By Gašper Blažič
Let me say at the outset that I do not fall among the so-called “believers in vaccination”. But on the other hand, I also do not belong to the group that strongly opposes vaccination for who knows what scientific and pseudo-scientific reasons. In the following lines, I will draw attention to something else – namely the fact that vaccination has invisibly become part of the election campaign agenda before the next elections, which should be in May or June 2022, but the transitional left would like to force them this year, thus, during the Slovenian Presidency of the EU.
I believe we are all more or less aware that we live in a so-called hyper-information age. Just yesterday, I read a column by Father Branko Cestnik in the new issue of Družina, about the fact that a large amount of information and the speed of communication bring new pitfalls. The writer thus describes the position expressed in 2014 by the famous writer Umberto Eco regarding the New York Times, which in Sunday’s issue floods readers with such an amount of information that one cannot process it, so it remains confusing and also compliant. I would like to add that today this is a fundamental feature of modern society, where social networks also have a role to play, and even more so the accessibility of the individual to the dissemination of their version of information. This is good on the one hand, but on the other hand it can create terrible confusion, as it is often very difficult to separate reality from “fake news”. And lately, this has largely been true of covid19 vaccination. Nowadays, a huge amount of information is circulating on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and various blogs, raising awareness among Slovenes about the harmfulness of vaccination, saying that vaccination is a planned genocide, which is of course concealed – but it would be too late for anyone to accept vaccination. In doing so, the authors of these records refer to science and to scientists.
What is true and what is not? It is hard to say. These articles can sound very convincing. They are equipped with videos of various strangers we do not know, and various graphs, data, opinions, etc. are added. At least at first glance, it is not possible to detect any ideology in the background. However, we know that science can also be a kind of religion, similar to “anti-science”. Just this morning, I got a daily edition of a tabloid website (Planet of Beauty or something similar) in my private e-mail inbox. It featured a series of articles, among which one of the doctors warned that anyone who received any vaccine against covid19 would die prematurely. That is not all: one even states that the unvaccinated should not associate with the vaccinated at all, because they could suffer the consequences due to socialising and might even become infertile themselves. Well, that is already a mockery of common sense, but it still sounds very scientific, and we have to believe it, don’t we? Well, by the way, this is published by the portal, which is constantly advertising Marko Potrč, otherwise a big favorited of the tabloids.
Yesterday, however, a link to the blog (of course the author is anonymous) came to my inbox with very similar content as I described earlier. The only difference was that at the end of the article there was also an “evidentiary procedure” that the media mainstream in Slovenia supports vaccination, i.e. genocide. Two portals are listed here as examples: 24ur.si and nova24tv.si, both of which are supposed to represent the interests of the globalist elite, which wants to reduce the world’s population through mass genocide. If not earlier, it became clear to me now that an opposition to vaccination had already become part of the election campaign. For now, this opposition is spreading through informal “crowd awareness” channels. However, not always with scientific arguments – religious ones are also found here and there. Namely, for at least half a year now, various messages with content have been coming to me, where various pseudo-prophetic elements point out that the time for decision and distinction has come. Distinctions between those who will accept the seal of the beast from the Book of Revelation (read: they will be vaccinated) and those who will reject it. And, of course, it is clear that the former will perish. Such messages have recently begun to circulate strongly, especially among active Catholics, also as an echo of the rather indifference of the Church leadership (both the Holy See and our bishops) to vaccines, some of which are controversial, i.e. based on aborted cells. Such an example is, for example, AstraZeneca (which was also pointed out some time ago by Dr. Janez Jurij Arnež) – and it is interesting that the biggest problems with the supply were with this vaccine (and who knows if it was not prayed for?).
In all of this, I find it interesting that the biggest contradictors of vaccinations behave as if vaccines have only been invented now, and that nothing has happened in this area for the last two hundred years. In Slovenia, the first vaccination was organised as early as 1800 (!) against smallpox. Vaccination was probably much riskier at the time; as medical science was not yet so developed. It is clear, however, that each vaccine comes with its risks, but the further spread of covid19 carries even greater risks. It is a century-old pandemic that has affected the entire world. I also recovered from the disease myself for the Christmas and New Year holidays, without any major problems, but it was not pleasant at all, because recovery actually takes a long time. The “Chinese strain” has already triggered many other health problems that are not directly related to symptoms of covid19. So much for the fact that covid19 does not exist and that I was probably just an imaginary patient myself right at the height of the holidays.
And what will be the next step? It is likely that a new political party will appear in our country in the coming months. With “new faces” who will oppose both vaccination and anti-epidemic measures in a very similar way. And you can be sure that in front of these “new faces” many who have been swallowing various half-truths and lies about vaccination wrapped in cellophane with great confidence will throw themselves on their lashes. In other words: the vaccination debate is already part of the election campaign. Because power must be returned to those who are “called” for it, as Tito’s adjutant Stane Dolanc “lectured” in Split almost half a century ago. Once the vaccination delirium is over and power is taken, it will be too late – because it will be shown that a potential new ruling elite, if it took power in March 2020, would not act significantly differently from the current government. Only that it will again implement a policy where taxpayers’ money will be redirected to the old streams, while the recipients of covid aid will probably even have to return the grants from the last year. Clearly, because there will not be enough money for “ours”. And that is the whole point of the anti-vaccination campaign we are witnessing. In fact, it is another public opinion experiment in the style of engineering human souls. To satisfy the interests of the authorities of those to whom the power escaped as a “wet soap” due to the unfortunate throwing in the towel…
Gašper Blažič is a journalist for the weekly Demokracija, a daily editor at demokracija.si and v. d. editor of the blagovest.si portal.