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WTMWD #63: The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin: How do we do this?

 

 

 

 

I start off asking Michael Boldin, of the Tenth Amendment Center, how we can use the principle of nullification to put an end to the lockdown insanity and create free societies... and we end up talking about everything from the legal foundations of nullification, how crappy most sheriffs are on constitutional rights, Freedom Cells, Vermin Supreme, and how very very important mutual aid is.

I even tell the story of my grandmother's experience with her amazing care home, provided by her mutual-aid society, and how the state has worked to shut these down across the country.

Michael works tirelessly for the Tenth Amendment Center.

The book I mentioned is "From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State", and you can find it here.

This Cato publication has some good stuff on mutual aid too, including an essay on the book above.

The Fully Informed Jury Association is here.

The Institute for Justice is here.

You can learn more about Freedom Cells here and here.

Read about the battle of Tinhorn Flats here.

And of course the Vermin Supreme Institute can be found here.

 


Building Free Communities with Private Membership Associations - a webinar with the Freedom Angels

 

Yesterday, the Freedom Angels hosted a webinar with Vanessa and Mike Colomb of Renegade Ranch, a new Private Membership Association (PMA) grocery store  in Penn Valley, Nevada County, California. They talk about Private Membership Associations - how they work, and how they can be used to build free communities.

You can watch here:

 




WTMWD #62: Todd Seavey on Secession and Open Borders

 

 

 

 

In which long-time libertarian writer and friend Todd Seavey does his best to offend those on both left and right on two hot-button issues that might actually unite people if only they would think about them in the right way - and predicts that the real revolution will be driven by picnics. We also end up spending a lot of time grumbling about how old we've suddenly gotten.

I spoke with Todd last August, about immigration restrictions. You can see that episode here.

Todd's article "Secession and Open Borders: Why not both?" is here.

His book, "Libertarianism for Beginners" is here.

And you can find Todd on Twitter

 

 


WTMWD #61: Unbreaking Science with Dr. James Lyons Weiler

 

 

 

 

How broken are the systems that evaluate scientific research, and what can be done to fix them? I talk with Dr. James Lyons Weiler about these questions, and about his own contributions to independent research - including his analysis of VAERS data for deaths and anaphylaxis following vaccination for Covid-19, and his participation in the international Nucleaic Acid Amplification Testing Evaluation Consortium (NAATEC), which will evaluate the efficacy of PCR testing for Covid-19.

Dr. Weiler's website is here.

His Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is here, and you can read about the NAATEC project here.

You can support Dr. Weiler's work here, or here.

 


Sakura

 

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There they are again. Sakura blossoms. Coming out again this year just like they did last year and the year before... and hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before that. 

Taking over a small mountain village, a well-worn pathway... or all of Tokyo.

And that was what was so magical about them. Yes, visiting a place like Kyoto or Nara that is filled with sakura blossoms is a beautiful experience. 

But there's something completely magical about seeing your own city transformed into something else. Witnessing it become bathed in a pink haze, and littered with tiny pinkish-white flecks everywhere. To see all of the different shades of grey you are so used to, the slick dark pavements, the trim, tidy grey suits of the salary men... to see all of that suddenly speckled in pink, to have a sudden shower of tiny blossoms floating down from the sky, getting on everything - the windshield of your taxi, the shoulder of your trim and tidy suit as you're hurrying to get to a meeting. Your hair, your briefcase, your lunch...

The sakura don't care about all of that. It's time for them to blossom, and so they do. With abandon and joy.

I imagine the blossoms don't care much for things like Covid-19 restrictions either, and when I think about Tokyo now, I imagine lots of delicate, tissue-paper-thin petals making a mockery of the face masks they land on. 

There is something very important about an old society, a culture that has withstood millenia, and that carries with it knowledge of how things have been for a very long time.

I sometimes wonder how much of American stupidity is simply the result of our being a very young country and culture. That we are like a brazen teenager stumbling out into the world with too much confidence and too little information.

I suspect that in some of the older cultures, there is a knowledge that is passed down, or contained in parts of the culture itself, a knowledge about how the world was long before the current members of society were in it. And if that is true, then I imagine that that knowledge must give some comfort.

