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A good article about the evolution of Billy

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22 Sep 2021 05:15 #393692 by TRINI_DADDY
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/s...s-anti-vaxxers-power

"The anti-vaccine movement is a highly effective channel for the penetration of far-right ideas into leftwing countercultures."

"On an almost daily basis I see conspiracy theories travelling smoothly from right to left. I hear people mouthing the claims of white supremacists, apparently in total ignorance of their origins. I encounter hippies who once sought to build communities sharing the memes of extreme individualism. Something has gone badly wrong in parts of the alternative scene."

"Much of what we are seeing at the moment is new. A few years ago, dreadlocked hippies spreading QAnon lies and muttering about a conspiracy against Donald Trump would have seemed unthinkable. Today, the old boundaries have broken down, and the most unlikely people have become susceptible to rightwing extremism."

"Anti-vax beliefs overlap strongly with a susceptibility to conspiracy theories. This tendency has been reinforced by internet algorithms directing vaccine-hesitant people towards far-right conspiracy groups. Ancient links between “wellness” movements and antisemitic paranoia have in some cases been re-established. The notion of the “sovereign body”, untainted by chemical contamination, has begun to fuse with the fear that a shadowy cabal is trying to deprive us of autonomy."

"There’s a temptation to overthink this, and we should never discount the role of sheer bloody idiocy."

"I believe this synthesis of left-alternative and rightwing cultures has been accelerated by despondency, confusion and betrayal. After left-ish political parties fell into line with corporate power, the right seized the language they had abandoned. Steve Bannon and Dominic Cummings brilliantly repurposed the leftwing themes of resisting elite power and regaining control of our lives. Now there has been an almost perfect language swap. Parties that once belonged on the left talk about security and stability while those on the right talk of liberation and revolt."

"But I suspect it also has something to do with the issues we now face. A justified suspicion about the self-interest of big pharma clashes with the need for mass vaccination. The lockdowns and other measures required to prevent Covid-19 spreading are policies which, in other circumstances, would rightly be seen as coercive political control. Curtailing the pandemic, climate breakdown and the collapse of biodiversity means powerful agreements struck between governments – which can be hard to swallow for movements that have long fought multilateral power while emphasising the local and the homespun."

"So how do we navigate this? How do we remain true to our countercultural roots while resisting the counterculture of the right? There’s a sound hippy principle that we should strive to apply: balance."

"I don’t mean the compromised, submissive doctrine that calls itself centrism, which leads inexorably towards such extreme outcomes as the Iraq war, endless economic growth and ecological disaster. I mean the balance between competing values in which true radicalism is to be found: reason and warmth, empiricism and empathy, liberty and consideration. It is this balance that defends us from both co-option and extremism."

"While we might seek simplicity, we need also to recognise that the human body, human society and the natural world are phenomenally complex, and cannot be easily understood. Life is messy. Bodily and spiritual sovereignty are illusions. There is no pure essence."

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22 Sep 2021 09:31 - 22 Sep 2021 10:00 #393694 by ketchim
Brilliant !

" I mean the balance between competing values
in which true radicalism is to be found:
reason and warmth
empiricism and empathy
liberty and consideration.
It is this balance that defends us from both co-option and extremism."
Last edit: 22 Sep 2021 10:00 by ketchim.

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22 Sep 2021 10:16 - 22 Sep 2021 10:21 #393701 by ketchim
Billy and his ILK have caused a Passport system

These EXTREMISTS do not own a Scale and hence no BALANCE !

Billy's Ignorance scale on Vaccines : hahahaha

Last edit: 22 Sep 2021 10:21 by ketchim.

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22 Sep 2021 10:26 - 22 Sep 2021 12:03 #393703 by ketchim
Billy and his EXTREMIST ILK : Cannot produce Proof of the VACCINE !

Last edit: 22 Sep 2021 12:03 by ketchim.

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23 Sep 2021 11:05 #393726 by ketchim
Billy gats some real far reaching ISSUES to deal with !

Facing four walls is one BUT if his Internet goes down,

OR Chairman suspends him posting

What happens ?????

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24 Sep 2021 10:51 #393780 by ketchim
Billy spinning some great Music, Trinidaddy ....
nice to see he is getting back to REALITY !
;)

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25 Sep 2021 14:24 #393805 by ketchim
Billy longing fuh Home, bwoy !!!!!

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25 Sep 2021 21:53 #393812 by ketchim
I am prepared to contribute to a Ticket

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26 Sep 2021 11:54 #393821 by ketchim
Viewers,
please log on IF you read Bill Shatine.....thanks

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26 Sep 2021 14:22 - 26 Sep 2021 14:24 #393826 by ketchim
TRINIDADDY !
Even though I like your comparison to the Theory
ON Evolution : I must point out that Billy bwoy has become
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The Missing Link
Last edit: 26 Sep 2021 14:24 by ketchim.

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