The bodies of others The new authoritarians, COVID-19 and the war against the human

Naomi Wolf

Book - 2022

"Our pre-March 2020 world is gone forever. Irretrievable. For in league with mass surrender to all-powerful technology, the "restrictions" against human assembly, speech and gathering, culture and worship brought on by pandemic panic have brought new cultural norms frighteningly at odds with traditional Western notions of freedom and independent thought. Indeed, in our fear of public ostracism and shaming and our ready abandonment of free, open, spontaneous, individualistic, egali...tarian and tolerant expression, we in the West today live in a world of CCP-style regimentation and conformity. It is a world in which all human endeavor--all human joy, all human fellowship, all human advancement, all human culture, all human song, all human drama, all worship, all surprise, all flirtation, all celebration--is behind a digital pay wall. A world in which we must ask permission of technology to be human. This is a world we must challenge and change."--

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Subjects
Genres
Informational works
Published
Fort Lauderdale, FL : All Seasons Press [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
iv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-336).
ISBN
9781737478560
1737478560
Main Author
Naomi Wolf (author)
  • March 2020: "lockdown"
  • "Uniform safety for everyone"
  • Understanding the criminals
  • "Standing together by staying apart"
  • The "new normal"
  • How emergency policy is made
  • The unverifiable pandemic
  • "Lockdown" is not "quarantine": what "restrictions" really achieve
  • Frozen with fear: a cult takes shape
  • "The software of life"
  • How masks suppress the human advantage
  • The tech bubble: vast wealth via killing human competition
  • "Vaccine passports" and the end of human liberty
  • Switching you off
  • Theft
  • Heroes
  • Cruelty, cults, coercion
  • Pandemic without end
  • Evil beyond human imagination
  • The new authoritarian vs. the individual
  • Conclusion: resistance.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Our pre-March 2020 world is gone forever. Irretrievable. For in league with mass surrender to all-powerful technology, the “restrictions” against human assembly, speech and gathering, culture and worship brough on by pandemic panic have brought new cultural norms frighteningly at odds with traditional Western notions of freedom and independent thought. Indeed, in our fear of public ostracism and shaming and our ready abandonment of free, open, spontaneous, individualistic, egalitarian and tolerant expression, we in the West today live in a world of CCP-style regimentation and conformity. It is a world in which all human endeavor—all human joy, all human fellowship, all human advancement, all human culture, all human song, all human drama, all worship, all surprise, all flirtation, all celebration—is behind a digital pay wall. A world in which we must ask permission of technology to be human. This is a world we must challenge and change.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Naomi Wolf is one of the most highly respected independent voices in America. As the bestselling The End of America did in 2008 for lost Americans trying to solidify their declining liberties, The Bodies of Others will, in 2022, help the formerly free citizens of the West understand the hostile landscape in which they find themselves, and find their way back home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Our pre-March 2020 world is gone forever. Irretrievable. For in league with mass surrender to all-powerful technology, the "restrictions" against human assembly, speech and gathering, culture and worship brought on by pandemic panic have brought new cultural norms frighteningly at odds with traditional Western notions of freedom and independent thought. Indeed, in our fear of public ostracism and shaming and our ready abandonment of free, open, spontaneous, individualistic, egalitarian and tolerant expression, we in the West today live in a world of CCP-style regimentation and conformity. It is a world in which all human endeavor--all human joy, all human fellowship, all human advancement, all human culture, all human song, all human drama, all worship,all surprise, all flirtation, all celebration--is behind a digital pay wall. A world in which we must ask permission of technology to be human. This is a world we must challenge and change"--