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COVID19: Global Fascist Lockdown or Catalyst of a Radical Paradigm Shift? Gilbert Mercier Speaks on Collapse Chronicles

This interview was conducted by Collapse Chronicles host Sam Mitchell.

Authored by Gilbert Mercier, via News Junkie Post…

This interview was conducted by Collapse Chronicles host Sam Mitchell.

Sam Mitchell: Gilbert, is COVID-19 the trigger for the global collapse of global industrial civilization? Why or why not?

Gilbert Mercier: Sam, I’m not sure that COVID-19 can be called a trigger. It is more a catalyst, both in a global sociological and historical sense, which has initiated an incredible chain reaction. A microscopic organism has become, paradoxically, the vector of a radical paradigm shift. This could be, time will tell, a unique moment in humanity’s history. It has exposed, if you wish, the colossal systemic failure of global capitalism as well as the absolute incompetence of the so-called political and business leaders. The modest creature’s side effect indeed has been a crash of the global financial market. It has the power of a giant wrecking ball!

For 99 percent of people this comes as a shock. But you and I, and the followers of Collapse Chronicles, knew the systemic collapse was coming. I guess the coronavirus was the missing ingredient to bring a sick civilization to its knees. The other ingredients, the macro ones, to the collapse recipe are of course climate change, overpopulation, and social inequality. To be a bit ironic, because one has to be, COVID-19 is at the same time the catalyst and the missing link between the three major macro issues humanity was already facing. We are now in uncharted territories.

SM: Where would you placed the threat of the coronavirus on human health on the list of threats against civilization?

GM: Well Sam, it is quite high. As of March 19th, both the confirmed cases of COVID-19 and number of deaths were climbing exponentially. The graphs are rather scary. Worldwide we were at almost 250,000 cases and 10,000 deaths from COVID-19. But however deadly and contagious COVID-19 is, things have to be put in the perspective of other pandemics such as the black plague of the Middle Ages that killed 40 percent of Europe’s population or, more recently, the 1918-1920 Spanish flu that killed 50 million. But Sam, to answer your question specifically, the big threats, the macro ones, are still there, and I have to repeat this. They are: global warming, social inequality and overpopulation, while the coronavirus is the catalyst to make the collapse chain reaction gel. COVID-19 is the cherry on top of the collapse banana split!

SM: Do you consider the direct threat to human health or the knock-on effects to the global economy to be the bigger threat?

GM: In terms of systemic collapse, the biggest threat that is effectively crashing all stock markets, and I am sure is cynically a much bigger concern than losses of life for the rich and powerful, is of course the near collapse of the global economy. Everywhere in the world, central banks are literally throwing money at the problem: to no effect. Financial markets, just like individuals, are utterly terrified. Sam, to give you an example, in the US the Federal Reserve has already injected $1.2 trillion to patch the hole. In the EU, the European Central Bank is doing the same. Everybody is basically printing money, terrified to have a run on banks. It is, if you wish, because one has to keep a sense of humor, like the run on toilet paper! Sam, more seriously, the global COVID-19 depression, not recession, is coming. It is likely to be worse than the Great Depression of 1929.

SM: Do you think the reactions to the threat by governments is overblown, not strong enough or just about right?

GM: Basically Sam, all the reactions of governments and institutions like the WHO (World Health Organization) were wrong: mainly by their timing and the lack of transparency. There are some notable exceptions such as China, South Korea and Germany. Elsewhere, all political leaders have failed or are failing. In China, where the pandemic appeared in December 2019, they were almost immediately pro-active and transparent by, for example, letting the international scientific community know, as early as January 10th, about the coronavirus. Further, they handled the problem with draconian confinement measures. For its part the WHO failed by not declaring COVID-19 a pandemic early enough.

With the exception of China, South Korea and Germany, the other countries failed by not testing enough. Either because they couldn’t do it, or to deliberately hide the number of cases. Basically, the pandemic exposed governmental failures everywhere. For example, in France, which is currently under lockdown and citizen confinement, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn gave a warning of a coming “coronavirus tsunami” both to President Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in mid-January. She wasn’t heard. It’s all a question of timing, Sam. Timing, full transparency, and international cooperation. But certainly not panic and shutting down borders.

SM: Gilbert, do you believe the threat of COVID-19 trumps our civil rights? Should governments be given the power to curtail basic freedom such as freedom of assembly and freedom of movement in order to respond to the level of threat posed by the disease or should the response be up to individuals?

GM: Absolutely not Sam! What’s going on worldwide is more than alarming. The authoritarian patterns applied by governments, one after another, are just incredible. Italy, Spain and France are supposed to be democracies, but at the moment, more than 250 million Europeans are living under, de facto, martial law. Citizens have lost all basic freedom of movement and assembly. They are virtual prisoners, confined to their homes, with police and the military patrolling the streets. Fear and paranoia have set in as citizens have been deprived, almost overnight, of all civil rights. They can only go out to buy food, medical supplies, and go to work if they cannot work remotely. Surreal ghost cities, it is Orwellian in nature. Europeans’ daily reality has become a dystopian nightmare.

SM: Do you think, Gilbert, that the reaction to the pandemic we see playing out in the general public, namely the hoarding and panic buying, is a snapshot into the future as collapse starts to accelerate?

