Viruses, Vaccines, Science, and the “Progress Trap”
My post was blocked on Facebook. You can read it here.
The post below was blocked on Facebook a few days ago. I am sending it out in my newsletter in the hope that people will have the debate in the Comments section that Facebook didn’t allow on its platform. I was getting a huge amount of support as well as a lot of criticism for posting this. I have never seen a subject as divisive as this one — and it seems to be creating new divisions in society. I never claim to be perfect but I feel it is important to be able to have and express an alternative perspective, particularly in this situation. I modified the piece slightly in response to some of the comments I received. I encourage you to subscribe to this newsletter (free or paid) as I am afraid that Facebook’s censorship will get worse and more insidious over time. I will put links to articles I reference in the comments.
Why is the question of the origin of COVID-19 such an important one? I think it is because of the implications on a meta level for the dominant technological / scientific / progress paradigm.
If Covid originated in a wet market, through human / animal intermixing, then we can say it is caused by overpopulation and our mistreatment of animals / the environment. This meshes with the standard liberal progressive paradigm, where science comes to the rescue with vaccines etc.
If Covid originated in a lab due to human interference (and if it turns out that the “gain of function” research into bat Coronaviruses was supported by both the Chinese and the US, as seems to be the case), then the progress narrative becomes murkier, and establishment science becomes something we must start to interrogate.
For me, Rand Paul’s interrogation of Fauci was, indeed, eye-opening. While I never thought Fauci was perfect, I have never been convinced that he is somehow a villain, as Right Wing conspiracy theories would have it. However, it was quite clear that he wasn’t willing to admit that the US appears to have supported the gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Those who identify as Liberals / Democrats have been shockingly unable to question the establishment narratives. Perhaps because to do so is to begin to undermine the myth of the “Church of Science,” which has the status of a religious faith. I realize that science and technology have accomplished many amazing things. They have extended the human lifespan (although this has to be unpacked: while the lifespan was under fifty years old at the start of the Twentieth Century, that was also to some extent a result of modern industrial society. When I visited the Amazon in Ecuador, I was amazed to see indigenous elders in their seventies, eighties, perhaps even nineties able to climb trees and march for hours effortlessly through the forest). They have connected us across the world via communications media, etc. But our progress has also been at the expense of the natural world, which is starting to crumble around us.
When we look back at the history of scientific and industrial progress, we also see the principle of unintended consequences: Fossil fuels were an amazing discovery but have led to accelerated warming. Plastics were considered an amazing advance but have contributed to massive cancer epidemics and pollution that degrades ecosystems. Genetically modified organisms and pesticides seem to be causing the disappearance of insects including bees and butterflies (along with perhaps EMFs). Etc.
Every new level of technology seems to create more complex problems which then require more complicated and futuristic technologies to solve. This appears to be the “progress trap.” At some point, it seems plausible that we will reach a point where we can’t solve our way out of our problems in this way. This seems to be the case already with climate change and the 6th extinction: We don’t have answers commensurate with the scale and speed of the emergency.
So if it is the case that Covid is an inadvertent catastrophe created directly by human interference, this could change public opinion about biotechnology, etc. This is why it has been downplayed until now. In fact, a few years back, a number of virologists said that the gain of function research into bat coronaviruses at Wuhan should be stopped because it was only creating a new “non-natural risk” in the environment. The research stopped for a few years and then restarted.
Suddenly, Science doesn’t look like a hero anymore. In fact, quite the opposite.
As for the vaccines, I continue to have deep concerns and misgivings.
These are still experimental treatments that did not go through standard protocols. I am hearing many secondhand reports of healthy adults suddenly dying or having mysterious symptoms days, weeks or months after getting the vaccines. I assume we have all seen the articles about blood clots and strokes, which led some countries to suspend certain vaccines. In Connecticut alone, 18 young people developed heart problems after taking the vaccine. We still do not know the long term effects of these treatments.
The CDC just announced the results of a new study that shows that mask wearing outside has close to zero effect on transmitting Cvd infections. This means the world’s population was inconvenienced for a year for no reason. Across the street from my apartment, I watch construction workers in 95 degrees heat laboring outside forced to wear masks when nobody is near them, which seems a kind of unnecessary torment. Or perhaps there was a reason: All the inconveniences softened people up to be ready to take these experimental treatments, which basically turn them into human Guinea pigs.
Pharmaceutical companies are, along with fossil fuel and car companies, the biggest sponsors of the mainstream / establishment media. This means you can hardly trust any of the reporting about the vaccines that comes from the mainstream media. The media companies have a massive financial incentive to say that these vaccines are working well.
Pharmaceutical companies have a very spotty track record, and have often rushed drugs to market that turned out to be dangerous or fatal (Vioxx and Thalidomide for instance). Pfizer alone — one company — will make $26 billion this year from its Coronavirus vaccine. Moderna was basically a moribund company as nobody wanted its experimental mRNA products. Now they will also make billions.
What will people do for such vast sums of money? What have they done in the past?
Younger people are, statistically, at extremely low risk from Covid. It seems that the media found rare cases where there were long term problems and trumpeted them to create more fear. Meanwhile there is evidence that Covid death rates were manipulated to look far worse, as former NY Times journalist Alex Berenson, who covered the pharmaceutical industry for years, explores in his four-part series, Unreported Truths. (Berenson is a controversial figure but I find him to be intelligent and evidence-based). Also, “Long Covid” figures may have been manipulated to appear worse than they are.
