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Samizdata quote of the day

“The pandemic tempted governments and their elite allies to treat citizens as passive objects to be dictated to, bullied and coerced en masse—an attitude not unlike that found in China, Cuba and North Korea—instead of as active thinking subjects with whom government is in partnership. With few exceptions (the Nordic countries are the best examples), governments failed to find ways to affirm that despite the pandemic, citizens were still individuals imbued with inalienable rights and independent moral standing. This is, after all, how most people see themselves in modern society—as free autonomous beings rather than as laboratory rats in a series of social science experiments.”

– Arthur Herman, writing in the Wall Street Journal ($). Herman is the author of excellent books about the Scotland’s contributions to the world, the Royal Navy, and philosophy.

35 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Rudolph Hucker

    I’d agree that there’s mountains of evidence that that’s their motivation, since ancient times (hoi polloi, the great unwashed and now the Deplorables).

    Sometimes though it just doesn’t work.

    U-turn on mandatory Covid vaccinations for NHS and social care workers – Sajid Javid set to scrap requirements after warnings that jabs policy could lead to shortage of 80,000 workers

    Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS and social care workers are set to be scrapped, The Telegraph can reveal, after warnings of crippling staff shortages if the plan went ahead. Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, will on Monday meet fellow ministers on the Covid-Operations Cabinet committee to rubber stamp the decision on the about-turn.


    As you say, Nordic countries leading the way?

    Denmark admits the failure of all Covid control measures (including vaccines) – “We say goodbye to the restrictions and welcome the life we knew before,” the prime minister said last week.

  • Exasperated

    governments failed to find ways to affirm that despite the pandemic, citizens were still individuals imbued with inalienable rights and independent moral standing

    They could have used their power to persuade but instead opted to deceive and threaten their publics, at least in Canada, the US, OZ, and NZ. Bottom line, the upper middle, working middle, and Main Street have lost their political and economic clout and are therefore easily dismissed in pursuit of the “Der Regulatorischen Staat Uber Alles” agenda.
    The uniparty, the multinationals, the deep state sold the republic and Middle America out 2 decades or more ago. They reject American values in favor of globalist values, which oddly enough, is more in sync with Chinese values. It’s government from the top down by regulation, implemented by unaccountable and remote self serving bureaucrats to the benefit of crony capitalists and multinationals. In other words they traded American liberty, real jobs and prosperity for cheap Chinese goods and Davos hegemony.

  • Exasperated

    Another issue is why did the so called elites turn themselves into a pathetic joke? Here are some thoughts from Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.


    “The elites lost their mojo by becoming absurd. It happened on the road between cultural appropriation and transgender bathrooms.” It was fatal: “People believe from instinct. The Roman gods became ridiculous when the Roman emperors did. PC is the equivalent of Caligula’s horse.”

  • Paul Marks

    It is now horribly clear that the lockdowns did NOT “save lives” – the question is, did the international establishment really think lockdowns would save lives? Or did they have other motives for this policy?

    The covering up of the origins of the virus (Wuhan Institute – research financed by the organisations of Tony Fauci and Peter Daszak) also needs to be explained.

    And, yes, the systematic smearing of Early Treatment (which could have saved most of the people who died) also needs to be explained. If the international establishment really wanted to save lives they would have tried any treatment – not systematically smeared (lied-to-discredit) treatments.

    At so many points of the last two years the international establishment has acted in the opposite way to the way that people who wanted to save lives, would have acted.

    First they, the World Health Organisation, and Tony Fauci in the United States, pretended the virus was not dangerous. Then they covered up its origins. Then they pushed demented policies (such as lockdowns), then they smeared Early Treatment (which could have saved most of the people who died).

