The pandemic is another of those new realities that the imperialists have created.

The pandemic, be it real or fictitious, which for political purposes makes no difference, has not been the cause of anything new, of anything that was not known before, but simply the catalyst of projects that capitalism had on the table to face the greatest crisis it has known throughout its history.

“For great evils, great remedies,” the saying goes, and indeed, if there had been no pandemic, they would have had to invent it, the same as the weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein had in his possession and which gave rise to the famous phrase of Karl Rove, the White House spokesman at the time:

“We are now an empire and when we act we create our own reality. And as [you] study that reality – judiciously, if you will – we will act again, creating other new realities, which you can study again, and so things will continue. We are [the creators] of history […] And you, all of you, will just have to study what we have [created].”

The pandemic is another one of those new realities that the imperialists have created. It is the reverse of the crisis that has already begun, a crisis at once economic, political and international. It is a crisis that they cannot mitigate in any way; the only thing they can aspire to is to suffocate the social discontent that it will generate throughout the world.

Health has been the pretext to implement repressive measures that could not have been justified in any other way. Moreover, health has allowed reformism to become the most solid prop of the state of war and restrictions. The reformist groups have stated very clearly -even- that the repression implemented was little and that they were willing to support more restrictions, because health comes first and is above everything and everyone.

In order to justify their dirty work of support, the reformists have once again aired the ghost of the “ultra-right”, so that any criticism was branded as “negationism” and, consequently, assimilated to fascism. In this way reformism supports repression and whoever fights against it is a fascist; therefore, it is the fascists who fight against repression?

Such approaches have caused enormous confusion, with the appearance of a new arsenal of words and neologisms, an unmistakable sign of the depth of the crisis.

In the midst of it, the bourgeoisie has set in motion its plans in barely a year. Just by checking those already in operation, it is safe to say that they will mark forever the future of the forms of domination and social control, especially in the advanced capitalist countries. What once seemed like science fiction, typical of fantastic cinema, has already been introduced into the habits of millions of people.

Materialists like to say that consciousness lags behind the development of events, and here is one of the best examples. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for the fog to dissipate. A new reality has come upon us. Much of it is technology and information technology, but that does not change the fact that these are measures of social control and political domination which do not replace the previous ones, but complement them.

The French Senate has explained it very clearly: unlike “physical” restrictions, which cannot be endured if prolonged over time, digital ones are permanent and consequently fulfill the same role much more effectively (*):

“The opportunities for the use of digital technologies are immense, and the Covid-19 crisis has only given a taste of the many possible use cases in the short, medium and long term.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic is not over, and is likely to be neither the last nor the strongest, it would be irresponsible not to seize these opportunities. The widespread restrictions on ‘physical’ freedoms in recent months are increasingly unsustainable. They are not sustainable or even very effective compared to what a more systematic use of digital technology would allow.

“The use of digital technology would allow precise control of compliance with sanitary measures, on an individual scale and in real time: in return, restrictions could be targeted to a reduced number of people, and be more limited in time, while remaining as effective as possible. Perhaps tomorrow, thanks to digital technology, we will be able to regain our ‘physical’ freedoms more quickly, or even never give them up, and have pandemics without confinement, even if there is no vaccine or treatment.”

This is not exclusive to health crises but to any kind of crisis, and therefore to any political and social situation, because crises are defined by the respective governments, whether they are real, simulated, or exaggerated:

“The most obvious use cases [of IT tools] concern the control of compliance with regulations aimed at limiting virus transmission (health pass, curfews, confinements, quarantines, etc.), which involves the crossing of three types of data: identification data, medical data and location data (from the most intrusive, with GPS tracking, to the lightest and most occasional, with conditional access to certain places, to relative location data with contact tracing).

“The usefulness of digital tools in crisis management goes beyond the healthcare domain and extends to other types of crises […] which have in common that they present a high and imminent danger to the population, requiring a rapid and effective response. They may be the result of a deliberate attack (conventional or terrorist, in particular bioterrorist), but also of an industrial accident or a natural disaster […] All these situations may require the rapid identification of individuals, the assessment of their state of health or the risks they face, and their precise location so that help can be provided”.

To the best of our knowledge…


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