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Samizdata quote of the day

What started with the strange tale of the pandemic of an easy to beat aerosolized virus has become a global battle over the onward march to eliminate the control group. The bidding began with a clash of the propagandized fear porn-driven narrative. The stakes were upped substantially over hydroxychloroquine and anything else that might treat patients before reaching a progressed disease state. Now that controversy over vaccine harms has ramped up substantially, two sides find themselves committed.

Vicious tribalism is in vogue, and the stakes could not be higher. One side wants the other to submit to a “my government can inject me with anything it likes, at any time” policy. The other has filed genocide and war crimes complaints in at the International Criminal Court.

When the end states of the game involve either of,

1. Rounding up one side into concentration camps, or

2. Holding international or military tribunals to hold the leadership of the other side accountable for genocide,

it becomes harder and harder to imagine either side backing down.

Mathew Crawford

37 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • bobby b

    “Science stood still while nonsense failed its way to success as a prize for the performative act of supporting the state ideology during a time when unity meant more than practical gains.”

    He was speaking of Lysenkoism, but this works on so many levels, in so many areas. Climate, Covid, gender, policing . . . In fact, you could simply label it “wokism.”

  • Paul Marks

    I hope that the establishment demand to have a “booster” every few months will make people wake up – in Israel they are already on the FORTH injection (which means yet more build of of spike protein in the body). This must stop.

    There has been Early Treatment for Covid 19 from the start – but it was systematically smeared (lied about – declared ineffective or even harmful “Fish Bowl Cleaner, Horse Dewormer, IT WILL KILL YOU”) by the Collectivist establishment, because it got in the way of their agenda. Vast numbers of people died because of the smearing of Early Treatment – and YES there should be legal accountability for those deaths.

    There should also be legal accountability for the creation of Covid 19 in the Wuhan Institute in the first place (hello Tony Fauci and Peter Daszak – you funded this) and for the supposedly accidental release and spread of Covid 19 – with the (Chinese domninated) “World Health Organisation” and the, despicable, Tony Fauci in the United States pretending (for months) that there was no threat to the world.

  • Paul Marks

    As for the lockdowns – anyone who still thinks they were about “saving lives”, rather than part of an international political agenda, is deeply misguided.

  • Stonyground

    It would be nice to see the masses running after the perps with torches and pitchforks. Seeing that 99% of the population are walking around with masks on because Boris told them to I have little hope.

    I honestly believed that the climate change crap would have died a natural death by now. Surely the consistent failure of the so called scientists’ predictions would be conclusive proof that they were full of crap. My faith in human nature is almost gone.

  • Paul Marks

    When science becomes political – different opinions become opposed political sides, both thinking in terms of using FORCE against the other.

    This is the central meaning of Mathew Crawford’s article.

    And science became political when these unconstitutional government bodies were created in the United States.

    “They are not unconstitutional – there is a general welfare spending power… and a regulate interstate commerce power”.

    “the common defence and general welfare” is the PURPOSE of the spending powers that then follow in Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution of the United State – if there was a “general welfare spending power” then there would be no need to list specific spending powers, and the Tenth Amendment would have no meaning.

    As for “regulate interstate commerce” this meant free trade over state lines, not controlling every aspect of human life.

    A series of intellectually corrupt Supreme Court judgements have turned the United States of America from a limited government polity to an UNLIMITED government polity.

    Just as other intellectually corrupt Supreme Court judgements have upheld the very thing the Constitutional Convention was called to put a stop to – fiat money (so called paper money – “not worth a Continental”) as well as government backed Credit Bubble banking (as opposed to honest money lending).

    A small elite now benefit at the expense of everyone else – the Cantillon Effect on a scale that Richard Cantillon could not have seen in his worst nightmares.

    And they use “THE SCIENCE” as the justification for unlimited and arbitrary power.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Mathew Crawford should shut the fuck up and sign up for his 23rd booster shot.

    Everyone, please remember that questioning the efficacy or safety of what Pfizer and Moderna were gracious enough to bestow upon us is rude, inappropriate, and impossible to justify. Just take the boosters, as required.

    No question is beneficial. And no control group should exist because these vaccines have existed for 15 months now.

