I’ve never been a particularly conspiratorial-minded guy.
In my 35 years on this planet, I have lived in so many places, and encountered so many different types of people, and been exposed to (or a part of) so many various bureaucracies, that I am almost always inclined to attribute that which could be considered conspiracy to — instead — human folly or foolishness.
Yet in 2020 big, overreaching “lies” have reached a level of ubiquity and size that makes it nigh impossible to ignore them.
Perhaps it is because of the omnipresence of the internet, the fact that nearly every minute of life and every word spoken is now infinitely reproducible and archivable and accessible at the drop of a hat, that these lies are so much more obvious than they might be. Perhaps if we had camera phones and social media 50 years ago, or 500 years ago, it would have led to the same incongruity between narrative and fact.
Either way, the lies we have seen in 2020 are monumental, and I am struck, in this regard, by the thought of what our descendants may think, far in the future, when reading about this time.
Therefore I believe there is utility in calling out the lies for what they are so that those who inherit this world from us — our “posterity” (hopefully) — might recognize that at least some of us were aware of what was going on, or at least questioned the lies and mistruths and misunderstood meanings of this historically-significant year.
To that end, below is an outline of what appear to be the “The Top 5 Lies Of 2020.”
Lie #5: The Epstein Dog That Didn’t Bark
Jeffrey Epstein died in August of 2019, but discussion of his death (and his actions during his life) has continued unabated through to the present, and therefore should be included on any list of “2020 Lies.”
The most obvious lie is that Epstein killed himself, and indeed, statistics show that a large percentage of Americans (45% in this poll) view this “official explanation” as just that: a lie.
Even many of our elites find themselves unable to pronounce upon this lie as if it were the truth. Indeed, it is only in the most soulless depths of the modern progressive cathedral that you will find people saying it is a “conspiracy theory” that Epstein killed himself.
What is vastly more common — indeed omnipresent — is the lie of omission regarding Epstein. The “dog that didn’t bark,” as it were. This is the question of who Epstein was working on behalf of, and why he was allowed to do what he was doing.
We readers of Counter-Currents are among a tiny minority that both understands and acknowledges the obvious: that Epstein was working on behalf or in concert with Israeli intelligence services (or even more powerful Jewish intelligence groups operating in a private capacity without official ties to the Israeli government, a la Black Cube but more powerful).
Any reasonably intelligent member of the ruling elite knows this as well, yet this fact is completely ignored by every single television anchor, journalist, congressman, and law enforcement official who speaks about the Epstein case. Left-wing “heretic” Caitlynn Johnstone hit the nail halfway on the head, to her credit, when she tweeted the following (since deleted):
I just don’t get how people are more interested in Epstein, Maxwell, Clinton, Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, etc than in the fact that ***POWERFUL INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN USING KIDS AS SEX SLAVES TO MANIPULATE OUR SOCIETY VIA BLACKMAIL*** How is that not the main story here?
The rest of her Twitter thread links to several articles from alternative news sites that discuss the obvious Epstein/Mossad ties that have been completely ignored by our government and media. Indeed, if it were not for CNN and MSNBC’s optimistic hopes of tying Trump to Epstein, it is likely the entire story would have been suppressed.
Someday the details of Epstein’s death will likely come to light (it seems from my limited research on the question that he may have been allowed to be arrested as part of an internecine battle within the Israeli/Jewish intelligence apparatus, possibly on the behalf of those seeking Netanyahu’s continued success rather than a resurgence of Epstein-linked Ehud Barak, and that an agent of one of these extra-national Jewish intelligence operations was who killed him).
But the more important question is this — why were Jewish intelligence operatives (Epstein and Maxwell) allowed to hold dozens of adolescent (white) girls in sexual servitude (some as young as 11, reportedly), and then use them to collect sexual blackmail on US politicians?
The answer to that question is as obvious as the silence around it is deafening.
