The 2014 film Robocop, directed by Jose Padilha from a screenplay by Joshua Zetumer, Nick Schenk, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner imagines a near future in which the global hegemony of the United States as the sole superpower is reinforced by the overseas military presence of advanced artificially intelligent robotic soldiers.
It was fascinating that the woke mentality of the screenwriters was bent on attributing to caricatures of conservatives the disinformation, agitation and propaganda typical of the liberal media. But what was revealing was that the imaginary Omnicorp corporation, manufacturer of the powerful autonomous artificial intelligence combat systems, was unconcernedly outsourcing the production of such strategic American military equipment to China.
China, in the imagination of American intellectuals and woke businessmen, would be an eternal factory with cheap labor and few environmental regulations in which to subcontract the manufacture of American technology. They did not understand that they were transferring strategic technological and business know-how to a quietly rising enemy. And so they made Xi Jinping’s new China a totalitarian superpower, far more powerful than the USSR ever was.
And still the neo-Marxist ultra-left, so influential in the Democratic Party, resists in 2021 to admit that Washington is facing the reality of a second Cold War, different and distant from the previous one. Some even view with sympathy the global power aspirations of that communist totalitarianism which through mercantilism employs capitalist tools to make trade another battleground for global hegemony.
We live in a world in which ideological subversion spread through a West that doubted itself, its values and successes. A world in which we have lost to neo-Marxist ideological subversion the bulk of two generations of young people from the freest and most prosperous societies the world has ever known.
Ours is a world in which a pandemic that spread due to the secrecy and irresponsibility of Beijing, and the initial complicity of the WHO. It is a world in which the economic damage caused, less by the pandemic than by the ineffective lockdowns intended to combat it, has brought the economies of the West to the brink of collapse of the complex spontaneous dynamic structure of capital on which free market economies depend.
But it is a world that in 2021 has surrendered to panic and thrown itself into the arms of authoritarianism in search of impossible security. The pandemic showed us that socialized and centralized systems of state medicine are incapable of responding to an emergency. But in democracies as solid as Canada, the health authorities, instead of confronting the long delays in care that in their bureaucratized system of socialized medicine caused thousands of preventable deaths from conditions other than COVID-19, dedicated millions to illegally spy on their population through their smartphones, with the excuse of the pandemic.
Our politicians learned two great authoritarian lessons: on the one hand, that emergency and panic easily justify increasing degrees of unimaginable social control. And more importantly, that all failures, economic and health, can be used to demand more and more of the same.
The two authoritarian lessons of the pandemic boil down to the fact that once governments and media have transformed real fear into irrational panic, the uninformed and fearful majority will unquestioningly accept whatever the powers-that-be present as a failed path to illusory security.
2021 has been a year of global retreat from freedom and prosperity. A year of geopolitical and economic setbacks for the West. A 2021 of Beijing’s rise to power and influence. The year in which increasingly authoritarian powers rule the free world while hiding the fact that the pandemic has caused far less damage than they have caused with their failed social control policies against the pandemic.