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The dehumanisation of the Other


WHEN I was 17 my parents sent me to the equivalent of an A-level college in downtown Johannesburg. I would take the bus back to a local shopping centre and my mother would fetch me from there in the late afternoon.

One chilly autumn day, my mother picked me up, drove for a minute and then suddenly stopped the car. She had seen an elderly black man battling to walk up the hill we were driving on.

Countless expensive cars had driven right past him, ignoring a fellow human being struggling in the street. My mother opened her door and invited him into the car, asking him where he was headed. He got into the car and started to weep, thanking my mother for seeing and helping him, blessing her multiple times.

As a black man living under the tyrannical Apartheid regime, denied transport on white-only buses and medical care in white-only hospitals, he was unused to being seen and helped. My mother saw him, and showed him humanity, a quality often lacking in the South Africa I grew up in.

I have many memories of seeing my fellow South Africans humiliated and dehumanised under the Apartheid regime. My mother’s kind gesture was an exception in this harsh world, where millions of South Africans were deemed sub-human, seen even as animals, by those with whom they shared the country.

The dehumanisation of the Other usually begins with language. People are reduced to derogatory soundbites, usually leading to the demonisation and persecution of the Other, the latter always part of the process of dehumanisation.

The Nazis described Jews as Untermensch (sub-human), rats and vermin. Once humans are stripped of their humanity like this, it then becomes easy to abuse, persecute, and to murder them. Positioning people as a threat to health and safety and making it a moral duty to fight them, is a diabolical formula.

Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organisers of the Holocaust, would have envied the magicians of Sage and Independent Sage, given how quickly and effectively they have managed to terrorise people into obedience.

Eichmann said he initially faced insurmountable hurdles in commanding local police to deport Jews to the death camps, eventually ‘convincing the police that this is what needs to be done’.

The 1994 Rwandan genocide was precipitated by the discourse used by the Hutus, who taunted the Tutsis by calling them ‘cockroaches’, and then murdered 80,000 in 100 days.

The Rwandan genocide happened in living memory. Yet how quickly many have forgotten it now and neglect to guard against their inner barbarian.

We are currently experiencing a global social engineering project. Seemingly the majority of the world is caught in a quasi-religious Covid-19 cult, demonising those who speak out against the madness of destroying our civilisation for a virus with a low mortality rate.

These are zealots who don’t tolerate any dissent from their Covid religion, and use degrading language to describe those they deem as dangerous heretics.

Covidiot, anti-vaxxer, Covid denier and conspiracy theorist are just a few of the terms flung about, made more powerful and effective by the Establishment joining in. Even the Queen has taken part, violating the Nuremberg Code, and calling anyone concerned about taking an experimental vaccine ‘selfish’.

Westerners have long been worn down by repeated accusations of sexism, racism, and a variety of ‘phobias’, should they protest against any narrative from the woke Left Establishment.

It’s so much easier to follow the herd, parrot official propaganda and to submit, than to fight an often unrewarding and exhausting battle against tyranny. But that way lies risking one’s humanity.

The West is now so mired in this persecution of the Other that I fear we will never find our way back. I have seen calls on social media to put the unvaccinated into camps, chilling and quite frankly, evil, given the history of the 20th century.

As I write these words, there are currently a million Uighur Muslims languishing in Chinese concentration camps, imprisoned by the Chinese Communist Party because of their religion. Sadly, South Africa too hasn’t learned from Apartheid, with recent xenophobic attacks resembling some of the worst excesses of that era. 

We must look at parallels in history so that we can learn from them. But history may as well not be written, given that humans repeatedly refuse to do so.

At the heart of the dehumanisation of the Covid Other are academics, scientists and doctors, ratcheting up fear of the virus and the unvaccinated. They are a disgrace to their profession.

Aided by the mainstream media, these anti-science attention-seekers that we currently have the misfortune to endure are using ‘the science’ to silence and demonise anyone who disagrees with them, like the creators of the Great Barrington Declaration and Mike Yeadon. They have reduced these great scientists to the unfair status of deluded conspiracy theorists.

‘The science’ was also used by the Apartheid regime, in a woeful attempt to justify its racist policies. Apartheid architects used ‘science’ to claim that whites were superior to black people in every way.

The Eugenics movement, created in the late 19th century, was subsequently seized on by the Nazis to murder and maim those they deemed ‘inferior’.

‘The science’ can be manipulated to justify the persecution of the Other – following it blindly isn’t always such a good idea.

Physical emblems too can dehumanise, no more than at the recent G7 gathering in Cornwall, where masked, anonymous staff, their faces obscured, serviced the laughing, unmasked elites who broke all the rules they had imposed on us little people. In authoritarian regimes, the elite can get away with breaking their own laws. Any protesters are swiftly dealt with.

The dehumanisation of the Other is a favoured weapon of tyrants, who use it to oppress and control. Those who survive it struggle to live an authentic, meaningful life, for without freedom this becomes impossible to do. Human potential, and life, are destroyed.

By stripping away all that makes life beautiful and worthwhile, the medical tyrants ruling us reduce people into miserable, mindless, compliant drones. They are emboldened by the stark fact that there are no allied forces coming to rescue us. These drones are now useful idiots for the elite, voluntarily demonising and dehumanising the Covid Other.

I witnessed the evils of Apartheid first hand. My ancestors were persecuted in the pogroms in the Pale of Settlement, and murdered in the Ukraine during the Shoah. I know the stench of tyranny, of dehumanisation and subsequent persecution. My inner alarm system, warning against this, went off in February 2020, and it hasn’t stopped since.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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