In my reading I am seeing a lot of parallels from the past. The one I came across today as I began a book called A Journal of the Plague Year had to do with government deception. The year was 1665 and the last time that the Bubonic plague hit England. As the book opens I came across this,
“And accordingly in the Weekly Bill for the next Week, the thing began to shew it self; there was indeed but 14 set down of the Plague, but this was all Knavery and Collusion, for St Giles’s Parish they buried 40 in all, whereof it was certain most of them died of the Plague, though they were set down of other Distempers;...” page 6In 1665 the authorities were lying by making the numbers low. I guess the object was to reduce panic. Today we have the government and media lying high for the opposite reason. They want us to panic. One advantage they had in those days was a lack of CNN.
“We had no such thing as printed News-Papers in those Days, to spread Rumours and Reports of Things; and to improve them by the Invention of Men, as I have liv’d to see practis’d since.” page 1But some things never change. We think we doubt the government today but it is nothing new.
Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of the Plague Year. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1722, 1978.
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