One crisis chases the next. We are constantly being confronted with new threat scenarios. In our pursuit of security, we accept restrictions on our freedom all too easily and enable state and capitalist monitors to control and examine every aspect of our everyday life. Most people believe everything they read on the internet or see on TV way to easily. And “that fear pays off is an age-old knowledge” was already stated by Professor of Sociology Jörg Schindler in his book “Panikmaking”. Even the state philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli advised the powerful to spread fear rather than benefits – it was “much safer to be feared than to be loved”. A recommendation that not only the rulers follow. Too much money can be made by unsecuring the masses. Food and pharmaceutical corporations, as well as insurance companies are currently recording astronomical profits, while dozens of medium-sized and small companies have to introduce short-time work or even close it.
Viruses like the H1N1 back in 2009 are ideally suited for this. “They are insidious, they always change form and nature. And they are invisible, which is why it is almost impossible for simple-minded citizens to realistically assess whether a pathogen poses a lethal or no threat and how likely it is to spread worldwide. And the paranoid fall for everything easily anyway, “(Prof. J. Schindler) Or back in early 2016, for example, when the Zika virus set out to do the same as its famous predecessors. Media reports about it sounded shocking: in Brazil alone, hundreds of thousands of people had already been infected with the virus that is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Other countries in Latin America also reported widespread numbers of Zika infections. The full program was started, just like today with the Corona virus; Infected pregnant women, disfigured children, pandemic. And the consequences were the same as they are now (empty shops, profits for food and pharma corporations). BUT what turned out in the end? The whole thing was a super exaggerated fearmongering and there was an all-clear from the World Health Organization. But it was too late; the fright was already too deep within the people. Well, you see the parallel.
Pretty much the same with mad cow disease or swine flu. In the 1990s, fear of mad cow disease took on the form of mass panic. Millions of cattle were slaughtered in Germany, and scientists predicted that the novel Creutzfeld-Jakob disease could affect hundreds of thousands of people and their brains could break down into sponge-like clumps of cells. A prediction that didn’t even begin to come true. Sociologist Ortwin Renn said that as many Europeans have died from mad cow disease as from “careless drinking of perfumed lamp oil”.
I think this few cases alone already make the point clear; stop being so easily manipulated by our corporate controlled governments. Stop immediately believing everything you see on the internet and TV. Take your time, relax, research, read non-fiction literature about all this, and judge accordingly
As every educated person knows today, capitalist corporations have far more influence over the government and its policies than we do, and they have armies of lobbyists who also exert this influence. Multinational corporations have been invading schools for several years; A 2006 Pisa study found that 9 out of 10 15-year-olds go to a school where corporations have an impact on the content of teaching, as the example of Exxon Mobile and Gymnasium Sulingen in Germany shows. Or like the energy giant RWE, which invites students to excursions, student practices, etc., sponsors sports festivals and offers teaching material. All of that has an agenda. The same game is all too often played in the capitalist media; people should be tempted to do things that are in the interests of the elite, like buy toilet papers and sit at home, when their government tells them too. So, don´t believe everything they tell you immediately, but research through sociological and historical literature.