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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:


  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 (
  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.



WTMWD #52: Empowering patients, and fighting medical authoritarianism, with Charles Frohman





I speak with long-time health freedom advocate Charlie Frohman, about his cash pay alternative to health insurance, how medicine is becoming even more authoritarian, and about some practical ways to combat that.

Charlie's organization, the National Health Federation, is here, and you can send letters to your representatives and senators from here.

His slide presentation on the cash-paying patient is here.

The medical cost sharing organization, MBP Health, is here.

The NVIC presentation on fighting vaccine mandates that he mentions in this episode can be found here.



WTMWD #51: The Centralized Economy Up Close - A Personal Story






I talk a lot about the evils of centralized control, and have had several guests on to talk about it too. But I think that unless you've experienced it firsthand, it's hard to fully appreciate what that means. 

In this episode, I speak with a woman who grew up in Hungary when it was under Communist rule. She describes what it is like to live under a centralized power, of what it means for each individual in that system and the impact it has on every aspect of one's life.  

If you (or maybe someone you know) still don't get why some of us are up in arms over "just a mask" or the other violations of fundamental human rights that so many are so comfortable with... you might want to listen to this one. 


No Madonna, We Are Not "All in this Together"


From Susan Lang:


Holding hands, hugs and Vitamin C,

Hikes in sunshine and coffee shops with friends,

Strangers who dance cheek to cheek.

Don't tell me it's subversive to be a person,

There's nothing worse than

Being human all alone

And I won't do it.

Compassionate people, they don't crash economies

Every bartender, every waitress, every manicurist

Deserves this, to be of service

To whosoever does choose--

That's me, and I hope it's you.

Humanity, stand up and make your choice;

Humanity, stand up, stand up and make your noise.


Letter to my Grandchildren from Inside a Cult


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From my latest article on LewRockwell.com:

I don’t have any grandchildren yet. But if I ever do, I want them to understand what it is we went through during this time in history, and even more, to understand how it is that we got here. So this is for them:

I first learned about “cults” when I was 13, the age my son is now. I watched with fascination as the horrific events of the Jonestown mass suicide/murder were revealed to the world. I paid close attention to the story, clipped all the newspaper articles about it, and imagined scenarios in which I would find a way to hide until everyone was dead or gone, and save myself–and my family, if they were there too–had I been there.

What didn’t occur to me at the time was that, had I been there–had I uprooted my life to go and join this group of people in the jungles of Guyana, had I been in the frame of mind to go along with everything they did leading up to the events of November 18, 1978 (including practice runs for the mass suicide)–then chances are, I would have willingly stood in a circle with my friends and drunk the cyaninde-laden Kool-Aid as so many others did.

And that is what is so puzzling, and so fascinating, about cults. From the outside, we can’t imagine why those people would have done those things. What could possibly drive otherwise normal people to act in ways that seem not only insane, but counter to their own interests–in the case of Jonestown, counter to their most fundamental instinct for self preservation?

What could get someone to be willing to sacrifice their own life, and the lives of the people they love?

I hope to provide some insight into this question, as I find myself now, at the end of the year 2020, living in the midst of what I can only describe as a massive, dangerous, and self-destructive cult.


Teri Buford O’Shea escaped from Jonestown only a few weeks before the mass suicide and murder. She defines a cult this way:

“A cult is when you aren’t allowed to see your friends or family…I’m talking about total isolation – someone takes all your money and brings you to a place where there’s no communication, or if there is you aren’t allowed to use it.”

Cult deprogrammer Steven Hassan created the BITE model to explain some of the key elements that cults employ to control their members:

Behavior Control: An individual’s associations, living arrangements, food, clothing, sleeping habits, finances, etc., are strictly controlled.

Information Control: Cult leaders deliberately withhold or distort information, lie, propagandize, and limit access to other sources of information.

Thought Control: Cult leaders use loaded words and language, discourage critical thinking, bar any speech critical of cult leaders or policies, and teach an “us vs. them” doctrine.

Emotional Control: Leaders manipulate their followers via fear (including the fear of losing salvation, fear of shunning, etc.), guilt, and indoctrination.

Reading both O’Shea’s definition, and Hassan’s BITE components in 2020, it is striking to me the extent to which all of these things have been inflicted upon Americans over the past eight months:

Isolation and the intimate control of our activities and relationships, in the form of forced social distancing, the closing of businesses and schools, and most cruelly, the isolation of the elderly and others in care homes; taking money, or in our case, destroying the source of income and livelihood for millions of people in this country;control of communication and information, through what has now become overtcensorship, with hints that some forms of communication may be shut down entirely; emotional manipulation through the shaming of those who do not go along with the diktat of the day, and other tactics; and an authoritarian thought-control regime, where critical thinking on the part of individuals is ridiculed, views that contradict those of the leaders are actively censored, and intellectual debate is replaced by “us vs. them” tribal warfare.

It is this last part that gets to the heart of it. To me, the essence of a “cult” is that it provides an external replacement, a substitute, for one’s own power of reasoning and moral judgement. It demands blind obedience to this substitute, and punishes harshly anyone who dissents from its pronouncements.


Read the rest here.




WTMWD #50: Kevin McKernan on the review of the Corman-Drosten PCR methodology that he co-authored–and some words of appreciation for my listeners!







I speak with Kevin McKernan about the report he co-authored calling for the retraction of the paper upon which much of the world's Covid-19 PCR testing is based. Kevin also thanks you guys–my listeners–for possibly helping to get the attention of some of those who are starting to reverse course on the lockdowns (and the badly flawed testing they are based on). So keep it up!

The Corman-Drosten Review Report (with comments) is here.

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

The five other papers that Kevin mentions are:

Jung, et al.

Gand, et al. (Download.)

Etievant, et al.

Muenchhoff, et al.

Konrad, et al.

Kevin's company, Medicinal Genomics, is here.

And you can find Kevin on Twitter, here.

I spoke with Kevin about problems with PCR testing generally, back in October–you can listen to that here.



Dog-Eat-Dog Statism for Special-Needs Families: You’re Either at the Table or You’re on the Menu


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I wrote this six years ago, but I think the issues I raise here are more relevant than ever:


I wouldn’t have expected a conference on therapy for children with autism and related disorders to have much to say about politics, but in a country where the state’s tentacles reach into pretty much every aspect of human life, I should have known better.

My daughter is developmentally disabled and I am pursuing more child-centered therapies for her than the more widely recognized ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) method, so last fall I attended the DIR Floortime Conference on Floortime, a more play-based form of therapy.

As soon as I walked in, I was struck by two phrases: “Parent Choice” and “Advocacy.” I was pretty sure that “Parent Choice” wasn’t going to mean what I hoped it would mean. So I asked someone who was wearing a big button with the phrase on it, and found that indeed, “Parent Choice” in this context simply refers to having the “choice” to force your insurance company to pay for alternative therapies in addition to the more established ABA method.

The issue revolves around a bill that was passed in 2011, SB 946, that mandates insurance coverage for developmental therapies to treat autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, either due to the way the bill was written or to the way it has been interpreted – and with much thanks to the ABA lobby – the insurance codes only apply to ABA therapy and not to alternatives. So now the DIR/Floortime lobby is rallying to change that. Of course, as someone who doesn’t believe in forcing other people to give me anything, I couldn’t support this kind of “choice”, but I just smiled and moved on.

As it turned out, the guest of honor at the conference’s gala dinner was Dr. Louis Vismara, senior policy consultant to California Senator Darrell Steinberg, the author of SB 946. Dr. Vismara spoke on the first morning of the conference and assured parents that he would work hard to get the problem fixed so that parents could also force their insurance companies to pay for Floortime therapy. There was much applause.

There were other concerns too. Some parents had felt the effects of state budget cuts and had to struggle to get the services they needed for their children. Dr. Vismara sympathized with these concerns and stressed the importance of being active in “advocating” for their children. He said that, in the world of public policy, “you’re either at the table or you’re on the menu.”

He ended his talk by urging parents to get involved in the political process, and to contact his office with any practical proposals. “If a specific problem is identified and there is a solution”, he said, then that solution has a “strong chance” of being implemented.

I had identified a specific problem and had a solution in mind. So at the end of his talk, I went up to him and asked him about it.


Read the rest here.



Support These Rebel Businesses!


There are some exciting things happening around the US, and around the world. Here are a few highlights:

Staten Island pub "Mac's Public House" has declared itself an autonomous zone and is continuing to operate, in defiance of orders from the State Health Department and the revocation of its liquor license. Their video is awesome, and I'm going to try to get the owners to come on my show and talk about what they're doing:


You can support their GoFundMe fundraiser here. Or, just call them up and offer to pay for someone's lunch or dinner. Or beer.

And in Lexington, KY, the Brewed coffee shop is likewise remaining open in defiance of government orders. A family member tells me that they were in court today over this, and I will update here once I hear what happened. 

In the meantime though, you can do what I did and call them up and offer to pay for the next customer's purchase. 

Or, do some Christmas shopping at their online store. They have some pretty cool Revolutionary T-shirts and stuff.

These folks aren't the only ones. I wrote last week about the NY gym owners who threw county health officers and officers from the sheriff's department off of their property, sheriffs around the country are refusing to enforce the unconstitutional lockdown and related orders, a huge orthodox Jewish wedding took place in Brooklyn, without a mask in sight, and Qantas Airline's CEO received a much-deserved pie in the face after declaring that travelers will not be able to fly without having had a Covid-19 vaccine, once it becomes available.

The Revolution may not be being televised, but it is absolutely happening–one act of defiance at a time.