Brownstone Institute Update-7/27/23

We know, it’s impossible to keep up, even if you have the stomach for it.  Just today, Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX, responsible for many billions lost, was cleared by the Justice Department of campaign-finance violations. The reason: not because FTX was not guilty but rather because the extradition request from the Bahamas did not list that as a reason.  Yeah, right. The receipts are all there, and campaign finance is very obviously part of the whole point of the FTX’s existence, even if “pandemic planning” was the cover story.
Brownstone published two very important pieces on the topic: here and here. Among many others. 

On the censorship front, we just published an important series of revelations. It was not in your imagination. Facebook was directly pressured by the White House. We have the receipts.  It does seem as if everything is unraveling. There is still a very long way to go, however.  Please register now for our November 4 conference and gala in Dallas, Texas. Rep. Thomas Massie will join us as dinner speaker and all your favorite writers and researchers will be there. There is limited space and you don’t want to miss this.  As for the supper club, a big treat comes our way on August 16: Aaron Day will speak about CBDCs. He might rank as the world expert at this point. 

Finally, happy second birthday to Brownstone! We opened to the public on August 1, 2021. The reach has been up and up. Six books, ten fellows, monthly events, 1,500 articles, and many millions of views later, Brownstone is in top form, and we still have a tiny staff.  Thank you donors above all else! None of this would be possible without you.  

Here is some content since our last email: The Facebook Files Show Brazen and Aggressive Censorship By Justin Hart. Never-before-released internal documents subpoenaed by the Judiciary Committee PROVE that Facebook and Instagram censored posts and changed their content moderation policies because of unconstitutional pressure from the Biden White House. 

Brownstone Institute Update That Perks me Up!

Most conferences come and go without much consequence. This past weekend was an event that could really make the history books. Even if it does not, it hardly matters because it was the sort of event that truly does change history. 

Brownstone Institute brought together some 30 top thinkers for a remarkable weekend of idea sharing. In attendance were scientists, economists, lawyers, medical doctors, journalists, literary scholars, web architects and technicians, media people, and various others, all chosen for their depth of thought and passion for the cause. 

These are people that academia has long kept apart due to the imposition of department separation, extreme specialization, and institutional barriers. When lockdowns came, the separation became more severe. Those in the resistance were cut off from the old communities while censorship inhibited us from finding new ones. 

But we persevered and eventually found each other. Meeting in person these days is not only like a reunion. It is a kind of intellectual retreat or even salvation. We need this kind of interaction. Online contact only gets us so far. There are things we can only say in person and ideas we can only convey in an environment of trust.

We had a hotel in Avon, Connecticut. The agenda for the conference consisted of nothing but meeting times in a comfortable place. The page was otherwise blank and we let individuals fill it in with a topic of their choosing as it relates to the ongoing crisis. It was not public or advertised, which allowed absolute candor. 

The results were simply remarkable. The cross pollination of perspectives is perhaps what people experienced many years ago in academic environments and old-world salons but which the ruling class attempted to stop over three years. 

We could tell that things were going well when there seemed to be electricity in the air at the opening dinner and people stayed up late that night sharing stories, literature, and insight. The next morning, every seat was full and no one was willing even to check their phones or take other calls. It went on like this for two and a half days. 

There are reasons for this. The format drew out the brilliance of the speakers. The quality of the attendees inspired people to dig deep to their best thoughts and share with others. The last three years of isolation, plus the censorship, has given people a deep hunger for ideas and collegiality. 

People who did not know about law learned what was going on in that field, and they shared with doctors on the front lines, who in turn drew insight from journalists and know-how from the technicians. We went round and round, all in an environment of trust alongside Chatham House rules (which is to say that it must all be kept within that space only). 

After a while, it became obvious what was happening. This group had begun to recreate an academic-like environment with interdisciplinary focus – not the modern university but the way perhaps it was long ago. It was a setting that protected and celebrated thought and reflection. And it happened not with long speeches but short presentations followed by comments and additions by those present. 

Not one attendee missed a single session, and if you know how this stuff usually goes, you know that this is highly unusual. In casual conversation with those in attendance, we kept hearing the same thing: this was the most valuable two-day conference people had ever attended. 

What comes out of this? Well, from long experience, we’ve begun to distrust short-term emphasis on action plans, strategic agendas, and to-do lists. These are not what drive change. What matters most is the passion and courage born of conviction which in turn comes from top-quality research and ideas shared among trusted colleagues. 

