If Joe Biden is successful in his fight for the White House, he will be bringing with him a foreign policy team that is responsible for some of the biggest and deadliest fiascos in the past quarter century. From the idiotic attack on Yugoslavia, to arming jihadists in Syria, to the murder of Libya and the Ukraine coup, the team of rabid interventionists readying themselves to return to power have left a scorched earth behind them. Now they are ready to get back in the ring.
By Ron Paul
In these past couple of weeks, two important studies have been published that could dramatically increase our understanding of the Covid-19 disease. Adding to the science of how we understand and treat this disease is something that should be welcomed, because properly understood it can save lives.
The only problem is that because the results from these two studies challenge what the media has established as conventional wisdom about the disease, the reports are at best being ignored and at worst being openly distorted by the mainstream media.
This is in my view a dangerous and foolish subjugation of science to politics and it may well end up causing many more unnecessary deaths.
First is the Danish mask study, which was completed several months ago but was only recently published in a peer-reviewed journal. The study took two groups and gave the first group masks to wear with instruction on how they should be used. The other group was the mask-free control group.
The study found that coronavirus spread within the statistical margin of error in each group. In other words, wearing the mask did little if anything to control the spread of the virus.
As the wearing of masks is still being mandated across the country and the globe, this study should be reported as an important piece of counter-evidence. At the very least it might be expected to invite a rush of similar studies to refute or confirm the results.
However, while mostly ignored by the media, when it was covered the spin on the study was so strange that the conclusion presented was opposite to the findings. For example, the Los Angeles Times published an article with the headline, “Face mask trial didn’t stop coronavirus spread, but it shows why more mask-wearing is needed.”
Similarly, a massive new study conducted in Wuhan, China, and published in the respected scientific journal Nature, reports that asymptomatic persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 do not pass on the infection to others. Considering that mask mandates and lockdowns are all based on the theory that asymptomatic “positive cases” can still pass on the sickness, this is potentially an important piece of information to help plan a more effective response to the virus.
At the least, again, it should stimulate additional, far-reaching studies to either confirm or deny the Wuhan study.
We do know, based on information from widely-accepted sources as the CDC and World Health Organization, that lockdowns can have a very serious negative effect on society. On July 14th, CDC Director Robert Redfield told a seminar that lockdowns are causing more deaths than Covid.
So if there is a way to continue fighting Covid and protecting those most at risk while drastically reducing deaths related to lockdowns, isn’t this worth some consideration? Isn’t this worth at least some further research?
Well, not according to the mainstream media. They have established their narrative and they are not about to budge. The two studies are fatally flawed, they report. Of course that might be the case, but isn’t that an argument to attempt to replicate the studies to prove it?
That would be the scientific approach. Sadly, “trust the science” has come to mean “trust the narrative I support.” That is a very dangerous way of thinking and can prove to be deadly.
After being caught dining with a large group in an exclusive restaurant - against his own orders - California governor Gavin Newsom is facing a bit of a rebellion among the citizens. First, virtually every southern California sheriff and many northern California sheriffs made it clear that they would NOT enforce the governor's absurd Thanksgiving guidelines. Then, large groups have gathered in places like Huntington Beach to defy and protest the governor's new 10:00 PM curfew. Also a recall campaign is picking up steam. Also today, science versus "science" on Covid-19 - why all the testing and lockdowns? Does it still make sense?
The Fed’s counterfeiting of dollars hits the poor and those on fixed incomes like a sledgehammer. Inflation leads to there never being enough money at the end of the month. To make matters worse, unnecessary COVID lockdowns have slammed middle class small businesses, while crony politically-connected corporations made out like bandits. Free markets and sound money are desperately needed to return to an economic reality that has been lost on America since the Fed was founded in 1913.
In the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed study the efficacy of face masks to prevent the spread of Covid has been called into question. Within the margin of error there is virtually no difference between a masked group and an unmasked group, Danish scientists discovered. Yet this major discovery about the virus is being completely ignored by authoritarian governors who are demanding even MORE intrusive mask mandates. Are we really following "the science"? Or politics?