    It appears that what they really cared about was getting emergency authorisation for the experimental injections – and that nothing else really mattered to them.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    John Ioannidis or Martin Kulldorff or Sucharit Bhakdi or Robert Malone or Sunetra Gupta or Michael Yeadon or Cody Meissner or Li-Meng Yan or Bret Weinstein or Martin Makary or Peter McCullough or David Livermore or Ariel Munitz or David Martin or Knut Wittkowski or Pierre Kory or Simone Gold or Dan Erickson or Artin Massihi or Ryan Cole or Charles Hoffe or Byram Bridle or Abrien Aguirre or Joseph Mercola or Patrick Phillips or Dolores Cahil or Vladimir Zelenko or Ellen Townsend or Scott Atlas or Francis Christian or Paul Marik or Charles Hoffe or Eyal Shahar or Jay Bhattacharya or Kamran Abbasi or Gianfranco Umberto Meduri or Peter Daszak or Marta Entrenas Castillo

    These scientists and doctors have many different specialties, different backgrounds, different data, different evidence, different reasoning, different opinions on different topics. But they have 4 things in common:

    1. They all have spoken out against at least one part of the COVID-19 “mainstream” narrative – for some it is vitamin D, for some it is lockdowns, for some it is masks, for some it is vaccines, for some it is ivermectin, for some it is COVID-19 itself, etc.

    2. Many of these doctors and scientists are top guys in their fields, leading epidemiologists, virologists. Many of them are professors at top institutions like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, etc. Many of them individually have thousands or even tens of thousands of citations to their names in the scientific literature. Many are editors of top medical journals. Many have decades of experience without so much as a scratch to their reputations until, of course, COVID-19 arrived.

    3. All have been censored in various ways. Many of their twitter accounts have been removed. Their viral videos on youtube have been disappeared. Their presence on facebook has been deleted. Their groups on facebook have been deleted. Their twitter accounts have been censored. Their abilities to reach the public online has been largely cut off. And were it not for heroes like Joe Rogan their abilities to reach the public would be basically entirely cut off.

    4. They are not allowed to defend themselves or their ideas in the mainstream press. And they are smeared and attacked by the mainstream press as “conspiracy theorists” “fringe” “fact checked” “dangerous misinformation” and summarily dismissed by the media. They have been vilified and maligned by a press that finds their ideas important enough to stigmatize but not important enough to investigate fairly.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    “There are good modeling studies proving that half a million excess deaths [from covid-19] 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.

    This assessment is based on independent complex data analyses independently conducted in 1. Dallas, TX metro area 2. NY State 3. Marseilles, France.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    In my comment at February 1, 2022 at 4:09 pm: “Peter Daszak” no – should be Peter Doshi!!

  • Rudolph Hucker

    For those of us who don’t think “we’re all doomed” I refer my honorable colleagues to this:

    Why the experts are losing – Their fantasy world can no longer control us


  • Rudolph Hucker


    February 1st, Denmark will be the first country in Europe — arguably the world — to put an end to all Covid-related laws. Even if you have the disease, it will only be recommended that you isolate, and even then only for three days. If you have no symptoms, you can go to meet your friends. Most remarkably, Denmark is taking this step at a time when Covid-19 cases have never been higher — and are still growing.

    They also decided in the government that Covid should no longer be considered critical to public health. That means that the legislation is changing, so many of these interventions can no longer be supported by legal mandate. Many things will be ruled out: the Corona pass will go away, restrictions on nightlife and cultural institutions also ending.


  • SteveD

    ‘They could have used their power to persuade but instead opted to deceive and threaten their publics, at least in Canada, the US, OZ, and NZ.’

    Unless they serve serious jail time, it’s just going to happen again.

  • SteveD

    ‘the question is, did the international establishment really think lockdowns would save lives?’

    For some (e.g. Dr. Birx), it was an ‘experiment’ they were hoping to implement their entire careers. Look at their reactions during and after each previous ‘almost’ pandemic since 1970 which fizzled out. AIDS especially is illuminating.

  • SteveD

    ‘Denmark will be the first country in Europe…’

    Yah Denmark s/ So, we should now praise the first murderer who decides he will never murder again.

    Never forgive. Never forget.

  • Flubber

    They’re going to try again – they have to have their great reset.

    And the spinning plates of the financial system are getting wobbler.


    Comment by former Blackrock bigwig

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Never forgive. Never forget.


