We are NOT All in This Together

Just stop with this bullshit that “we are all in this together.” We are not all in this together, as any musician, restaurateur or bartender can tell you. A few people, like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and other high-tech scumbags are getting even filthier rich as the rest of us retreat from the real world into their online cesspit. Dr Anthony Fauci, who would otherwise only be remembered for his leaky bio-weapons lab at Ft. Detrick, can enjoy his newfound fame and gets to play this amusing game of “Simon Says” with a terrified American public. Big Pharma, like Pfizer and Moderna just had a truckload of money dumped at their doorstep, even though they’ve been ripping us off for decades and usurping our democracy with the money they extort from us. They recognize the pandemic for what it is, an opportunity to tighten their stranglehold on the throats of the American people, and to rake in a hell of a lot of cash.

These people do not share our pain. They’ve always treated us commoners as though we were infected with some dreadful disease, and we are, it’s called poverty, and they cause it. Thanks to the pandemic response, they are now completely immune to it. These people don’t mind wearing masks in public because they know that if we had any sense we’d kill them all, on sight, if we could recognize them.

For the cowardly little twerps who sold their souls for the meaningless life of an office drone, the pandemic has been a godsend. For these people, believing that they are “smart” matters to them. They’d much rather believe that the decisions they made in life were guided by intelligence rather than cowardice, but it ain’t so. They chose the security of a soul-sucking job in a suicidal culture rather than risk the poverty, hardship and unpredictability of a life outside of it. A life lived in fear is bound to suck, but the sight of homeless desperate people begging for spare change scares the shit out of them and keeps them in line.

All these people gave up for the pandemic was their commute, and the necessity of having to get dressed for work in the morning. They already spent most of their life in front of a screen, because they were already deathly afraid of the outside world. For them, the pandemic just reinforces their own proclivities and prejudices. Since all they do is “Zoom” each other all day, its no surprise that they’ve completely forgotten about the people who live in the real world. Unless you are in their “feed” they don’t even know you exist.

Among these sniveling desk jockeys, journalists deserve special recognition. Remember this. The reason most journalists became journalists, was because they couldn’t pass a science course to save their lives. If they could’ve passed calculus, they’d have a better job. Journalists don’t know shit about this disease, and they don’t know enough about science to challenge the bullshit story being fed to them about the pandemic.

For journalists, the pandemic has become an excuse for laziness. Why bother investigating political corruption, corporate crime or the environmental crises when you can just regurgitate press releases from the CDC and local authorities ad nauseam without ever having to leave your bedroom? Journalists ignore the impacts of the pandemic response on people in our community, because investigating them would require effort. They continue to tow the line on government-sponsored fear-mongering propaganda because it is easy, not because it is true, and they berate us for non-compliance because they desperately want to believe that their own obsequiousness is “smart” rather than cowardly.

No, we have never been “all in this together,” in this country. This pandemic response helped some and hurt others. It may have saved some lives, but it certainly destroyed others. Perhaps precautions are warranted, but berating people for non-compliance with draconian civil rights restrictions is not, because this crisis deserves an intelligent response, not a cowardly one.

Author: john hardin

Artist bio: The writer in me says: “Don’t tell them who you are, show them what you do.” The artist in me says: “It must be strong, simple, bold, yet rich with detail, but above all, original.” The filmmaker in me says: “We need to contextualize your work by weaving the roots of the Psychedelic Revolution, the Environmental Movement, Gaia Theory, Future Primitivism and musical influences from Iannis Xenakis to Bart Hopkin into a narrative that portrays an iconoclast's struggle for cultural relevance from the forested hinterlands of rural Northern California within the greater post-industrial, post-post-modern, post-reality mind-fuck of the 21st Century.” The critic in me says: “Will that guy ever shut up?” The comedian in me says: “It has to make me laugh at least once.” The engineer in me says: “Don’t forget to tell them that you do it all off-grid, with solar power, using recycled materials.” And the improvisational musician in me says: “Cut! Great job everybody!”

4 thoughts on “We are NOT All in This Together”

  1. Journalists no longer exist. All we have left of our democracy is propaganda and opinion. Opinions are too numerous to count, but there is only one source of propaganda. That source is the loudest voice in the land. By the way, did anyone hear that the oil pipeline will be rammed down our throats at Standing Rock despite all our efforts to stop it? Of course you didn’t; it has nothing to do with the Orange One or that plague that the CDC sent to Wuhan.

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