While Covid morbidity and dangers appear to have been overhyped, when it comes to the dangers of the vaccines, the government and the media seem to be doing the opposite: They are downplaying the dangers and the legitimate concerns people have about them.
Corporations are forced by the logic of the stock market to maximize short term profit and enhance shareholder value. This is why cigarette companies downplayed the damage of smoking for decades, why fossil fuel companies spent billions to create massive amounts of disinformation on climate change and continue to target anyone who fights their illegal exploitation of resources (such as the lawyer Steven Donziger). The pharmaceutical companies are no different, as the historical record makes clear.
Despite the history of corporate malfeasance, most people — particularly liberals and progressives, for some reason — are completely ready to take these experimental vaccinations. That is fine for them — everyone should be able to make their personal decisions. But many people also seem okay with government and society mandating them for the whole population. People — including young people at very low risk from the virus — are being essentially forced or strongly coerced (since they can’t work, travel, or go to school otherwise) to take them. This is wrong.
I really think we need a re-think.
Glad you reposted Daniel. Something very nefarious is going on, as you are well aware. I am in British Columbia, but I have friends all over the world, and many concur with the opinions and observations you have noted in your article. That said, I also have many friends and family members who have bought into the massive marketing campaigns promoting the c-vax and believing all numbers. The divisions are so palpable that I am avoiding those I know who have received the vax, because as soon as they've had it, they tend to become extremely judgemental toward those who refuse, or as in the popular media term, "hesitant." We are being bombarded with the push to get the second shot now, which most will take as they do not check the VAERS reports from the U.S. nor do they seem to care.
Those of us who have gone from the "hesitant" to "no possible way" decision are the ones who have been asking critical questions, often based on protecting personal health from a barely-existing virus (in our area, 0-7 cases max this entire time), and are now responding to current information that is barely reaching the mainstream audiences.
In fact, the reality is that they should really be calling for a halt to the vax program unless the protocols are based on ignoring those facts and instead being prepared to deal with the aftermath of potential long-term side effects that will become more clear as the months go on. Unfortunately, many of those health problems will not be attributed to the vaxxes and people will remain oblivious, unless the medical professionals who are on top of this are actually granted a platform to be heard, or the public launches a serious pushback.
I scan major media websites all over the world daily. I notice what is being fed to the consumers of such media in order to shape public opinion, and also note what is being withdrawn, particularly in the case of the pandemic info. As an example, the latest quandary of a lab leak as the virus' origin. What is missing from U.S. media is the Canadian component. It was also a very quick in/out in our own media of late, yet it likely has an important connection to the American story.
Also, the extremely tangled web of elites, intelligence communities, big tech (especially Bill Gates) and the entire thread of connections back to Jeffrey Epstein and his dark empire. Another part of the puzzle that is only beginning to emerge on certain channels (definitely not on FB!)
I just started out questioning the vax's effects for my own health purposes. I thought it would simply be a quiet choice that we could make, and take it or leave it. It is shocking to witness the rise of such divisions between the shot and the un-shot. Although, I suppose we should have known better having read the Lock Step Scenario that was part of the GBN/Rockefeller Foundation's 2010 document on the future of sustainability and technology.
The question I had been concerned about regarding the uptake of the SI spike protein after it was delivered via the mRNA "jab" (cute slang, eh?) has been answered in the attached link. Will this reach the masses? Only time will tell. Oh, and one more question... why isn't the nasal spray, SaNoTize, also being made available on a mass scale? Developed in Canada, approved in NZ and Israel, and currently being tested in India. 100% effective against COVID when administered at first symptoms. Ah, we probably already know the answer — at least if we're thinking critically. For now, I guess I can only say that it is refreshing to hear a credentialed virologist state, "we made a mistake."
Wow, welcome to the whirlwind, Daniel! This is a great and necessary article. What you say from about halfway through till the end is more than enough to have your mouth taped shut by the establishment media
I wasn’t aware you tried to post this on Facebook but it’s obvious why you got slammed. My social media helper said in no uncertain terms that if I posted anything she called “conspiracies/facts” around the virus or the vaccines my page would be compromised/buried/or taken down. Anything. She meant my so-called business page cause I want people to buy my book. She DID say I could post anything I want on my personal page. So did you post this on your personal page? If so, she’s wrong (as I thought might be the case). I push what I have to say to the limit outside of Covid, for now, because I am so off the charts about it
As for Fauci, you’re not going back far enough if you think only right-wing people were saying he’s a crook. That’s been the case before Covid when he was called out for his behavior and character by those doing the research around vaccine companies in general. He’s basically a bag man for Bill Gates
Regarding the lifespan / modern medicine fallacy, I’m glad you mentioned being in the Amazon vs. the party line, because the fact is we’re not only Church of Science (call it “scientism”), we’re Eurocentric. Europe and the US western civ had a terrible history of zero hygiene, terrible diet, crowding, straight through the Middle Ages and into the 20th century — in other words, led by the life denying focus of the (Catholic) Church to ignore and suppress anything having to do with the body. And more recently we’ve added pharmaceuticals, junk food, sugar addiction, the list goes on. No wonder we bought the myth that “before modern medicine people only lived to be 50.” Weston A. Price, dentist in the 1920s wondered if the awful state of his patients’ teeth might be due to diet, travelled around the world visiting “primitive” people and was amazed at their vibrant health, near perfect teeth, etc.
You also say that if Covid being a lab creation is seen a catastrophe created by science, it would change our attitude about biotechnology. That’s not the whole story. It would also bring attention to why these “bioweapons” are being made in the first place — out of a paranoid nationalism setting up insane military profits without end