Sakura season is what I'm talking about. Each year, it gives us some very important information:

1. That we, humans, are part of nature. And that nature is bigger than us. That no matter how important that meeting is that you are rushing to, those little pink blossoms are still going to stick to your shoulder;

2. That if we choose to live with nature, and not to fight it - if instead of chopping down all the cherry trees because their blossoms are messy and might get on our suits and our windshields, we choose to fill our cities with them - the results can be more overwhelmingly beautiful than anyone could have ever imagined;

3. Nature endures. Beauty endures. Life endures.

This past year has been an unprecedented assault on life, on humanity, on human beings, by some very very dark forces. But those forces have not stopped the sakura from blooming.

The masks, the lockdowns, even the vaccines and the whole twisted pharmaceutical paradigm that seems so omnipotent... it's all temporary.

Sakura is here to stay.

 

 


Happy Birthday to "What Then Must We Do?"!

 

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A year ago today, I posted my first ever podcast episode. The state I live in had just "locked down" vast swathes of our lives, and my guest was the fantastic Jeff Tucker, of the American Institute for Economic Research. Since then, Jeff has distinguished himself as one of the most outspoken and articulate opponents of the lockdowns and other draconian restrictions, and I am honored to have had him as my first guest, and honored that he continues to grace my show with his presence from time to time.

You can listen to that interview here. Or watch it here:

 

 

I remember that day vividly. I was actually feeling physically ill that morning. Not because I was sick, but I think because the enormity of what had been going on for several weeks already, culminating in the Soviet-style shutting down of businesses and normal activities across my state, had suddenly hit me on a physical level. And it was so encouraging just to talk with one more person who recognized the insanity of it all - as well as the gravity of what was being done and what it would mean for so many people months and even years down the line.

It still is encouraging. One of my goals in starting my podcast - which I had dreamed up many months before "all of this" started - was to provide a place where those of us who recognize the danger of the state can connect, share ideas, and feel a little less alone. It's still not as interactive as I'd like to make it (maybe I'll start going live in the coming year and inviting some audience participation?) but from the feedback I'm getting, "What Then Must We Do?" is doing a little something toward this end.

So, Happy Birthday to "WTMWD"! And a heartfelt thanks to all of my listeners who make it worth doing, and of course to my wonderful guests. I know it's still rough around the edges, and yes I do plan to record an intro. soon and even add some music. Who knows, maybe I'll even figure out a real backdrop and a way to keep the chickens quiet. But all in all, I think the content itself has been pretty awesome if I do say so myself. So thanks again, get ready for some incredible guests and topics in the coming months, and if you haven't already signed up for updates, please do so here!

 

 


WTMWD #59: The economy: Time to panic yet? With Gene Epstein

 

 

 

 

When eternal optimist Gene Epstein is worried, you know things are bad. So... is he worried? I speak with the former Barrons economics and books editor, now host of the Soho Forum, about where he thinks we are now, and what is to come.

Gene lays out his view for the next few years, backs it up with good data-driven reasons, and talks a little about his own investment strategy. He also explains why I was wrong about hyperinflation in 2008.

Gene's article, "The Great Suppression" can be found here.

And my article, "An Open Letter to my Pro-Obama Friends" is here, and my follow-up three years later, is here.

The Soho Forum is here.

The next debate happens this Wednesday, March 17, and the topic is whether presidents should be given fast-track authority to propose bills for all types of legislation, that Congress must approve or deny by majority vote and without change. You can register at the Soho Forum site.

You can also find Gene on Twitter.

 

 


WTMWD #58: Roger Koops used to work in vaccine development. Here's why he doesn't plan to get the Covid-19 shot

 

 

 

 

I speak with retired chemist Roger Koops, about his experience working in vaccine development. We talk about some misunderstandings about how vaccines work, and some of his concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines.

Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER, and is also a retired scientist, with a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has authored or co-authored several papers on pharmaceutical technology and chemistry.

Our previous conversation, about masks and viruses, is here.

His article, "A Primer for the Media on Viruses, Vaccines, and Covid-19" is here.

 


WTMWD #57: "What are we getting wrong?" Jeremy Hammond takes the health-freedom movement to task

 

 

 

 

I speak with independent journalist Jeremy R. Hammond about some of the things he thinks some of those who are critical of the official Covid-19 narratives are getting wrong.

We also talk about censorship, and about how to be good news consumers in these crazy times.

