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Are you one of the Hive People?


HUMANS are not solitary animals. Even monks, with only a few exceptions, are members of a community. We are social creatures, but not any more if the British government have their way.

With the right propaganda, a social creature can be rapidly transformed into a herd animal. Add daily exhortations for compliance and the glorification of institutions, and you have the principal ingredients to turn those herd animals into docile livestock.

Since the advent of perpetual Covid restrictions, people have become simultaneously more solitary (‘don’t go out!’) and more herd-like (‘follow the rules!’). This is a paradox. To transform us into an atomised flock is an extraordinary feat of manipulation by those who make the rules (the political establishment) and by those who actively re-shape our minds (Sage, Nervtag, BIT, the 77th Brigade and the BBC). How about they go one step further and transform that seemingly pliable herd into a hive mind?

The government’s mantra that ‘we are all in this together’ should send shivers down your spine. Coupled with an ‘ends justify the means’ Covid policy and you have the credo of all hives. A techno-feudalistic Great Reset powered by 5G interconnectivity, robotics and surveillance is the perfect template for a hive ruled by a queen. In that hypothetical world, the queen is an oligarchy powered by artificial intelligence. Individuality for the 99.999 per cent (that’s being generous) would be extinct; I don’t recall worker bees having personalities.

There are similarities between hives and religious cults. The cult adherents always centre their attention upon the cult leader (the hive’s queen). They are consumed by the leader’s ideology. And there is a common good. Many commentators have rightly remarked upon the devotional fervour of the pro-lockdowners, the pro-maskers, the defenders of the NHS and those who call for mandatory vaccinations for everyone.

What is an example of the social individual versus the hive mind? Let’s take lockdown. The pro-lockdowners largely agree with one another about lockdowns and restrictions. The consensus is that the measures do not go far enough. If I discuss lockdowns with any pro-lockdowners, they present the same assertions to me, almost as if they are reading from a script. Otherwise, all I get is blank stares, or uncomfortable silence, or insults, or a request for me to stop talking. Maybe the lockdown fans are already exhibiting a proto-hive mind?

By contrast the Hive People’s sworn enemies, those who are anti-lockdown, have quite divergent views on a variety of issues, from masks to testing to ‘social’ distancing to vaccines to vaccine passports. Some are willing to compromise with the government on certain issues, and others will have none of it. There is a wider spectrum of thought and a greater variety of belief systems present in the anti-lockdown camp. It runs the gamut of humanity and is a valid demonstration of the power of individualism and open inquiry.

When it comes to the current ‘pandemic’, we do not have to succumb to the philosophies of Hive People, which include unquestioning conformity, authoritarianism, and collectivisation. The hive does not have to be our destiny.

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James Charlick
James Charlick
James Charlick has worked as a draughtsman, labourer, gardener, and care worker. When he was eight years old, he thought Mikhail Gorbachev was Leader of England. Since then, he has actively sought to improve his knowledge of Western politics.

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