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“We are living in an artificially induced state of consciousness that resembles sleep…”

Yeah, well; that’s the problem with free speech, isn’t it? It’s not only free for you or whatever you believe. The other person is entitled to their free speech as well. So if you take it to its logical conclusion then you’re going to have to eventually listen to that other person, accord them the same respect that you hope they are according you – and they just might have some ideas that you don’t like.

What are you going to do? Decide that their free speech is less important than yours? Label theirs as ‘destructive’ and yours as ‘instructive’? It stops being straightforward, doesn’t it?

You know, it had all started out innocently enough. There I was, lazing back on the couch (something I’m doing a lot of, just over two months into these self-isolating days) and listening to the soundtrack of John Carpenter’s film ‘They Live’.

Now for all you kiddies under thirty out there, who are under the notion that film history began with ‘Iron Man’ and the Marvel Universe, this was a movie made ’way back in…oh, 1988 – practically the Silent Era -- and was a science-fiction comedy about a guy who finds an unusual pair of sunglasses. They open his eyes to the fact that we are being fed a whole shed load of subliminal advertising which keeps humanity in a docile trance that makes us want to spend and consume and spend and consume with every chance we get.

And along about now, you’re probably asking how this is even classed as fiction, never mind science fiction; isn’t this just what happens all the time? Have a listen to the rest of the dialogue that opened this article:

“…the poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society, and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain. They are safe as long as they are not discovered. That is their primary method of survival. Keep us asleep, keep us selfish…keep us sedated.”
Good stuff, right? It would remind you a bit of the premise of ‘The Matrix’…except that Mr. Carpenter got there first. See? You can learn from ‘old’ movies.

So this little speech kicks off the soundtrack and it got me to thinking: Didn’t that slightly barmy conspiracy theorist who used to play soccer – David Icke - say something about all this just after the movie came out?

And off I went to check him out on youtube. Only to discover that not only is Mr. Icke still around but he is still getting himself into trouble. He’s been saying things about the Coronavirus lockdown. Things that have gotten his free speech taken away. Things that might corrupt you if you listened to him.

And for that reason I can’t hear what he said about a fantasy comedy from 1988. Because all of his stuff is gone now. All of it. That’ll teach him to think differently, the bloody nerve of him.

He’s been…what’s that word the virtue signalers love to use when they’re bragging to each other about how righteous they are? Oh yeah – cancelled. Mr. Icke has been cancelled.

So I could have listened to it in March, after it having been available for decades…but not now? I find that just a bit…off, to put it mildly.

Last month in this column I wrote of the many headbangers who have popped up during this grim time:

“There are people out there whose actual mission in their miserable lives is to frighten you. Not having much of an existence themselves and with something here that makes them feel important, they are in their element. But c’mon now, don’t encourage them. I mean, if you read on your latest unmissable Coronavirus update that holding your breath for fifteen seconds whilst drinking upside down from a glass of water and swinging from a vine yelling ‘Me Tarzan!’ will keep you safe…use a bit of cop on. Apply a bit of logic.”

In other words, think for yourselves and make your own minds up. David Icke has been spouting out of him for about four decades now, ever since he was a sports commentator and Green Party spokesperson (either one of which would be enough to make me view him with DEEP suspicion) who received a vision that told him he was the Son of the Godhead. Big deal; it happens to me at least once a week.

In fact he can be pretty entertaining and – let’s be honest about this -- a lot of his stuff actually hits home; although I’ll never forgive him for saying that Kris Kristofferson was one of the Reptilians or Lizard People or whatever who are secretly ruling the globe. George Bush & Co.; the British Royal Family; yes, I’m with him there and Andrew is definitely some slimy kind of reptile. But why pick on Kris? I’ve always loved that guy’s music. [In any case, wasn’t the Lizard King Jim Morrison? Little conspiracy theorist joke there, boom boom!]

Anyway, Mr. Icke is not buying this whole pandemic business and reckons it’s a conspiracy to keep us docile (which we’ve definitely proved we are, mind!) and destroy the global economy and set us up for even more round-the-clock surveillance than we are under right now.

Being Icke, I have no doubt that he had a LOT more to say than that, but that’s the gist of it. To me, it’s hardly like shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre…and I’m going to defend his right to say it.

When the hell did we stop being adults? When did we start needing to be mollycoddled and minded and looked after every step of the way? Why can’t we be trusted to listen to a person, check out their background, decide for ourselves if they are genuine or a nutter and make our own minds up?

No bloody wonder we now live in nanny states. Or a Matrix. We asked for it.

And just as I came across Mr. Icke’s cancellation by accident, so we will begin to discover that more and more of our liberties are being chipped away at, without us really noticing it, under the guise of it being in our best interests. And I happen to think that - in the main - the curtailments that have been put on our freedoms during this time really have been for the common good.

But here’s the thing: throughout history governments have always been good at taking things away ‘temporarily’. They haven’t been very good at putting them back again.
And when the dust has settled and we are living in a post-lockdown world, I wonder how many little nuggets of freedom – the kind you never even notice -- will be gone.
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