These are cultural problems where abusers create the conditions for their own impunity. And so on. My new book is When Plants Dream: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism, and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance, written with the anthropologist Sophia Rokhlin. Daniel Pinchbeck’s life is the hero’s journey. Fear is taking hold of our social body as people seek for any sense of security or any stable sense of what the future may hold. A few years ago, I interviewed Del Bigtree, Director of Vaxxed, for my podcast. This is something deeper. When Plants Dream is the first book of its kind to look at the science and expanding culture of ayahuasca, from its historical use to its appropriation by the West and the […] At a time when we desperately need a powerful antidote to Trump, we have Biden instead. The continued growth of industrial civilization is depleting and toxifying the Earth’s ecosystems, while our intensive use of fossil fuels is leading to runaway warming, mass species extinction, and the collapse of the Arctic ice sheets. I'm not sure there's megalomania there just not coherent in his approach. On the Right, we see a MAGA supporter … Only time — and not too much more of it — will tell. I do think the time of counterculture is over. On September 2, 2020, CNN reported that, by the CDC's "current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States”... “0.4% of people who feel sick with Covid-19 will die. My reason for writing this piece is to persuade those who still support the old progressive establishment or neoliberal agenda (which encompasses the technocratic / biosecurity worldview, the Blue Church etc) to abandon this obsolete ideology. Daniel Pinchbeck went to some trouble to insert himself into the media as one of the leading Burning Man scenesters, following in his counter-cultural heritage at the heart of the Beat scene growing up on Ginsberg’s lap.. Pinchbeck’s “Evolver” group was a Burning Man-related social engineering think tank run out of Baltimore, Maryland.. The deepest argument we can make is to build an alternative, threaded with love and justice, integrity emanating from its heart. Unicef reports, “Over the past six months, about 1.5 billion children around the world have been told to stay home from school to help minimize transmission of the coronavirus. The sensible goal is to build a regenerative society where we mesh human activities with the biosphere, rather than continuing to exploit and desecrate it until we are driven extinct by cascading negative consequences. As I explored in How Soon Is Now (2017), we must stop this runaway train and redirect humanity’s creative and technical capacities. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into […] The functioning of our organs would be continuously monitored, with that information transmitted to governing bodies. Facebook. It requires, as well, a fundamental change in our economic paradigm. Recently, at the request of a few friends, I started to follow Robert F Kennedy Jr’s work on the subject. The standard response from the establishment is that there is no known correlation between the proliferation of vaccines and autism as well as other chronic conditions that our children are now developing in vast numbers, such as asthma and ADHD. –Daniel Pinchbeck. The only way we can do this is by bringing this darkness into the light of consciousness and looking at it, as impartially as we can, and then formulating a strategy based on a full-spectrum understanding. We know that Facebook and Twitter realize the addictive dopamine hits caused by fake news are horrible for society but boost their advertising revenue. This directly conflicts, in many cases, with the long-term health of our human family and the Earth. Through the Gates Foundation over the last decades, he and his wife have promulgated their belief that the world is steadily improving, with poverty decreasing across the planet. Futurist Yuval Harrari, for example, one of Obama’s favorite authors, envisions a pathetic future where most people no longer have jobs. In retrospect, we may see the intensive response to the Coronavirus as a hysterical over-reaction that revealed systemic failures, accelerating the collapse of post-industrial civilization. Rejecting consumerism and the insatiable drive for short-term gain, we establish a new system for exchanging value that supports the regeneration of our planetary ecosystems and provides every member of our human family the opportunity for a healthy, peaceful life. What if top executives at these corporations are well aware of the dangers of new vaccines, yet have calculated the profit and loss and found it benefits their bottom line? This is becoming an increasingly sensible viewpoint. Trump’s triumph — aided and abetted by US intelligence and military agencies in collusion with media corporations — validated my earliest intuition. We also need to tell the story that defines a legitimate path to get us there. That story, to me, goes something like this: Applying principles of decentralization, local decision-making, mutual aid, and direct democracy, a new type of grassroots social movement quickly gathers force to become a global power. As the Italian political philosopher Giorgio Agamben writes, the global overreaction to the Coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new political regime based on “biosecurity.” This regime of biosecurity — one that has been prepared for a long time, self-assembling in various ways — involves a new level of hyper-invasive control of human freedom. Is this the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius?! He is the outcome of 80s logic the way Bezos is the outcome of the logic of the 2010s. Vioxx caused up to 500,000 US deaths from heart attacks, as this article from The Week reveals. Unfortunately, or tragically, it tends toward establishing a totalitarian nightmare beyond anything Orwell could have imagined. It is time to stop fixating in what must be dismantled and build the communities and systems that render the current one obsolete. This is impacting many of us very intimately and also rippling through society as a whole. I co-founded the web magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Evolver.net, and edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, … As Kennedy points out, the same companies that make the vaccines also manufacture the drugs used to treat these chronic conditions. Their feckless analysis fails to include Capitalism's catastrophic ecological impacts, among other factors. We know that the executives of fossil fuel companies, like British Petroleum and Occidental, are well aware that accelerating climate change will make most of the planet unlivable within a few decades. I found that many of my more liberal and mainstream friends were furious at me for even considering whether excessive use of vaccinations might be harming children and contributing to health crises like the autism epidemic. We know this to be the case from many past examples, including recent ones, such as the media frenzy over Hilary’s emails before the 2016 election, which tilted the election to Trump, or the laughable coverage over Jeffrey Epstein’s “suicide.”