Ever since the election of Donald Trump science has become a shibboleth for the liberal, professional/managerial/class (PMC’s), and–trust the science–has became their rallying cry.
But science is an abstract concept. Trust what science? Science has been responsible for clean water, space travel, solar power and vaccines but it’s also been responsible for eugenics, Zyklon-B, the atomic bomb and Agent Orange. There has been Dr. Salk but also Dr. Mengele. Indeed, any cursory appraisal of history makes it quite apparent that science and its cousin technology have raced ahead of the morality of their applications far too often. Going further, it’s no accident that science in the US is tied to either war or the logic of capitalism. This has been especially true during the present pandemic when we find that a large number of vaccines are for-profit, even if they have been funded by public money.
It’s also apparent that since the beginnings of the pandemic and Trump’s response, liberals have politicized the science behind its origins, spread and implications. Liberals were quick to dismiss any and everything Trump proclaimed with snide remarks about–trust the science. The origins of Covid was no exception. When Trump suggested that Covid originated in a lab in Wuhan he was ridiculed by the the PMC’s and the corporate media, with only MAGA supporters believing his reports. This official party-line was often harshly enforced by our leading social media monopolies, with Facebook summarily banning all posts suggesting otherwise. In other words, our understanding of the origins of Covid has been narratively managed over the past 15 months and is still being narratively managed. We are being told only what suits powerful political, scientific and commercial interests. There were a lot of noble lies told.
My how times have changed.
As it turns out, the coronavirus origin story may be another noble lie. A year ago, the idea that Covid-19 leaked from a lab in Wuhan–was dismissed as a crackpot theory, supported only by Donald Trump, QAnon and hawks on the right looking to escalate tensions dangerously with China.
Now, after what has been effectively a year-long blackout of the lab-leak theory by the corporate media and the scientific establishment, President Joe Biden has announced an investigation to assess its credibility. And as a consequence, what was treated until a few weeks ago as an unhinged, rightwing conspiracy is suddenly being widely aired and seriously considered by liberals.
The triggering event for this remarkable reversal in American elite sentiment was a closely reasoned and persuasive 11,000 word article by journalist Nicholas Wade, entitled, Origin of Covid — Following the Clues—Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan? Wade began his long article by explaining that from February 2020 onward a huge ideological bubble had been inflated by political propaganda masquerading as science, a bubble that was afterwards maintained through a combination of journalistic cowardice and incompetence. President Donald Trump had proclaimed that the virus was artificial, so our media therefore insisted that it must be natural, even if all the evidence seemed to suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, there’s another theory out there, (one that I’ve given a lot of thought to), that asks–Was Coronavirus a Biowarfare Attack Against China?
I know this sounds even crazier than anything found on QAnon but the logic behind it is straight forward. The US is a global hegemon in free fall, desperately attempting to hold onto its empire. The deep state actors behind the plot have already proven that they are psychopaths willing to commit any atrocity to maintain the power of the US empire (The invasion of Iraq and utilizing Al Qaeda to overthrow the Syrian government spring to mind).
Also, this would not be the first time that the US attacked China with biological weapons. During the Korea war U.S. pilots, captured by China, admitted to dropping biological weapons on China. The U.S. long denied the use of biological weapons and claimed that the pilots had been tortured and made false confessions. Decades later secret files were released which proved that the claims the pilots had made had been correct.
During the Cold War the US engaged in a massive build up of nuclear/biological/chemical weapons. On the biological front, US scientists have long been working on offensive applications while claiming it’s all about defending the American people. Researchers at a BSL-3 lab tied to the post-9/11 biodefense industrial complex are genetically modifying anthrax to express Covid-19 components, according to FOIA documents.
Moreover, there have been a number of training exercises, like the 2001 Dark Winter simulation, that have occurred in recent years that imagine the very type of pandemic outbreak we’ve experienced.
Read the articles, there are a number of them and they make a very persuasive case.
Next week I’ll discuss this unspeakable subject in more detail.