You can see Jeremy's work, and sign up for his newsletter (which I highly recommend), here.

 

 


Do Mask Mandates Violate Federal Law?

 

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It looks like maybe they do. 

On April 18 of 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for non-surgical face masks to be worn by the general public. It was updated on April 24, 2020. You can read that EUA here.

The law that governs the granting of EUAs is the "Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act." You can see the relevant portions of that law here.

This law specifically states that "...individuals to whom the product (in this case, non-surgical face masks) is administered are informed... of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product."



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The law also states that individuals to whom the products are administered be informed "...of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use..."

In case you missed it when various governors, city governments, airports, the CDC, TSA, FAA, et al. informed you of these risks while demanding that you wear a mask on your face, here is some information about some of the risks (including the promotion of "pre-metastatic niches") of wearing face masks for a prolonged period of time. 

Here is my earlier post on mask harms (and my response to the FB fact checkers' feeble attempt to debunk some of the claims therein. Nice try "fact checkers.")

The FDA's own guidance on products authorized under EUAs can be found here, and states that the FDA must “ensure that recipients are informed to the extent practicable given the applicable circumstances… that they have the option to accept or refuse the EUA product…”

 

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...and if you want to see the footnote that "46" refers to, it is here:

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It looks to me like every single government agency, state governor, city government, and any other entity that is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face masks is guilty, not only of obvious human-rights violations including the right to informed consent, but also of violating federal law on the emergency-use authorization of medical devices.

 

 

 


Tom Finally Got Me

 

I've been avoiding joining Tom Woods' online group of supporting listeners for years now. Not because I have anything against Tom Woods, I don't - he is one of the best, and most prolific, advocates for liberty, and one of the few sane voices (sadly, even among libertarians) in these crazy times. But I didn't want one more reason to spend time on social media. I've been doing a good job of cutting back on that and didn't want to fall off the wagon.

But today I saw this, from his daily newsletter:

Someone introduced himself to my private group, the Tom Woods Show Elite, this week with the following:

"Last year my daughter Abigail was born a few days before the lockdowns started in Massachusetts. She was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called CHARGE syndrome (a little less than 1 in 100,000), which has a 40% survival rate. Once the lockdowns kicked in it was literally illegal for me and my wife to see or be by our preemie daughter, who was convulsing in painful uncontrollable spasms for months, and on the brink of death.

"Eventually the lockdowns "relaxed" so one of us could visit our daughter once daily for a generous two hours. I cannot put into words how traumatic it is to have a daily conversation with your wife about who gets to spend the potentially last day ever with your baby girl. Thankfully she survived after multiple surgeries, but is blind (compared to death that is a blessing). However, developmental services for special needs children in Massachusetts have been deemed a "nonessential service."

"We have been lucky to have secured some in-person OT visits with our daughter, but it has been criminally illegal in our state to have critical in-person visits with developmental specialists to help our daughter overcome challenges associated with her disabilities. She is months behind and will face permanent developmental delays because of the lockdowns set forth by our lovely Republican governor.

"I joined this legendary group to share my personal COVID tragedy, which is unfortunately one of millions, to a sympathetic group of like-minded individuals. I'm finishing up my public health PhD at [institution removed by TW], and am a political science professor at a state school up in Massachusetts, so I'm sure you can imagine how I'm surrounded by COVID doomers 24/7. Tom Woods literally gave me the strength to look death straight in the eye last year and overcome it, so I will be forever grateful."

 

Many of you know that our daughter also has a rare genetic condition - although not as rare as this one. Our daughter has Dup15Q, and when she was born, she spent several weeks in the NICU and a few more in a less intensive ward. It was several days before my husband talked me into going home to get some sleep, and I still feel guilty for any of that time that I didn't spend holding her. I can't even imagine what these parents had to go through - only, I sort of can.

One of the main reasons I've stayed on FaceBook has been my special-needs parent groups. As awful as FaceBorg is, it is a great platform for groups (as long as those groups aren't about the things FB's masters don't want you to talk about.) But I have a really hard time visiting those groups now. I have a very hard time looking at the pictures my friends and others are posting of their developmentally disabled children wearing masks. Or bragging about how they just gave their - already neurologically compromised - child the Covid-19 vaccine. 

