2014-09-17

The Iatrogenocidal Challenge

From Christianity to neoliberal capitalism, a great challenge of the elites has been gradually transforming the sadistic instincts of man into masochistic ones, in order to subject people as optimally as possible to their interests. So it is not strange that the torture techniques are one of the laboratories par excellence in which new forms of social control are tested. The ultimate goal would be that these techniques become so refined that, not only can be used against the civilian population with the greatest appearance of impunity, but also they become desired by the victims themselves. Here we are obviously facing a case of banalization of originally sacrificial rituals.

The Ice Bucket Challenge 
responds perfectly to this perverse logic. It is based on an ancient torture technique, but still systematically used with variations by major intelligence agencies as a form of institutional torture, in contravention of international conventions on this matter. Thus, this viral campaign works as a smokescreen for the real institutional torture, so that the related information provided by the few media not subjected to the capitalist censorship, can be somehow distorted. In the same way that Hollywood makes us believe in the legitimacy of torture as a technique for obtaining information (Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, 2002). Entertainment industry used as propaganda of the totalitarian capitalist regime. "Banalisation of evil".

But behind the comicality of the Ice Bucket a still more retrograde strategy hides. The campaign aims to raise funds for such a rare disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with an incidence as low as 2 cases for every 100,000 persons. This trend can be observed in other phenomena of neoliberal medical industry, in which the whole public health systems are progressively dismantled
while new rare and suspicious diseases --ALS might be caused by vaccines (Leonard Horowitz, "The Avian Flu Fright is Politically Timed. A Public Health Warning and Political Essay", Tetrahedron, 2005)-- serve to the extension of the capitalist profit. In short, the retrogression in social justice and citizenship rights is masked by charity campaigns that in fact contribute to the system's injustices.

But the background of this ridiculous fashion is even darker. It can be linked to the so-called "charitable foundations" that, under the pretext of "humanitarism" work in coordination with
large multinationals, so that the terrible effects on the environment and the health of the people that they cause, is covered up by these "humanitarian" initiatives.

Today the real "challenge" is to stop playing the role of buffoon and throw cold water on the iatrogenocide practiced by the complex pharmaceutical industry-institutions-foundations.


Image after illustration at Harper's Weekly, April 17, 1869 [ua-fu/fd] and Bill Gates performing the Ice Bucket Challenge (2014) [ua-fu/fd].