Another technique to stigmatise opposition: smear them.
The headline of the article about me is "Twitter users donate money to Lithuanian 'victim'". It's also the article's URL.
And it's 100% false: no one has donated anything to me. I've never taken one cent from this.
I've publicly written dozens of times that I will never take money or donations. My only goal: defend freedom against authoritarianism.
But the state media doesn't mention this at all.
Instead, they resort to the fraught trope of the greedy money-grubber.
Small, unreliable-looking sites! Anonymous circulation! Fake readers!
With vague innuendo and smears, the state media disparages any source other than itself, and belittles people - i.e., you, reading this message now - who want to know more about the Covid Pass regime.
Hate speech! Censor! Criminalise! Prosecute! Punish!
This isn't a random internet troll; this is Lithuania's government-funded media attacking me for describing the Covid Pass regime.
This is intimidation.
What the media doesn't address stands out even more.
In my posts, I discuss authoritarianism 25 times, segregation 14 times, freedom 10 times.
The media mention that: 0 times.
This is deflection to avoid debate and dismiss opposition.
And it's happening everywhere.
Censor. Stigmatise. Doublethink. Smear. Intimidate. Deflect.
This is how leaders and media - here and around the world - try to normalise what is not normal: an authoritarian regime of segregation and control where undesired behaviour is punished with banishment from society.
But we can now see with our own eyes the society which the Covid Pass has created.
So no more doublethink. No more deflection.
This is the headline that needs to be written:
"Lithuania banishes citizens from food,work,clothes, books, toys. Other countries following soon."
The Covid Pass has already transformed Lithuania into a regime of authoritarianism and segregation.
But there's nothing unique about our case. We're just ahead by a few months.
Other countries are now starting to face the same inevitable reality.
New laws in Eastern Europe:
In Western Europe, many countries started Covid Pass restrictions in the summer or early fall: France, Italy, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Switzerland, Netherlands...
As the winter comes, the restrictions are expanding.
New rules imposed in just the last two weeks:
In every country the intention behind the Covid Pass is noble: a healthy society.
But in their zeal, leaders and media dismiss what we can now see with our own eyes: the Pass is unleashing the segregation,hate, and authoritarianism we thought our world had overcome long ago.
If your goal is to encourage vaccination, then encourage vaccination.
You don't need hate and othering.
You don't need to ban your neighbours from food, clothes, income.
You don't need to create an authoritarian society of legalised segregation.
3 months ago, my wife and I were free citizens in a modern democracy.
Now, we're banned from food shops, big and small. Cannot buy clothes, toys, or books for our kids. Have no income. And leaders and media openly wish for our death.
Its astounding to me that this needs to be said, but here we are:
Banishment from society is wrong.
Authoritarianism is wrong.
Segregation is wrong.
Hate is wrong.
No amount of denial, dismissal, and doublethink can normalise it.
All of this is so deeply, deeply wrong.
A mob may say that people without a Covid Pass should be banished from society.
A mob may wish for hate and death.
But as individuals, people would never accept this de- humanisation of their families, friends, and neighbours.
My wife and I wrote this message because we hope to show people - as individuals - the reality of life in a Covid Pass regime.
We hope - and truly believe - that as individuals we will all recognise the inhumanity and reject the segregation and hatred that it creates.
I posted all references used in this writing at: txti.es/covid-pass-reference…
It includes links to: laws, official sources, quotes, news articles, company policies and information, statistics.
Please feel free to email me with any questions.