    Again, just close your mouth and sign up for your booster shots, citizen.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    If you are questioning the efficacy or safety of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are peddling conspiracy theories about violations of the Nuremberg Code during the COVID-19 pandemic then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are wondering if maybe the vaccine may have unknown side effects or unknowable long-term side effects then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are not sufficiently grateful for the work of the scientists and the doctors who have researched, developed, and produced this miracle vaccine then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are interested in learning alternative perspectives on the COVID-19 vaccine then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are reluctant to inject this vaccine into your body on a regular basis with many booster shots on an annual basis for the rest of your life, then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are curious about the origins of COVID-19 then you are probably an anti-vaxxer. If you are wondering how many cycles thresholds the PCR test should run to diagnose COVID-19 then you are probably an anti-vaxxer.

    Don’t be an anti-vaxxer.

    Be a good, logical, intelligent person.

    Don’t ask questions or wonder about things. Everything is fine, if we all do our parts. Just do as you are are told. Inject this vaccine into your body and then inject the boosters into your body.

    Don’t follow conspiracy theories.

    Follow the science.

    Get the vaccine injected into your body ASAP and then get the boosters injected into your body also. The boosters are important to take approximately 6 months after you take the vaccine because the vaccine is so effective and safe.


  • Shlomo Maistre

    I, for one, am offended by Matthew Crawford for mentioning that some doctors and scientists allege violations of the Nuremberg Code during the COVID-19 pandemic. How dare he bring this up and give such conspiracy theories a platform on his Substack. He should be ashamed of himself for informing his readers about these false fabrications with absolutely no basis in fact whatsoever. Such writings undermine the noble and good efforts to vaccinate the world’s population. Does Matthew not share our goals? Doesn’t he know that if people find out more information that goes against the science then they are less likely to take the vaccine?

    Matthew should inform his readers that they should all get vaccinated as quickly as possible and wear masks whenever feasible.

    Any other messaging goes against the science and could cause deaths.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    The most important thing to never forget, as Paul Marks so often remarks in these comment threads, is that millions of people worldwide died due to the active and intentional suppression of safe and effective treatments for covid-19. And these life saving treatments were intentionally suppressed BECAUSE they are safe and effective ways to treat people infected with covid-19.

    The information and scientific evidence was actively censored, ignored, and demonized. Restrictions against doctors we’re out into place forbidding use of the life savings medications. The media maligned any doctor or scientist who spoke out. Big Tech censored them. And governments around the world put every road block imaginable between doctors and their patients to prevent the use of safe and effective treatments.

    Millions died as a result.

    Never forget this.

    Never forget this.

    Millions died.


    This link should be spread far and wide.


  • Shlomo Maistre

    Restrictions against doctors we’re out into place forbidding use of the life savings medications.

    Should say:

    Restrictions against doctors and pharmacists were put into place forbidding use of life saving medications.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    The deceit and lies and all manner of disinformation have been overwhelming. We have been subjected to a thorough propaganda campaign of colossal magnitude.

    It has been a shock and awe campaign of such massive scale it is actually incomprehensible to fully digest the scope or intensity of the propaganda that we have endured, partly because we are still in the midst of their campaign of deceit now – and we will be for many years.

    It’s like the firebombing of Dresden, what’s happened to many American psyches. It has damaged many people psychologically, rendering their rational faculties broken with respect to covid.

    The psychologically strong persist in pointing out the lies – mostly in private conversations with family or friends. But the weak people who have succumbed to the hysteria harass, ostracize, and demonize the psychologically strong.

    It’s not easy, but we will persist. Not because we want to but because we actually don’t have a choice.

    Sometimes peering into the rabbit hole is totally worth it.

    Ignorance of the oppressed is power of the oppressors.

  • Mr Ecks

    Nobody worth a damn is giving up on freedom.

    The vax freaks can go fuck themselves with Johnson’s arsehole being first in the queue.

  • Ferox

    Assuming that the vaccines actually do cause some serious harm down the road, there may come a point at which it is impossible (or at least inexpedient) for the Left to continue to deny that this is so.

    At that moment, watch for the left-media to make a subtle shift in their style guides, and start linking Trump (or whatever non-woke bogeyman applies in your area) to the vaccines … as in “today, it was announced that the COVID-19 vaccines, which were developed during the Presidency of Donald Trump, can cause severe … ” or just “the FDA has released a study linking Trump’s COVID vaccines to …” etc.

