COVID Aftermath: When Science Fiction Becomes Reality
A fine review essay of The New Abnormal by By Jesse Russell published in American Thinker
Jesse Russell recently published this fine review essay in American Thinker, reprinted here with permission…
Aaron Kheriaty. The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State. Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 2022. 278 pages. $29.99.
Science fiction is a quintessentially guilty (Anglo-) American pleasure. Like horror, crime fiction, and spy novels, sci-fi has yet to be recognized as "high literature" by many (especially conservative) literary critics. This is not, however, to say that science fiction has had no impact on American and broader world culture — quite the contrary. Elon Musk, the current billionaire bête noire of the left, has cited Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series as inspiration for his own creation of Tesla and SpaceX. MIT scientist and popular YouTuber Lex Friedman recently included a number of science fiction tomes in a list of books that most influenced him. Peter Thiel, another powerful figure on the rights, draws his political inspiration from The Lord of the Rings series, a work of fantasy, sci-fi's generic cousin.
Whether or not science fiction is haute couture, it is nonetheless extremely popular and immensely influential among some of the most powerful people in the world. Science fiction is so powerful because it shows humankind the greatness of what men are able to achieve. Robert Heinlein's novels captured the "can do" spirit of the American Century. Asimov himself and Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame projected quasi-utopian visions of how science and education would enable a tolerant and prosperous future. At the same time, science fiction shows how an advanced technocratic society can go awry. George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World are the most obvious examples of these, but there are also several other works that project dystopian fiction in which the world is ruled by a totalitarian system of some kind.
Totalitarian governments, implanted microchips, artificial intelligence, and digital passports seemed the fare of science fiction — and wide-eyed conspiracy theorists — even up until the first decade of the twenty-first century. It was always assumed that the love of liberty in the Anglo-Saxon world, the lessons of communism and fascism from the twentieth century, and the West's Christian moral inheritance would keep any encroaching totalitarianism from reaching England or the United States. COVID, however, changed all of this.
In his new book from Regnery Press, The New Abnormal: The Rise of the Biomedical Security State, former University of California Irving medical school professor Aaron Kheriaty chronicles how he went from being at the frontline of COVID lockdowns in California to the tip of the spear in resisting what he believes is the increasingly totalitarian system that has been implemented over the past three years in the name of biosecurity.
As Dr. Kheriaty notes, the notion that the government could seize control over the bodies of an entire population and heavily regulate and discipline the bodies, minds, and souls of their citizens had been tried during the totalitarian movements of the twentieth century. Kheriaty further notes that the cutting edge of science in the United States once supported eugenic measures that included such activity as forced sterilizations of those deemed unfit to reproduce. During the early twentieth century, eugenics measures were funded by major institutions such as the Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, and Kellogg foundations and were supported by intellectuals at the nation's elite universities. Forced sterilization in Virginia was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1927, with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. famously stating, "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind." Kheriaty's point is that the medical, educational, judicial, and political establishment even in America has trampled on the rights of its citizens in the past and has assumed ownership of the bodies of those citizens deemed "unfit." To argue that similar events happened in the twenty-first century is, in Dr. Kheriaty's view, not to give in to conspiracy theories.
Kheriaty argues that a similar violation of the privacy and rights of individuals is occurring during the current COVID emergency. Kheriaty provides his own experience as professor of psychiatry and head of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine. While he was at U.C. Irvine, the university implemented a program for dealing with COVID known as the “ZotPass,” which was, in Kheriaty's words, a "system of digital surveillance" that monitored students' location and regulated their movement on campus. Kheriaty notes that this practice was not unique to U.C. Irvine. Throughout the country, systems were implemented to monitor and control students. These systems of control were complemented by steady propaganda (Kheriaty's word) from university administrators as well as pressure for students to snitch on each other for not following COVID protocols.
Kheriaty argues that such regimented and controlled systems on university campuses during COVID are microcosms for a proposed system of control to be implemented worldwide in the name of safety. In The New Abnormal, Kheriaty provides the further example of Amazon warehouses in which nearly every movement of workers is controlled and monitored by an algorithm called the “Associate Development Performance Tracker,” otherwise known as (the Orwellian) ADAPT. ADAPT is accompanied by near total surveillance of Amazon warehouses by cameras.
These measures, however, are only temporary, for, as Kheriaty argues, during what has been called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" by World Economic Forum figure Klaus Schwab, both blue- and white-collar workers are themselves being replaced by robots and other forms of artificial intelligence.
These seemingly “futuristic” events are not part of a science fiction plot; they are occurring and have already occurred.
Kheriaty sees the 2020–present COVID response as being an experiment on the world's population. He argues that vaccine passports are forms of social exclusion, and what was considered the citizen's right is now a reward for compliance.