Health journalist Bill Sardi joins today's Liberty Report with the results from his extensive reporting on Covid and the rush to a vaccine. Find out why most everything the "experts" are telling us...is wrong! Plus today - the Danish face mask study is FINALLY published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. The results may - or may not - surprise you!
By Chris Rossini
Ignorance is the nature of each individual human being. It is something that can never be fully discarded, no matter how long one lives. We can each relatively decrease and diminish our own ignorance, if we so choose. But we can never completely abolish it.
Even if you were to take every last second of the rest of your life to jam a new piece of knowledge between your ears, your ignorance would still vastly overwhelm your understanding.
Knowledge amongst human beings is radically decentralized.
One person spends a lifetime learning about a part of the human body and uses his expertise to serve his neighbor as a doctor. This person, who may be brilliant at re-setting a broken bone, can have no idea on how to fix his plumbing back at home. His brilliance is limited, as it must be for every person.
Fortunately, another person has the knowledge to be a plumber. So the doctor and plumber (both brilliant in their own ways) voluntarily decide to trade and exchange.
Both must decide on their own if it's worth it to exchange. No one has the "right" to another person's labor. That would be slavery. Neither is interested in making the other a slave.
So the two must negotiate terms that work for each of them individually. Both benefit if they both agree. It's not a zero-sum game where one is forced to interact with the other against his own will.
And so the freedom to trade is the bedrock of a peaceful civilization. Different perpetually ignorant individuals, each deciding what knowledge and expertise is needed at the moment, in order to achieve a particular and specific individual goal.
That's how civilization thrives...with voluntary interactions.
While it's impossible for an individual to knowing everything, it's never necessary anyway.
Only specific knowledge is desired at specific times and in specific situations. The doctor may not have a plumbing issue for many years to come, and will thus never even have to think of the word 'plumbing,' until it becomes necessary again.
When fixing the plumbing becomes necessary, he'll once again seek out the person with the proper expertise and perhaps conduct another trade.
The time will be different. The situation will be different. The plumber may be different. So the terms of the possible agreement will be different as well.
Each moment is unique.
The doctor may decide it's not worth it to him (this time) to have the plumbing fixed. Since free trade is not a zero-sum game, he can decline to have the issue fixed at all. With voluntary exchange, all parties have the ultimate power and freedom of saying: "No."
Now....multiply a single voluntary interaction between these two individuals by about 7+ billion people and you get a glimpse at how infinitely complex human life and civilization is. It's way beyond anyone's comprehension.
Human civilization is infinitely complex with an unknown number of variables. There are unknown and ever-changing thoughts, beliefs, goals and aspirations of 7+ billion people!
And yet...there is another aspect of human nature (besides ignorance) that influences civilization.
Each one of us can imagine anything that we want. It is a big part of our freedom of thought. But imagination can be used for either good or ill.
We can imagine things that are true, as well as things that are not true. Hollywood is an entire industry centered around creating entertainment built on the imaginary and untrue.
But BIG societal problems arise when people imagine things that are not true, and then try to force it into becoming reality.
This is where perhaps the deadliest idea in human history comes into play: Socialism.
Trying to force this imaginary idea into becoming reality has already killed hundreds of millions of people over the last few centuries. The deaths from this idea continue to the present day.
What happens with Socialism is we get some very vocal people who believe that they can (and should) control everything in society.
What should be produced ... Who should produce it ... Where it should be produced ... How should it be produced ... When should it be produced.
This is all impossible for anyone to know, let alone a group of very vocal people.
But it goes beyond even that.
Everyone must think one way ... Everyone must believe one way ... Everyone must act one way.
Again, this is absolutely impossible, but it dominates the imaginations of a lot of people, and they subsequently try to force it into becoming reality.
Technology cannot help those who seek total control either.
Remember, knowledge is radically decentralized. It can't be centralized because there's no limit to the amount of knowledge that exists! You can't catalog the limitless. You can't put boundaries on the boundless.
Think back to the doctor and plumber, and the specific thoughts that go through the mind of each. They're the only ones who know what they are thinking. They're the only ones that choose specific goals that each try to accomplish in each second of their day.
