputations and incomes of mid-list authors like me. For example:

Article 5 of the Grundgesetz (i.e., Germany's constitution):

"Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship."

Article 3 of the Grundgesetz:

"No person shall be favoured or disfavoured because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith or religious or political opinions."

But these laws do not apply to you, not when you're Amazon.com, because you know that: (a) the governments in question, i.e., the governments of Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands, condone your violations of their constitutions (which they have abrogated in any event under the pretext of a "public health emergency") and might have even had something to do with them, i.e., your constitutional violations; and (b) lawyers will be too afraid of your wealth and power to challenge you in court.

Moreover, mainstream journalists will completely ignore your censorship of political literature that does not conform to the new official global-capitalist ideology, or they will "like" or retweet one of my tweets, and then rush back to covering whatever one of their colleagues tweeted about some other colleague's tweet, and their colleagues' responses to that tweet, i.e., the tweet about the original tweet, because they, i.e., the mainstream journalists, are also scared shitless of incurring your ire, and potentially getting their books banned by Amazon, and their incomes and reputations damaged, and getting fired by their literary agents, and so on.

Which means you can pretty much do whatever you want to anyone you want, which is a pretty sweet deal if you're an immensely powerful supranational corporation that dominates book sales and distribution globally and is also an essential component of the global-capitalist Intelligence Community.

Which that is kind of the point of this piece. Yes, Amazon's banning of my book will damage my book sales and reputation as an author, but I'll survive. The point is, as I put it in a post I published yesterday, before Amazon advised me that they had banned the book in Austria and The Netherlands, in addition to Germany:

"What is important is that corporations like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (which control our communication networks) do not have the slightest qualms about censoring information, banning books, suppressing facts, spreading disinformation, and generally behaving like Orwellian Thoughtpolice … and we are gradually becoming accustomed to it. It is becoming "normal," boring even. I don't know about you, but I am not OK with living in a world where Amazon and other unaccountable global corporations decide which books we are allowed to read, which films we are allowed to watch, which facts we are allowed to know about. And that is where we are headed, currently. We're not going to arrive there suddenly, one day. We're going to arrive there just like this … little step by little step, one little act of corporate censorship at a time."

I don't know how to fight this, exactly … not my book ban, the larger phenomenon. It probably has to start with mainstream journalists and lawyers taking on these global corporations. Relatively obscure little literary outlaws (like me) do not have the juice to do it.

So, if you happen to know any people like that …

Oh, and, for those of you who enjoy seeing how the ideological-sausage gets made, here, for the purpose of criticism and review, is my recent correspondence with the Amazon Content Review Team.

August 29, 2022 (4:35 PM)

Hello,

During our review process, we found that your book's cover image contains content (i.e. Swastika, Reichsadler, Sowilō) that is in violation of our content guidelines for Germany and may infringe German law. As a result, we will not be offering the following book for sale in Germany:

The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021)
ASIN: B0B1VCK39P, 3982146429

You may reply to this message if you believe this decision has been made in error.

Our content guidelines are published on the Kindle Direct Publishing website: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2TOZW0SV7IR1U.

Best regards,

Amazon KDP

Content Review Team
Amazon Content Review Team

August 29, 2022 (5:18 PM)

Dear Amazon KDP Content Review Team,

German law is clear on the banned/permitted use of images of swastikas. See, e.g., this Deutsche Welle article

  • Swastikas and other banned symbols can displayed in Germany if they are used for "civic education, countering anti-constitutional activities, art and science, research and education, the coverage of historic and current events, or similar purposes," according to the Criminal Code.

There are numerous examples of books, films, artworks, etc. containing swastikas for the above-cited purposes in Germany.

The cover artwork of my book (which has been on sale throughout the world since May 2022, and was an Amazon bestseller in several countries upon its release) clearly falls under such exceptional use under German law, therefore, there is no legal ground for Amazon to ban its sale or otherwise censor it.

Additionally, Amazon.de offers for sale other products bearing images of swastikas, e.g., William Shirer's books, a Quentin Tarantino film, etc. Thus, your decision to ban my book can only be seen as arbitrary, rather than as the result of a consistent in-house policy.

