Eric Weinstein (Managing Director, Thiel Capital).
So how do we know that this is happening? Well, Twitter and this is just as an example, has now refined their terms of service to broaden their definition of harm itself to address in their words, and I quote, ‘content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information. Rather than reports, we will enforce this in close coordination with trusted partners, including public health authorities and governments, and continue to use and consult with information from those sources when reviewing content. Under this new guidance, we will require people to remove tweets’.
Now of course, the pandemic that sounds sensible, at least to my ears. In such a situation who wants marginal gadflies? Like, I don’t know Mike Cernovich, or the infamous Mencius Moldbug, aka Curtis Yarvin, contradicting the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, or the Washington Post at a time crying out for coordinated and authoritative response.
Well, here’s the awkward part. Many of the people who call this epidemic early incorrectly were the very marginal Internet personalities that the legacy media folks love to derive as trolls grifters and gadflies.
As for the mayor of New York City, well, after certain Mencius Moldbug had correctly called for drastic action. Bill de Blasio wrote, ‘I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus’ and that was an early March.
A sentiment that was echoed by the Washington Post viewed concern over the virus as a kind of neurosis that had to be addressed psychologically.
In short, the gated institutional narrative or GIN, was not close to being the first to see COVID as the giant threat requiring a planetary response. It was those outside the GIN that not only saw this early, but proved that it was seeable early by many different individuals who generally seem to sit outside the institutional and respectable worlds.
So just why was this? Well, first of all, the portal has argued many times before that we have had an almost universally unworkable leadership class now in place for just under 50 years. And then it arose to disguise the end of the post war economic growth regime.
The clip is from ‘Daniel Schmachtenberger on The Portal (with host Eric Weinstein), Ep. #027 – On Avoiding Apocalypses’ (Apr 28, 2020)