Kingsnorth - The Vaccine Moment

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Kingsnorth - The Vaccine Moment

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https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... MOMENT.pdf
Internment. Mandatory medication. Segregation of whole sections of
society. Mass sackings. A drumbeat media consensus. The systematic
censoring of dissent. The deliberate creation by the state and the press of a
climate of fear and suspicion. What could possibly justify this? Perhaps
the combination of a terrible pandemic which killed or maimed large
percentages of those it infected, and the existence of a safe and reliable
medicine which was proven to prevent its spread. This, of course, is what
we are said to be living through. This is the Narrative.

But it is clear enough by now that the Narrative is not true. Covid-19 can
be a nasty illness, and should be taken seriously, especially by those who
are especially vulnerable to it. But it is nowhere near dangerous enough -
if anything could be - to justify the creation of a global police state. As for
the vaccines: well, let's just acknowledge that vaccination has become a
subject which it is virtually impossible to discuss with any calmness or
clarity, at least in public. As with almost every other big issue in the West
today, opinion is divided along tribal lines and filtered through the foetid
swamp of anti-social media, to emerge monstrous and dripping into the
light.

Often, in an argument, what people think they are arguing about is not the
real subject of disagreement, which is deeper and often unspoken, if it is
even understood. So it is here. The divisions that have opened up in
society about the covid vaccines are not really about the covid vaccines at
all: they are about what vaccination symbolises in this moment. What it
means to be 'vaxxed' or 'unvaxxed', safe or dangerous, clean or dirty,
sensible or irresponsible, compliant or independent: these are questions
about what it means to be a good member of society, and what society
even is, and they are detonating like depth charges beneath the surface of
the culture.
What has been interesting about just the last few days, as I have struggled
with how to express myself here, is that huge numbers of people have
taken to the streets to say the same thing: enough. As the pressure builds,
the explosions begin. Following widespread walkouts and strikes in the
USA in recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have
begun to take to the streets to oppose the closing-in of the technium. Few
of these vast demonstrations have been reported in the mainstream media -
another of those facts which, if the world was what it pretends to be,
would ring alarm bells, but which we have become inured to in the age of
the Spectacle.

But something is happening out there. It’s as if the Vaccine Moment is
some kind of thoughtform, drifting through the air, settling on millions of
us at once like soft rain. Or perhaps it is more that a fog has suddenly
cleared. Perhaps more and more people are coming to see that what is
happening now is the Rubicon of our age. Nothing will be the same after
this, and it is not intended to be. If we don’t want the future to look like a
QR code flickering across a human face forever, we are going to have to
do something about it.
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I am sorry but Kingsnorth has lost the plot.

The evidence is clear, the vaccines have saved millions of lives. The fraction of the populations around the world who have not or could not take the vaccines have suffered much higher sickness and death levels. The stats from the US even now show that politicisation of vaccination is killing many, many thousands of people in that country, even under the less deadly omicron variant,

And vaccination of the healthy and younger demographics has prevented health services from being overwhelmed by the speed of the exponential spread of each variant, which in turn has saved many thousands of lives indirectly from either covid itself, or other diseases that the health services would not have the resources to treat.

Vaccination is a matter of public good for all as much as a personal benefit for many. Countries where control is in right wing, populist, anti-state governments, have faired far worse than in this pandemic. (Where enough reliable data is collected to measure the effect)
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PS_RalphW wrote: Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:57 pm I am sorry but Kingsnorth has lost the plot.
Well, for the record, I pretty much agree with him (as usual). I think he can see a plot you can't.

What is the point in a "vaccine passport" if getting vaccinated does not prevent infection and transmission?
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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... ley-rustad

" Some travelers who spend longer periods of time in India exhibit a curious condition: a spectrum of behavioral and psychological changes that can be all-consuming".

I have observed the same effect in many "alternative" types who came to Ireland to "find themselves". One particularly sad case
was a very compelling fraudster who got involved in the poitin trade in the very wildest bit of Connemara and drank himself to death.

Kingsnorth seems to be displaying the same syndrome as promulgated in his usual pompous blowhard manner.

Total bollocks.
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Well, this essay has certainly succeeded in splitting opinion. If he wants to stir up a hornet's nest, this is a pretty good way to do it!
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30 minute interview which goes into more detail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_uAwsVn10Y
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