This is the fourth of our online bulletins we’re producing in lieu of getting a printed paper out. Although, as you’ll read later on, we’re seriously considering producing papers for distribution at future anti-vaccine passport/anti-great reset protests. There’s no substitute for handing out printed papers to people and having proper face to face conversations with them.

As ever with the government constantly moving the goalposts as part of their ongoing psyops and also as events unfold, keeping these bulletins timely is a bit of a task to say the least! One example of this is that here in England, there will be no new Covid restrictions put in place until after the New Year. So the celebrations can go ahead as close as possible to some semblance of normality in these weird and troubled times. What will happen once we’re into January, we’ve no real idea. There are plenty of elements and interests who want further restrictions to further the great reset agenda but as things stand at the moment, there’s a growing level of pushback against them

This is why we’ve brought out this special New Year edition in between the December and January ones because events are moving pretty fast at the moment. As for what 2022 will throw at us, suffice to say, it will be a challenging and pivotal year so, buckle up and get ready for the ride!

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Contents

1. Prediction is a mug’s game

2. Shifts and revisionism

3. Conspiracy theorists?

4. Divide and rule

5. The return of the paper

6. Some possible ways round the crunch…

7. Friends & Allies

8. The last word

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1. Prediction is a mug’s game

This is our review of 2021 and a bit of a stab at trying to predict what will happen in 2022: 2021 – spiralling down | 2022 – ‘interesting’. What in our far from perfect way we’re trying to achieve with this blog is to look beyond the immediacy of the crisis we’re living through and to anticipate what threats we face in the medium to long term. Trying to do this without getting bogged down in some pretty heated debates about the immediate situation is not easy. Although it has to be said that sometimes, getting into these discussions does provide some very useful insights into how some people have really bought into the narrative we’re being fed.

As the Omicron variant is dominating the news agenda, a lot of people are focused on that to the point of obsession. Because they’re in such a state of fear over it, they don’t want to hear our views on the longer term threats such as vaccine passports merging into digital ID alongside the accelerated push towards a cashless society and the growing possibility of some system of social credit. This is the dilemma we and a fair few other outfits we would class as allies/accomplices face.

Anyway, onto 2022… As you can see from the headline, we reckon prediction is a mug’s game. If you get too specific with your predictions and they don’t pan out, there will be some people who will gleefully point out what you got wrong! Were going to do our level best to avoid falling into that trap. Let’s just say that on many fronts it is going to be a challenging and pivotal year. There’s everything to play for but, if we screw up, there’s everything to lose.

What doesn’t help is how tribal and divided things have become. When we’ve allowed our emotions to cloud our judgement, we’ve probably become a bit too partisan when a bit more nuance and awareness of the complexity of the situation would have been more appropriate. We’re only human and as such, inevitably there will be times when we make a misjudgement – none of us are perfect. With the way the crisis is developing, we will do our best to reflect the complexity of the situation and add the appropriate amount of nuance.

Doing this and being open minded is the way we win people over and build alliances. Being a purist may satisfy some people but to put it bluntly, it does sod all to deal with the situation we face, let alone bring about any radical change. As we’ve mentioned elsewhere in this bulletin, there are some interesting shifts in thinking and attitudes taking place. Let’s acknowledge that and where we can, start working together…

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2. Shifts and revisionism

We now have a number of commentators, including Owen Jones, who have finally realised that the public are fed up with lockdown restrictions and want a return to normality. While these commentators acknowledge this, they’re still calling for more precisely targeted measures to deal with what remains of Covid. This call for targeted measures, if you’re one of those who take a nuanced view of this crisis, could be seen as a good thing. Obviously, if one of the targeted measures being called for is the roll out of digital vaccine passports, then that can be consigned to the dustbin of history as soon as!

The point is that a shift in opinion is happening in some sections of the commentariat. They’ve seen which way the wind is blowing and realise that it’s in completely the opposite direction to the one they’ve been sailing in for the last twenty two months! A fair few of these commentators have big egos and the last thing a big ego wants is to end up on the wrong side of history. They’re also slowly recognising the growing number of predominantly working class people who’ve had enough of the bullshit we’ve been getting forced upon us. Hence the revisionism that’s now taking place. Still, better late than never, eh?

What’s also changing is how the ‘great reset’ is being seen and promoted. Go back a year to when we were pointing out its existence and we were being called ‘conspiracy theorists’. Now, not only has its existence been pretty much acknowledged, it’s being sold to us as a ‘good thing’, not the transhumanist hell it actually will be. So the terrain we have to fight on has changed. Now the ‘great reset’ has been recognised as fact, we have to aim our fire at the transhumanist assumptions underlying it and fight for what it means to be really human. We also have to fight the anti-nature thinking that underpins the ‘great reset’ while realising that it will be getting sold to us in the guise of ‘saving the environment’. We realise that in taking apart the ‘great reset’, we’ll still be labelled as ‘conspiracy theorists’!

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3. Conspiracy theorists?

We’ve been accused of being ‘conspiracy theorists’ when we’ve tried to draw attention to the way the ongoing crisis is being leveraged to push us towards this grim future. We’d like to point you to these two pieces from trusted sources which explain the roles of the various actors involved in this process. Here they are:

The WEF and the Pandemic – Swiss Policy Research | October 6, 2021

How is the Davos World Economic Forum involved in the coronavirus pandemic?

The Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) is a premier forum for governments, global corporations and international entrepreneurs. Founded in 1971 by engineer and economist Klaus Schwab, the WEF describes its mission as “shaping global, regional and industry agendas” and “improving the state of the world”. According to its website, “moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.” The WEF has been involved in the coronavirus pandemic in several ways.

Conspiracy theories aside, there is something fishy about the Great Reset – Ivan Wecke | Open Democracy | August 16, 2021

Intrigued by the palaver around last year’s summit, I decided to find out what the WEF’s Great Reset plan was really about. At the heart of conspiracy theories are supposed secret agendas and malicious intent. While these may be absent from the WEF’s Great Reset initiative, what I found was something almost as sinister hiding in plain sight. In fact, more sinister because it’s real and it’s happening now. And it involves things as fundamental as our food, our data and our vaccines.

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4. Divide and rule

Part of the strategy and tactics being deployed against us is persuading a significant chunk of the populace to do the dirty work of divide and rule. Having an atomised, frightened populace makes the project of breaking and re-making us that much easier. The lockdowns, restrictions and mandates that have been brought in to supposedly combat Covid have proved to be the perfect tool to atomise the populace. A process accelerated by an increasing level of toxic divide and rule. This ranges from the demonisation of those who have refused to accept any of the vaccines to anyone not wearing a mask when required. Then there’s changing the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ to having to have a so called ‘booster’ jab, effectively putting those with two jabs back into the category of being ‘unvaccinated’.

What’s truly sickening is the demonisation of the unvaccinated. One manifestation of this are the number of feature articles asking whether the vaccinated should associate with the unvaccinated. With the UK government shifting the goalposts when it comes to defining who is and isn’t unvaccinated, that will soon include the un-boosted. Then there’s the commentators such as Andrew Neil and Paul Mason who revel in demonising the unvaccinated, stating that they should be excluded from many aspects of life until they cave in and get jabbed.

What’s emerging is the demonisation of those opposing vaccine passports, even those who are double or triple jabbed. We’ve experienced this at first hand with people who wilfully refuse to make the distinction between opposing vaccine passports and the digital identity they will inevitably lead to on the one hand, and on the other, people opposed to vaccines. We know plenty of double jabbed people and those eagerly awaiting a ‘booster’ who are opposed to the idea of a vaccine passport, particularly a digital one. There is a lot more complexity and nuance to this that those actively pushing, or letting themselves get sucked into, the divide and rule agenda are prepared to admit.

Let’s turn our attention those supposedly on our side who are doing as much as the Covid believers to foster divide and rule. Namely a small but all too vocal minority of the un-jabbed describing themselves as ‘pure bloods’ and mocking those who have been jabbed. Firstly, the term ‘pure bloods’ has some pretty nasty ethno-nationalist undertones to it which in the diverse currents that come together on the streets about once a month, should be utterly unacceptable. Secondly, it’s putting off people who are starting to question what’s going on and are looking at ways of opposing it. Those people are not going to want to join a march if they feel they will be mocked and insulted by so called ‘pure bloods’. Given what’s coming down the line, we need all the allies we can get. We don’t need fanatical purists who are doing the divide and rule work of the governments and corporations who are tightening the screws on us.

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5. The return of the paper

This is where you can find the papers we’ve produced in the past: Papers. The important ones that got printed and distributed at three anti-lockdown protests are at the top of the page. The online ones you’ll find below that were an experiment we tried during the lockdowns and one that we won’t be repeating! On the most recent protest I attended, rather than produce and distribute a paper, I decided to cover it in the form of a photo essay: “Humanity stands together” – a photo essay of a protest. It was an interesting, and going by the number of hits on the post, a rewarding exercise.

However, shite is getting real and there needs to be an anarchist propaganda input on these protests. Unless there’s a miracle and the whole narrative collapses, this leveraging of the Covid crisis to bring about the fourth industrial revolution will continue unabated. Inevitably there will be street protests, particularly if the push to make everyone get a vaccine passport continues. Providing there’s sufficient notice of a protest, I’ll get a paper written, laid out and printed to distribute on the day. Obviously with the protests called at short notice in response to more government diktats and restrictions, it won’t be possible to produce a paper. Also, they may well be the kind of street manifestations where it would not be wise to be trying to hand out a paper as things ‘kick off’.

While people were happy to pose for photos on the Humanity stands together protest, there wasn’t the engagement you get when handing out a paper. As an anarchist, albeit on at a distance from the movement, it’s essential that I do what I can to engage with people attending these protests. So, the paper will be coming back:)

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6. Some possible ways round the crunch…

The crunch being the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that had a load of last minute additions made to it. The Bill will criminalise aspects of protest that in the past, we assumed we could get away with. It will effectively end any meaningful acts of protest. To undertake a lot of the acts of protest that we used to do will run a considerably higher risk of arrest and imprisonment.

How people protest from that point onwards is not for us to say. Obviously, the risks will be greater but we recognise that a fair few people will be willing to take those risks. Providing the support structures are in place for those who are arrested and criminalised, it’s their choice to take that risk.

However, for a range of reasons, not everyone is in a position to take the risk involved in street protest or other forms of direct action. They are as passionate about radical change as those putting their bodies on the line but feel they would have too much to lose by getting arrested and imprisoned. Also, there’s always the chance of the cops using force to break up an action or protest and understandably, not everyone is comfortable facing that.

As we’ve mentioned in a fair few posts on our sister blog – Alternative Estuary https://alternativeestuary.home.blog/ there are many ways of subverting the system and bringing about radical change that do not involve getting out on the streets or direct action. We’re talking about forms of prefigurative activism which is essentially about building the new world we want in the decaying shell of the increasingly dystopian one we have to endure.

Rather than re-hash what we’ve already written, we’ll list the key posts we’ve put up about this over the course of this year:

Whoever controls the food supply controls the population – November 2, 2021

Don’t buy it, grow it! – October 9, 2021

Prefigurative action – September 1, 2021

Building community resilience – securing the food supply – July 21, 2021

Alternative ways of subverting the system – March 16, 2021

Also, here are a couple of contributions from other writers which you’ll hopefully find useful:

The multiple and overlapping crises in the UK point to a sustained need for mutual aid – Jon Bigger | Freedom | October 1, 2021

How a Luton Council Estate Is Taking Control of Its Future – Taj Ali | Tribune | July 7, 2021

The above is far from a comprehensive list. If anyone wants to suggest further readings relating to various forms of prefigurative action, send us the details and we’ll add them to the Readings section on Alternative Estuary.

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7. Friends & Allies

https://winteroak.org.uk/acorn/

bookofours

Expressive Egg

https://nevermore.media/

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8. The last word

We’ve got a feeling that transhumanism will be one of the issues in 2022 that will centre in many debates / rows / toxic slanging matches. It could well prove to be another issue that will further fragment the anarchist movement, such as it is. As you can clearly see from the above graphic, we do have some neo-Luddite tendencies and don’t mind admitting it – we put it down to our age:) Here are a couple of pieces we’ve written which make a tentative start on explaining our position:

Is this really the future you want? – November 20, 2021

Too much tech? – October 29, 2021

There’s a lot to take in to fully understand what transhumanism represents. Anything we write and post up in 2022 will be us engaging in that process while working out and refining our position. We’re not doing this as an intellectual exercise. We know enough about transhumanism to realise that is poses serious threats to what it means to be truly human. The better we understand it, the better we can fight it.

PS: If there’s sufficient demand, we may well get the above design printed on a run of stickers:)