Now if you have raised children when they get to the terrible twos and have started their growth into toddlerdom you find constant repetition is necessary to correct their behaviour. Keep drilling the message in. In political terms it amounts to parental dictatorship.
From the Canadian perspective the COVIDs exposed provincial and federal governments as purveyors of crude propaganda. It wasn’t some exhortation to revolution but rather a more mundane “keep safe”, “wear a mask” and the wretched phrase “social distancing”. Over and over ad nauseum until after a few weeks of it most of us were getting tired of if and angry about these advertisements. Or was it propaganda to egg the masses on to a state of jellied minds? It assumed social distancing was effective where I have previously said social distancing was a miserable failure as it only delayed subsequent waves of COVID-19 and hit hard at the compliant who being “in shelter” developed no immunity. Like lining up victims before a firing squad.
Millions of taxpayer dollars were pissed away by governments on “advertising”. The assumption being citizens had the lowest common denominator of intelligence whereas the governments spewing out “the message” proved to be so terribly wrong and that is why subsequent waves of COVID-19 were so deadly.
And in some respects, at least for the politico-medico elite, the propaganda campaign was a success as people did behave like obedient toddlers. As in a political propaganda campaign those who resisted were treated as ignoramuses and ostracized and were subject to fines and in some cases imprisonment perhaps acceptable in a totalitarian state but in Western democracies mostly unheard of.
The mainstream media purred the message on without question. The fifth estate were no more than appendages of the ruling politico medico elite. The good citizens of Western democracies criticize totalitarianism but couldn’t see the “medically based” COVID totalitarianism as anything but benign. And when all the toddlers jump on the bandwagon, they become sheep and it so passed they were being led to slaughter to the Temple of COVID correctness.