These are people I love. And I love their kids. And I feel that there is nothing I can say that will make a dent in this. That I just have to watch as so many families "trust the experts" and go along with the madness. And I just can't watch it. 

So I'm heading over to Tom's group - on MeWe of course. Maybe you'll want to join me there.

Oh, and some of you also know that even before the pandemic nonsense, I had been working on a plan for developing independent, mutual-aid-style homes and communities for those with special needs. If anything, the pandemic has rendered this even more urgent, and requires thinking about it on a much much bigger scale. I've put together a (draft) video presentation that lays the groundwork for my solution - and it's not only limited to special-needs care. There are practical ways for us to build free societies now, and we need to start doing that.

You can check that out here (remember, it's just a first draft.)

 

 


WTMWD #56: "There's something really rotten going on..." Dr. Meryl Nass on the manipulation of Covid-19 case numbers, and the suppression of information about potential treatments.

 

 

 

I speak with Meryl Nass, MD, about some of the blatant manipulation that characterizes official reporting on Covid-19 cases and deaths. We also talk about where the SARS-Cov2 virus may have come from, and the (possibly criminal) efforts to which some have gone to suppress information about and access to potentially life-saving treatments.

Dr. Nass has been doing some of the best reporting on Covid-19 controversies. You can see her work here.

The article we discussed, "Shameless manipulation: Positive PCR tests drop after WHO instructs vendors to lower cycle threshholds. We have been played like a fiddle" is here.

Another article of hers that we mentioned, "How a false hydroxychloroquine narrative was created, and more", is here.

(And as a special treat, if you listen carefully, you'll be able to hear my chickens in the background.)

 

 

 


WTMWD #55: Kevin McKernan: Is the peer-review process fraudulent?

 

 

 



The last time Kevin McKernan was on the show, he told us about the (devastating) review of the Corman-Drosten PCR methodology that he co-authored. In this episode, he talks about some of the fallout from the review, including a scathing but imprecise attack from PCR expert Dr. Stephen Bustin - and why that attack is puzzling. We also talk about what this tells us about fundamental problems with the peer review process, and how that process is changing.

My previous episode with Kevin, talking about the Corman-Drosten Review, is here.

The Corman-Drosten Review Report (with comments) is here, and the addendum is here.

"Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR", by Corman, Drosten, et al, is here.

The interview with Stephen Bustin, on Planetwaves, is here.

Information on the Michelle Cedillo case can be found here, and the court transcript is here.

I spoke with Kevin last April about problems with the peer review process, and "revolutionizing peer review with blockchain", here.

...and about some of the problems with PCR testing, here.

You can find Kevin on Twitter.

 

 


I'm Watching this Now - You Should Too!

 

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Don't bother searching for this on YouTube. You already know that independent voices on health freedom and especially on the topic of vaccine safety, have been largely kicked off of that platform. (It's why I post the videos of my podcast episodes on Bitchute.) 

Speakers at the Health Freedom Summit will be covering a wide range of issues, from Covid-19 vaccines, to chronic illness and what to do about it, tools for strengthening your immune system that are being censored in the mainstream, to finding and building community and creating solutions to the medical authoritarianism we find ourselves living under.

I'm especially interested in the solutions part, and in hearing from people like Reiner Fuellmich about practical ways to hold tyrants accountable for their actions, and from Dolores Cahill, about her newly launched Freedom Airway and Freedom Travel Alliance , and about "how to transform your community by wisely choosing who to influence when you have limited time."

For the next three days (starting today, although you can pay extra for lifetime on-demand access), you can hear from more than 30 of these voices – some of whom have appeared on my show, and all of whom are worth listening to – including:

Andy Wakefield

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi

Del Bigtree

JP Sears

Dr. Paul Thomas

Sayer Ji

Mary Holland Esq

Professor Dolores Cahill

Reiner Fuellmich

Polly Tommey

Dr. Stephanie Seneff

...and many more.

 

You can sign up to watch, and to support the folks who are putting this on, and who are fighting for everyone's right to make their own decisions over their health and their families' health... by going here. (This is an affiliate link, so I will get a little something back for purchases made through this link. But you don't need to purchase anything in order to view the Summit today or through the 17th.)





