COVID-19 and the Corporate State

Facebook’s vaccine center, which you are asked to consult every time you look at one of my Facebook posts about vaccines (and there’s a lot of them), now says that the bug that causes COVID-19, coronavirus, is not new at all, and, in fact, this is how scientists were able to develop a vaccine for it so quickly (failing to mention that they engineered this particular one).

This is an interesting admission in light of the fact that we were all told when the powers-that-be rolled out the pandemic that coronavirus was a novel virus. At least that’s what they led us to believe by repeating ad nauseam the phrase “novel coronavirus.” Novel means new and not resembling something formerly known. The phrase is misleading. The media obscured the history of our knowledge about the virus—and casts doubts on the origins of the particular strain.

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If you remember back in the spring of 2020, when I started blogging about the pandemic, I told you that the coronavirus is not novel, that scientists had known about its existence at least since the 1930s, and had, in fact, isolated it in the lab in the 1960s. By the end of that decade, scientists had identified three strains of coronavirus, and, by the 1990s, identified the alpha, beta, delta, gamma, etcetera, variants. I also told you that, prior to the identification of coronavirus, scientists had isolated several rhinovirus strains, as well as several adenovirus strains—all this in the 1950s.

Coronavirus, adenovirus, and rhinovirus are causes of the common cold. You and I have had across the life course one or more of these cold viruses (very likely all three). They helped build our immune systems. Indeed, we needed to contract these viruses as kids because they are more dangerous to adults, especially the elderly. The lockdowns interfered with the acquisition of natural immunity. The obvious reason respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has “returned with a vengeance” is because the lockdowns deprived children of exposure to the virus, leaving their immune systems collectively ill-prepared for a return to normality (such as that is).

If knowing about these viruses for all this time allows the development of vaccines, and if we knew about rhinoviruses and adenoviruses a decade before coronaviruses were isolated, then where is the rhinovirus vaccine or the adenovirus vaccine? Shouldn’t we have had it already? Remember when we joked as kids about finding a cure for the common cold? That the scientist who discovered that would be set for life?

Of course, the truth is that there is no vaccine for any cold virus. There is an mRNA gene therapy that trains cells to produce a dangerous protein called spike (S protein) that causes systematic inflammation in the human body. The mRNA jab does not stop the transmission of coronavirus. It does not keep you from getting sick. In fact, it can make you sick. It does not keep you out of the hospital. In fact, it can put you in the hospital. It does not prevent you from dying from the virus. In fact, it can kill you.

The mRNA technology is now being developed for other viruses. The FDA recently approved the Moderna mRNA RSV vaccine mRNA-1345 for single-dose administration to adults over 60. Stockholders are now directed towards Moderna’s “mRNA vaccine portfolio.” The company’s revenue is expected to top $100 billion in 2022—more than double the pre-pandemic level. Pfizer will also soon have an mRNA RSV vaccine. It is expected these will find their way onto the vaccine schedule for children. Of course they will.

Gullibility and naiveté is a huge problem in the West. It should be obvious that Big Pharma operates the same way other industries do. To be sure, Big Energy generates products that can be helpful. People want to have a warm home in the winter. People want to drive their cars to work. At the same time, the productions of Big Energy are harmful to people. This is true with the chemical industry generally. Chemicals marketed as beneficial for this or that purpose are also carcinogenic and so on. Big Pharma produces a lot of commodities: some are beneficial (but also harmful); some are harmful (and not particularly beneficial).

Big Pharma produces these commodities to generate large and sustainable profits for the shareholders who have buy into their companies. Corporations are legally required (it is the fiduciary responsibility) to put the interests of their shareholders over the interests of the stakeholders, i.e., the public. To legitimize their activities, while appearing to protect the public from dangerous actions and products, regulatory agencies (CDC, FDA, USDA, EPA, etc.) are stood up by governments to stamp commodities as safe and effective. Big Pharma even funds and staffs the agencies charged with regulating them. What corporations don’t control at the outset, they capture later.

Big Pharma depends on professional organizations, such as the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the America Academy of Pediatrics, and governmental agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, to construct diseases and disorders and the diagnostic criteria that marks them to align with the products marketed by Big Pharma and the Medical-Industrial Complex. These organizations, the regulatory bodies, and the companies comprise the corporate state, what Antonio Gramsci called the “integral state” (some call it the “extended state”).

In the process of establishing hegemony, Gramsci argues, the integral state depends on popular support to secure broader legitimacy. As Max Weber told us before Gramsci, power requires legitimacy to become authority—and domination depends on consent from the dominated. Domination is not a one-way street: authority needs the subaltern to conform to the rules it establishes to secure its interests over against the interests of the subaltern. It requires compliance, and that is most easily secured by making people ignorant and afraid. It needs the masses to not grasp the actual nature of the system (indeed, to be functionally unable to) but rather to put their faith in the system as power defines it, to treat the claims of the corporate state as doctrine to affirm by repeating its prescriptions.

In the post-Fourteenth Amendment world, with the rise of corporate personhood, the government does not exist to protect the public from corporations; the government exists to protect corporations from the public.

Progressivism is the apparent movement ideology legitimizing corporate governance. I say apparent because it is not actually a movement but instead a political-ideology articulated by the professional-managerial strata (the new middle class) established to thwart social movements from challenging corporate power be coopting grievances and neutralizing them.

Jürgen Habermas has pointed out that the nonappearance of democratic socialism (not be confused with social democracy, i.e., corporatism or managed democracy) is the result of the pacification of class conflict by the welfare state that emerged in the post-WWII West. Reformist tendencies, pushed by the middle class, rooted in Keynesian economics, pulling even organized labor into the integral state, replaced radical class-based politics. The rhetoric of the middle class subsumes into that sphere of interests those of the working class. In fact, these classes are directly antagonistic; as the managers of corporate affairs, the interests of middle class are diametrically opposed to those of the proletariat.

Ensconced in the academy, the culture industry, the media, and even the major religious institutions of the West, the new middle class has become something of a priesthood, with progressivism representing something of a religious faith. Hence the appearance of “Woke.” This explains why, if you don’t affirm the importance of vaccinating your children, then you are “antivaxxer” (the secular equivalent of a heretic) or a “science denier” (the secular equivalent of an apostate).

In this context, science becomes scientism, that which the corporate state presents as the only true science, the science it uses to generate patented commodities. Other corporations, especially the legacy and social media, who depends on the advertising dollars of Moderna and Pfizer, dutifully label as disinformation (heresy) the facts that contradict the doctrine and censor and throttle those facts—and restrict and cancel those who deliver those facts to people.

For example, see the case of Twitter and Stanford professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, “They Wanted an ‘Illusion of Consensus.’” Governments manufactured a consensus around the “science” of lockdowns and vaccines by working with social media companies to silence scientists and censor science. Expertise didn’t matter. Look at Bhattacharya’s credentials. They censored those who knew what was going on. Just like I told you they were. “Following the science” means actually following the science—not believing what corporate and government and progressive voices tell you is the science.

This is the real reason why Facebook uses the posts on my time-line to push out the propaganda of the pharmaceutical companies that pay its bills.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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