Police State/Civil Liberties

Conformism in a Time of Crisis

By Troy Southgate

I can’t say I’m too surprised at the high degree of naivety and conformism that we are witnessing during this period. I wonder how many people here are familiar with the old Twilight Zone episode from 1960, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street? The story concerns a group of American townsfolk who experience a series of inexplicable power failures in the wake of a suspected meteor, but as they become increasingly more frightened and paranoid they begin to turn on one another in an orgy of mob rule. It is easy to look at the people in contemporary America who are presently resisting ‘lockdown’ and dismiss them as Right-wing lunatics, and no doubt many of them are, but at least they have not quite degenerated to the shameful levels displayed by their counterparts in the British Isles.

According to the UK’s National Rural Crime Network, parts of England are beginning to experience instances of ‘small-scale vigilantism’. Although this all sounds very encouraging, it is rather less positive once you realise that the term relates to angry residents who are ‘aggressively driving at cyclists’ to prevent them from riding out to the countryside for exercise (‘Hey you, come back here and die with the rest of us!’). In one case, a resident left a note on a neighbour’s car, threatening to damage the vehicle if the owner continued to visit local woodland. Worst of all, some of these retarded automatons have even started blocking roads to prevent their mobile associates from escaping the rigours of confinement. I am reminded of the Zionist Jews who assisted the Nazis in the concentration camps of the 1940s.

Although the actions of these residents are predictably ‘justified’ by the risks the virus is said to present to the wider community, there is little difference between the way people turn on one another as a result of persistent brainwashing and the man who complains at the breakfast table when he spots a report in the morning newspaper about an individual who got away with robbing a bank. Not because he really finds it immoral, but due to an underlying jealousy that sets him against his fellow man. This is the kind of bourgeois hypocrisy that led Bertolt Brecht to ask ‘What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of one?’ Similarly, one may ask what is cycling out to the countryside compared to the systematic demolition of the economy and the potential for a new technological dystopia?

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