From the beginning of the COVID panic, it felt that something was very wrong. Never had a pandemic, much less a seasonal pathogenic wave, been treated as a quasi-military emergency requiring the upending of all freedoms and rights.
What made it more bizarre was how alone those of us who objected felt until very recently, when Elon Musk finally bought the platform Twitter, fired all the embedded federal agents, and started to release the files.
As Musk said, every conspiracy theory about Twitter was true, and then some. And what applies at Twitter pertains equally to Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and all platforms associated with those companies (YouTube, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp).
The proof is all there. These platforms colluded with the federal government’s administrative arm to craft a particular COVID narrative, throttling and censoring dissidents and boosting any credentialed expert who was willing to toe the line.
At this point, it’s wise to trust no one and nothing but those who fought against this nonsense. As the crisis began, I was blessed with an unusually large reach on most platforms. But I sat by and watched it dwindle to nothingness as the months went on. Yes, I had posts pulled, but I was never banned. It’s just that my channels of communication shrunk dramatically over the months and weeks.
This was tragic for me simply because I watched the population gradually fall into a medieval-style disease panic that tore families apart, kept loved ones from traveling, wrecked businesses and churches, and even violated the sanctity of the homes. This “invisible enemy” that everyone in government was going on about shredded the whole social fabric.
I had been writing about pandemics and interventions for 16 years, warning repeatedly that this was possible. Knowing about this history and having a platform to speak, I felt a very strong moral obligation to share my knowledge, if only to make some contribution to calm people down and perhaps relax some of the impositions on liberty. But at that very moment, my voice was nearly silenced. And I was hardly alone. Hundreds and thousands of others were in the same position, but we had a very difficult time even finding each other.
There was one exception early on. I wrote a piece on Woodstock and the 1968–69 flu season. A fact-checker rated it as true, and the Facebook algorithms really screwed up. Facebook pushed it out for about two weeks before someone figured out what was happening and then throttled it back heavily. Or perhaps there was one employee there who made it so. I really don’t know. In the meantime, this one article garnered millions of views and shares.
It was my first experience with the astounding power of these venues to shape the public mind. People innocently use all these tools without the slightest understanding that there is a reason why they are seeing what they are seeing. Every word or picture you see on your apps is there for a reason, a choice of this or that, and the driving force here is what powerful people what you to see and not see.
We know now that the stream of information is carefully curated by algorithms and human intervention, not to fit with your interests, as they once claimed, but to fit with regime interests.
In other words, what people used to say about the CCP’s role in the management of TikTok applies fully in the United States today with all the main tech companies. And please keep in mind, we only know this because of the dump of Twitter files. All of this is still happening at Google, Meta, and LinkedIn. The latter removes posts by Brownstone often. And the rest throttle our reach.
This has been going on for years, but COVID intensified it all. Even from the beginning, something was very off. For example, on March 19, 2020—the day after the Fauci/Birx/Trump press conference and the day before the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency seized control of all labor markets—an obscure digital education entrepreneur named Thomas Pueyo came out with an implausibly documented and comprehensively argued piece called “The Hammer and the Dance.”
It was an elaborate argument for locking down to flatten the curve, complete with fancy graphs and pseudo-scientific blather of every sort. The author was essentially unknown, but within 24 hours, the piece was garnering many millions of shares and being spread everywhere by all the big tech platforms, as if it were some kind of canonical treatise. I seriously doubt that he wrote it—no way in one day; it had to be planned for weeks—but rather that he volunteered his name to be attached to it. It became the most important framing of the lockdown that appeared that month.
Watching that one preposterous article take over so aggressively, even as dissidents’ writings slipped into nothingness, including my own, was quite a bit of digital magic to behold. But we know now that it was not magic. It was a policy. It was an intention. It was a propaganda ploy. Again, we must understand that this is still going on right now, with the only real exception among the larger players being Twitter.
There is one solace. We know now that we weren’t all going crazy. It was all deliberate. Matt Taibbi put it well:
“Sometime in the last decade, many people—I was one—began to feel robbed of their sense of normalcy by something we couldn’t define. Increasingly glued to our phones, we saw that the version of the world that was spat out at us from them seemed distorted. The public’s reactions to various news events seemed off-kilter, being either way too intense, not intense enough, or simply unbelievable. You’d read that seemingly everyone in the world was in agreement that a certain thing was true, except it seemed ridiculous to you, which put you in an awkward place with friends, family, others. Should you say something? Are you the crazy one?
“I can’t have been the only person to have struggled psychologically during this time. This is why these Twitter files have been such a balm. This is the reality they stole from us! It’s repulsive, horrifying, and dystopian, a gruesome history of a world run by anti-people, but I’ll take it any day over the vile and insulting facsimile of truth they’ve been selling. Personally, once I saw that these lurid files could be used as a road map back to something like reality—I wasn’t sure until this week—I relaxed for the first time in probably seven or eight years.”
So far, thanks to the great work of David Zweig, who has somehow managed to elude the censors all along (he was in attendance at the original Great Barrington Declaration event, god bless him), we have a better accounting of what happened. Names we all recognize as friends are listed, including Martin Kulldorff and Andrew Bostom, but there are thousands more. There is no question in my mind that my own accounts were targeted.
This is about much more than free speech and the operation of media channels without government intervention. The COVID controls utterly smashed American liberty and social functioning, resulting in mass suffering, educational losses, shattered communities, and a precipitous collapse in public health that has shaved off years in life expectancy and caused an explosion of excess deaths.
It might have been stopped or at least lessened in duration with some open discussion. This is not just of interest to tech and legal geeks. The closing down of opinion and debate resulted in unspeakable human carnage. And even as I write, the largest sources of the mainstream media are still refusing to report on this.
Ask yourself: Why might this be? I think we all know the answer.
As a final note, I can assure you that this is only the beginning. The full story ropes in the whole of the administrative state, FTX, huge nonprofit organizations, and many back channels of power, money, and truly evil collaboration. We may never get the full story, and justice, as always, will be elusive, but we cannot let this moment in history slip by without as much accountability as we can provide.
THE TWITTER FILES: HOW TWITTER RIGGED THE COVID DEBATE
– By censoring info that was true but inconvenient to U.S. govt. policy
– By discrediting doctors and other experts who disagreed
– By suppressing ordinary users, including some sharing the CDC’s *own data*
— David Zweig (@davidzweig) December 26, 2022
From the Brownstone Institute
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