While most folks understand the economic destruction millions upon millions are suffering through because of unnecessary lockdowns for The Virus, probably not as many are aware of the flipside of this coin: how much the wealthiest oligarchs have gained because of this ‘crisis’. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., lays out some of the numbers:
At the quarantine’s outset, I warned that despots and billionaires would leverage the crisis to ratchet up surveillance and authoritarian control. They would transform America into a National Security State, engineer the final liquidation of America’s middle class and transfer its wealth to a plutocracy of digital and Pharma billionaires.
Sure enough, at breakneck speed we have devolved from the world’s exemplary democracy to a tyrannical near-police state operating at the direction of Big Data/Big Telecom, the Medical Cartel, and the Military/Industrial/Intelligence Complex.
This nationwide, extended quarantine has permanently shuttered over 100,000 small businesses, cost 38 million jobs and 27 million Americans their health care. The Super Rich elite are flourishing while a despairing middle class flounders. According to a report by Americans for Tax Fairness, billionaires are watching their wealth compound beyond imagination.
Between March 18, when lockdown began, and May 19, the combined net worth of Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway) and Larry Ellison (Oracle) grew by $75.5 billion. According to Forbes data, the total wealth of the 630 U.S. billionaires jumped by $434 billion—15%—from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion. Tech stocks are the most bullish about the Surveillance State. Microsoft (Bing), Facebook and Amazon are facilitating our devolution into militarized oligarchy by enforcing censorship against all expressions of dissent.
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Dr Matthew Johnson also looks at these stats in his latest podcast, starting a little before the 46:00 mark:
Not to be forgotten is Pres Trump’s ‘Vaccine Czar’, a corrupt former Big Pharma executive who is raking in millions thanks to conflicts of interest with Trump’s Warp Speed COVID vaccine development program:
With no one to shield them from these wolves (no king, no nobility, etc.) and no way of organizing effectively to protect themselves (no - or few at best - guilds, self-contained communities like monasteries, manors, and such like, or tight-knit extended families), the lower classes, broken apart into atomistic individuals, remain easy prey.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!