    When that happens, you will see a mass pivot in unison (like fish swimming in a school) to the new talking point. All the Left-fascist mandates and scolding will be instantly flushed down the memory hole.

    And then, for those of us who have endured the slander and the harassment, the restrictions and the ostracism, it will be time to resist the temptation to be gracious in our vindication. Don’t be gracious to fascists. Never let it go. Never let them forget for one day what they have brought about.

  • APL

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our esteemed colleague, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

    Straight from the horses mouth: “.. It depends on what you want to use it for […] a vaccine requirement for person getting on the plane 𝗶𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱, namely you can’t get on a plane unless you are vaccinated, which is just another way of getting requirements, whatever that may be …” — Anthony Faucci

    Nuremberg code article 1 [excerpt]

    “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This
    means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent;
    should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without
    the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching,
    or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion
    ; and should have sufficient
    knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved
    as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This
    latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision
    by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature,
    duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is
    to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected;
    and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his
    participation in the experiment”.

    Then there is this.

  • Ferox

    APL: did you delete your comment with link to the video of the pharmacist getting redpilled or did someone else?

    ADMIN: if APL did it please delete this comment too.

  • APL

    Ferox: “did you delete your comment with link to the video of the pharmacist getting redpilled [ …]?”


  • Ferox


    Wow, what is happening? Admins – explanation?

    This should be a space where varied views can be expressed. When I read that comment I didn’t see any ad hominem or abuse in it. Nor were the links abusive or otherwise against the norms of civil discourse.

    Why deleted then?

  • the other rob

    @ Shlomo Maistre

    Be a good, logical, intelligent person.

    Be a good German.


  • Shlomo Maistre


    This should be a space where varied views can be expressed

    This should be a space where the site owner(s) decide what can be here.


  • Ferox

    Shlomo: then let them decide, and say so. To stealth delete a comment (frankly, IMHO a not-at-all objectionable comment) is just low. It’s what I would expect from some left-media echo chamber.

    Anyway, I am still holding out hope that the delete was some sort of database hiccup, and not a stealth delete.

  • APL

    Ferox: “then let them decide, and say so.”

    It’s rare, but it happens.

    Ferox: “IMHO a not-at-all objectionable comment”.

    I admit to being curious as to what caused this particular comment to be zapped.

  • Shlomo Maistre


    Besides restore the deleted comment and/or give you an explanation of why it was deleted, what exactly would you like the Admin to do? I am genuinely curious.

    Also, I don’t understand the difference between a delete and a stealth delete, isn’t it the same thing? What specifically would make it a delete as opposed to a stealth delete? I am genuinely curious.

    FWIW, it seems obvious to me that this blog has hosted a very diverse array of perspectives, comments, and content over many years. Partly this is because of the highly intelligent writers/commenters. But an even bigger factor that has led to such diversity of perspectives is what seems to me to be the site’s extremely lenient and tolerant admin policy, in which hardly any comment is ever deleted.

  • Ferox

    Also, I don’t understand the difference between a delete and a stealth delete, isn’t it the same thing? What specifically would make it a delete as opposed to a stealth delete?

    Something like:

    [Comment deleted] – Go away, we don’t tolerate that sort of thing around here. -Admins

    as opposed to just making the comment disappear. In my opinion, stealth deletes are not the sort of thing that “people with a critically rational individualist perspective” tend to do. Frankly I am surprised you would defend it.

  • Ferox

    I see the comment has returned. I assume some sort of code-related snafu. Nice to see 🙂

  • APL

    Ferox: “of the pharmacist getting redpilled”

    That was particually funny, if it wasn’t so terrible. On request, the pharmacist confidently gets the leaflet which would normally outline contraindications and potential adverse effects of the drug, unseals and unwraps it and the huge sheet is blank, utterly blank.

  • Ferox

    And remember before swallowing any of the BS about adverse effect numbers – this is the CDC’s own definition of “vaccinated”:

    In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

    2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    Which means if you get the jab, and then develop myocarditis and die 5 days later – you were unvaccinated. To me that bizarre definition basically invalidates all the public numbers around adverse effects.