Lie #4: Right-Wing Violence During Riots
The ongoing BLM/Antifa riots presented a fascinating opportunity to see our media establishment’s lies propagated in real time.
As mentioned above, the omnipresence of cell phone cameras led to these riots being almost perfectly cataloged on video.
In fact, in nearly every high-profile shooting or stabbing that occurred, close-up video and audio were posted on Twitter immediately.
Yet the media continued with a narrative of “peaceful protests” and “Right-wing provocateurs” through the summer, until the “peaceful protests” magically stopped all at once (at the exact moment polls showed they had become a huge liability for Democrats).
This led to humorous scenes, such as the instant-meme image of the CNN reporter declaring the riots “mostly peaceful” as the buildings right behind him burned out of control. It also led to utterly tragic outcomes as well, however, such as the horrifically unjust persecution of Kyle Rittenhouse, or the spectacle of Vice interviewing the Portland Antifa member who declared that he killed Patriot Prayer member Aaron Danielson to “protect his friend of color” who Danielson was “about to attack,” while CCTV footage simultaneously made public showed him ambushing Danielson after hiding behind a concrete wall.
Through all of this though, we heard media pundits, progressive activists, and even elected officials blaming the violence being perpetrated on “white supremacists” and “Right-wing agitators.”
Lie #3: The 2020 Election Was Fair And Honest
Capping off the year was the election chaos, which will surely go down in the history books as well.
What was perhaps the most interesting aspect of the entire situation has been the 180-degree turn we saw within the elite establishment. The same people who had spent four years decrying how “Russia hacked our election” suddenly considered the US election system to be entirely perfect and without fault.
That the election involved a great deal of fraud is hardly debatable at this point, and the few remaining Left-wing voices with any measure of integrity admitted this to one degree or another (Matt Taiibi, Jimmy Dore, etc).
The extent of the fraud is still unknown, of course. Certainly, the cities with rich histories of electoral fraud such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia had more than the usual, given the extent to which state and local governments radically toned down voter security measures and mail-in balloting requirements in response to Covid-19. This likely also allowed exacerbated tendencies toward fraud in less notorious but demographically similar places such as Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Maricopa County.
Project Veritas published numerous videos showing such fraud taking place. Yet still, the swamp creatures of Washington (including countless Republicans) rejected any talk of “fraud” as gauche and ignorant and un-American, and our dictatorial tech companies further obliged by censoring the subject as wholly as they could manage.
This does not even take into account the question of Dominion voting machines, the billions of dollars donated by the Zuckerbergs and Soroses of the world to liberal “Get out of the vote” operations with “questionable ethics” (to put it quite mildly), and dozens of other factors suggesting the 2020 election was anything but fair and honest.
Certainly, there was a decent amount of cringy Boomer-tier Facebook misinformation as well (“Trump lost on purpose to show how corrupt the system is and now he’s about to arrest all the DEMONRATS!”), but really, when the basic realities in front of our eyes are distorted and censored to the degree that is now the case, can you blame our low-information brethren for believing such things?
For better or for worse, the lies around the election will likely serve to accelerate the Third-Worldization (and perhaps Balkanization) of the U.S., given the fact that large swaths of the electorate now view our democratic process as fully corrupted, further lessening the already tenuous social trust that must exist for societies to function.
Lie #2: Nearly Everything We Heard About The Hunter Biden Laptop
The Hunter Biden laptop saga is another subject that could deservedly fill an entire book.
Like the other areas discussed in this article, however, it was quickly buried in a mountainous web of lies, nearly as massive as the horrendously degenerate (and tragic) material that sprang forth from the laptop itself.
To sum it up, the laptop in question contained:
- Thousands of business-related text and email messages involving Hunter Biden, many suggestive of fraud and corruption.
- Thousands of text and email messages between Hunter Biden and his family members.
- Voice messages and video calls between Hunter Biden and other individuals, including his family members.
- Untold messages between Hunter Biden and prostitutes/prostitution services/webcam models.
- Untold pictures of Hunter Biden engaging in sexual acts with women, mostly prostitutes it seems, as well as Haleigh Biden, it appears, who he had a relationship with after her husband — his brother Beau Biden — died of brain cancer.
- Untold dick pics that he — Hunter Biden — took of himself.
- Untold images of Biden smoking crack and meth.
These documents were initially released via gnews.org, an anti-CCP Chinese website some claimed was associated with Steve Bannon, and were reported on primarily by the Gateway Pundit, who had been given access to the laptop’s hard drive, along with several other conservative publications such as the National File.
To say the slow rollout of the documents was like watching a car wreck in slow motion would be an understatement, and the media blackout that surrounded it all only made the entire situation that much more surreal.
The main lie propagated around the laptop was that it was fake, yet this was clearly not true, and even the Biden campaign did not traffick in this specific claim.
A further lie (by those who admitted the laptop was real) was that the information on it did not show fraud. This is subjective, of course, but the information on the laptop highlighted by The Gateway Pundit and others certainly seems to show fraud and illegality, and since the election, it has been confirmed that Hunter Biden is under criminal investigation for — at the very least — tax fraud.
The ambiguity surrounding the laptops led to inaccuracies on both sides. This included the rumor that the laptop showed Hunter Biden doing cocaine and having sex with Malia Obama. This was the result of pictures that circulated on Twitter of Biden and a black girl in coitus, as well as a credit card with Malia Obama’s name on it being used to cut coke. As a result, many on Twitter incorrectly assumed that these were photos of Biden and Obama, but this was not the case. The credit card photo was apparently from a year previous when the card was lost, stolen, or photoshopped, and the pictures in question were posted online by someone as an act of trolling. The black girls in the photographs with Biden were reportedly random black prostitutes.
Other rumors suggested that the laptop included photos of Hunter Biden engaging in sexual relations with his underage niece (Beau and Haleigh Biden’s daughter Natalie). While many of the images on the laptop reportedly show women engaged in sexual acts with Biden whose identity is not readily discernible, I am aware of no concrete evidence for the above rumor. However. . . the above does relate to the one clear-cut revelation the laptop did provide, which — had it not been obscured by all the confusion and lies of the media — should have been the most damning to the Biden campaign.
This is the fact that the laptop contained what appears to be a nude selfie of Hunter Biden, taken by photographing a mirror while his nether regions were fully exposed, with his underage niece no more than 3 feet away from him in the background (something that would seemingly result in jail time and the sex offender registry for any other person).
The laptop also contains chat logs from conversations both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden were a part of that seem to make clear that Joe knew that Hunter was engaging in highly inappropriate and illegal acts like the above vis a vis his niece (Joe Biden’s granddaughter).
This was never reported on by the mainstream news, however, and the only news outlet that discussed it at all — the New York Post –– was famously censored by Twitter and Facebook for daring to report on the laptop’s contents.
As a result, information that likely would have ended any other politician’s career never fully came to light, and thus had little impact on the election.
Lie #1: The ‘Deadly’ Coronavirus
Of all the lies and popular delusions of 2020, I believe the coronavirus will be written about the most throughout history.
The entire year-long saga surrounding it has been an extremely rare opportunity to see “the madness of crowds” from a firsthand perspective. It also allowed us to witness how new information is absorbed by cults and religions and then synthesized and placed into the existing narrative or worldview of the cult in question (the cult, in this case, being progressivism).
One of the more ironic things is that initially, in the early days of the virus, it was conservatives who were most hypervigilant about it, while those on the Left were dismissive.
This made sense, though. Research indicates that usually those who self-identify as Right-wing have a lower disgust threshold and are more compulsive about cleanliness, while the Left — who consider themselves more “open-minded” and “tolerant” — have higher disgust thresholds and fewer qualms about being around germs and sickness.
This was exactly what we saw at first.
The “k-selected” Right wished to block travel from places like China, close borders, and take pains to avoid contagion. Conservatives tended to view the virus as a foreign threat and attempted to solve it just like other foreign threats such as mass immigration and Islamic terrorism.
The Left, on the other hand, called such proposals “xenophobic,” opposed border closures, and even encouraged people to spend New Year’s Eve in America’s various Chinatowns to demonstrate their multicultural open-mindedness.
Things changed as soon as President Trump expressed skepticism of the virus’s severity.
The establishment — always eager to attack Trump and always eager to demonstrate diametric opposition to his policies — suddenly shifted their view 180 degrees, re-orienting their perspective on the virus to accommodate such virtue-signaling Trump hatred. Suddenly belief in the virus’s severity was a matter of “science,” and demonstrated one’s “reason” and one’s “education,” in opposition to those “dumb,” “reactionary,” “anti-science” conservatives in flyover country.
Suddenly the virus required incredible lockdowns unprecedented in history. . . suddenly governmental health providers such as the NHS were treated as saints. . . suddenly lifelong bureaucrats like Anthony Fauci were afforded Churchill and Roosevelt-like powers to remake society.
This was very convenient for huge swaths of the Left. The nanny-state bureaucrats, from Fauci to your local small-souled cat ladies and bugmen in the health departments, had waited their whole lives to finally have unlimited power. Now they were using it like bitter middle school hall monitors suddenly given dictatorial control over every aspect of daily existence.
It was equally convenient to the loads of tech employees in San Francisco and Seattle who could easily work from home and whose lives were scarcely impacted at all.
It also proved extremely good for the ultra-liberal tech moguls like Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Jack Dorsey, who saw their fortunes rise to unprecedented heights, while millions of small businesses were utterly destroyed due to government-mandated “lockdowns.”
All of this might almost have been understandable if the virus really was deadly, but by early summer if not earlier it was becoming overwhelmingly clear that the virus was not especially deadly, perhaps no worse than the average flu.
Besides, children and young adults were extremely un-susceptible to it, and it was only the very old and the obese for whom death rates were anywhere close to significant.
Yet this information could be heard nowhere in the mainstream media, for whom the virus was proving to be a massive boon, as it 1) provided a steady stream of fear-based clicks, resulting in greater ad revenue, and 2) reinforced the progressive worldview they sought to push.
To their credit, some Leftists (or at least former Leftists) were among those who bravely attempted to sound an alarm over the growing hysteria.
Alex Berenson has likely become the most famous of these. From his Twitter account, the former NYT staffer relentlessly exposed the false Covid-19 data, the journalistic lies surrounding the virus, and brazenly untruthful “Covid death stories” that were trotted out one after another, many having little or nothing to do with Covid.
Like with lies #1-4 above, the ongoing mistruths broadcast by the media only served to enflame alternate explanations even more.
Random people on Twitter and Reddit claimed the virus was a hoax, that it was caused by 5G, and many other theories. Some were logical and well-reasoned, some were the opposite, and the actual reality of the situation is still somewhat ambiguous to my mind (it seems to me that it’s a real virus that is not any worse than the common flu, and that the insane response to it was not necessarily pre-planned but was rather the somewhat inevitable outcome of the institutional and cultural sickness infecting our institutions).
Overall, at this point, the only clear thing is that the vast majority of people in our government and media have been less than forthright in regards to the virus and that the response to it in most Western countries has been something akin to Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome.
It remains to be seen just how much longer this insanity can go on, and whether it will slowly peter out, or go out with a bang, like a rubber band that is pulled too far and snaps.
As the old cliched quote goes: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
This saying has become hopelessly overused, but I do think it’s true that the events of 2020 have caused more normal people to publicly reject the insanity of “clown world” than ever before.
As a result, I don’t think it’s overly optimistic to suggest that the brazenness of the lies we’ve seen from our elites this year is evidence of their power crumbling away.
Indeed, as the famous philosopher, Elvis Presley once said: “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
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