On civilizational collapse and hateful conspiracy theories - Cécile Guerin in Haaretz:
'Far-right groups and militants are weaponizing the coronavirus pandemic to spread racist tropes and advance their agendas. Online and offline, we have seen disinformation about coronavirus thrive and conspiracy theories, including anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, run wild.
Conspiracy theories linking Jews to disease have a long and ugly history. In medieval times, Jews were portrayed as carriers of plagues and accused of deliberately "poisoning the wells" during the Black Death epidemic that swept through Europe in the 14th century.'
'In closed far-right channels and groups online, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are thriving, from claims that Jewish people (or Israel’s Mossad) "invented" coronavirus, to allegations that the virus is a bioweapon funded by Holocaust survivor and philanthropist George Soros, who has become the target of choice for right-wing conspiracy theories in the U.S. and Europe.
While anti-Semitic conspiracies are spreading on the likes of 4chan, Reddit and Gab - alternative platforms which have become a haven for far-right, white nativist and supremacist militants kicked off mainstream social media - they are not confined merely to the fringes or the darkest corners of the Internet.
We are also seeing them develop on mainstream social media platforms, in different forms, despite tech companies’ efforts to curtail hate speech and the flurry of disinformation spurred by coronavirus. The idea of coronavirus as an ill-defined globalist plot, fomented by the Deep State and Zionists, and involving anyone from Soros to Bill Clinton, has made its way into the mainstream far-right and beyond. '
'In France, a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party shared an anti-Semitic video entitled "Coronavirus for goy," originating on the Russian social media site VKontakte. The video then made its way to Twitter.
Hateful conspiracy theories can encourage violence and inspire attacks. Last year, the Australian white supremacist who killed dozens at a mosque and Islamic centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, became radicalised on the image board 8chan, where anti-Semitic imagery mixed with memes and gaming in-jokes.
Tarrant found inspiration in accelerationism, the belief that Western liberal democracy is in a state of collapse, and that its demise should be accelerated through chaos and violence. Accelerationism has made its way into the so-called "manifestos" of recent right-wing terrorists and frequently appears in white supremacist chats and forums. '
'A study by the Pew Research Center in the U.S. showed that 23 percent of Americans believe that coronavirus was intentionally created in a lab, while a poll by the Jean-Jaurès think tank and the anti-conspiracy NGO Conspiracy Watch showed these figures to stand at 17 percent in France. Far-right and other extremists are stepping into this atmosphere of conspiracy to encourage scapegoating, prejudice and division. While often confined to alternative platforms, conspiracy theories are often being shared on mainstream platforms, even when some of their proponents have been banned from them.'
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It cannot be said enough, too many people believe that liberal democracy is in a state of collapse and this virus will contribute to its demise.
And yes, this virus might be of great help to those who would like to end liberal democracy once again. The collapse of society is what these groups and individuals aim for. Some of the elected officials in Europa and the US appear to be willing helpers of these groups.
To them collapse of society is a means to this end: the rise of contemporary fascism.