That is not to say it doesn’t have an effect. Last week, Brownstone published a detailed examination of the World Health Organization’s international health regulations. Thanks to our published channels, the word got out. A dozen or so articles appeared after that, both in the US and the UK, and this morning, a group of Republican Senators have banded together to oppose the change tooth and nail. This is how research and ideas work, provided we have the right channels. 

No change is possible without gatherings of this sort, which allow sharing and growth. In addition to the group gatherings, there were myriad private conversations that went on throughout the event. You could just feel the rise of knowledge in the group and the formation of a genuine and powerful force of resistance. More importantly, this group is here to inspire, explain, and build the renaissance we so desperately need in this country and around the world. 

So much needs to be rebuilt after the last three years, but among the needs are serious intellectual communities. The colleges and universities have, for the most part, been taken over or smashed. The major media is captured. Our companies are forced into an obsequious stance. Our previous networks have been shattered. For lovers of freedom, we’ve experienced something of a diaspora

But what have people done in the past when the diaspora comes upon us? We find safety and shelter. We build sanctuaries. And we use that sanctuary to become a light unto the world to guide the way into rebuilding. It happened after the fall of Rome and it happened in the interwar period when Europe’s greatest centers of learning were shattered. We need to face that it has happened to us again. 

We need not give up hope. On the contrary, we have the crucial weapons on our side: truth, sophisticated information technology, and robust new communities. Brownstone’s structures of sanctuary and enlightenment have already made a huge difference. A credible idea backed by courage and truth can rock the world. 

We have this chance now to rebuild before it is too late. We simply cannot pass it up. This is why Brownstone is doing this. We have the scholars, the intelligence, the strategy, and the platform. Ideas are like magic. There is no limit to their reproducibility. But they do have to be produced and supported. 

This event went forward without funding but Brownstone has learned from our short history to have faith that doing the right thing draws benefactors, you among them. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We welcome your continued support

It is perhaps true that neither you nor Brownstone will be given the credit in the history books, but what does it matter? When civilization is at stake, every person must throw himself or herself into the intellectual battle, commit to keeping the darkness at bay, and shine a light to inspire the rebuilding of a new and better world. 

We are here for this battle, no matter how long it takes. There is hope, however. We saw it and felt it this weekend. We are so grateful to have you as partners in this great effort. DONATECopyright © 2023 Brownstone Institute, All rights reserved.
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We don’t usually send emails mid-week but this is too important  Our new book Blindsight Is 2020, by Gabrielle Bauer, is out and you can read excerpts on the site or get the book at Amazon. Some people were right from the beginning and this book chronicles how and why. It is also a tremendous delight to read, specifically designed to explain why it was not crazy to defend basic liberties over these three years. 

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is cobbling together a series of amendments to its health regulations that are hugely influential and effectively binding. No surprise: the are institutionalizing and codifying lockdowns (and everything associated with them) as official pandemic doctrine.  So while we are winning some victories, we are nowhere where we need to be on the greatest threat to human liberty in our time. Brownstone hopes to put together more studies and investigations on this topic, effectively establishing a Shadow World Health Organization. You can donate support now or write us if you want to have a conversation about larger gifts. 

Here is some content so far from this week:

It All Began with Fear BY GABRIELLE BAUER. When Covid-19 came along, Laura Dodsworth grew alarmed—not at the virus, but at the fear swirling around it. She watched the fear grow legs and wings and wrap itself around her country. What troubled her most was that her government, historically charged with keeping people calm during times of crisis, seemed to be amplifying the fear. The media, which she had expected to push back against government edicts, gave the fear train an extra shove.

Covid Insider Farrar and His Eugenics Agenda BY PAULA JARDINE.  Let’s call a spade a spade and go back to calling this what we used to call it – eugenics. And be ever mindful as the WHO pandemic treaty and vaccine passport projects continue, with the potential for your DNA to become the means by which your identification is verified, that the man who will soon be in charge of setting the global agenda for it is Sir Jeremy Farrar.  

Amendments to WHO’s International Health Regulations: An Annotated Guide BY DAVID BELL. The amendments to the IHR are intended to fundamentally change the relationship between individuals, their country’s governments, and the WHO. They place the WHO as having rights overriding that of individuals, erasing the basic principles developed after World War Two regarding human rights and the sovereignty of States. In doing so, they signal a return to a colonialist and feudalist approach fundamentally different to that to which people in relatively democratic countries have become accustomed. The lack of major pushback by politicians and the lack of concern in the media and consequent ignorance of the general public is therefore both strange and alarming.