Why Big Pharma Wants to Stop Hydroxychloroquine

 

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I realize that I never posted this interview I did back in August on David Forsyth's Freedom Adventure podcast, about the effort to quash information about Hydroxychloroquine. This had to do with my article about the Frontline Doctors, and the massive smear campaign against them and against anyone speaking positively about HCQ. It is especially relevant in light of Facebook's recent revelation that suppressing information about the drug was a "mistake."

You can listen here.

 

 


Ivor Cummins Demolishes Quillette Hit Piece – and One Reason Propaganda Works So Well:

 

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On January 16th, this piece, "Rise of the Coronavirus Cranks", appeared on Quillette, written by Christopher Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs. In the piece, Snowdon purports to take apart some of the arguments made by critics of government lockdowns around the world. Going after Ivor Cummins and Michael Yeadon in particular, he states that "the claims made by Cummins, Yeadon, and other supposed authorities are demonstrably nonsensical..."

What follows is a long spewing forth of colorful strawmen ("(y)ou can draw a straight line from those who talked about a “casedemic” a few months ago to the crowds of protestors outside hospitals today screaming that “COVID is a hoax”), ridicule ("(Cummins) was an annoyance to scientists and dietitians who found his claims risible, but he was not a menace to public health"), and an attempt to dismantle the arguments of those who oppose the lockdowns.

Two days later, Cummins has published his reply, in which he carefully, calmly, and with the barest possible number of expletives, explains why Snowdon is wrong. (Michael Yeadon has also responded to the attacks on his claims, here.) Here is a brief sampling, but I recommend reading the entire piece–in part because it also contains a very good summary of much of Cummins' arguments against the lockdowns from early on. And unlike Snowdon, Cummins provides ample published analysis to back up his claims. Some examples (Cummins' comments on Snowdon's text are in brackets, in red):

He claimed that increases in testing had created large numbers of false positives, leading to a “casedemic” in which the number of infections appeared to rise but there was “no mortality” because “the epidemic’s gone.” [Correct – the Casedemic was a creature of the summer, and we always warned of winter resurgence – but the panic-mongering “1918 Spanish Second-Waver” authorities chose to do NOTHING to prepare for it]. It attracted a million views on YouTube within days. [Because the science and logic suddenly made sense – even as we were being mandatory masked - in the middle of the Goddamn summer].

...Herd immunity, he theorised, had been largely achieved and he insisted that there would be no second wave. [we always warned of winter resurgence, hard to predict degree of immunity achieved in the new virus epidemic phase – but the authorities did NOTHING to prepare for it, where we promoted all of the useful mitigating solutions e.g. vit D, metabolic health, Ivermectin (finally approved now), etc. etc. – all ignored, along with even bothering to expand the hospital system…]. 

...Cummins dismissed those who warned of a second wave in France and Spain, where case numbers were already growing, and described the rising caseload in the US as a “double hump” caused by the southern states experiencing their first wave. [which it was]. He assured viewers that the American spike was already on the wane. Within two months, France and Spain were recording more than 400 COVID deaths a day [see the actual data below for excess mortality France and Spain – endemic virus resurgence, no “1918 Flu second wave” – and in any case, zero preparation by authorities, who were terrorizing the population all summer…with the promise of a catastrophic “second wave”]: 

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and the US was climbing its biggest “hump” yet, with every state except Hawaii experiencing uncontrolled community transmission. [To our endless correctness, note Florida is almost the best performer as USA seasonally resurges – even though Florida dropped lockdowns and masks way back in September! Thus proving for the Nth time the uselessness of NPI. Note Lockdown & Mask-INSANE California is worse off than Florida in past months - even though it would have similar regional triggering scenario, and even an older population in Florida:] 

 

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"...Pretty far-fetched, isn’t it? And that’s before we get to the theories about Bill Gates and the Chinese Communist Party that are on the lunatic fringes even in the smiley universe. [Poor Chris – can’t even tolerate basic factual realities – on the historical record – no-one denying them – clear as day. Yes the WHO told the world DIRECTLY to copy China CCP policy of lockdown – that is the fact of the matter – that is simply what they did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=978zLJJLo-I&ab_channel=IvorCummins ]"

 

I'll let you read the rest on your own, here. But I wanted to say something else about the Quillette piece.

Early on in the piece, Snowdon says "I am not some wobbly-lipped pantry boy who’s scared of a bit of flu. I am a libertarian at a free market think tank who has spent most of his working life critiquing the excesses of the nanny state."