  • Shlomo Maistre


    Still one of the best threads on the COVID scamdemic.

  • Paul Marks

    Shlomo Maistre – has gone into a lot of details, it would be rude for me to repeat what he has already said.

    And as Mr Ed reminded me long ago – the government machine takes a certain amount of time to do anything (I know this myself – even local government has a lot of procedures that take a lot of time), there is no way that these detailed regulations could have been produced in the short period time that was officially presented – work on the regulations must have started before the virus (that is just the administrative reality).

    Think about that Jonathan Pearce (and others) – the administrative reality is, that work on the regulations (in many countries – internationally) must have started before the virus.

    In short the pandemic did not “tempt government and its allies to….” – because the administrative machine (and the government and corporate propaganda to back it up) can not be practically organised in this short time scale – the work must have started before the virus. Otherwise detailed regulations (such as book shops must close, but bike shops can stay open) could not have been produced by the date they were.

    So it is no surprise to find out that there were international conferences and detailed administrative work going on in 2019 – and before. Of course there was – governments and their corporate and NGO allies can not produce endless pages of edicts in a few days.

    So this leads us back to the question of why “they” (the international establishment) did this – why? Saying that Prime Minister Johnson and the Health Secretary woke up one day and, after a chat with the scientists of “SAGE” (most of whom are not medical doctors – indeed I do not think that any of them are practicing medical doctors) produced detailed regulations (a whole policy, and the publicity campaign to back it up) in a few days, is just silly. Clearly the policy was there first (produced by officials – often on an international level) and then the virus came along afterwards. The idea that the virus came first and the policy was as “response” to it, just does not make sense in terms of the timescale involved.

    “Ah Paul – what you do not understand is that the policy was drawn up IN CASE a virus came along” – but that is NOT what was said, what was said was that this was a new policy drawn up in-response-to the virus. Also there never was any medical evidence (none) that the lockdown policy would work.

    “Yes there was Paul – China locked down and that saved lots of lives” – so we are supposed to believe that the lockdown in China at the start of 2020 (assuming there was a general lockdown in China – and outside Wuhan, I am not sure there was a real lockdown in China) was examined in the West and led to detailed regulations being ready to roll in the West by March 2020.

    Pull the other one, it has got bells on. There is no way (none) that officials and “experts” could have examined the success or otherwise of the 2020 Chinese policy (assuming there really was a general lockdown in China), decided the policy was a great success and have had detailed regulations and the publicity campaign (including the “Nudge” Behaviour Modification indoctrination campaign) ready to roll by March 2020. Again the official timeline just does not work.

  • Bruce

    Why did all this happen?

    Warm-up / “conditioning” for the great Klimate porn onslaught that has been getting “fine -tuned” in the background of The Kovid Kaper.

    Delete “Attitude Adjustment Kamps” for “Kovid deniers”.

    Insert “Attitude Adjustment Kamps”, (showers optional) for “Klimate Deniers”.

    There are those “Interesting Times”, again.

  • Rudolph Hucker

    @Paul (and all)

    the work must have started before the virus

    That reminds me, somewhere earlier here, we’ve noted the expert testimony that some of these “vaccines” were patented up to 20 years ago, and have been waiting for the appropriate crisis/opportunity/reset

    It’s a classic case of “follow the money”.

    Evidence given to the German-led international Corona Investigative Committee on Friday July 9 by Dr David Martin, who runs a US company monitoring innovations relevant to financial interests.

    What does Dr David Martin’s business do?

    Dr David Martin’s business routinely monitors the financial value of patents, including pharma patents. He said a review of more than 4,000 patents issued around the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus had led to the dramatic conclusion: ‘We made SARS’.

    How so?

    All of the virus sequences that we’re now being told are “novel viruses” have been found in patent applications, going back as far as 1999. The declaration of a novel virus was entirely a fallacy. There was no novel Corona virus. There are countless very subtle modifications of Corona virus sequences that have been uploaded. But there was no single identified novel Corona virus at all. As a matter of fact, we found records, in the patent records, of sequences attributed to novelty, going to patents that were sought as early as 1999. So not only was this not a novel anything, it’s not been novel for over two decades.