. There are, also, good reasons why many people deeply distrust the traditional media. ... Simon Hodges Sep 6, 2020 Liked by Daniel Pinchbeck. Neoliberal technocracy sought to remove the rough edges from life and the world, leaving something as vacuous as an endless Seinfeld episode. Astrological conjunctions and epochal shifts. Sign up today to receive original content, news, event and retreat info, and other updates from Daniel. For people age 65 and older, the CDC puts that number at 1.3%. Before we can get there, establishment liberals and progressives must take a step back and reassess. It has rendered people, for the most part, entirely unprepared for the harsh conditions that may become the norm in the near future, as ecosystems break down and basic issues like access to food and fresh water become life or death questions, even in the developed world. In retrospect, it seems that the most sensible approach would have been an initial lockdown period followed by mask-wearing in supermarkets and on public transport, and ongoing quarantine for those in the highest risk categories, but not for everyone. Hi Daniel, I appreciate your analysis and sharing of these issues. We are experiencing an ongoing collapse of coherence: A  loss of signal and disintegration into noise. When reflecting personally on the response to the current time, I become very local. Neoliberal technocrats and most of those on the Left share a hardcore scientific materialist worldview — a worldview I have critiqued in past writing. This is causing suffering and desperation on a level not known in the US since the Great Depression. Vaccines now generate $60 billion per year in revenue. They are now roaring back. We are experiencing what happens when previously invisible processes, like underwater currents, finally break through to the surface. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. They were yearning for something — “regeneration through violence,” catharsis, apotheosis, the Rapture: Anything to free them from their mundane, dreary, going-nowhere lives. George Orwell thought that “ a desirable civilization” would “aim at making life simpler and harder instead of softer and more complex.” Our civilization — the one collapsing around us now — has done the opposite. I can understand why many find this to be a seriously chilling thought. Generally, people always seek a better life for themselves and their children. We look at its spread around the world and the transformative effects it is having on individuals and communities. Gates has gained inordinate influence over public policy through his donations, such as his support of the World Health Organization. Due to their fiduciary responsibility, companies must maximize shareholder value at all costs, even if this means ignoring all externalities, such as health, safety, and long-term ecological consequences. However, with just a small amount of digging on the Internet, I found that the known “adverse events” and possible side effects for the Tripedia vaccine, which covers diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, include “SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea.” According to RXList.com, “Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship.”. As Kennedy rightly notes, the tragic reality is that the response to Coronavirus is destined to have far more fatal and destructive consequences than the virus itself. In the  years before the Second World War, Walter Benjamin saw that people’s alienation from themselves had become so great that they were reaching a point where they could appreciate their own destruction as an “aesthetic spectacle of the first order.” Fascism is inhumane and barbaric, but at least it is theatrical and, for those caught in its thrall, fascinating. The institutional gravity of our medical system, with its capacity to extend life, remains an article of unquestionable faith for the neoliberal technocracy. Alongside that is the desire to join with others in such work and hold a sense of collective becoming worldwide. I founded the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki. The resulting death toll could outpace that of the coronavirus with 300,000 people dying due to starvation every day over a three-month period.”. The biosecurity agenda is a logical extension of the neoliberal technocratic worldview, which was an outgrowth of bourgeois society, with its focus on creature comforts, convenience, and security. In actual fact, the rapid collapse into lawlessness and incoherence in the US is a direct result of Trump's policy failures. Twitter. He is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. And so on. More than 30 percent of these students — around 463 million — were unable to gain access to remote learning opportunities when their schools closed.” Social unrest, rebellions and riots are also increasing globally as a result of food shortages and immiseration. I do as well. We saw it, also, in the military response to “9-11”: While we lavishly mourned 3,000 dead Americans, we ignored the million Iraqi civilians who died as a result of our unjust and unnecessary war. He also seems to evince a desire for control that may be, whether consciously or not, sociopathic or monomaniacal. Until space colonies on Mars open up, we still have to deal with this world and its fragile, increasingly insecure and unstable realities. Of course, the magnetic pull of such a dark vision is not rational. As I proposed in my book How Soon Is Now (2017), what we need is a truly visionary alternative. My past books include Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010), and How Soon Is Now (Watkins, 2017). In previous works, Agamben explored how we still linger under the shadow of the Holocaust and the nuclear bomb. On deeper