Maybe Snowdon genuinely is libertarian, and maybe he really does support free markets. But if he is, and if he does, then he doesn't understand either very well. He completely fails to understand the nature of the state, or of state intervention in our lives. If he did, he would understand that a Big, Serious Problem is hardly justification for state intervention. That in fact the inverse is true: The graver the danger, the greater the threat, the more critical it is that we keep governments out of any solutions.

And maybe I'm being overly cynical, but I've just heard the refrain one too many times: "I'm a libertarian, but I support this one particular heavy-handed government intervention because..." It's almost as if there is a deliberate effort to lend credibility to stark authoritarianism by creating the impression that "even libertarians support it!"

Note that what I said above is an intuitive statement. It's something I suspect may be true (there may be a deliberate effort to create the impression that "libertarians" support tyranny), based on a multitude of years of studying economics and the ideas of liberty, of observing both states and economies in action, and of listening to an awful lot of bullshit of many different flavors. It is not something I can back up with any real evidence, it's just something I suspect may be true. 

To me, Snowdon's piece reeks of bullshit. And not only the "I'm a libertarian but I think we all have to agree that it's perfectly reasonable for the state to take complete and total control over our lives in this one instance..." kind. There is also the kind of bullshit that replaces real evidence with intuitive meanderings. And Snowdon's piece is full of this–as Cummins rightly points out. It is likewise full of the kind of writing that is meant to create a certain impression simply by asserting it in a way that is intuitively appealing to an audience.

I'll give a few examples from this piece:


"And so I reluctantly support this lockdown for the same reason I initially supported the first one, as a last resort. It seems to me to be the only way to ensure that everybody is able to access healthcare, whether they have COVID or not. As soon as it has achieved its goal, I will press for it to be lifted." (This excerpt also suffers from the debilitating error of begging the question. Nowhere has Snowdon (or anyone else) established that the lockdowns have, or indeed can, achieve the goal he puts forth here.)

"I suppose my position is boringly centrist." (Maybe in North Korea. Not in the birthplace of the Magna Carta.)

"As the HMS Casedemic slowly sinks into the ocean, the arguments used to keep it seaworthy stop making sense even on their own terms."

"Those who cling to unreasonable doubts cannot be persuaded by facts or logic."

"Pretty far-fetched, isn’t it? And that’s before we get to the theories about Bill Gates and the Chinese Communist Party that are on the lunatic fringes even in the smiley universe."

"The comforting lie that trade-offs could be avoided has proved irresistible to those who have surrendered to confirmation bias and constructed a parallel and preferable version of reality."

"There is no shortage of stupidity on Twitter, but this is something different, something almost transcendent. The inability to absorb or even acknowledge the most basic facts is beyond anything I’ve seen before."

"The smileys are not bad people. They are not necessarily unintelligent people. They are unhappy people wearing a mask of happiness, confused and beaten and searching for an easy answer."

 

Over and over again, Snowdon asserts the–perhaps well-meaning–ignorance of his adversaries. They are not bad people, he insists–bolstering his own image as a benevolent, less-emotionally invested observer. They are just overcome with the helplessness of the situation, have cast off any ability to think straight, and are thereby drawn in to irrational ways of looking at the situation, in the way that others might be comforted by religion.

It is the kind of assertion that anyone who has spent any time critiquing claims of vaccine safety, for example, is very familiar with. Articles pretending to understand "anti-vaxxers" are overflowing with this kind of assertion, usually embedded into the narrative as a given. The very premise of such pieces being something along the lines of "why do otherwise intelligent, well-meaning parents choose not to vaccinate their children when we all know it's the right thing to do?" 

This kind of condescending presumption of the ignorance of one's opponents, as a linguistic tool for creating consensus, for convincing those who haven't looked into the arguments for themselves, that "everyone knows" those people are just wrong–has gone badly stale by January 2021. 

And of course it never occurs to Snowdon that the very same assertion could be flung at those who unquestioningly seek and embrace the total state as a solution to what frightens them. There never has been, and there still is not, evidence that shutting down entire economies and making people prisoners inside their own homes can stop the spread of a respiratory virus. Neil Ferguson and his team at Imperial College were wrong by an order of magnitude in their estimation of the deadliness of SARS-Cov2, and not for the first time. If anyone has abandoned their faculties for reason, it is those who defend the unprecedented, irrational, and devastating lockdowns. 