    When was the first Corona virus patented?

    Up to 1999, the activity around patented viruses was uniquely applied to veterinary sciences. The first vaccine ever patented for Corona viruses was actually sought by Pfizer … which was specifically this S-spike protein. So the exact same thing that we have allegedly rushed into invention. The first application was filed January 28th 2000, twenty one years ago. So the idea that we mysteriously stumbled on the way to intervene on vaccines is not only ludicrous, it is incredulous.

    Enter Fauci (stage left)

    What’s more problematic, and what is actually, the most egregious problem is that Anthony Fauci and AID found the malleability of Corona virus to be a potential candidate for HIV vaccines. And so SARS is actually not a natural progression of a zoonotic modification of Corona virus. As a matter of fact and very specifically in 1999 Anthony Fauci funded research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, specifically to create – and you cannot help but you know lament what I’m about to read, because this comes directly from a patent application filed on April 19th 2002 – and you heard the date correctly – 2002 – where the NIAID* built “an infectious replication defective Corona virus”.

    In other words, we made SARS. And we patented it on April 19th 2002. Before there was ever any alleged outbreak in Asia. Which as you know followed that by several months. That patent, issued as US patent 7279327, that patent clearly lays out, in very specific gene sequencing, the fact that we knew that the ACE receptor, the ACE2 binding domain, the S1 spike protein and other elements of what we have come to know as this scourge pathogen was not only engineered but could be synthetically modified in the laboratory, using nothing more than gene-sequencing technologies, taking computer code and turning it into a pathogen or an intermediate of the pathogen.

    More (much more) here:

  • Rudolph Hucker

    “the work must have started before the virus“

    Back in October 2016, the Emergency Response Department of Public Health England ran “Exercise Cygnus”.

    About the Emergency Response Department

    Emergency preparedness specialists throughout Public Health England play an important role in training and exercising the healthcare community and its Emergency Response Department (ERD) works with national and international partners to ensure that healthcare professionals are able to respond to emergencies, including the deliberate or accidental release of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear substances. On behalf of the Department of Health, training courses and exercises are delivered every year throughout England to develop resilience across healthcare organisations. In addition, the team works with the European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation,

    This “put on the shelf” the original Standard Operating Procedure, as used by SAGE at the start in 2019.

    The report on Exercise Cygnus is still online and available:

  • GregWA

    Schlomo Maistre at 6:28am, I had a look at the linked thread. Thanks.

    #16 caught my eye: “The observed changes in the code of the computer virus are not random, as they are directed specifically at circumventing the code introduced by the patch.”

    I see the analogy between the other numbered items in the thread and the history of the past 2 years, but not sure what #16 refers to. Can you enlighten me? Is this saying that the COVID virus was designed to circumvent the mRNA drugs? If so, are there credible sources for this?

  • GregWA

    Sorry, I lost track of who here referenced this, or maybe they referenced something referring to this, but either way, I thought I’d share this with all.

    See the JHU report linked to in this article. It shows data on the correlation between lockdown stringency and mortality (no correlation; or a slight positive correlation by my eye on the data, lockdowns increased mortality!). I downloaded it before it is scrubbed from existence.

  • Rudolph Hucker

    Canadian Covid Comedy (of the day)

    Trudeau is demand truckers follow his example and get vaccinated (like he did), so they don’t catch COVID (like he did).

    This is, apparently, the same person who got Jab #3 on Jan 4.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, days after he and his family were moved to a secret location due to thousands of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the capital, Ottawa. “This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trudeau announced in a tweet. The prime minister’s positive test result was announced two days after he and his family were taken out of Ottawa due to security concerns as thousands of protesters descended on the city.


    I do admire people who lead by example. In this case, by showing how ineffective the “vaccine” really is. Pause now for tumbleweed to blow across the stage, and True Believers to tell us Trudeau got Covid because of unvaccinated Covid deniers.

