they [public health officials] are not going to change their minds nor in all likelihood can they without internal psychological crisis. imagine the psychic baggage of realizing that you just architected the most damaging and least effective public health response in human history while endlessly grandstanding about your knowledge and insight.
Often associated with terms such as “cancel culture”, “virtue signaling” and “woke-ism”, this movement appears to have manifested as a belief system which holds that the individuals as well as the collective body politic have a fundamental right to intellectual protection, to not encounter unpleasant thoughts, information or ideas which are inconsistent with their internal model of reality. These are the intellectual roots which nurture censorship, denialism, and the weaponized gaslighting, defamation and slander, as well as the idea that anything which causes individuals to lose faith in their government constitutes domestic terrorism and should be treated as such.
— Dr. Robert Malone
Plato and The Big Picture (Opens new window)
But wokeness also serves a deeper psychic purpose. Excellent sheephood is inherently competitive. Its purpose is to vault you into the ranks of society’s winners, to make sure that you end up with more stuff—more wealth, status, power, access, comfort, freedom—than most other people. This is not a pretty project, when you look it in the face. Wokeness functions as an alibi, a moral fig leaf. If you can tell yourself that you are really doing it to “make the world a better place” (the ubiquitous campus cliché), then the whole thing goes down a lot easier.
— William Deresiewicz
We Aren't Raising Adults. We Are Breeding Very Excellent Sheep. (Opens new window)
Over two years, our friend networks have been shattered, our communities broken, small businesses beaten, and many of our leaders have been co-opted into a machinery of corruption, while the censorship of open dialogue about the causes and consequences is intensifying. The tools we thought would save us and lead us into the light – our laws and technologies – have betrayed our rights, privacy, and liberties.
For the hard idea of truth we have substituted a facile idea of sincerity.
— Iris Murdoch
The wisest of critics is an altering being, subject to the better insight of the morrow, and right at any moment, only ‘up to date’ and ‘on the whole.’ When larger ranges of truth open, it is surely best to be able to open ourselves to their reception, unfettered by our previous pretensions.
— William James
The Varieties of Religious Experience
…never ever in history were they [doctors] needed as now, and now they bailed and sold us out…for money…money whores, yes, our doctors and academic scientists are money whores to the pharmaceuticals and vaccine developers like Pfizer etc. And they do not know yet, we have no respect or regard for them anymore…we know what they did. Whatever special place they had in society, is gone! The medical doctor did this to themselves, in tandem with the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons and the State Licensing Boards.
— Dr. Paul Alexander
Alexander COVID News evidence-based medicine convoy mandate (Opens new window)
…with the whole idea that tyranny happens incrementally. And it happens by a bunch of people agreeing to small injustices over and over simply to keep their paycheck and their pension….you take the pension and the paycheck and you’ll walk it to whatever that darkest end is.
— FBI Whistleblower
Project Veritas (Opens new window)
What is abundantly clear is that this bill [California AB 2098] represents a chilling interference with the practice of medicine. The bill itself is full of misinformation and a demonstration of what a disaster it would be to have the legislature dictate the practice of medicine.
— Jay Bhattacharya
A Warning From Shanghai (Opens new window)
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.
— Dr. Marcia Angell
Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption (Opens new window)
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