Now multiply it by 7+ billion and you have an unfathomable amount of change that takes place in every split second.
There is no way for a group of vocal people to control society. It doesn't matter how much power they have, how many weapons they have, how much force they threaten, how much force they dole out, or how many algorithms they create.
It certainly doesn't matter how much data they can store either. The amount of data that they can't store will always be greater, and the possibilities of what can transpire in each moment will always remain unpredictable.
The only thing that constantly striving for the imaginary utopia of Socialism can accomplish is the only thing that it's ever accomplished: It can destroy society.
But why bother?
Society would ultimately be rebuilt on freedom anyway. The desire to live is perhaps the strongest desire that people have.
Why not just accept the truth?
A part can never control the whole.
It's best to just live and let live.
The upside is limitless.
Across the country authoritarian governors and local officials are imposing new "guidelines" on Americans as they plan for the Thanksgiving holiday later this month. They are using coronavirus as an excuse to cancel the entire holiday season. But slowly a resistance is forming to these petty tyrants. We'll highlight some of that resistance. Also today, new Covid testing tricks and the European crackdown...
By Ron Paul
Former Vice President Joe Biden has not been officially declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but that has not stopped him from forming a coronavirus task force. The task force is composed of supporters of increased government control.
One idea Biden and his task force are considering is a four to six weeks nationwide lockdown. However, supporting a nationwide lockdown would violate Biden’s campaign pledge to “listen to the science.” The evidence regarding lockdowns is so overwhelming that even the World Health Organization (WHO) has been forced to admit the truth: lockdowns do more harm than good.
Lockdowns result in more instances of depression, suicide, domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. Lockdowns also cause people to not go to hospitals or doctors’ offices, leading to people dying because they failed to obtain medical assistance in a timely manner.
Biden also is working with governors, mayors, and other state and local officials to create a de facto national mask mandate. Biden has also declared he will mandate mask wearing in all federal buildings and for people traveling interstate. A mask mandate for interstate travel could mean you will be required to wear a mask on airplanes, trains, and even when driving in your own car if you cross state lines.
Yet again, Biden is ignoring the science. In this case the science has demonstrated that most masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of a virus. Medical science also shows that wearing a mask for extended periods of time can cause health problems. For example, mask wearing interferes with proper breathing. Long-term mask wearing may also cause serious dental problems. Ironically, major victims of mask mandates include low-wage workers Biden and his fellow progressives claim to care so much about. Many of these workers are required to wear masks on the job.
Biden has also proposed raising an army of “culturally competent” contact tracers. According to the University of California, San Francisco, which is helping train that California’s contact tracers, contract tracers “….ask questions related to topics that can be sensitive, including health, work, living arrangements and food resources” in order to identify someone who should be quarantined. These contract tracers could also be able to enforce masks or other mandates — including a potential vaccine mandate — by helping ensure that those who refuse to comply are indefinitely quarantined.
Biden is not the only politician pushing authoritarian “solutions” to coronavirus. The government of Washington, DC is considering authorizing vaccinating of children without parental consent. This ignores the science that some people will have a negative reaction even to a generally safe vaccine, so individuals should make their own decision in consultation with their physician. This is especially important these days, as we are dealing with a vaccine that is being rushed into production for political reasons and that even the manufactures admit will have serious side effects.
Lockdowns, masks, and other authoritarian measures do little or nothing to promote health. Instead, they erode freedom and create their own health problems. Those who know the truth must make Joe Biden and other authoritarians listen to the true science. While those more at risk — such as the elderly and people with certain health problems — could be encouraged to take extra precautions, all Americans should be given back the liberty to make their own healthcare decisions.
In a recent interview the newly resurgent Covid guru Dr. Anthony Fauci laid down the iron fist: I know we have an independent spirit in the US, he said, but now's the time to do what you're told! That is always the refrain from authoritarians. President Trump's coronavirus advisor, Dr. Scott Atlas, takes a very different approach. Also today, the unbearable coronavirus hypocrisy of our "leaders." And...vaccine news: should we cheer?