    Socialists around the world are condemning the trucker freedom protest in Canada as the working class unites to defend their human rights. “When workers of the world unite against overbearing government mandates, that’s literal fascism,” said a sobbing socialist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from deep within his top-secret bunker underneath Washington, D.C. “True, compassionate socialism is when the government partners with private corporations to force experimental drugs on the populace and threaten their very livelihoods if they don’t. Everyone knows that.”

    Hat-tip Babylon Bee

    It’s not a remake of Animal Farm is it?

  • Exasperated

    Re: Trudeau
    The Trudeau comments are an example of how dumb it is to believe your own lies or believe your own hype. Did his advisors fail to collect real, on the ground, intelligence; people who would have grasped the logistical challenges required of an effective government response. Did they trust their bought and paid for media to tell them the truth? They seem to have been caught flat footed. They don’t seem to have a plan A, or a plan B, or any plan.
    I can’t believe how vapid, weaselly, and LAME Trudeau’s public response was; his flailing image went around the world. The memes have been brutal. They may have been pandering to their bubble, but what of the risk of triggering more industries and more workers to join the resistance. They have to counteract all the streaming video showing the comradery of cheerful, diverse, wholesome people having a block party and playing street hockey. This is Irish Democracy on steroids.
    Doesn’t Trudeau have an inner circle of advisors? No savy, hard-nosed political savants there. They had weeks to prepare a “seize the moment” response. They blew whatever chance they had to coopt the energy. It is mind boggling.

  • Exasperated

    Sorry, sorry, off topic. Viva Frei (Youtuber) just interviewed a fourth grader, in Ottawa. Did you know, not only do the children wear their masks at school all day and have to move then up and down when they take bites of lunch, but they have to wear their coats in class because the windows are open, in Canada.

  • Shlomo Maistre


    Sorry, sorry, off topic. Viva Frei (Youtuber) just interviewed a fourth grader, in Ottawa. Did you know, not only do the children wear their masks at school all day and have to move then up and down when they take bites of lunch, but they have to wear their coats in class because the windows are open, in Canada.

    Link? I checked his Twitter and Youtube but cannot find it.

  • Exasperated

    This is a live stream of David Freiheit circulating around Ottawa. He is the Viva of the youtube channel Viva/BarnesLaw. As I post this, The livestream is still ongoing. The child and his parents come on at -2:16:42 which may change with time.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Thanks Exasperated.

    I found it. The segment in question starts between 50 to 53 minutes after the beginning of the video.

  • Rudolph Hucker

    @Johnathan Pearce

    Re Arthur Herman, thanks for the reminder that he wrote “The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots’ Invention of the Modern World”.

    Arthur Herman argues that Scotland’s turbulent history, from William Wallace to the Presbyterian Lords of the Covenant, laid the foundations for ‘the Scottish miracle’. Within one hundred years, the nation that began the eighteenth century dominated by the harsh and repressive Scottish Kirk had evolved into Europe’s most literate society, producing an idea of modernity that has shaped much of civilisation as we know it. He follows the lives and work of thinkers such as Adam Smith and David Hume, writers such as Burns and Boswell, as well as architects, technicians and inventors, and traces their legacy into the twentieth century. Written with wit, erudition and clarity, The Scottish Enlightenment claims the Scots’ rightful place in the history of the western world.

    Not forgetting that Scotland gave the world, and especially the USA, the Declaration of Arbroath


    The US Declaration of Independence was partly modelled on the Declaration of Arbroath.

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-

    How relevant that still sounds to current affairs!

    It’s inspiring and slightly depressing all at the same time.

    Inspiring that there have been generations of Scots with “get up and go” (the quality of being positive and having a lot of new ideas, determination, and energy).

    And yet – so many of those with “get up and go” had “got up and gone” from Scotland. It was almost a form of Social Engineering. Export the cleverest, most inventive, and the ones with the most positive attitudes. On one hand, I have no right to pass judgement, my own great-grandfather was one of those exports. But what do you have remaining? A tendency towards the stereotype of dour miserable Scots with a chip on each shoulder. With an SNP whose only ambition appears to be a desire to be even more authoritarian and reactionary than its southern neighbour.

