This dictatorship has the four big features that launch all modern dictatorships. First, a massive propaganda campaign by the government and mass media that focuses on an “emergency” crisis that grants extraordinary powers by decree to the governing elite and severely curtails the liberties and freedoms of associations that are taken for granted by the citizenry. For the last eight months we’ve all experienced just how much and how quickly all of these liberties have been stripped away from us. And, with no indication of how many of them might return, when, and in what limited form they might be in.
Second, a campaign of demonization is launched against skeptics and those reluctant to accept the restrictions. Ignorance, stupidity, selfishness, and accusations of any and every kind of cognitive and moral deficiency have rained down upon the heads of the doubters from the government and the mass-media. The mask, of course, is the visible signal of compliance, which is why mask-resistance is furiously denounced as an egregious threat to public health and safety, an act of sedition that brings down the denunciations, social ostracism, the threats of criminal charges and fines. In Germany recently, the government turned the water cannons on unmasked protestors. Masking has huge moral dimensions for the ruling class that far outweigh whatever prophylactic measures it might offer. Not to mask means you are a heretic. Dictatorships thrive on heretics. Their viciousness serves to contrast the virtue of the ruling class and enhance their guardian status.
Third, we see an enormous transfer of wealth from the powerless, middle and blue-collar class haves to the “must have even more” elites. Small businesses, blue collar workers, service workers have been devastated by the lockdowns – bought off temporarily by the output of the printing presses. Their children are unable to attend school regularly. Sky rocketing food prices are further impoverishing them. Entire sectors of the economy are in various stages of bankruptcy. On the other hand, Wall street, billionaires, financial services and tech industries and Big Pharma are going gang busters. The Dow is at an all-time high.