Kheriaty further points out that even mainstream medical institutions such as the New England Journal of Medicine had by early 2022 noted that covid vaccines were ineffective against some variants of the virus. He chronicles the tremendous psychological and emotional toll the lockdowns and COVID safety precautions took on billions of people across the world, who were, in some cases, not able to bury their family members or visit friends and family, or who were too scared to see a doctor for genuine health needs.
Believing that the university hospital at which he worked was violating the rights of his patients, Dr. Kheriaty protested and was eventually fired from U.C. Irvine. He continues his fight today working for a variety of think-tanks, such as the Ethics and Public Policy Center, fighting what he believes to be an emerging totalitarian system.
The New Abnormal ends with a humorous but unsettling dystopian fictional short story called “Seattle, 2030” in which a future Microsoft worker is caught up in a world of drugs, sexual immorality, and spycraft courtesy of the biosecurity state.
Some readers may object to Kheriaty’s dystopian vision and may even scoff at his cri de coeur for resistance to biosecurity state. Indeed, in fairness to both Dr. Kheriaty and his critics, no one can predict the future, and the incredible leaps in technology around the world are often matched by the increasing ineptitude of the ruling class — especially in the West.
Perhaps one potential future for us is predicted in The Blade Runner series, which begins with Philip K. Dick's campy 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, continues with Ridley Scott's 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, and reappears in the twenty-first century with Dennis Villeneuve's brilliant but flawed (and very risqué) Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Especially in the latter films, the future world is a combination of utopia for the ultra-rich and a dystopia for the working class and poor. The wealthy live “off world” in a clean and harmonious environment, while the 99% are stuck living a subsistent life on Earth. While robots, A.I., flying cars, and other forms of high technology are part of everyday life, the reach of the ultra-rich and the government is not all-encompassing. A lot of the technology is broken or malfunctioning, and humans have formed a small cyber-punk version of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, living outside the system. Totalitarianism in the Blade Runner world does not work because even with the support of a fleet of robots and flying cars, governments are still run by all too human humans.
In The New Abnormal, Aaron Kheriaty provides a frightening vision of the future as well as strong case for resisting the new biosecurity state. Whatever may have happened during COVID, the future is still unwritten, and what will happen is something that only God knows.
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This is a long comment, which draws attention to the need for better nutrition, including especially vitamin D.
There are multiple dimensions to the disastrous, global, COVID-19 pandemic response in which multiple direct and indirect effects of the response and of the disease itself killed, very approximately, 20 million people, injured far more and blighted the lives of most people on Earth.
One of the best known clusters of these dimensions - of these crimes against humanity - includes corruption, privacy destruction, government overreach, censorship and thwarting of democracy - all matters which "The New Abnormal" concerns.
Another cluster is the origins of SARS-CoV-2: the increasingly well-known refusal of both the Chinese and United States governments to reveal all they know, and to seriously investigate the source - while overwhelming evidence of their complicity in the the creation of the virus is being increasingly revealed. This is of direct practical importance since the truth this lab-creation should lead to an immediate cessation of all gain of function research into pathogens which may infect humans or any other species we care about - since lab escapes cannot be prevented.
A third cluster concerns both the limited effectiveness of the mRNA and adenovirus vector gene therapy COVID-19 quasi-vaccines which have been most widely adopted in Western countries - and their harmful effects. This cluster includes the vaccine mandates and the refusal to care for and acknowledge those injured or killed by the quasi-vaccines. This cluster also concerns how to care for those affected and how the quasi-vaccines may lead to tolerance, antibody dependent enhancement etc.
A fourth cluster concerns the systemic corruption of regulatory authorities and generally of governments, the mainstream media, the medical profession, academic publishers and universities by the multinational pharmaceutical companies. One stark feature of this corruption is the suppression of an increasing number of inexpensive, well-researched and genuinely safe early treatments for COVID-19, as listed at https://c19early.org, while the only approved treatments are all patented, expensive and so highly profitable - even if they are not very effective, well researched or safe: https://nutritionmatters.substack.com/p/the-fda-cdc-and-most-other-western .
The above review essay cast the multiple crimes against humanity which constitute the mainstream pandemic response in most countries within a sci-fi framework - to highlight the extraordinary nature of the events, and how, despite lessons which should have been learned from past outbreaks of totalitarian control, the same has occurred in the last few years, and continues to this day, with most participants remaining unaware.
This framing makes sense, but I fear that most sci-fi accounts of such scenarios, and most accounts of real-world atrocities - especially those of Nazi Germany - give us a picture of concentrated, evil, power at the top radiating out and corrupting, harming and killing whole populations who do not harbour - and frequently strongly resist - the concentrated, directly malevolent, evil which has grown to take over their world.
