Yesterday morning I fielded a great many calls from mates who are doing it tough under the cruel and ongoing level four lockdown in Auckland. One was even in tears as he explained to me how his business simply will not recover after this lockdown.

Others were expressing frustration that there doesn’t seem to be a plan, despite Jacinda Ardern repeatedly telling us that “everything is going to plan”.

Jacinda Ardern is probably being truthful about everything going to plan, but I don’t think the plan she is sticking to is one she is willing to share with the rest of New Zealand. Because that plan involves destroying almost everything this country used to hold dear.

In the space of 18 months, our country has been subjected to sustained propaganda, both from the ‘Podium of Truth’ and from the bought-and-paid-for media propaganda units of the Government.

Every ad break on any radio station you care to listen to is endless propaganda about vaccines or testing or the ‘team of five million’. The ‘Team of $55 million’ is certainly doing what they’ve been paid for.

It’s not like this should be a surprise. The Germans perfected the politics of fear in the 1930s. Jacinda Ardern has learned well from the history of the National Socialists.

The Nazis used propaganda to influence individuals’ attitudes and actions and to cultivate public support for their idea of a “national community”. Explicit and implicit messages in the media (including television, the internet, film, radio, etc.) influence people’s beliefs, feelings, and actions very strongly, and this Government has spent up large on ‘sustained propaganda‘. The Prime Minister even let that term out into the wild:

Nazi propaganda was used to communicate powerful messages about who should be included in, and who should be excluded from, German society. Ardern’s Government and its useful collaborators in the media are now ramping up the same type of propaganda in its health messaging, its water ‘reforms’ and about society in general. Make no mistake, their actions and language are all about driving wedges deep into our society, creating division and hostility: whether that is against white people, un-vaccinated people, labelling genuine media outlets and stories as disinformation or creating an us-and-them environment at every level of our society.

Students of history will recognise that the effects of propaganda are more complex than simple brainwashing and that Hitler succeeded because many German people shared some of the beliefs that were transmitted through Nazi propaganda. Our Government is doing exactly the same and, if it were at all possible, even more invidiously.

How else would one explain the requirement of media organisations to bow and scrape to amorphous and ever changing “principles of Te Tiriti” in order to gain funding from this Government? How are the complicit media able to claim with a straight face that they are independent of this Government when large amounts of funding are based on a set of rules that they must comply with, or else the funding either ceases or was never available.

You need not wonder if this push to increase the pidgin-isation of our language is part of the plan to further segregate our society. It is deliberate and insidious: it even goes through to radio stations insisting on “correct” pronunciation of Maori words and place names in private businesses. If a business wants to advertise, their entire campaign is now vetted as to whether or not the advertiser is toeing the treaty line.

The Nazis used laws to define and then to separate those who belonged to the “national community” from those who did not. Hence the ‘Team of Five Million’ label. It implicitly tells everyone that if you don’t subscribe and comply to the arbitrary rules and laws that the Government passes by use of Orders in Council, then you, by resisting, or even criticising, are deemed to NOT be on the ‘Team of Five Million’. You don’t have to look too far back in our past to see the nature of propaganda and analyse how the Nazis used media to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals in Germany, and, in doing so, recognise that our Government is doing exactly the same.

While the Nazis used propaganda as a tool to try to condition the German public to accept, if not actively support, all of their goals (including rearmament and war), we also know that they specifically used propaganda to establish “in” groups and “out” groups in German society and cultivate their ideal “national community”. Look at this Government’s propaganda through this lens and wonder no more about the abject surrender to the state of most of our media.

Whether or not propaganda was truthful or tasteful was irrelevant to the Nazis. Goebbels wrote in his diary, “No one can say your propaganda is too rough, too mean; these are not criteria by which it may be characterised. It ought not be decent nor ought it be gentle or soft or humble; it ought to lead to success.” Hard and early was a lie; short and sharp was definitely a lie as we are now still under the longest lockdown so far. ‘Front of the queue’ was a big lie, and one the media have hardly touched on. All we ever hear is how the vaccine rollout is going to plan.

Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that, to achieve its purpose, propaganda must “be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away.” ‘Be Kind’, ‘Stay Home’, ‘Team of Five Million’, ‘Hard and Early’, ‘Deadly Delta’, ‘Short and Sharp’, ‘Front of the Queue’, ‘The Vaccine is Safe’, ‘Get Vaccinated’, ‘Get Tested’…are you getting the picture? You are being subjected to ongoing and sustained propaganda and the media are part of it.

You really do need to stop encouraging them. You need to resist. The way to do that is to turn off your radio, silence the ads, don’t watch local television news bulletins. You are being brainwashed, infantilised and propagandised. Delta isn’t deadly; if it were there’d be bodies stacked ten deep in the morgues. So far just one person in New Zealand, over 80 years of age and with co-morbidities, has died with Delta. Yet the Prime Minister continues to spread fear with charts and models that never come true. And it is working for her, especially amongst women who seem to be sitting at home quivering in Government-induced fear that we are all going to die, despite the evidence from statistics that 99.98% of all those who get the deadly plague, actually survive.

But perhaps the most evil and insidious tactic that Jacinda Ardern is using is yet another German technique and tactic. Hope Dies Last.

You only have to go thru Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem to understand how slowly but surely the Jews were marched, in many cases willingly, towards the gas chambers and work camps. Those same techniques are being used here.

You are told that ‘Delta is Deadly’. We must lock you all down. We are told that the lockdown will be short and sharp. Then when it drags on, you are told that we need just one more week to get on top of the outbreak. Then another week goes by and you are told that we need to lock in the gains and it will take another week. Then you hear that the Government has made an ‘in principle decision’ to drop to level three next week. And at each step you say to yourself, if I just comply then it will be over sooner. At each step, you live in the hope that you will escape this miserable and controlled existence. You hope and hope and hope because hope dies last.

They use this evil technique because hope drives action. While you are still trying to do anything, you are hoping. Regardless of how many things you try and fail at, hope is what lets you try another thing.

Only when you stop trying anything will hope leave you. Even then, though, hope doesn’t die. Until the last fragment of existence ceases to move, there will be ‘hope’ of a sort. And possibly even after that.

Hope dies last because the only way for hope to even possibly die is for there to be nothing else left.

Vaccines set you free. Photoshopped image credit Cam Slater. The BFD.

The current hope is that vaccines will set us free. Sadly, most people have clutched at this cruel hope. Worse, they are so propagandised that they suspend disbelief. We are so far behind the rest of the world that we don’t need to guess at where we are headed. Other countries have already been through all this, and if you’ve been watching you can see Jacinda Ardern is outright lying about almost everything. She is following Joseph Goebbels almost to the letter…

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

Joseph Goebbels

This is why the Police have now been politicised. They are the Government’s brown shirts, pepper-spraying people in car parks as they kneel in deferential compliance, to Police insisting that perfectly healthy people wear masks. This is why the Police have set up a unit to monitor social media and other websites to label them as “dis-information”. We saw that last week as the Government ministers labelled a straight news story as “dis-information”. This is why journalists are being named in Police intelligence briefings. We have slid so far down the slippery slope towards fascism that many of us haven’t even noticed.

Families are being ripped asunder, mates are turning on mates, neighbours are snitching on each other, and it is all designed to enforce compliance. You are promised that if you comply it will go easier for you.

Wake up: you cannot comply yourself out of tyranny. If you are hoping that this will all just go away if you comply with lockdowns, vaccinations, segregations, snitching and other Government edicts, then you are simply dreaming.

The Government has used hope many times during this pandemic to make you stay at home, to make you believe their pronouncements and now to make you line up for an unproven trial vaccine that is dropping in efficacy daily. You comply because you hope that it will soon end.

It never does, and if you don’t resist it never will. The politicians, police and media are addicted to their power over you and will keep on doing it because hope dies last.

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Hope Dies Last: The Politics of Fear
Cam Slater

Cam Slater

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news,...