Another year for me and you, another year with nuthin to do. (Apologies to The Stooges).
The previous post here attracted some interesting and thought provoking comments. One in particular (thanks Tom) prompted a journey to this Wikipedia page.
The “10 stages of genocide” were developed by Gregory Stanton of the US State Department in the late 1980s as a conceptual model for analyzing the processes of genocide, and for determining preventive measures that might be taken to combat or stop each process.
Of course, it could be used as a roadmap too, if you were that way inclined:
Stage One. Classification. People are divided into “them and us”.
Those who choose to take a vaccine. Those who decline it.
Stage Two. Symbolization “When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups…”
Stage Three. Discrimination “Law or cultural power excludes groups from full civil rights: segregation or apartheid laws, denial of voting rights”.
Commencing this month, residents of New South Wales who have not received two doses of vaccine will be unable to dine in restaurants, have a haircut, meet other people or leave their homes while those with the vaccine will be allowed these “freedoms”.
Stage Four. Dehumanization “One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects, or diseases.”
Consider the language used by the President of the United States, directed at the approximately 41% of the population who have so far declined a vaccine. It’s a stretch to describe frustrated and run out of patience as dehumanising but it is unusual language for an elected official to be using to describe the people who voted for him (there may be a clue here, more on this later).
Stage Five. Organisation “Genocide is always organized… Special army units or militias are often trained and armed…”.
The army is on the streets of Western Sydney. Sure, they’re not rounding people up but let’s remember the context; we now have to accept a military presence ostensibly to protect us from a respiratory virus with a less than 1% infection fatality rate.
Stage Six. Polarization “Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda…”
Consider this comedy sketch parodying a TV advert for the major DIY retailer in Australia. This was created and broadcast by the state broadcaster, The ABC. It conflates those who are hesitant about their personal risks with a new vaccine with those who believe the earth is flat.
Stage Seven. Preparation “Mass killing is planned. Victims are identified and separated because of their ethnic or religious identity…”
Presumably this is a stage one doesn’t get to learn about until after the fact.
The remaining stages are when the real fun starts.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe there’s a secret cabal of Illuminati planning genocide or a new world order.
I do believe there’s a direction events are travelling, however.
A population who have been made fearful can be easily persuaded to accept otherwise not credible positions. “The unvaccinated are putting me at risk”, for example. It is unclear how this statement can be correct.
Once that position has been accepted, mandated vaccinations, exclusion from services and society, and a range of extremely distasteful and frightening subsequent laws can be justified.
Biden’s vaccine mandate announcement is, in my view, a declaration of civil war.
It’s clear that there is a massive correlation across the groups who are hesitant about the vaccines, those who most enthusiastically supported Trump, those who enjoy their Second Amendment rights and those who would never vote Democrat.
The polarisation of the population is undeniable. It’s deliberate and has been undertaken consciously.
Australia is at different stages of the Ten Steps and, as Stanton stated, these steps are not linear.
I don’t believe a quick reversal of this direction is likely. Fear is a very powerful motivator at a population level.
If you concur with this assessment, the next question to answer is, what will you do about it?