Michael Bryant is a citizen journalist, writer and researcher who has worked with various anti-war groups, environmental organisations and anti-globalist organisations on many issues ranging from US imperialism, domestic corporate crimes and the ‘globalisation of agriculture’.

Our conversation is based on a piece he penned, published on the third anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the COVID™ “pandemic”, in which he provides a detailed breakdown of how Italy became the epicentre for the creation and spread of the fear campaign.

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.

Aldous Huxley, English writer

It all began in Italy

Map of Lombardy, Italy

The world was brought to a standstill by the emergence of a supposedly super-spreading, deadlier-than-flu virus from China that first appeared in Italy.

Because it’s always China, bro.

Lombardy in northern Italy, to be exact.

The first alleged case of COVID-19 was reported in the town of Codogno on 20th February 2020, and the Italian government reported their first COVID-19 death later that day.

Huge fear campaign

The media, as always, played a huge role in perpetuating the fear porn.

Italian military being used to perpetuate fear, circa 2020
Italian military being used to perpetuate fear, circa 2020

Reports from Bergamo, a city in the Lombardy region, spoke of coffins stacked high, relentless growth in ‘COVID-19 deaths’, and the need for military assistance to handle the increasing number of dead bodies.

Of course, there is no evidence for any of this nonsense.

It was propaganda.

And it was effective.

Endless amounts of fear porn, thanks to the media
Endless amounts of fear porn, thanks to the media

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte issued a series of government decrees, leading to Italy becoming the first country in the world to implement a national lockdown.

These measures set the precedent for lockdowns throughout the world.

Amazingly and by total sheer coincidence, most governments locked down their countries at the same time (around March 2020).

Okay, but:

  • Were the overcrowded conditions in Italian hospitals genuinely the result of a unique viral pathogen?
  • Were the spikes in excess deaths in northern Italy verifiably caused by the arrival and spread of a novel deadly virus?

No and no.

A pollution problem

As it happens, northern Italy has had significant pollution problems and long-standing chronic health conditions that have plagued the region for years.

Lest we forget this staged fear campaign
Lest we forget this staged fear campaign

In other words, the area in which Covid™ broke out is the same region with lots of pollution and old, sick people who were already on their way out.

Pollution across northern Italy
Pollution across northern Italy

Michael’s article also discusses the impact of austerity measures (more government spending) on the health infrastructure and the introduction of unprecedented health protocols specifically for COVID-19.

What happened in norther Italy was not an epidemiological or biological event.

There was no deadly virus.

There was no pandemic.

There was an unprecedented set of administrative mandates by the Italian government, which led to the deaths of many people.


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

HL Mencken, American journalist

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