  • the other rob

    I found the comments on that video particularly interesting. There was a great deal of sympathy for the pharmacist, who found himself in a very uncomfortable position. One of the reasons that I use an independent pharmacy is to avoid corporate interference.

  • bobby b

    Multiple links sometimes slows down comments.

  • bobby b

    I wonder when the US gov had time to amend this longtime rule about certifying pilots to fly (in the Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners):

    Do Not Issue. AMEs should not issue airmen medical certificates to applicants who are using these classes of medications or medications.
    . . .
    – FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved less than 12 months ago. The FAA generally requires at least one-year of post-marketing experience with a new drug before consideration for aeromedical certification purposes. This observation period allows time for uncommon, but aeromedically significant, adverse effects to manifest themselves. Contact either your Regional Flight Surgeon or AMCD for guidance on specific applicants or to request consideration for a particular medication.

    (h/t to Denninger)

    If we’re following our long-standing rules, we ought not have any vaxxed pilots right now, right?

  • Earnest Canuck

    Stand down! Downstanding! DEUS EX OMICRON! Plot twist! Holy crap!

    The whole shitty COVID zombie movie ends with a whacked-out left-field development so crazed, so ridiculous, no one saw it coming??

    No one saw this coming. You didn’t. Nor me. No one did! No one was right! We were all wrong ha ha ha!

    Wonderful, wonderful. Can’t wrap my head around it. The zombie movie’s lesson is always “it can’t be contained” —

    but this deus ex omicron, man, it’s like in the last scene the zombies break out — oh no they’re everywhere!–

    Buuuut they’re six inches high. Slower than the fattest toddler. And no teeth! An embarassed groundskeeper sweeps them all up in a Hefty bag!

    Oh man, it is time to celebrate. The left field. The black swan.The randomness.

    Think of it this way. Nature dealt us a snaky fuckin’ hand. Caught unprepared, we sniped at each other, we did this, we did that, we didn’t all behave well, but arguably we fought the bug to a standstill —

    — and then a ludicrous cavalry came thundering in to save the day. It’s just too funny, the relief. Aren’t you relieved? Go celebrate. Forgive each other! DEUS EX OMICRON!

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Just read an interesting item in Cora, on the subject of liberty- the EU is throwing a tizzy-fit over Switzerland not agreeing to let the EU have the last say on legal matters. I wonder if Brexit had an effect here?

  • Wow, what is happening? Admins – explanation?

    I have no idea what you are talking about.

  • bobby b

    “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

    Funny, that’s generally my reaction to about 30% of the comments. Probably different reasons, though.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    I am sure most people here have already watched this. But just in case.


    Some people are starting to really wake up. Not many people, but some. Joe Rogan is one reason why.

  • another lurker

    Earnest Canuck
    December 30, 2021 at 5:37 am

    Stand down! Downstanding! DEUS EX OMICRON! Plot twist! Holy crap!

    Yea, it looks this season is going to end and the “super deadly virus” plot is wound down, somewhat anticlimatically (like the “cave dwelling super villain mastermind” and “evil fascist billionaire” plot lines from previous seasons).

    What will be the next season surprise?
    Return to old “cold war nuclear standoff” plot or something completely new – for example, ALIEN INVASION?


  • another lurker

    and then a ludicrous cavalry came thundering in to save the day. It’s just too funny, the relief. Aren’t you relieved? Go celebrate. Forgive each other! DEUS EX OMICRON!

    well, evidence is strong that “Omicron” is another lab leak 😉


  • Shlomo Maistre

    “There are good modeling studies proving that half a million excess deaths have happened in the USA through the intentional blockade of early treatment by the US Government. Half a million. This is a well documented fact.” – Dr Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA vaccine technology and one of the top virologists in the world.


    At 29:40

    This is virtually identical to what Dr Peter McCullough, Dr Vladimir Zelenko, and other doctors have said publicly in recent months, as well.

    Robert Malone’s biography:

    I am an internationally recognized scientist/physician and the original inventor of mRNA vaccination as a technology, DNA vaccination, and multiple non-viral DNA and RNA/mRNA platform delivery technologies. I hold numerous fundamental domestic and foreign patents in the fields of gene delivery, delivery formulations, and vaccines: including for fundamental DNA and RNA/mRNA vaccine technologies.

