“We’re living in the first truly global-hegemonic ideological system in human history. We have been for the last 30 years. If you are touchy about the term “global capitalism,” go ahead and call it “globalism,” or “crony capitalism,” or “corporatism,” or whatever other name you need to.”
C.J. Hopkins is describing our current situation in a way that might grip people’s imagination enough to pause, and think critically about what’s next, and if we want any part of it.
“Those who don’t conform will be systematically demonized, socially and/or professionally ostracized, segregated, and otherwise punished. Our opinions will be censored. We will be “canceled,” deplatformed, demonitized, and otherwise silenced. Our views will be labeled “potentially harmful.” We will be accused of spreading “misinformation,” of being “far-right extremists,” “racists,” “anti-Semites,” “conspiracy theorists,” “anti-vaxxers,” “anti-global-capitalist violent domestic terrorists,” or just garden variety “sexual harassers,” or whatever they believe will damage us the most.”
“This will happen in both the public and personal spheres. Not just governments, the media, and corporations, but your colleagues, friends, and family will do this. Strangers in shops and restaurants will do this. Most of them will not do it consciously. They will do it because your non-conformity represents an existential threat to them … a negation of their new “reality” and a reminder of the reality they surrendered in order to remain a “normal” person and avoid the punishments described above.”
And then it happened — to me. On a recent trip to witness a federal district court hearing regarding a lawsuit we filed to recover the remaining “threatened” bull trout populations and their shrinking habitats, I was labeled an “anti-vaxxer” by a group of colleagues. Weird to be perceived, especially at my age (71) as something different than the person I’ve been as long as we’ve known each other — some for over 35 years.