USA - Conspiracy Theorists at Work

Arno Froese

[Bill] Gates, who has pledged $250 million to efforts to fight the pandemic, is the latest in a string of online targets despite the World Health Organization’s efforts to fight what it called an “infodemic”—misinformation fanned by panic and confusion about the virus.

In recent months, 5G networks and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros have also been blamed for creating COVID-19, which has killed more than 315,000 people around the world.

“Bill Gates has always been a target of specific conspiracy communities,” said Rory Smith, research manager at First Draft, a non-profit that provides research and training for journalists.

Gates—whose eponymous foundation has spent billions of dollars improving healthcare in developing countries over the past 20 years—has become “a kind of abstract boogeyman,” said Whitney Phillips, an assistant professor at New York’s Syracuse University, where she teaches digital ethics.

A video accusing Gates of wanting “to eliminate 15 percent of the population” through vaccination and electronic microchips has racked up nearly two million views on YouTube.

“These conspiracies are powerful enough to drive down institutional trust around health organizations, and as a result, possibly drive down vaccination rates, which is worrying,” Smith said.

Debunking misinformation is “not about saying that everyone is a good guy,” said [Sylvain] Delouvee at France’s University of Rennes, pointing to privacy concerns around the race to build coronavirus tracking apps and governments’ use of medical data.

-news.yahoo.com, 18 May 2020

Arno's commentary

This is something that had not been previously possible. The Internet makes it easy to spread information—whether right or wrong—globally. Doubtless, it is part of the continuous and progressive work of globalism. So, the question, what is globalism? In simple words: free trade, open borders, and ultimately equality for all. The US is a pioneer of this development, for we read in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Although this was not really true, because it did not apply to the native inhabitants of the country, nor to black people, or in many cases to Asians. They did not have the “unalienable right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.” But, the goal is clear: this is what all people everywhere in the world want. How to achieve it? That’s the question.

Today, we may identify the three powerbrokers that are competing with each other: capitalism, socialism, and communism. Capitalism, in reality, does not exist in its purest form, except for the world’s elite. A combination of social-capitalism, however, is working rather well in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Emerging is communist-social-capitalism, as practiced by China—and, we must add, rather successfully. 

As believers, we must keep in mind that the Bible says, “we are not ignorant of his (the devil’s) devices.” His intention is to be the world’s peacemaker, the beloved savior, the universalist, who will proclaim that all men are created equal. But in the end, he will demand to be worshiped as god. Therefore, the conspiracy theorists have a point, although in the wrong direction.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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