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More of the Same in 2021

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 2, 2021 22:16

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The year in which the force of globalism will rear its ugly head.

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ll begin 2021 the same way I ended 2020 - providing you with a hodgepodge of thoughts and insights as to what to expect this year. I will focus on a few central themes of which I think everyone should be cognizant. These are globalization, digitalization, paranoia, and civil unrest.

The start of 2021 is an important reflection point for one reason. Americans should begin to realize that this year won’t be about the gradual return to normalcy but rather the continuation of an ongoing effort to redefine normalcy moving forward.

What we’re seeing unfold with the coronavirus pandemic is much more than what we’ve been duped into believing. The reporting of case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths has been an alarmingly effective distraction from what’s been going on all around us - the virtualization of everything from the money supply, to office work, to education, to entertainment, to healthcare, etc.

To be clear, I don’t consider these emerging technologies to be inherently bad in any way. What I consider to be alarming is how effectively and methodically society has been able to transition and adapt to isolation, lockdowns, and, in general, the dwarfing of daily life - a way of living that is only tolerable because of the prevalence of digital and virtual technology.

Make no mistake about it, this pandemic has unleashed a vicious cycle of paranoia, isolation, and submission, making the transition into a technocratic, centrally managed global society relatively seamless and unchallenged.

Can you think of a better way to stem the tide of nationalism than by capitalizing on the threat of a global pandemic?

This is what 2021 has in store for us: the new normal of encouraging social distancing over social bonding, undermining meaningful traditions, and downplaying the importance of being a free-spirited, risk-taking individual. The new emphasis will be about how the trio of government, science, and technology can work together to steer society in what’s perceived to be the most efficient and optimal direction. 

If you’re wondering what incentives the government and media have to overhype the seriousness of the pandemic, instead of downplaying it to keep society calm and productive, it’s all spelled out right here.

Also, don’t mistakenly believe that we’re done seeing viral videos of black men dying at the hands of police, or white nationalists shooting up schools or malls, or public figures being de-platformed for setting off the tripwire of racism.  The media and political elites haven’t forgotten about these narratives, as they’re crucial in the same ongoing effort to keep Americans distanced both physically and in spirit.

I’ll try to end on a positive note. Economic recovery will unfold this year with the distribution of vaccines and the eventual easing of lockdowns in urban areas. It also seems as though the contraction of “routine” illnesses is down and will probably remain low for as long as society remains paranoid about contracting Covid-19. Still, it’s going to be another long year for America. 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 2, 2021 22:16

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