A Freudian Critique of the Pandemic Response BY BERT OLIVIER. Considering that Freud associates the life instinct (Eros) with the aggregation of families and communities, and with the panoply of creative endeavors comprising culture, and its antithesis, the death instinct (Thanatos), with decomposition, diverse kinds of destruction, and with aggressiveness, the current predominance of the latter – Thanatos – in the world should be obvious, if not conspicuous.

The Decline and Fall of the University BY GARRETT SHELDON. Academia was full of eccentric professors with various crazy ideas and habits (some brilliant), naïve students, and pompous administrators; but they all adhered to the same standard of knowledge. This led not just to scientific discovery and technological progress, but to every other kind of progress: economic, political, social, and ethical.

The Biomedical Security State, British Edition BY AARON KHERIATY. In Britain, Orwell’s country of origin, seven decades after the publication of 1984, it turns out that Big Brother is Always Watching. Perhaps this is a good moment to remind everyone that Orwell’s classic dystopian novel was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual.

How the “Unvaccinated” Got It Right BY ROBIN KOERNER. The continued insistence on rolling out the “vaccine” to the entire population when the data revealed that those with no comorbidities were at low risk of severe illness or death from COVID was therefore immoral and ascientific on its face. The argument that reduced transmission from the non-vulnerable to the vulnerable as a result of mass “vaccination” could only stand if the long-term safety of the “vaccine” had been established, which it had not.

The Compulsive Delusions of the Imperial Mind BY THOMAS HARRINGTON.  Perhaps it is time to admit that much of what occurred during the acute phase of the Covid crisis was, in many ways, the culmination of a long multi-decade process of intense, top-down social pedagogy designed to separate us from our most basic empathic instincts. 

Blindsight Is 2020 BY GABRIELLE BAUER. Epidemiologists can do epidemiology. Public health experts can do public health. But none of these experts can do society or human nature any better than intellectuals from other disciplines or even “ordinary people.” No scientist has the legal or moral authority to tell someone they can’t sit next to a parent on their deathbed. 

It Started Before the Outbreak: A BioNTech-“Pfizer” Vax Project Timeline BY ROBERT KOGON. There is no avoiding the conclusion that BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine project must in fact have started before any Covid-19 cases had even been reported.

Eugenics, Then and Now  BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. We have solid historical and contemporary proof that eugenic ambitions are capable of sweeping up the most elite intellectuals and policy circles. The dream of curating the population by force to make it more fit is a historical reality and not nearly as discredited as people tend to believe. It can always make a return in new guise, with new language, and new excuses. 

How Two Conflicting Covid Stories Shattered Society BY GABRIELLE BAUER. The two stories continued to unfold in tandem, the gulf between them widening with each passing month. Beneath all the arguments about the science lay a fundamental difference in world view, a divergent vision of the type of world needed to steer humanity through a pandemic: A world of alarm or equanimity? A world with more central authority or more personal choice? A world that keeps fighting to the bitter end or flexes with a force of nature?

Drinking and Excess Deaths in lockdown BY TOM JEFFERSONCARL HENEGHAN. These are deaths wholly attributable to alcohol, which means that at least 27.4% more of our fellow citizens have drunk themselves to death thanks to the imposition of curtailment of individual freedom. Males die more frequently – twice that of females. Mental disorders and accidental poisoning events were present but played a small part in adding to the tally. Most of the deaths will have been habitual heavy drinkers who found refuge by increasing their daily intake. 

The Sovietization of Medical Care  BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. The further we move away from health care as essentially a doctor/patient relationship, with freedom of choice on all sides, and the more we allow central plans to replace on-the-ground clinical wisdom, the less it looks like quality health care and the less it contributes to public health. The Soviets already tried this path. It did not work. Health-care by modeling and data targeting: we tried it over the last three years with horrible results. 

Humanity Must Move Beyond Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt BY MICHAÉLA C. SCHIPPERS.  FUD first brought about by a crisis in health, cascaded into loss of faith in government, in the people around us and sometimes in ourselves. Three years is too long a time for FUD to be considered a crisis, but when a crisis is not resolved, loss of hope is the outcome. Many people have lost work, friends, health and even their lives as a result. 

The War on Doctors and Patients BY PIERRE KORY   JANUARY 27, 2023. The suppression of doctors’ freedom to advise and treat patients began early in the pandemic. Promising alternative courses of treatment, such as generic drugs like ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, were shouted down by false news narratives. Media companies took their cues from public health agencies, which exaggerated concerns over people using medicines to treat COVID in ways that were not intended and against medical advice. Positive clinical data was ignored.