investigation, I find that RFK makes many valid points, even if he sometimes makes small factual errors that weaken his case. I hosted the talk show Mindshift on GaiamTV. DANIEL PINCHBECK — I have never proposed that the exact date of 21/12/12 was going to be a transfiguration or an apocalypse or anything like that. In the US, Trump applies many tactics directly borrowed from the Third Reich, convincing his base that he represents “law and order" against Democrats who are fomenting chaos and anarchy. He is a co-founder of Evolver, a lifestyle community platform that publishes Real For people 49 and under, the agency estimated that 0.05% of symptomatic people will die.” The concern that survivors of Covid often experience long-term damage to organs also seems over-hyped, as the same is also true for the flu in a similarly small number of cases. As I said, I sympathize with the anger impelling the Qanon movement and the populist Far Right. As I have proposed in this essay, people have good reason to freak out about vaccinations, ever-increasing corporate control and techno-surveillance, as well as Bill Gates' biological control agenda. Barring some unlikely miracle like the military stepping in and removing him from office, Trump is, in all likelihood, not going anywhere in January. Beneath the thin veneer of choice, our country was deeply authoritarian, with our much-vaunted democratic government a convenient pretext for ongoing corporate rule. In fact, one of the main pharmaceutical companies manufacturing vaccines is aptly named Merck. However, as Carl Jung excavated in his work, the level at which we operate as conscious beings is just one level: Consciousness is only a small circle of light within a great ocean of darkness. With his visible cognitive decline, Biden provides a tragic-comic symbol of how this whole system has failed the people as well as the planet. They hid the data intentionally, to protect profits. The demonization of Bill Gates is another powerful undercurrent at the moment. Author of 'Breaking Open the Head,' '2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,' and 'How Soon Is Now'. HOME / ABOUT / WRITING + PROJECTS / BLOG / CONSULT / DONATE. The success of Silicon Valley — IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and so on — fueled the fantasy that technology, divorced from any moral vision or purpose, was, in itself, a positive force. Sovereign power is now defined by “bio-power”: control over life and death. The profits that pharmaceutical companies make from vaccines has also skyrocketed. About Daniel Pinchbeck From Daniel Pinchbeck’s Website I am the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), Notes from the Edge Times(Tarcher/Penguin, 2010), and How Soon Is Now (Watkins, 2017). But we shouldn't focus solely on Trump. Gates has also invested over $250 million into media such as NPR and Participant Films (who produced the Netflix documentary series on him), buying himself a great deal of influence over coverage of his activities. Daniel Pinchbeck : biography June 15, 1966 – Daniel Pinchbeck (born 15 June 1966) is an American author living in New York’s East Village, where he is editorial director of Reality Sandwich, an online magazine centered around New Age philosophy and activism. Like Homer’s Odyssey, How Soon Is Now is a song of redemption for a world torn apart by the monsters of our own creation. Please, FDA Nears Approval of Injectable Biochip Implants for COVID Detection, Linked to Computers, U.N. warns of 'hunger pandemic' amid threats of coronavirus, economic downturn, How to Explore Other Worlds: Cultivating Multidimensional Awareness. It’s our pleasure to welcome Daniel Pinchbeck, co-author of the new book, When Plants Dream, as AoM September. The ten facts you need to know about Daniel Pinchbeck, including life path number, birthstone, body stats, zodiac and net worth. In Bill Gates’ Charity Paradox, an investigation into Gates’ “$50 billion charitable enterprise” The Nation’s Tim Schwab found that “Gates’s outsize charitable giving —​ $36 billion to date — has created a blinding halo effect around his philanthropic work, as many of the institutions best placed to scrutinize his foundation are now funded by Gates, including academic think tanks that churn out uncritical reviews of its charitable efforts and news outlets that praise its giving or pass on investigating its influence. These forces seek to drag our world down into the darkest depths of hell. I don’t believe — as many now do — that Gates is a super villain who knows he is using enforced vaccinations and bio-chips as an instrument of absolute global domination and depopulation. Twenty years ago, Merck mass-distributed Vioxx, a headache drug. This is reflected in the way our medical system tries to extend the life of the elderly as long as possible, no matter the level of senescence or misery experienced by the individual. They are rejecting neoliberalism and seek an alternative. It calls for “armed marches” to the capitals of all fifty states on January 17. Merck is one of the main US companies benefiting from the $60 billion annual windfall from vaccines. declared that the Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012:The Return of the Quetzalcoat!.He co-founded the web magazine Reality Sandwich and the online platform Evolver.net. 68 . In fact, he is not even an “anti-vaxxer.” Nor am I. I still think that vaccines, like those against Polio and Smallpox, were major achievements of modern medicine, eradicating terrible scourges. Over the last centuries, our industrial civilization fixated on unleashing the power of technology at the expense of developing a truly holistic, ethical framework for humans to live in peaceful solidarity. The classical Mayan calendar — the Long Count — is a 5,125-year sequence, based on the T’zolkin, a 260-day count. On the pretext of protecting individual liberty, it gives people a license to act on their racist and violent impulses. What is starting to collapse is not only the government, the financial system, and the sense of social adhesion that holds our civilization together: It is the entire paradigm and underlying ideology of Capitalism, post-industrial civilization along with its vision of progress. In essence, as we are now discovering, the world traded a veneer of short-term prosperity for inevitable long-term collapse. Autism is one of the most horrible conditions that has skyrocketed in the last decades. 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