Reading the reviews https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/978689 of Milton Sanford Mayer's 1955 "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45" makes me think the impetus behind Nazism and all its monumental crimes was far more distributed among ordinary people than is widely believed.
The Lord of the Rings and most other stories of right vs. might depict a concentrated evil, which is easily identified and difficult to tackle due to its fortification.
I suggest that a fifth cluster of problems, yet to be widely enough appreciated, in the COVID-19 pandemic response is how, in addition to the well known corrupting influence of big pharma and malfeasance of a few, the whole mainstream pandemic response only exists, and only continues to this day, because the majorities of a large number of professions worldwide either tolerate it or actively support it. Likewise, a large proportion of the general public. The professions include the medical profession, mainstream journalists, most of those in government, public health officials, immunologists, epidemiologists, virologists and vaccinologists. A majority, or even a sufficiently influential minority, in any one of these professions - even if only in a single Western country - could have brought the whole house of cards down by explicitly disputing the groupthunk web of mistaken beliefs, the censorship of debate and the constraints placed on doctors. That this has not happened, in three years, is a remarkable testimony to the ability of vast numbers of people to be swept up in the madness of crowds.
There is a dark horse sixth cluster of so far little known concerns about the pandemic response, which go back decades, which one day will explode across the public consciousness like the emanations of a new star whose radiations suffuse and forever change every aspect of the troubled worlds depicted in a science fiction epic: Nutrition.
The role of poor nutrition in human health has never been fully appreciated. Most people have only 5 to 25 ng/mL circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D, when their immune system can only work properly with 50 ng/mL or more. There is very little vitamin D3 in food or multivitamins. The UV-B light which generates it in our skin is rarely available and always damages DNA, so raising the risk of skin cancer. Official guidelines only aim to attain 20 ng/mL and so recommend daily vitamin D3 intakes about 1/10th of what is required for most people to attain the 50 ng/mL they need.
Please read the research cited and discussed at https://vitamindstopscovid.info/00-evi/ (Co-signed by Patrick Chambers MD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick-Chambers-4/). There you will learn that there would be no COVID-19 pandemic, and very little harm or death from this disease if most or all people had the 50 ng/mL 25-hydroxyvitamin D they need for their immune systems to work properly. The same is true of influenza. Sepsis would be rare - while in 2017 it killed 11 million people worldwide: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)32989-7/fulltext .
The real challenge is to understand - and somehow prevent - the corrupted groupthunk ineptitude which causes multiple professions - most especially immunologists and doctors - to lead the world as if all their complex and supposedly heroic efforts at health improvement are meaningful, essential, and in need of only modest incremental improvement - when they don't understand or acknowledge that the vast majority of humans cannot possibly be healthy, due to easily correctable nutritional deficiencies.
Vitamin D is by far the most important and easily fixed one of these. For 70 kg body weight, 0.125 mg (5000 IU) of vitamin D is needed per day, on average - with intakes up to 7 to 10 days apart. This is a gram every 22 years - and pharma grade vitamin D costs about USD$2.50 a gram. All of humanity needs about a tonne a day, at a total cost of about USD$1B a year, plus the cost of making and distributing once a week capsules. Vitamin D supplementation needs to be as a ratio of body weight, with higher ratios for those suffering from obesity. See https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/14/14/2997 with the ratios summarised in a table at: https://vitamindstopscovid.info/00-evi/#sjw-updated-ratios .
Most people also need supplementary intakes of magnesium, boron, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin K2, zinc and other micronutrients.
This grotesque lack of attention to the fundamental needs of the human body is the blinding sci-fi-like revelation people need to focus on, without taking their eyes off all the other concerns just mentioned, including the ability of powerful elites to sweep populations up in their schemes - and of majorities of those populations to fervently support these contagions, without ever understanding what is really being done to them.
Kheriaty has some very insightful and courageous messages and warnings for all of us; unfortunately it is far too late to even talk about an emerging totalitarian state because we are totally in the midst of such a state; the dystopian future is here and now and one can call it the new abnormal or continue to be in denial and say it's all conspiracy theories; none of that matters because "they" are in total control and do not operate for the betterment of humanity but only to establish their elitist goals; as Vera Sharav has repeatedly pointed out the parallels with the history of the Nazis and other regimes are not coincidental except that it is much worse today with a global Holocaust; the believers and followers of eugenics are all still very much alive and the "plandemic" worked extremely well in accomplishing their depopulation strategies in ways that would have elicited unbridled admiration from the tyrants of our past.