GM: Yes absolutely Sam, the panic buying and compulsive hoarding seem to be as contagious as the coronavirus. It is bordering on collective psychosis. Nowadays, you go to a supermarket in the US or in Europe, and you see empty shelves. What is surprising, as people seem to gather enough food for months, is the run on toilet paper. It is, at the same time comical, pathetic, and symptomatic. Perhaps, deep inside, the toilet paper hoarders know that they are assholes! But, jokes aside, what governments should worry about is jobless people, burdened with debts, running out of money. Also, increased food shortages, which most people can witness in supermarkets, could quickly translate into social unrest: major ones, especially in countries with a history of revolution like France.

SM: Do you see any positive effects for people and the planet in general from COVID-19? If you were not a human, Gilbert, looking at this through a purely human-centric lens, would COVID-19 be a good thing?

GM: Yes, I am probably one of the rare people who see a unique opportunity in this coronavirus crisis. This is THE wake call for humanity! A moment of truth that must bring up a complete reassessment of the way we live. Not only together, but also our relationship with nature. Again, Sam, I truly think COVID-19 is the completely unexpected vector of a global sociological paradigm shift. Everything must be on the table, actually it is time to do tabula rasa. Sam, even as a human who belongs to an age group at greater risk, I think COVID-19 is a good thing as long as we deal with the structural macro elements of the systemic crisis, which are again: global warming, social inequality, and overpopulation.

SM: Do you think larger threats to civilization than the coronavirus pandemic are on the horizon in the future?

GM: Of course Sam, I think that the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to the way humanity has messed up the natural world since the industrial revolution. It is all interconnected: I mean the current pandemic and the climate crisis. All connected to a Faustian vision of the world where humans behave like the masters of nature not just a portion of it. The coronavirus crisis is a lesson in humility. It will perhaps gives our specie the opportunity to reinvent itself, and that way dodge a looming collapse.

Editor’s NotesGilbert Mercier is the author ofThe Orwellian Empire. Photograph one by Charles Van Den Broek; photograph two by Photoheuristic.info; photograph three by Russ Allison Loar; photograph five from the archive of New York National Guard; photographs six and nine by Gauthier Delecroix; photograph seven by Gilbert Mercier; and photograph eight by Nickolay Romensky.

Listen to the full interview of Gilbert Mercier by Sam Mitchell on Collapse Chronicles.

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Olivia Kroth
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“… all the reactions of governments and institutions like the WHO (World Health Organization) were wrong: mainly by their timing and the lack of transparency. There are some notable exceptions such as China, South Korea and Germany.”

The Russian Federation is handling the situation very well too. Not only has the Russian Government stayed on top of events at home but is sending medical help to Iran and Italy as well. Germany, on the contrary, is helpless.

Craig Watson
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Even Cuba has sent medical help to Italy. And China is assisting other countries now too. The USA is only further attacking Iran and other countries – that’s all the USA does anymore and is of no benefit to anything on my planet. The USA is now one big evil horror story, 100%. It remains the most evil fascist empire on Earth.

Olivia Kroth
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“… the panic buying and compulsive hoarding seem to be as contagious as the coronavirus. It is bordering on collective psychosis. Nowadays, you go to a supermarket in the US or in Europe, and you see empty shelves.”

No! Not in Russia! Here the shelves in supermarkets are very well filled, as always, with all kinds of goods and food products. Nobody is hoarding, noone buys compulsively here.

Olivia Kroth
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” … could quickly translate into social unrest: major ones, especially in countries with a history of revolution like France.”

Russia is a major country with a history of revolution, too, and yet there is no social unrest here. People are very calm and quiet, life goes on in a subdued way. People know that this pandemic will not last forever.

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cudwieser

Too much conjecture in the Article. What we are seeing played large are events very similar to the outbreak of 1918 (Spanish Flu). The endemic lack of information, general (if largely unintended) propaganda of misiformation and fear mongering. Spanish Flu came at a time of great conflict so information had to be judiciously managed, but this would prove fatal for so many more than should have or would have died. Today we have a more ready access to information, but equally to disinformation and plain ignorance in cases. Before most people could only fight what was right in front of… Read more »

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Sally Snyder

Here is an interesting look at Executive Order 13603 that was put in place by the Obama Adminstration:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/03/executive-order-13603-roadmap-for.html

Executive Order 13603 provides Washington with a roadmap for the imposition of medical martial law under the guise of preparing for a national defense emergency.

Craig Watson
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Best thing that could happen to planet earth and all life on it is for civil war to disintegrate the USA totally and break it up into several smaller weak sovereign nations. This is well described as to how it starts (like now), how it proceeds and concludes with the disintegration of the 48 states into several separate countries in John Michael Greer’s great 2015 story “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”. I suggest reading it right away, get it from your library or online. If you start reading it, you’ll find it very hard to put down as everyone and all situations… Read more »

penrose
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penrose

Ah yes, a breakup of the American Monolithic Monstrosity would be so sweet, so wonderful to behold.

Craig Watson
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Take note from this article’s quotation how insignificant is this corona virus in perspective and how the USA is using it to further destroy our lives in the USA:
“This season the flu has killed 22,000 Americans versus 388 dead from COVID-19. This the hard data available. There has been no national discussion about the flu but complete panic on the coronavirus.”

Read the entire enlightened article:
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/03/no_author/back-to-work-by-march-30-a-coronavirus-imperative/.

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penrose

It helps to look at the real world the way it actually is and not through the distorted lenses of someone living in La La Land.

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