And yet, pieces like this one from Snowdon will continue to have influence and people will continue to believe that, because someone has asserted it in print, it must be true that the "anti-lockdowners" are just well-meaning ignoramuses. Why? Because we are overwhelmed with information; because it is the explicit strategy of those who have a great deal of influence over the media to "flood the zone" with a certain view; because nobody has the time to dig carefully into every assertion they read; and, tragically, because a great many people do not seem to understand that every assertion they read in print is not necessarily true. Because a great many people have come to substitute some form of authority for their own powers of reason.

And that is why propaganda works so well. Not only because so many people are not paying close attention to the actual facts of the debates on all of the issues of critical importance to their own lives (and how can they?) ...but because hardly any even realize that they need to. The number of people who believe themselves to be informed about what is going on in the world, simply because they read a newspaper or listen to the news on TV, is depressingly huge. And the number who recognize that we have to work a little harder if we are to be informed about even one issue is depressingly small.

And we have to keep working to inform each other anyway. It's more important than ever.

 

 


Update: I'm Taking a Short Break

 

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Just a quick update: A couple of days after Christmas, we had to take our daughter into the hospital because she was having non-stop seizures. I'll have more to say about that, but for now I'll just say this: It was heartening to be reminded that there are legions of really good, competent, caring and hard-working people stuck inside an increasingly dysfunctional system. It is long past time for a change to that system, and when we change it, it won't only be for us–the consumers of healthcare–but for them, the producers, too. 

Anyway, we were there for 12 days, her seizures are mostly under control now with some powerful meds, one of which comes off in a few weeks, and the other one hopefully soon too. Then we need to come up with our next plan.

Needless to say, I haven't been blogging or podcasting during that time, although I have been taking lots of notes, and I've got lots of guests planned. I'll be catching up on things over the next couple of weeks, but should get my next episode–my first one of 2021–up near the end of January.

Until then, thanks for listening and for reading, I'm still posting a bit on Twitter (mostly things for myself, to go back and look at later), MeWe, and (once it's up again) Parler. And if you're feeling crappy about where things are right now, just go and watch some J.P. Sears. Oh and read Annabel Pickering & the Sky Pirates. It's not just for kids you know.

And don't feel crappy. Because 2021 is going to be an amazing year for freedom. You'll see.

 

 

 


What Then Must We Do? Protest? ...or Something Better?

 
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I am heartened to see all of the massive protests that have been going on over the past year. But I agree with Don Cooper, below, that protesting itself is not going to change what needs changing. It won't address the fundamental problem of some people being in a position to rule over other people, nor the problem of those people being insulated from any real accountability for their actions.

So what to do then? Don has some practical ideas here that I recommend listening to. My only point of disagreement with him is that I think "enough" people DO give a shit. We don't need a majority, or anything close to that. How many do we need? And how many of them need to fully recognize that it is the institution of the state that is the problem? I don't know the answers to those questions. But whatever those numbers are, I believe we are closer to them than we ever have been in my lifetime.

From Don Cooper:
 
People gathering together in a town square or in the streets and protesting and chanting and screaming and waving signs accomplishes absolutely nothing. People have been protesting for centuries and look where we are. The politicians don't care, in fact they encourage it since getting everyone gathered together in one place is exactly what the state wants. That way they can control the crowd, kettle them into a bottleneck and blast them with water canons, tear gas and make arrests. We have to evolve, we have to think outside the box, we have to work smarter not harder.
 
A new strategy is required, a strategy that takes advantage of our numbers and makes it logistically impossible for the state to prevent and physically impossible for them to use their crowd control measures because there is no crowd.
 
All government authority is an illusion and throughout history governments have been rendered impotent when that authority has been challenged and the illusion exposed. In government, nobody will obey you unless they believe you are in charge. Once they no longer believe you have the authority to tell them what to do, the illusion is over. That's why those running the government have to work so hard to keep the illusion alive with intimidation techniques, bright lights, loud sirens, loud voices and an omnipresence in the media. Public schools, voting, debates, parades, color guards at sporting events,government holidays and celebrations etc. the list is long.
 