    I have approximately 100 scientific publications with over 12,000 citations of my work (per Google Scholar with an “outstanding” impact factor rating). I have been an invited speaker at over 50 conferences, have chaired numerous conferences and I have sat on or served as chairperson on HHS and DoD committees. I currently sit as a non-voting member on the NIH ACTIV committee, which is tasked with managing clinical research for a variety of drug and antibody treatments for COVID-19.

    I received my medical degree from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. I completed the Harvard Medical School fellowship as a global clinical research scholar in 2016 and was scientifically trained at the University of California at Davis, the University of California at San Diego, and at the Salk Institute Molecular Biology and Virology laboratories. I have served as an assistant and associate professor of pathology and surgery at the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland, and the Armed Forces University of the Health Sciences. For many years, my wife and I have built and run a consultancy and analytics firm specializing in biotechnology and clinical trials development.

    My partner in all of this is Jill Glasspool Malone, PhD. She likes to stay behind the scenes, but you can be assured that in almost all of my professional endeavors, she has been and will be involved. She also is well published and has an extensive CV. We have been together since high school (over 45 years) and have been married for 42 of those. We live on a horse farm in Virginia, which has become our own personal “Galt’s Gulch”. An idea that we embrace and build upon. Having an intentional community is one of the tenets of how we live.

    So, what has brought me to the point of daily podcasts, interviews, op-eds, advocacy with legislators and building a twitter feed of almost a half million people? It started with my own experiences and concerns regarding the safety and bioethics of how the COVID-19 genetic vaccines were developed and forced upon the world, and then then expanded as I discovered the many short-cuts, database issues, obfuscation and frankly, lies told in the development of the Spike protein-based genetic vaccines for SARS-CoV-2. Personal experiences involving identifying, developing, and trying to publish peer-reviewed academic papers focused on drug repurposing and the rights of physicians to practice medicine as well as what I have seen close colleagues go through have further influenced me. Finally, as unethical mandates for administering experimental vaccines to adults and children began to be pushed by governments, my research into what I believe is authoritarian control by governments that are being manipulated by large corporations (big finance, big pharmaceutical, big media and big technology) influenced my changing world view.

    Now, I have always been taught and believed that vaccines must be developed in conjunction with life saving treatments for an emerging infectious disease or a pandemic. I am a vaccinologist. I invented the core mRNA vaccine technology platform. I have spent much of my career working on vaccine development. I have also had extensive experience in drug repurposing for infectious disease outbreaks. I am not an antivaxxer in any way, shape or form. But I do believe that the short cuts that the USG have taken in bringing the mRNA and the adenovirus vaccines to market for this pandemic have been detrimental and contrary to globally accepted standards for developing and regulating safe and effective licensed products.

    I have now done hundreds of podcasts and interviews. I am a regular guest on many shows and have written many editorials that have been published in mainstream newspapers. Along with many other physicians and scientists advocating early treatment, I have toured globally to help educate physicians and the public about early treatment options while also opposing the unethical mandates.

    I used to believe that the FDA, NIH, and CDC were working for the people, not big pharma. I thought that if we could just re-purpose already known, safe drugs for emerging infectious diseases, we could quickly find ways to reduce the death rate. I thought that drug and vaccine development were regulated by the Federal government for the common good. What I have learned over the last two years is that regulatory capture of the federal government has warped and shaped the work of Congress and Federal agencies to such an extent that they no longer represent what is in the best interests of the nation, the world, and humanity. The more I have expressed data-based concerns about what is happening with the vaccines, the US Federal and WHO responses, the more I have been censored, defamed, and subjected to various forms of character assassination by big tech and legacy media. I am not alone in being targeted. Mainstream media has attacked and censored me and other prominent physicians/scientists who do not recite the governmental narrative. This has been developed into a standard process and deployed worldwide as a technique for suppressing physician dissent – quite literally hunting physicians deemed guilty of thoughtcrimes (such as questioning vaccine safety and effectiveness) or of the “sin” of treating patients with lifesaving drugs in an outpatient setting.

    What is happening is not right, it is not proper and it is not fair.
    So, let get down to fixing it.