    Thankfully Arthur Herman’s book is more inspiring than depressing.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    I can’t find it at the moment, but many months ago (maybe a year ago?) I recall that a Samizdatista wrote something to the effect that being optimistic is a weapon against tyranny in and of itself – particularly in these trying times.

    There is great wisdom in this, and a lot of truth – both on a practical level and also on a spiritual level.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    The lies are everywhere, EVERYWHERE, and will take (at a minimum) decades to really unravel.

    When it comes to COVID-19, most things are not as they appear to be.

  • Paul Marks

    Rudolph Hucker – please allow me to ride a favourite Hobby Horse of mine, David Hume was not a Scots Enlightenment thinker, he was the arch CRITIC of such thinking in Scotland (perhaps the world in his time). David Hume, in his ultra polite way, ATTACKED both the idea of rights against the state (which went back to Buchanan and, yes indeed before even him, in Scotland) and the principle of human reason (the human “I”) itself – attempting to “explain” it away.

    That so many books list David Hume (of all people) as a Scots Enlightenment thinker, shows just how false modern teaching is.

    As for Tony Fauci…..

    Yes – Tony Fauci whose organisation helped fund the creation of the virus (accidentally released – or released on purpose), and who then claimed it was not a danger to the United States, and then claimed that there was no Early Treatment for it – indeed making that the central point in his argument for Emergency Authorisation of certain injections.

    Charming chap – rather like Peter Daszak.

    Tony Fauci is, of course, a hero figure for the Corporate media.

    Remember he is but a servant – he serves an international establishment much bigger than himself. And they all believe that they are doing good – creating a wonderful new society.

    “You can not make an omelette without breaking eggs”, “there have to be sacrifices for the greater good”.

    This is what the international establishment (the Agenda 2030 crowd) sincerely believe – and they are sincere, which is what makes them so terrible.

  • Paul Marks

    The Logical Positivists of the Vienna Circle revered David Hume as an intellectual ancestor – and they were correct about that, he was. You can not get to the Bill of Rights (British or American) from the philosophy of Davy Hume – Mr Hume had nothing but contempt (although contempt expressed in his ultra polite, sickly sweet, way) for the ideas of rights against the state, or indeed for the concept of the human person (the soul – in the Aristotelian sense).

    Thomas Hobbes was an open enemy and spoke in very blunt language – David Hume was much more polite, but was really Hobbes in a smiley face. So was Rousseau – whose endless talk of freedom and rights obscured the fact that he had totally redefined what these terms meant, indeed essentially reversed their meaning – Rousseau, like Hobbes, openly admitted that he was changing the meaning of basic words. But a lot of people seem to forget this (if they ever knew it).

    What people say they want is just the “will of all” to Rousseau (to be despised) – what matters to him is the General Will – which is defined by the “Law Giver” (Rousseau himself – or some stand in). No individual has rights AGAINST this “General Will” defined the by the “Law Giver”. This is very much the philosophy of the French Revolution – with Robespierre seeing himself as the “Law Giver”. Remember to Robespierre a murderer should not be executed (that would be cruel – according to him), but someone who opposes a regulation of the state (say some price control edict) should be executed. He is very much like a leftist American Social Justice “District Attorney” – laughing as stores are robbed and burned (with their owners burned with them), but coming down like a ton of bricks on people who question the election results or the latest Covid regulations.

    Just as in Hobbes there is no moral duty to come to the aid of of someone unjustly attacked by the state – as such words as “justice” and “law” are redefined by Mr Hobbes to mean the will-of-the-state. And it never occurs to Mr Hobbes that anyone has a moral duty to defend other people against an unjust state (or against private attackers) – if need be at the cost of one’s life.

    In our own time politicians and film makers in the Netherlands who have warned against the rise of tyranny have been murdered – but the modern Dutch education system and media de facto teach that the murder victims were somehow the bad guys (because they were not “Progressive”) – that is very much French Revolution style thinking.