The Grim Future of Establishment Journalism  BY DAVID JAMES. The professional liars have won. Newsrooms have been eviscerated because Google and Facebook took all the advertising revenue, and the spin merchants in business, government and nonprofits have almost limitless resources. If journalism – as opposed to commentary in blogs, websites, social media, and online channels – is to have a future, a new approach is needed.

How Government and Big Tech Colluded to Usurp Constitutional Rights BY WILLIAM SPRUANCE. Not only did the government turn its capability on the American people, but it recruited the most powerful information companies in the history of the world to advance its agenda, leaving American citizens poorer, stripped of their rights, and left with no place to hide.

CIA Agent Cloaks Lockdown Propaganda in Concern for China BY DEBBIE LERMAN. If anyone is wondering why it’s important to debunk and expose all of the fictions and propaganda of the Covid biosecurity agenda, this tiny window into the terrifying vision they have for our future is the answer.

The West Must Never Again Go Totalitarian BY JOAKIM BOOK. We might still have food on the shelves — though of worse quality and at much higher prices. We might still have the ability to move and work and travel, but heavily circumscribed, always at risk of canceling and always with papers showing the number of needles in your arm, or your scarred heart tissue. Nobody is torturing us (yet anyway) and for the most part we have some semblance of rights and freedoms remaining. ut we’re closer to that horrific totalitarian world today than we were, say five years ago.

The Impending US ICD Vaccine Passport and Its Unconstitutionality BY HARVEY RISCH.  The government itself—through the CDC—has determined that vaccination status is not of policy importance. There can thus be no compelling interest for the government to forcibly collect this information against the wishes of the population, even were it not stigmatizing. So much more so after the government has spent the last two years publicly demonizing unvaccinated people for their rational and legitimate personal health choices.

Timeline: The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 BY EMILY KOPP. This timeline compiles numerous sources in an effort to covey the backstory of the enormously influential article. The timeline is likely to grow as more information emerges. All times have been approximated to Eastern Time. Engineered, Yes, but in the Wuhan Lab? BY WILL JONES. In fact, there is no evidence the Chinese were aware of the outbreak at all before December. U.S. intelligence has stated it does not have evidence the Chinese were aware of it prior to then, and this is consistent with how the Chinese themselves behaved.

Biden Administration Still Pushing for Forced Masking ⋆ Brownstone Institute

Damn this is weird…seriously.

My intuition says Biden is a lackey of the Reptilian dominated ICC and the U.S. government has contracts with them to continue to provide slaves for their businesses in the local system.

The masking is only about enforcing slavery. Nothing more. It part of the A.I. agenda.

From the article below, “Human Sacrifice Then and Now”

Look at the third article down. It’s about the Maya. Everyone acts like they were the only culture to practice human sacrifice. Every culture on earth did it.-Lisa T.

This week, the Biden administration is arguing its appeal of the masking case. The CDC still insists on its legal right to force you into a mask on buses, trains, or planes – or really anywhere. It’s no longer about the ridiculous claims that masking can stop Covid. Now it is only about power. Power and nothing else. 

In a sense, this makes the case more important than ever. Just when it seems like we are winning the argument, a powerful gang of technocrats strikes back with new plans, more dogmas, tighter censorship, more threats. 

There are so many elements to this fight, so many fronts and so many issues. We cannot cover them all. Not even close. But we do what we can to make a difference. Thank you as always for your support

Here is some content from this week:

How to Die of Covid Accidentally, According to the CDC BY JUSTIN HART. The CDC recently confirmed over 800 “accident” Covid-19 deaths in 2021 for people under 60. These are deaths which obviously had little to do with Covid – but they logged them that way anyways. Here are 46 of those deaths from 2021 related just to “falls.”

Technocratic Dystopia Is Impossible  BY ROBERT BLUMEN. Grand utopias cannot be realized because, while imagination is unconstrained reality has limits. What is a dystopia other than the role of an NPC in someone else’s utopia? In this case, the utopia is the dream of psychotic elites who imagine that they can have the end products of mass cooperation without the open society that enables it. Much damage can be done in the attempt, but it is only a question of how far it can get before it cancels itself.

Human Sacrifice, Then and Now  BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. The peoples of the Mayan and Aztec empires were surrounded by monuments to the greatness of their leaders and their faith, and they celebrated both. We too look back in awe at what they built despite what we know: their social systems were bloody and barbaric in ways we cannot imagine now. And yet when we study their histories in our own times, with the appropriate amount of humility, we face a similar problematic disorientation. 

My Role in the Fight Against Mandates and Lockdowns BY LUCIO SAVERIO-EASTMAN. It became very clear that we needed an agile platform that is not mired in bureaucracy or easily intimidated by external forces. Such an organization also needed experienced hands who know about the challenges of public life in a digital age alongside the many considerations that go into surviving as a voice of dissent in times of grave censorship.

What a Local Alternative Is Really Like BY CHRISTINE BLACK.  Demand for local processors has swelled in the last three years because shutdowns and lockdowns scared people about food sources being jeopardized and supply chains disrupted, so they sought local alternatives. With economic uncertainties looming, families and friends processing their own, or neighbors’, farm animals may become more common.

A Manhattan Project for the Biomedical Security State: Part 1 BY PAULA JARDINE. On July 11, 2019, a think tank called the Biodefence Commission held a panel discussion entitled A Manhattan Project for Biodefence: Taking Biological Threats off the Table. The objective was to ‘create a national, public-private research and development undertaking to defend the United States against biological threats’. 

Everyone Should Shed the Mask  BY SERENA JOHNSON. Love, kindness, honesty, respect, creativity and freedom are necessary for human flourishing. Sadly, many still embrace the mask as if it is the only truth that exists. If society is to change, all will need to see and peel away the polish. Then, we will have to work together to replace the emptiness it covers with a society rooted in genuine morality and positive human values.

What to Ask a Covid Task Force Member Under Oath BY DEBBIE LERMAN. We need a hero. Who will break through the wall of secrecy erected by the national security/military/intelligence community around the Covid response and provide the American public with the information that should so obviously be ours for the asking?

BioNTech (Not Pfizer) “Brazenly” Dodged Safety Testing of C19 Vax BY ROBERT KOGON. As the FDA submission discussed by Latypova makes clear, several other categories of preclinical testing were simply omitted altogether. These include so-called safety pharmacology studies, which, per 2005 WHO guidelines, are intended to investigate the effects of a candidate vaccine on “physiological functions (e.g. central nervous system, respiratory, cardiovascular and renal functions) other than those of the immune system.” 

Pascal Made Slaves of Us All BY TOBY YOUNG. We need something more than rational scepticism. We need a new ideology – something like a religious movement of our own – one that’s more optimistic about the future of humanity, that places a little more faith in the ability of people to do their own risk assessments and voluntarily adjust their behaviour if necessary.

We Must Have the Truth BY PAT FIDOPIASTIS. Although the CDC acknowledged playing a role in the growing distrust in science, none of their professed forms of atonement, such as promising to share data faster and doing a better job of translating science into policy will restore trust without a process that includes honest debate. 

In Defense of Jay Bhattacharya BY DONALD BOUDREAUX.The deceptive description of the policy proposed in the GBD as a “let it rip” strategy was fueled by the purposeful – or perhaps recklessly ignorant – mischaracterization of the GBD by Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci. Prof. Bhattacharya calls not for letting the virus “rip,” but, instead, for Focused Protection. Focusing resources, attention, and care on those persons who are vulnerable while rejecting the utterly unprecedented practice of locking down whole societies is emphatically not a “let it rip” strategy.

How Long Did It Take Them Realize that Human Rights Matter? BY MICHAEL SENGER. We face the question of how to purity test our leaders—both official and unofficial—in light of all the devastation we’ve witnessed during the response to COVID-19. If you believe, as I do, that the importance of this issue presently eclipses that of any other, then every step should be taken to select for leaders who opposed lockdowns as early and as vocally as possible.

How Can We Trust Institutions that Lied? BY ABIR BALLAN. We have a choice: either we continue to passively accept institutional false information or we resist. What are the checks and balances that we must put in place to reduce conflicts of interest in public health and research institutions? How can we decentralise the media and academic journals in order to reduce the influence of pharmaceutical advertising on their editorial policy?

Facebook Is Dead Unless You Post Something that Does Not Matter BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. If some website offered a deal to users – you post pics of lunch, cats, and flowers, and we give you ads – and it worked, fine. That’s normal terms of use. That’s not what is going on. Via explicit and implicit pressure, combined with irresponsible management, Facebook turned over its entire business model to government to deploy on behalf of regime interests. The customers and stockholders were the victims. 

Covid Controls Removed in China but Persist in the US BY JOHN TAMNY. Emanuel and the lockdown crowd he caucuses with lament that the return of freedom to the Chinese people “could have been done responsibly.” Too much freedom too fast according to Emanuel et al. He writes that rather than gradually giving it back with experts like him fully in charge, “China ended zero Covid in the most dangerous way possible – precipitously.”

Rumors of the Lab Leak Began with US Intelligence BY WILL JONES. The first known mention of the idea that the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese lab appeared on January 9th 2020 in a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA). This was just days after the virus had first entered public consciousness, and at the time, no deaths had yet been reported and few people were worrying about the virus – including, it seems, the Chinese, who were claiming it wasn’t even clear whether it was spreading between humans. 

Pandemic Potshots and Other Epigrams BY JAMES BOVARD. Outrageous government policies are often shrouded by fogbanks of bureaucratese and political deceit. But a snappy sentence can sometimes puncture the veil and spur the ridicule that policy-makers richly deserve. Following is a round-up of verbal harpoons I flung at Leviathan last year.  

The Censorious Scott Gottlieb Was a Major Influence on Lockdowns BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. The person and role of Gottlieb is a paradigmatic case of why and how solving the mysteries of the lockdowns and mandates is such a complicated undertaking. It’s not just about government intervention and it’s not just about private corruption. It’s about a complicated relationship between the two, involving a range of public and private actors in and out of government who seized control of the policy machinery to achieve private ends at enormous public expense. 

Ineffective Maltruism BY THOMAS BUCKLEY. The current fad of the financially fabulous is Effective Altruism, which essentially involves promising to give your money while you are still alive to causes and organizations that “do good,” while simultaneously tethering them to your whims through financial dependence. A very specific example of this is the massive money going to barely-surviving but purportedly legit media organizations (or you can just buy the Washington Post.) You get good press when you own it.

The Travel Ban Wrecks Commerce, Constitution, and Civility BY GWENDOLYN KULL. Fiancés and other nonimmigrant family members cannot reunite with their loved ones after years separated. Unfortunately, my family will remain divided, just like countless others, until this Administration decides whether it will defend our Constitution, freedoms, and economy on the world stage or keep doubling down on failed policies until there’s no republic left.

The Boy Who Trapped Death in a Nut BY HALEY KYNEFIN. Life is a messy, risky, and at times lethal adventure, and while it’s perfectly acceptable and in fact compassionate to try to lower this risk to some extent, a complete elimination of all risk would create a dull, lifeless world devoid of conviviality and meaning. The people of Jack’s town are willing to accept some level of pain, sadness and suffering in order to reap the concomitant rewards that come with living life to the fullest.

Jordan Peterson: Enemy of the State BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER. No question that this follows Jordan Peterson’s aggressive questioning of the whole of the Covidian agenda, including mass forced vaccination of the population.

Brownstone Institute

Issue; truth and empowerment for humanity

Remember that earlier this year, there was a concerted attempt on the part of major media and platforms to pretend like lockdowns and vaccine mandates (and medical segregation) never happened. 

What about all this carnage we see around us?

The inflation? That’s Putin, OPEC, and gas stations. 

Learning loss? Oh, one expects that in a pandemic. 

Lost workers? Well, it’s just demographics. 

Excess deaths not related to Covid? Probably drugs or something. 

Crime? It’s a myth. 

Shattered communities? Hey, it happens.

Recession and impending depression? Just part of a cycle. 

Whatever is wrong with this country, it has nothing to do with the late unpleasantness. That was all necessary for health, so quit talking about it. The lockdowns didn’t happen or, if they did happen, it was necessary to protect lives. In any case, let’s please just move on. 

Whatever you do, don’t connect the dots. 

Sadly, too many people wanted to play along with this major effort to sweep everything under the rug. Forget the millions displaced from their jobs. Forget the kids with delayed speech. Forget the missed cancer treatments and other medical diagnostics. What happened had to happen and these are new times. 

Why have so many willing to push the suppression of truth? Simply because so many people were involved in the disaster of lockdowns and jab mandates. They either supported them at the time or said nothing against them. Now they don’t want to talk about it. 

At Brownstone Institute, we’ve made it our mission to connect the dots. We do it every day with the best analysis, research, and commentary. We’ve made all these subjects impossible to ignore. Our thinking is that we have to get this history right, and understand all the cause-and-effect relationships, or we risk repeating the whole calamity under another excuse. 

More than anything else, if we are to re-establish and re-prioritize freedom as a first principle, we absolutely must come to terms with what happened and why. We must make the connections between today’s sufferings – they take so many forms – and the egregious policy responses that began only 31 months ago. 

Too many people, writers, intellectuals, journalists, and politicians want to forget it all. This is how they can avoid accountability and then do it again when they deem it necessary. As the shampoo instructions say, rinse and repeat. 

We simply cannot allow that to happen. Brownstone has emerged as a leading voice to provide the counterbalance. With fully 21 channels of communication, and millions of readers, and reprints in every major language, and venues all over the world where our content runs, and dedicated people who share Brownstone material all day, every day, we have made a huge difference. 

That these issues have emerged with major importance in American public life, and also the world over, doesn’t just happen. It is a consequence of the influence institutions like Brownstone have over the public mind. The ideas must get out there, even when major platforms are working daily to suppress them. 

Another crucial service that Brownstone provides in these diasporic times: this institution has provided sanctuary for writers, researchers, speakers, and scientists to do their work and get their message out. Our recently started Fellows program has been a godsend, for which we thank our donors. 

In fact, Brownstone would not exist at all, much less have the influence it has without generous donors. As we approach the holiday season in these critical times in history, can you please remember the work we do and give with your most generous commitments? So many of you already have and the difference you have made is legion. 

We run on a shoestring budget and so every dime counts. Times are hard for everyone but unless the right ideas penetrate the conspiracy of silence, the times will only get harder. We cannot guarantee success but we know that doing nothing will guarantee failure. 

Please consider supporting Brownstone. If you are already a donor, thank you ever so much. Please continue! If you have never given, please consider that today and in the coming months. 

Our donation form is here. Every effort is greatly appreciated. 

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Brownstone Institute is In Twitter Jail Over Facts on Masking

The day after the CDC decided to declare a truce in the war on Covid, the twenty-somethings running Twitter still haven’t gotten the message. They are on the warpath at the behest of the government. For the first time, Twitter took after Brownstone Institute for an article by a scientist. In this remarkable piece, Carla Peeters explains that most of the symptoms of long Covid can be traced to poisoning from masks themselves. The article is technical but compelling…and Twitter has decided that it should not be seen. 

It’s bizarre because Brownstone has probably run 40 articles on the topic, including the definitive list of academic studies cited the world over. So it goes, but from the beginning, we knew this would be a threat. We’ve already decentralized to build a presence on every other major platform. We’ve also unplugged from the big three as much as possible. We’ve even eschewed Google’s freebies as a way of protecting your privacy. One war seems to end just as so many others have begun. We always knew that this was fundamentally about the Bill of Rights. Some people don’t like it. It’s as simple as that. Thank you as always for supporting our work. Here is some content from this week. Dr. Birx’s Fake Science Revealed in Her Own Words BY DEBBIE LERMAN. In her “excruciating story” of the pandemic, The Silent Spread, Deborah Birx does not even try to make coherent scientific or public health policy arguments in favor of the Chinese-style totalitarian measures she advocated. Instead, she provides nonsensical, self-contradictory assertions – some downright false and others long disproven in the scientific literature.CDC Quietly Ends Differentiation on Covid Vaccination Status BY MICHAEL SENGER. CDC’s COVID-19 prevention recommendations no longer differentiate based on a person’s vaccination statusHow Masking Contributes to Long Covid  BY CARLA PEETERS. A lingering disorder that can last for months or years is affecting an increasing proportion of the workforce. The symptoms that contribute to Long Covid could be a result of pandemic measures and masking in particular. Increased exposure to microplastics, nanoparticles, chemicals in masks, and nasopharyngeal tests parallel many of the symptoms that define Long Covid. Why I Signed the Great Barrington Declaration BY DONALD BOUDREAUX.

The Declaration merely reminded humanity of what was until early 2020 the consensus among public-health officials, including those at the World Health Organization, on the best means of dealing with respiratory pandemics. All the GBD did, really, was to advise that long-standing consensus be regained and followed. The Brutalization of Compassion  BY DAVID MCGROGAN.  During the Covid era, we see the same schema writ large in the responses taken by governments across the globe. For the first time in human history, the availability of mass testing allowed us to convince ourselves that we could measure the health of the population, holistically, in real-time, and generate precise statistics permitting us to do so – right down to the last ‘case’ or ‘death’. 