Moreover, Amazon's banning of my book violates Germany's constitutional protection of freedom of expression as set forth in Article 5 of the Grundgesetz:

  • Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.

I trust you have taken this decision based on your misunderstanding of German law and lack of awareness of the other books and products Amazon offers in Germany that also contain images of swastikas for the above-cited purposes, and not based on any political or ideological bias and/or intention to damage my income and reputation as an author. Thus, I assume you will immediately reverse this ban.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

Yours sincerely,
CJ Hopkins

August 30, 2022 (3:07 PM)

Hello,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

We need a little time to look into the problem.

We'll reply and send you more information within 2-3 business days.

Thanks for your patience.

Content Review Team
Amazon Content Review Team

August 30, 2022 (6:24 PM)

Hello,

Thanks for your email.

We've reviewed your book "The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021)" (ASIN:B0B1VCK39P, 3982146429 ), and found that it is in violation of our content guidelines and we will not be offering this title for sale on Amazon.

We reserve the right to determine whether content provides a poor customer experience and remove that content from sale.

You can find our KDP content guidelines, here: https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G200672390

Thanks for your understanding.

Best regards,
Amazon KDP

Content Review Team
Amazon Content Review Team

August 30, 2022 (6:39 PM)

Hi Amazon Content Review Team,

Could you please clarify:

(1) in which countries Amazon KDP has banned and/or is planning to ban the book;

(2) the nature of the "poor customer experience" you have cited, or which specific "content guidelines" the book violates?

I would note that the book has overwhelmingly positive reader reviews from readers all around the world, so I am unclear as to which customers are having a "poor experience."

With kind regards,
CJ Hopkins

August 31, 2022 (9:38 AM)

Hello,

During our review process, we found that your book's cover image contains content (i.e. Swastika) that is in violation of our content guidelines for Germany and may infringe German law.

As a result, we will not be offering the following book for sale in Germany, Netherlands and Austria:

"The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent > Factory
Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021)" (ASIN:B0B1VCK39P, 3982146429 )

Regarding the Paperback version "The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent > Factory Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021)" (ASIN: 3982146429) KDP Print availability may not always align with digital availability.

For European countries sales, in order for a KDP paperback title to be available in one European country, you must make the book(s) available in all European countries.

If your book(s) is not in the public domain, or you don't have publishing rights in any one of those countries, then none of the European countries should be selected as territories.

For a list of European countries, visit Help: https://kdp.amazon.com/help/topic/G201834280

If you have additional questions, please reply to this email.

You may reply to this message if you believe this decision has been made in error.

Our content guidelines are published on the Kindle Direct Publishing website: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2TOZW0SV7IR1U.

Best regards,

Thanks for using Amazon KDP

Content Review Team
Amazon Content Review Team

August 31, 2022 (1:31 PM)

Dear Amazon Content Review Team,

Thank you very much for clarifying in which countries you have arbitrarily decided to ban my book, clearly for political/ideological reasons, as you offer several other products containing "content (i.e. Swastika)" that you falsely claim is "in violation of [y]our content guidelines for Germany and may infringe German law" (referenced in my previous email).

I especially appreciated your failure to address my explication of German law regarding the permitted use of swastikas for certain purposes, and your robotic repetition of the phrase "may infringe German law," as if I had not explained it (i.e., German law) to you. That was a lovely touch. It radiates Faceless Unaccountable Power, which I assume was what you were going for, so kudos!

Your refusal to explain the nature of the "poor customer experience" that you claimed customers have experienced or might experience, after I demonstrated that your "German law" pretext was nonsense, and a lie, and which specific Amazon "content guidelines" the book violates, is also much appreciated. Again, it evokes that "You-Are-Dealing-With-A-Faceless-Orwellian-Machine" feeling, so … good job!

Thank you also for the gibberish about "publishing rights" in European countries, which has absolutely nothing to do with this matter.

I will be sure to update you regarding the results of your efforts to damage my income and reputation as an author in due course. Until then …

All best wishes and kindest personal regards,
CJ Hopkins

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