It's in your face people. Medical martial law may be "hidden in plain sight" (Something that defies apprehension/comprehension by being too obvious) but nonetheless it's all present and pervasive.
The current environment is ripe for psychopaths and pathological narcissists running amok. And into this toxic brew, the COVID hysteria was unleashed on the world as, of all things, medical martial law
Thanks Kdus232425! Financial Times article quoted from in my response above (previous post)
How health workers replaced soldiers as society’s heroes
This switch has long been brewing — and will probably outlast the coronavirus pandemic
Every evening at eight, my family and I stand on our balcony and join the applause for French medical workers. The clapping sounds tinny: much of Paris is self-isolating in country homes, so the city has emptied out. The applause is the newest global ritual, spreading from Italian balconies to Brazilian favelas. And it echoes an ancient ritual: the military parade, when people lined roads to cheer their victorious soldiers. More broadly, the cult of the health worker is replacing the cult of the soldier.Not replacing the cult of the soldier, rather the two have been cojoined in order to sell the acceptance of medical martial law. "Front line workers"? That's not military enough for ya?
I'm not a cult follower on either the soldier or medical employee front. Are you?
"This switch had long been brewing and will probably outlast the pandemic. In the long term, health services in many countries may get more of the funds of which they have been deprived for years. Medics could become a privileged caste. The cult of the soldier goes back at least to Achilles. Nations in the 20th century named streets after soldiers and spent fortunes on their forces: in both world wars, British defence spending peaked at nearly half of gross domestic product. Fallen soldiers were likened to crucified Christs. Some survivors parlayed their status as defenders of the nation into political power. From 1940 to 1970, France was mostly ruled by Marshal Pétain and General de Gaulle. The ancillary cult of the nurse cast her in a supporting role, tending to the male warrior. But the cult of the soldier faded in recent decades. British defence spending was surpassed by funding for health in about 1990. Worldwide, health spending has soared since and today averages 9 per cent of GDP in developed countries. Now soldiers are being automated away. The British army is shrinking to its smallest size since the Napoleonic wars. Even Americans have cooled on warriors. Donald Trump sensed this quicker than others. During his 2016 presidential campaign, he attacked the family of the slain soldier Humayun Khan and disparaged the war hero John McCain (lol) for having been captured.
Defence probably remains the most popular function of the state, but even before the coronavirus pandemic it was being redefined to mean defence against illness. That befits an era of ageing populations, when healthcare is unprecedentedly efficacious and wars between states have almost disappeared. The three most trusted professions in Britain last November were nurses, doctors and dentists, (propaganda works) according to a survey by Ipsos Mori. Politicians ranked bottom. The pandemic has turbocharged the cult of the medic. Now the Christ who dies for our sins is the health worker. Italian newspapers lead with photographs of fallen medics. The state’s main purpose has become providing healthcare workers with equipment: British factories that were once charged with making bombers are now making ventilators. Meanwhile, national militaries are being recast as auxiliary health services. A survey in November revealed that the three most trusted professions in Britain were nurses, doctors and dentists Medics have acquired the prestige to change a country’s behaviour. (medical martial law) Everywhere, they tell us to stay home. In Iran, male and female doctors posted videos of themselves dancing together, calculating that the religious police would have to suck it up. Health researchers are also emerging from obscurity. In late February, when Europe was still sleeping, I visited the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an unremarkable building in Bloomsbury. Somebody pointed out two older academics who worked on trachoma and said: “Because of them, thousands of people around the world are not blind.” Hardly anybody outside the building knew their names. Now health researchers have become heroes. (crap) Nations hang on their words. Leaders borrow their prestige, posing with them at press conferences and casting themselves as commanders-in-chief of health services. The trials of a vaccine against coronavirus will be the most watched in medical history. There aren’t many anti-vaxxers in a pandemic. This crisis will probably last at least two years, and the cult of the health worker much longer. Look at how a previous global threat with horror-movie qualities, the attacks of September 11 2001, pushed states to create enormous permanent security establishments with unprecedented spying powers. Then compare the numbers. About 135 people in Britain have been killed by terrorists since 2001; more than 7,000 British soldiers have died in conflict since 1945; but 20,000 British deaths from the coronavirus would be the “best-case scenario”, says Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser. Political issues get prioritised partly for their importance but more so for their emotional salience to voters. The coronavirus scores on both counts. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development projects that health spending will keep rising long term. Expect states to raise salaries and hire medical mercenaries from poorer countries, increasingly in the form of teledoctors. There will also be more ancillary healthcare jobs, such as neighbourhood walk leader or geriatric playground monitor, and reserve guards of nurses and paramedics. Health services might even grow bloated and over-resourced, like the American military. Anyone arguing for spending cuts will be met with the retort, “Remember the coronavirus.” Some medics will parlay their status as defenders of the nation into political power. (Already, the European Commission is led by Ursula von der Leyen, a former doctor with a masters in public health.) As cults go, it’s not a bad on.The author of this oped, while entitled to his opinion or promotion of propaganda, whichever it is, can't be known with certainty, but, he is in my opinion a fool and a charlatan.
As cults go the medical worship cult is dangerous. Deadly. And indefensible. We need some 'deprogrammers' post haste. Maybe the book below can help the masses break free from their brainwashing?