‘They’ are controlling you. ‘They’ are silencing you
This past week, on Labor Day, to be exact, I submitted my routine column to The Washington Times. My topic was straightforward and simple. Many might even say it was boring and routine. My subject matter was disease immunity, something many of us kind of slept through in our freshman Biology 101 classes.
In my article, I discussed how medical science has known since the beginning that natural immunity is crucial to disease control and mitigation.
I wrote about how doctors have understood since at least the early 1800s that when you contract a virus and fight it off, your immune system encodes that information in a way that builds immunity to the consequent sickness.
I spoke about the reality of mass exposure. It is a good thing, because pandemics can be managed if they are reduced to epidemics.
I reminded all that we live in a broken world and that viruses and diseases such as COVID-19, smallpox and the Spanish flu have vexed the human race since the dawn of time.
I suggested that we shouldn’t hide in a cave because of these realities, but that we must face today’s crisis the same way we dealt with all other crises before it. We should accept that life is not safe and that getting out of bed every morning is a risky act.
I concluded by saying that Americans value freedom above all else, and that it is the “First Thing.”
As I say, my column was essentially not the stuff that heretofore the past 20 months would have been considered the most inspiring.
Despite the content I thought was poor, my article quickly rose to “trending” status across many news sources, including Apple News, Facebook and Apple News. It was actually number three, I think, when it first appeared in one of my news feeds.
But then, something strange happened. Inexplicably, the article disappeared from all the top trending lists. It didn’t lose popularity slowly. It was gone. It was just gone. A mere mist. Dust in the wind. Trending and popular one minute, then nonexistent the next.
I was confused, so I contacted The Washington Times to let them know all the above. Their response? Their response? Each article on natural immunity we have published has been given the same .”
If this doesn’t scare you, your mind will be dull and apathetic. I don’t care if you’re conservative or progressive, a constitutionalist, a libertarian, an independent or an apolitical pragmatist, this story should worry you more than all the COVID-19 articles you’ve read combined.
They (whoever “they”) decide what you can and cannot read. They control the news and information. They decide what articles will be “trending” and which articles will be trashed. They are the ones in charge. They manage the ideas. They won’t allow anyone to read anything they don’t approve of. They are watching you. They are censoring your speech. They are stifling you. They are canceling your rights. They won’t allow you to write anything about natural immunity. You, my friend, will be banned if you say something that “They” don’t like.
Let that sink in for a moment or two. Take a moment to rummage through it. Before you move on to the next mind-numbing text on your phone, think about its importance.
In his book “Selling Hitler” Nicholas O’Shaughnessy claims that Nazi ideology’s success can only be understood through the role of propaganda within the Third Reich. He claims that the Nazis understood modern methods of opinion-formation. Joseph Goebbels was the Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment in Nazi Germany. He once stated: “There are two paths to [control people]..” You can use machine guns to blast your enemy until he recognizes the superiority and ownership of the [weapons].. This is just one way. You can also transform the nation by a revolution in the spirit . In other words, bullets and bombs can be used to control people, but manipulating what they read and what they hear can make it more effective. Albert Speer, Hitler’s chief architect, said so to the Nuremberg Tribunal. “What distinguished the Third Reich from other dictatorships was the use of all means of communication to sustain itself, and to deprive it of its objects of the power to independent thought George Santayana once stated, “Those who don’t remember the past are condemned by repeating it.” It would be a good idea for us all to pay more attention.
Everett Piper (dreverettpiper.com, @dreverettpiper), a columnist for The Washington Times, is a former university president and radio host. He is the author of “Not a Daycare: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” (Regnery) and, most recently, “Grow Up: Life Isn’t Safe, But It’s Good.”