by C.J. Hopkins
Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright,
novelist and political satirist based in Berlin.
plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing and
Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.
dystopian novel, Zone 23, is published by Snoggsworthy,
Swaine & Cormorant.
Volume I of his Consent Factory Essays is published by
Consent Factory Publishing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Amalgamated Content, Inc.
can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.
No, not the pod people from
Invasion of the
Snatchers. We're not being colonized
by giant alien fruit. I'm afraid it is a little more serious than
People's minds are being taken over by a much more destructive
and less otherworldly force... a force that transforms them
paranoid, order-following, propaganda-parroting
You know the people I'm
Some of them are probably,
your friends and family, people you have known for years, and who
had always seemed completely rational,
...but who are now convinced
that we need to radically alter the fabric of human society to
protect ourselves from a virus that causes,
mild to moderate flu-like
symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms at all) in over 95% of those
infected, and that over 99.6% survive,
...which, it goes without
saying, is totally insane.
I've been calling them "corona-totalitarians," but I'm going to call
them the "New Normals" from now on, as that more accurately evokes
the pathologized-totalitarian ideology they are systematically
At this point, I think it
is important to do that, because, clearly, their ideological program
has nothing to do with any actual virus, or any other actual public
As is glaringly obvious to anyone whose mind has not been taken over
yet, the "apocalyptic coronavirus pandemic" was always just
horse, a means of introducing the "New Normal," which they've been
doing since the very beginning.
propaganda started in March, and it reached full intensity in early
references to the "New Normal" were everywhere, not only in the
leading corporate media, e.g.,
also on the blogs of,
The slogan has been
relentlessly repeated (in a textbook totalitarian "big lie" fashion)
for going on the past six months.
We have heard it
repeated so many times that many of us have forgotten how insane it
is, the idea that the fundamental structure of society needs to be
drastically and irrevocably altered on account of a virus that poses
no threat to the vast majority of the human species.
And, make no
mistake, that is exactly what the "New Normal" movement intends to
"New Normalism" is
a classic totalitarian movement (albeit with a pathological twist),
and it is the goal of every totalitarian movement to radically,
utterly transform society, to remake the world in its monstrous
That is what
this desire to establish complete control over
everything and everyone, every thought, emotion, and human
The character of
its ideology changes (i.e., Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc.), but
this desire for complete control over people, over society, and
ultimately life itself, is the essence of totalitarianism... and
what has taken over the minds of the New Normals.
In the New Normal
society they want to establish, as in every totalitarian society,
fear and conformity will be pervasive.
Their ideology is a
pathologized ideology (as opposed to, say, the racialized ideology
of the Nazis), so its symbology will be pathological.
disease, infection, and death, and obsessive attention to matters of
health will dominate every aspect of life.
and ideological conditioning will be ubiquitous and constant.
be forced to wear medical
masks to maintain a constant level of
fear and an omnipresent atmosphere of sickness and death, as if
the world were one big infectious disease ward.
wear these masks at all times, at work, at home, in their cars,
fails or refuses to do so will be deemed "a threat to public
health," and beaten
and arrested by the police or the military, or swarmed by
mobs of New
regions, and entire countries will be subjected to random
police-state lockdowns, which will be justified by the
threat of "infection."
People will be
confined to their homes for up to 23-hours a day, and allowed
out only for "essential reasons."
soldiers will patrol the streets, stopping people, checking
their papers, and beating
and arresting anyone out in public without the proper documents,
or walking or standing too close to other people, like they
are doing in Melbourne, Australia, currently.
The threat of
"infection" will be used to justify increasingly insane and
authoritarian edicts, compulsory demonstration-of-fealty
rituals, and eventually the elimination of all forms of dissent.
Just as the
Nazis believed they were waging a war against the "subhuman
races," the New Normals will be waging a war on "disease," and
on anyone who "endangers the public health" by challenging their
other totalitarian movement, in the end, they will do whatever
is necessary to purify society of "degenerate influences" (i.e.,
anyone who questions or disagrees with them, or who refuses to
obey their every command).
They are already aggressively
censoring the Internet and banning
their opponents' political protests, and political leaders and
the corporate media are systematically stigmatizing those of us who
dare to challenge their official narrative as,
One German official even
went so far as to
demand that dissidents be deported... presumably on trains to
somewhere in the East.
increasing totalitarianization and pathologization of virtually
everything, the New Normals,
will carry on with their lives as if
everything were... well, completely normal...
They will go
out to restaurants and the movies in their masks.
They will work,
eat, and sleep in their masks.
Families will go on holiday in
their masks, or in their "Personal
Protective Upper-Body Bubble-Wear."
arrive at the airport eight hours early, stand in their little
color-coded boxes, and then follow the arrows on the floor to
the "health officials" in the hazmat suits, who will take their
temperature through their foreheads and shove ten-inch swabs
into their sinus cavities.
Parents who wish to
forego this experience will have the option to,
vaccinate themselves and their children with the latest
experimental vaccine (after signing a liability waiver, of
course) within a week or so before their flights,
...and then present
the officials with proof of vaccination (and of their compliance
with various other "health guidelines") on their digital Identity
and Public Health Passports, or subdermal biometric chips.
always, will suffer the worst of it.
They will be terrorized
and confused from the moment they are born, by their parents,
their teachers, and by the society at large.
They will be
subjected to ideological conditioning and paranoid behavioral
modification at every stage of their socialization... with,
other forms of psychological torture.
(or torture) will take place at home, as there will be no more
schools, or rather, no public schools.
The children of the
wealthy will attend private schools, where they can be
cost-effectively "socially-distanced." Working class children will
sit at home, alone, staring into screens, wearing their masks, their
hyperactivity and anxiety disorders stabilized with anti-depressant
And so on...
think you get the picture. I hope so, because I don't have the heart
to go on.
I pray this glimpse
into the New Normal future has terrified and angered you enough to
rise up against it before it is too late.
This isn't a joke, folks.
The New Normals are serious.
If you cannot see where their movement
is headed, you do not understand totalitarianism.
Once it starts,
and reaches this stage, it does not stop, not without a fight.
continues to its logical conclusion.
The way that
usually happens is,
people tell themselves it isn't happening, it
can't be happening, not to us.
They tell themselves this as the
totalitarian program is implemented, step by step, one seemingly
harmless step at a time.
because, at first, the stakes aren't so high, and their conformity
leads to more conformity, and the next thing they know they're
telling their grandchildren that they had no idea where the trains
If you have made it
through to the end of this essay, your mind hasn't been taken over
yet... the New Normals clicked off around paragraph 2.
What that means is
that it is your responsibility to speak up, and to do whatever else
you can, to stop the New Normal future from becoming a reality.
You will not be
rewarded for it.
You will be
ridiculed and castigated for it.
Your New Normal
friends will hate you for it.
Your New Normal
family will forsake you for it.
The New Normal
police might arrest you for it.
It is your
responsibility to do it anyway... as, of course, it is also mine...