Voices against lockdowns – 14 November 2022

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This is an archived version of one of Gigi Foster’s email missives. Some links may no longer be current.

Dear all,

I write from sunny Perth, with news on many fronts.

First, my upcoming appearances:

I hope to see many of you at one of these events.  I’ve also recently appeared with Professor Jay Bhattacharya on John Anderson’s podcast (also see this snippet from our discussion about just the covid vaccines, and see here for the full recording of Jay’s public event in Melbourne during his whirlwind weeklong trip Down Under), and on Topher Field’s “slow chat”.

The Institute for Public Affairs released a cost-benefit analysis of Australian covid lockdowns the day after mine with Sanjeev Sabhlok was published, and the IPA’s analysis reached the same conclusion as we did: that the lockdowns were not worth their gargantuan costs.  Covid policy has started to be reviewed overseas as well (also see here), though I expect it will be years until we see a full reckoning of what really happened.  On the medical front, evidence continues to accumulate indicating that covid is indeed not a particularly big health threat.

As the truth on various fronts inevitably if gradually breaks through, signs of the increasing penetration of resistance views include the penning of the attached “Liberty Audit” by Jack Mencel, a student in Adelaide, to brief an MP, and the US Marine Corps reducing the strength of its insistence that Marines accept the covid vaccines.  This book has also been released documenting the human suffering inflicted by the ignominious Queensland border closures, and Ramesh Thakur has had a stellar run of pieces in the Australian presses, including this one.

Sweden is looking great, judges have delivered more victories for sanity overseas (see herehere, and here), Canada has abandoned its vax requirement for entry and its previously mandatory entry app, and new Albertan leadership in that country has apologised to citizens for demonising the unvaccinated.  John Campbell has been releasing very careful videos (also see here) so as not to get banned.  Evidence of the side effects of and general rort represented by the mass administration of the covid vaccines continues to accumulate (see herehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here, plus this review by PANDA and attached “Covid vaccines – An Australian Review), and an international open letter calling this out has been put online for doctors from all over the world to sign. In Australia, in addition to the Queensland doctors’ organisation protesting vaccine mandates, an open letter has been penned to the CHO of WA (see attached PDF), and there have been signs of “vaxxers’ regret”. We are seeing more challenges to the established vaccine narrative in halls of power around the world, fuelled by the accumulating evidence of harms, incompetence, and corruption associated with the coercive population-wide vaccination campaigns (see hereherehereherehere, and here, with Malcolm Roberts and Gerard Rennick deserving of special mention for their recent efforts in Australia). Doctors have spoken out against their peak body in Quebec, “long covid” (now being investigated by our government) is quietly being accepted as potentially due to either infection or vaccination (see attached file “Long covid due to vax”), the Australian government is offering payment for the families of those who die after the vaccine, and the CDC is finally implicitly admitting that there may be some nasty effects of the covid jabs. Some academics have started studying the impact of covid-era censorship of information counter to the accepted narrative, and finding that the censorship didn’t really do what it was intended to do.  Surprise!  Truth eventually wins out.

Yet doctors who speak out are still being punished (see here and here).  Peter McCullough was cancelled by Twitter and has now started his own substack.  A bill recently passed in Queensland that stifles doctors’ ability to disagree with bureaucrats (following in the footsteps of California) and elevates “public confidence” above “public health” as the goal of the activities of health sector personnel (commented upon herehereherehereherehere and here), the WA police have been further empowered to intimidate and control the citizens they are supposed to be serving, and there is now talk of creating an Australia-based CDC, while as shown in the comments of this recent TGA tweet, trust in the Australian TGA seems low even in the Twittersphere.

Community organisations across Australia are offering more output and services to help people who have been failed by established institutions.  Recent offerings include this film about psychology, this community hub, plus this source of support and this one for the vaccine-injured.  I hope in my next missive to be able to announce the formal inauguration of a new Australian resistance organisation, to be named Australians for Science and Freedom.

A collection of resistance organisations and individuals of note has been collated here.  Some recent thoughtful posts on substacks, op-eds, and writings from the academy:

I cannot help but mention my publisher, Brownstone Institute, the 501(c) non-profit think tank whose jaw-dropping growth since its inception fewer than 18 months ago has resulted in sufficient donations not only to continue the stream of excellent writings on their site, but to underwrite fellowships to support the continuing production and airing of more high-quality alternative views on many different aspects of the covid era and what our efforts are best put towards as we look to the future.

The comedy of the recent Atlantic article by Emily Oster, who herself took part in propagating the covid madness (new versions of which continue to be propagated), was just too much for some people, who have delivered chuckle-worthy responses (see here and here).  Over the coming months we should expect not only weak attempts like this (and increasingly mixed messages (also see here)), but many other efforts from those in positions of influence during the covid era to save what they can of their reputations, skins, and self-respect, despite the inevitability of more efforts like this one calling out the madness and querying how it happened, and this one that aims to pin the tail on the donkey.  Catching those donkeys off-guard can be hilarious. We must nonetheless remember that the bulk of our fellow men failed to see the madness for what it was, and hence to reject or punish all such people is not only short-sighted and uncharitable, but impossible.  We must find ways to reckon with what happened with little violence and much love.

Fertility rates in the West (including Australia) may be looking anaemic, but the Australian resistance is not.   We will keep standing up, speaking out, and working together to build a better future for ourselves and our children.



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Liberty audit: the lasting impact of Covid-19 policy on civil liberties

Covid-19 vaccines – an Australian Review

Long Covid due to vax: The rationale for the treatment of long-Covid symptoms – a cardiologist’s view

An open letter to CHO of WA

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  • Prof Gigi Foster

    Gigi Foster (Professor, UNSW School of Economics; BA Ethics, Politics and Economics, PhD Economics) works in diverse fields including education, social influence, time use, lab experiments, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, she publishes in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets, and her innovative teaching was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community, as one of Australia’s leading economics communicators, in the media and at live events. She is co-author of The Great Covid Panic (Brownstone Institute 2021, with Paul Frijters and Michael Baker) and Do Lockdowns and Border Closures Serve the “Greater Good”? (Connor Court 2022, with Sanjeev Sabhlok).

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