Did Lockdowns Turn Americans Into Lazy Bums? BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER.  If governments say that the work ethic amounts to nothing but pathogenic spread, and we can all contribute more by staying home and doing less, it’s hard to go back. It wrecked a generation. We are paying the price now. The Disastrous High-Tech War on a Pathogen BY W. AARON VANDIVER.  If we carefully analyze each aspect of the “world war” on Covid-19, we can see how each tactic and high-tech “weapon” has harmed human health, destabilized civil society, and possibly disrupted the ecological balance between the human population and the virus, while enriching private interests and empowering financially captured government regulators. 

Harvard Scientist Defends Natural Human DNA That Has Created Our Immune System-From Brownstone Institute

Harvard Epidemiologist Censored by LinkedIn for Defending Healthcare Jobs

LinkedIn distinguished itself in the social-media market for its focus on professionals. The idea was to develop a digital network designed to advance one’s career. The company makes money from advertising but also through an impressive jobs marketplace. You can offer a job or apply for one. It promised to empower the individual worker – admittedly most white collar positions – with choice of employment. To this end, it has added value to professional life. 

Now it appears to have joined the censorship brigade, targeting probably many venues but the Brownstone Institute in particular. The timing is particularly awkward because of the potentially millions of people who could be fired from their positions in the coming weeks and months for non-compliance with Covid19 mandates.

Brownstone has defended the rights of workers to choose against vaccination and in favor of natural immunity or exposure through normal living.  The take downs of our posts began last week when the venue took down a piece arguing against the politicization of disease. The post was put up and disappeared. This happened to everyone who attempted to post the piece. It was a magic disappearing act, clearly targeting the URL and content.

We thought we found a workaround by posting the link for mobile viewing but LinkedIn’s algorithms figured that one out quickly and took it down too. As with all such cases, the first impulse is to believe that there was something about that piece that the censors found objectionable, perhaps in tone or content. And that piece did have an edge about it. Surely it was just once. It won’t happen again, or so we hoped. 

Now we find a pattern.  The famed Harvard epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff – one of three brave scientists who drafted the Great Barrington Declaration one year ago today – wrote a piece in defense of the nurses at a Harvard hospital who are refusing the vaccination. These nurses and others in the hospital had worked mightily and tirelessly for 21 months with daily exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and had thereby acquired natural immunity which all research has shown to be as good or better than the vaccine. They do not need it. It is unscientific to the point of absurdity for these immunity mandates not to consider natural immunity, about which humanity has known for 2.5 millennia. 

“Hospitals are firing nurses and other staff with superior natural immunity while retaining those with weaker vaccine-induced immunity,” wrote Kulldorff. “By doing so, they are betraying their patients, increasing their risk for hospital-acquired infections. If university hospitals cannot get the medical evidence right on the basic science of immunity, how can we trust them with any other aspects of our health?” 

LinkedIn at first accepted the article on its platform. It unfurled the post with image and excerpt. It achieved a very high reach with many likes and shares. This makes sense because so many people on this platform are either losing their own jobs or losing colleagues in every profession. Kulldorff was bravely coming to their defense. 

Within the first hour of posting, the unfurled posts started disappearing. Kulldorff’s own posting on his LinkedIn page disappeared. So did the Brownstone post. Along with it, all shares were made to disappear too. This article – by one of the world’s leading scientists at one of the world’s most prestigious universities that defended workers and their jobs – was being torn down by a platform designed to assist people in their career advancement.  As the hours went by, the hit on this piece in particular lightened up just a bit. The venue would allow the article link to appear but refused still to unfurl the post. This means that readers are unable to see the title, the image, or read a summary.

We are not privy to their algorithmic experience but it seems likely that doing this to a link would dramatically reduce its readership, simply because outside links routinely include all that information.  The previously unfurled posts were all deleted along with all likes, shares, and comments. The new links remain but with a very low level of engagement.  Before releasing this information, we waited a full 24 hours to make sure that this was not some technical fluke. It appears not to be. It appears that LinkedIn has decided deliberately to throttle a job-related post by a high-level and world-famous scientist that addressed an issue of intense interest to all users of the platform. 

LinkedIn has for the most part been on the sidelines of the great censorship battles of our time. (No it hasn’t-Lisa). With this move, it seems to have engaged it on the side of the censors. They have given no explanation, provided no appeals path, or even posted a link to the terms of service that might have been crossed. They simply blackballed the post without any further commentary.  In taking this action, LinkedIn has denied crucial information to millions of professionals who deserve to hear a different opinion about the mass firings taking place in light of the vaccine mandates that contradict the known science and freedom in the marketplace for jobs. The move is a direct hit against workers and their career aspirations.  It’s a good bet that this article will be censored too.     Copyright © 2021 Brownstone Institute, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.

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