So the strategy is to expose the illusion of government authority by no longer obeying but not in an act of civil disobedience but in our everyday lives, everywhere, every day, all the time.
 
There's a scene in the movie "Free Range" in which the sheriff tells two cattlemen that he has a warrant for their arrest. The cattlemen say right back to the sheriff that they have a warrant for his arrest and they mean to see it served. The sheriff immediately balked. Voila`, his illusion of authority was exposed in front of everyone and the cattlemen left. An illusion is only as good as the show you put on to create and maintain it. That's why the state's agents wear costumes and shiny badges, they have bright lights and loud sirens on their cars. They have large spot lights, a communication network and they run in groups.
 
We need to fundamentally change the way we live our lives every day. Instead of going out alone we need to go out in small groups of 10-20. We need a communication network and we need all the resources they have: bright lights, loud sirens etc. All of which are easily available on line. Cop Block does something very similar and now everyone needs to.
 
Then we go about our daily lives prepared to expose their illusion every time we go outside. Open your store, and when they show up with their people and resources, we show up with ours. If they say they're serving some sort of city order, then we serve them a written order to leave. Our piece of paper with words on it is just as valid as their piece of paper with words on it, that's the illusion. We don't stand and argue or try to reason with them, we don't even acknowledge their actions we simply mirror them, we put on the same show. We let everyone see that the people will no longer recognize their authority and expose them for the fraud they are.
 
Knowing the state and its history, this will no doubt lead to some of those state agents wanting to engage in violence but if everyone does it, everywhere, every day all over town, all over the state, they would be helpless to do anything about it in the long run, they simply don't have the resources. The power is now and always has been with the people.
 
The problem is, not enough people give a shit. They'd rather stay home and watch Netflix and eat fast food than stand up for their free-will and dignity.

 


WTMWD #54: Does America need to break up? With Mises Institute President Jeff Deist

 

 

 

 

 

"We deserve to live peaceably as neighbors," says Jeff Deist, "even if that means breaking up and creating new political entities." The divisions in our society are undeniable. Is it possible that making them official is the best way forward?

Jeff's article "What Will It Take for Americans to Consider Breaking Up?" is here.

(The audio version of the article is here.)

You can read some of the best writing on liberty and economics at the Mises Institute, here.

 

 

 


WTMWD #53: Dr. Paul Thomas on the suspension of his medical license 5 days after publishing a "vaxxed vs. unvaxxed" study

 

 

 

 

 

 

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According to the Oregon Medical Board, pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas is "...a serious danger to the public health..." Oddly, they only discovered this after he published a peer-reviewed study comparing health outcomes of patients who had been vaccinated to those who had not. You can see some of the results of that study below.

I speak with Dr. Thomas about what's going on here, about his study, and about the meaning of informed consent. We also talk a little about the nature of medical boards, how he came to be skeptical of vaccine-safety claims, why more doctors AREN'T skeptical, and what we should be watching for in the first year of Covid-19 vaccines. 

His study is here.

The order from the Oregon Medical Board, suspending Dr. Thomas' license, is here.

Dr. Thomas' book,  "The Vaccine-Friendly Plan" can be found here.

And you can support his defense fund here, at his Freedom to Choose site.

There are other ways you can help too. From his site:



MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP

  1. Support the legal effort - donation (PayPal, Credit Card or check)
  2. Contact Providence Health Plan by Email, send letters, make phone calls (list provided at the end of this press release), and request they cancel the termination of Integrative Pediatrics in Portland, Oregon, as this removes the only option for parents seeking their legal right to informed consent when it comes to vaccines. 
  3. Send a copy of all your correspondence to:
    Troy S. Bundy and Hart Wagner
    1000 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 (
    tsb@hartwagner.com)
  4. Contact the Catholic church leadership demanding they stop the discrimination and abandonment of the vulnerable children being cared for at Integrative Pediatrics. The latter have nowhere else to go where they can get informed consent.
  5. Contact Kathleen Harder MD Chair of Oregon Medical Board
  6. Contact Governor Kate Brown to reinstate Dr Paul Thomas’ license and take their complaints through the proper channels.


And I would also add that parents (and anyone else) seeking to have more decision-making power over their medical care choices consider alternatives to insurance. I spoke last week with Charlie Frohman on that very topic, (episode here) and you can get information on the medical cost-sharing plans Charlie discussed, here.