  • Paul Marks

    There were very few survivors of the British defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 – one of them was a then young man by the name of Horace Smith-Dorian (later General Smith-Dorian).

    The philosophy of Hobbes (and the rest of this Legion of Devils) would have no problem at all in understanding him saving his own life – what they would not understand is the moral reasoning that led him to risk his own life to save someone else. To them it would be insanity – which it is not.

    I am reminded of the old French television show (yes – for children) the “Flashing Blade”, namely the song that goes (in part) “it is better to have fought and lost than not to have fought at all”.

    That would make no sense to our enemies, but it is a comfort – even if turns out that defeat and death is the result of making a stand against evil in our time.

  • Shlomo Maistre


    “My estimates are now and I’m prepared to testify tomorrow in the US Senate that 95% of hospitalizations and deaths could have been avoided with the use of early multi-drug protocol. And it was not just me. Doctors innovated all over the world. There were groups of doctors in Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Italy, Marseilles France, and independently we came up with the same conclusions that SARS-COV-2 infection in high risk patients can be treated early by using drugs that address viral replication, the inflammation, and thrombosis and dramatically reduce the hospitalizations and deaths. The shortcoming is that government agencies never provided a full-throated endorsement of this and doctors had to fight against headwinds to take care of their patients.”

    – Dr Peter McCullough

  • Shlomo Maistre

    Dr Peter McCullough

    Academic History

    Dr. McCullough attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. He then attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he studied for his medical degree and graduated in June 1988. Following this, he undertook his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he trained for 3 years.¹

    Upon completing his residency in 1991, Dr. McCullough transferred to Grayling, Michigan, where he served for 2 years as an internal medicine attending at Mercy Hospital. Following his time at Mercy Hospital, he enrolled at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and studied a Masters degree in Public Health.

    After he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1994, he became a fellow in cardiovascular diseases at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

    Career Overview

    Dr. McCullough joined the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute in Detroit following his fellowship at the Beaumont Hospital, where he remained until 2000. He then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, to serve as Section Chief of Cardiology of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Truman Medical Centers.

    After his time in Missouri, Dr. McCullough returned to Michigan to serve as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Beaumont Hospital, and also as Chief, Division of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Division of Cardiology. In 2010, following his stint at Beaumont Hospital, he was appointed as the Chief Academic and Scientific officer of the St. John Providence Health System, also in Detroit. In 2014, Dr. McCullough joined Baylor University Medical Center as Vice Chief of Internal Medicine. He was also appointed Chief of Cardiovascular Research of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, and Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.²

    Dr. McCullough is recognized internationally as a leading figure in the study of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk state, having over 1,000 publications to his name and over 500 citations in the National Library of Medicine.³ He is also a founder of the Cardio Renal Society of America, which is a group that dedicates itself to bringing cardiologists and nephrologists together to work on the increasing global issue of cardiorenal syndromes. He is the Co-Editor of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and is also currently serving as the Chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), the largest community screening effort for chronic diseases in America.⁴

    Career Timeline

    1984: Graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor in Science
    1988: Graduated with a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    1991: Completed his residency at University of Washington School of Medicine
    1991: Dr. McCullough begins his period as a medical attending at Mercy Hospital
    1993: Studies his Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
    1994: Begins his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the William Beaumont Hospital
    1997: Joins the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute
    2000: Appointed to serve as Section Chief of Cardiology of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Truman Medical Center
    2002: Made a Consultant Cardiologist and Division Chief of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine at the William Beaumont Hospital
    2010: Serves as the Chief Academic and Scientific officer of the St. John Providence Health System
    Current: Joined Baylor University Medical Center as Vice Chief of Internal Medicine and Chief of Cardiovascular Research of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute


    Dr. McCullough received the International Vicenza Award for Critical Care Nephrology for his outstanding work and contribution in the area of cardiorenal syndromes. He has also been a recipient of the Simon Dack Award from the American College of Cardiology, and his works have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and other prestigious journals worldwide. He has been an invited lecturer at the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency, and the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel.