Gigi Foster’s Voices Against Lockdowns – 31 March 2023

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Since August 2020, Gigi Foster has been producing newsletters for the resistance community, sent by email, entitled “Voices Against Lockdowns”.  The recipient list for her missives has been comprised mainly of people who have contacted her over the years to express support for her dissident views on Covid policy. We are pleased to announce that starting with the 18th Voices missive, sent out by email on Friday 31 March, Australians for Science and Freedom is providing a web-based home for these newsletters, allowing them a broader reach and more functionality as an historical resource. Henceforth, the missives will be re-branded Voices for Science and Freedom and Gigi has undertaken to produce them approximately once per quarter.

Prior editions of the Voices missives will soon be archived on the ASF website.

For those interested in receiving notifications when each new Voices missive is posted, please subscribe to the ASF (whose monthly newsletters will announce the latest Voices missives, together with other ASF news), or contact Gigi directly on gigi.foster@scienceandfreedom.org to be added to her mailing list.


Dear all,

Like many of you, I have been heartened by the slow shifting of mainstream opinion on covid policies since I last wrote. What we observe today in mainstream Western media outlets that opt to cover covid policy falls somewhere between “no longer screaming nonsense fanatically” to “grudging admission that mistakes may have been made”, with plenty of outlets opting for the memory hole: “just don’t go there”. While this shift signals that the fanatical covid-era fog choking public sentiment is slowly lifting, much work remains: to achieve acknowledgement of what happened, to help people who have suffered from the fallout, and to rebuild our society.

While some progress (see here and here) has been made in winding back vaccine and mask requirements and public receptivity to vaccine damage stories is rising (at least when the damage affects certain people – see Kerryn Phelps’ full submission to the Australian Parliament’s Long Covid inquiry here), covid-justified mandates and coercive pressure (and worse; also see here) for uptake of vaccines and masks remain in place as I write in professions, institutions and settings in Australia and across the West. Further, there is no promise from political leadership or legislation not to opt for lockdowns and other destructive theatre yet again as part of responding to future perceived health-related or other threats. Health professionals (including popular psychologists) are still being defrocked or punished in other ways for using their medical judgment when treating their patients, or even just speaking sense, instead of complying with the diktats of bureaucrats and politicians. Australian politicians are still openly mocking evidence contrary to their beliefs. In the main, people are still not ready to hear the truth, even in the US (notice how Woody Harrelson’s joke on Saturday Night Live recently fell flat).

The WHO still seems serious about a Pandemic Treaty (which is still being resisted) and is still spouting divisive nonsense about differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as are some mainstream scientific journals. On the heels of its own catastrophic covid-era failures (some documented recently by John Campbell), the Australian health bureaucracy has begun establishing yet more bureaucracy allegedly to “improve Australia’s response and preparedness to public health emergencies”. Scientists tethered psychologically or financially to the standard narrative still refuse to assess and compare costs and benefits of covid-era policies. While some Australian resistance leaders have bitten the bullet and entered politics, including in the recent NSW state election (with matching new substack), the results of recent elections are disappointing for those who wish to see prompt action on the goals of truth-telling, helping people who have been hurt, and wise re-building.

First…

…a brief update on my media activities since my last writing; upcoming appearances; and what is in store for this newsletter going forward.

Latest appearances

In late November I was privileged to speak in a truly across-the-aisles live public discussion of pandemic policy, together with a couple of authors of the Fault Lines review of Australian covid policy plus others, hosted by The Brisbane Dialogues, entitled How Should We Manage the Next Pandemic?.  Full video here; media coverage here.

The Spectator – which has been publishing top-shelf commentary at a fast clip by a range of writers on the damage of covid policy and what we are now facing (some examples herehereherehere, and here) – kindly asked me on to their inaugural Australiana podcast in February.

I was also the inaugural guest on the Australia Now podcast series hosted by Rinat Strahlhofer for Good Morning CHD.

The new Victor Dalziel Podcast also hosted me recently – interview available on SpotifyApple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

On Monday 13 March I was again part of the ABC Q&A panel. Amongst other comments I mentioned the abominable Matt Hancock “lockdown files”  more fully addressed here and here, and announced the launch of the Australians for Science and Freedom (ASF) website, the virtual home of a cross-disciplinary group of Australians at the top of their respective professions who hold dissident views on covid policy. Our website is accessible here:  https://www.scienceandfreedom.org/

Australians for Science and Freedom and the future of Voices Against Lockdowns

I encourage you to subscribe to the ASF. The free thinkers in our group are prepared to push back individually and collectively against superstition and tyranny, and to develop and put to the test serious ideas for rebuilding Australia. We have plans to grow steadily to become a recognised voice for Australian progress, working collaboratively with similarly-minded people and groups, based on scientific approaches to problems, principles of the Enlightenment, and classic liberal values. 

Future editions of this newsletter, re-badged Voices for Science and Freedom, will be sent from my newly birthed ASF email address (gigi.foster@scienceandfreedom.org) and archived on the ASF website. Let me reassure you that I will not share the mailing list for my newsletters with any other person or group, including the ASF, and will not use the list for any other purpose than the continued sending of the Voices newsletters, which I have undertaken to produce henceforth on a more regular schedule of once per quarter. If for any reason you would like to be removed from my mailing list, please simply reply to this email indicating this preference.

Upcoming appearances

On the evening of Thursday 13 April I’ll be speaking with several others at the AMPS conference at Club Rose Bay in Sydney, at an event entitled “Restoring Trust in Public Health” – details here.

On 21/22 April I will be travelling up to Avalon to engage with a grassroots resistance group there – if you’re in the area and interested in participating, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with my hosts for more details.

On the evening of Saturday 29 April I’ll be speaking together with Father Dave Smith and a few others at the Epping Club in Sydney; event (3-course dinner and, I’m told, dancing!) described here; booking link here.

Second…

…a run-down of some recent events relevant to the resistance.

Novak Djokovic was let in to play in our Grand Slam (and apparently will be welcome for the US Open later this year!) and won the men’s division of the Australian Open, to much joy amongst those in the freedom movement. Elon Musk took over Twitter and started making nice noises about, and some moves towards, free speech on the platform while noting the preposterousness of the posturing of covid-era power-holders. AHPRA’s dirty laundry is being aired.

Brownstone Institute, publisher of The Great Covid Panic, continues daily to deliver superb reading on the state of play, is holding gala conferences like this one to bring free thinking people together a couple of times a year, and has attracted sufficient donations to temporarily rescue a number of dissident scholars who have found themselves in strife.

Thoughts are being offered about how to stem the tide of online censorship, while Naomi Wolf has called out the chilling in-person climate that has engulfed my own alma mater.

The lawyerly class in the US, while in the main late to the party, have now been advised by the American resistance via a dedicated conference that covid policy injury is likely to present lucrative future litigation opportunities. In other legal news, the governor of New York State has appealed an unfavourable ruling by her state’s Supreme Court about her decisions to restrict New Yorkers’ freedom of movement, and a suit is being brought against media companies by Children’s Health Defense. Across the Atlantic, Reiner Fuellmich and friends have filed criminal charges against the Swiss bureaucracy (also see here) for their handling of the covid vaccines.

News about the covid vaccines (or whatever we can agree to call them) is getting worse (see hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere
hereherehere, and here; also see the “Sy Wilson…” PDF, the documentary films herehere, and here, and the morbidly humorous takes here and here). Some commentary has expressly laid blame for the debacle at the feet of those in charge of decisions about the shots (see herehereherehere, and here), and some sense is starting to appear on mainstream channels (thank you Aseem Malhotra), albeit often expressed very carefully.  Meanwhile, some artistic musings are looking back at the tactics employed by the pro-vax camp and lessons to draw, and some scholars are interrogating the social phenomenon of discrimination against the unvaccinated. (For those readers still making up their minds about the mass-scale safety or efficacy of the covid vaccines, I recommend this article, and a search for the scientific basis of the assertions using which the Australian government addresses the public’s concerns about the covid vaccines.) The Wall Street Journal has started to ask some second-level questions, and US Senator Ron Johnson managed to host an expert discussion of the shots at the US Senate’s Hart building. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons in the US (of which Peter McCullough – who spoke at Senator Johnson’s event, has long pushed for early treatment of covid, recently visited Australia and was recently vindicated in court – is a member) has released a statement condemning the covid shots, as is a group of Swedish doctors, and calling for investigations. Natural immunity too is being vindicated (also see here), not to mention zinc. Big pharma bosses are facing pointed questions and being slightly slapped on the wrist rather than worshipped when they speak profitable idiocy. Despite all this, courageous politicians are being punished by their kind when they point to the overwhelming evidence against the glib “safe and effective” mantra.

Science is being called out for poor forecastingfailure to perform expected services, and generally appalling decision-making, though as with the “plea for amnesty” published by Emily Oster last year, some of this coverage may be disingenuous. The negative health and other consequences of non-pharmaceutical interventions like lockdowns are increasingly being admitted (even in the mainstream press; see also here), and are manifesting in Australia in, amongst other signs, suicide data. Longer-run effects of the covid response on mainstream measures of economic health (like inflation and even work absences) are becoming harder to ignore. Those speaking out against covid policies have been increasingly turning the tables in the debate (also see here), scientists are now registering studies to examine whether “vaccine hesitancy” is grounded in reality, a petition for a Royal Commission here in Australia has been presented to Parliament, and a museum-style collection of media, personal stories, and cultural artifacts is being curated to memorialise the horrific reality of what happened during this era. Arthur McLean and Steve Crothers have pro-socially spat the dummy (see “open letter” PDF for Steve’s contribution) and, in film form, so have survivors of the Holocaust.

The people who ran the covid show are continuing to flee the ship (see herehere and here) and what they delivered is being called out as abuse. Governments in the developing world are now, in some respects, doing more of what they should be doing than governments in countries like Australia – though some in Australia’s political class (e.g., Gerrard Rennick, Malcolm Roberts, Alex Antic, Craig Kelly) are trying, as are politicians (and even populations – also see “Rasmussen poll” PDF) in a few other developed Western countries like the US and Germany (which has also recently released a bunch of interesting data). In the meantime, heartbreaking stories continue to be written.

As one must expect as the resistance movement grows worldwide, fractures have emerged in the focus and approach adopted by dissident organisations and individuals, giving rise to tensions and in some cases recriminations. Examples include the film Died Suddenly (popular amongst some, but seen by others as unhelpful to the long-run goals of the resistance) and the firestorm around Robert Malone and friends and Peter Breggins and friends. Some “exposes” by resistance groups have been critiqued by other resistance members as possible fakes, and then defended by others. It can be hard to tell up from down even in the resistance. I find it’s wise not to get dragged into sub-plots and dramas, but to focus instead on the big picture and the (copious) obvious wrongs, and remember your principles.

Third…

…some resources and events that may interest you.

Resources for those injured by the vaccines: here and in the “Flyer for 1st of April” PDF;

A prospectus (see PDF) describing the activities of mental health professional support society GAIHH, to pass to people who would benefit from knowing more about GAIHH’s services or are themselves in a position to help;

conference organised by the Australian Medical Professionals Society (AMPS) last month (recording available at the link);

A forthcoming conference in Bath, England;

A recently-released book by Ed Dowd;

community group explicitly standing for the freedom not to wear a mask;

An organisation focussed on preserving and making accessible to needy individuals stores of mRNA vaccine-free bodily fluids and other biological products;

twitter account you may enjoy – in addition to the many resources I’ve shared in previous editions of this newsletter, viewable if you scroll down. Many resistance groups and people I’ve mentioned previously continue to do excellent work and I encourage you to join up with the ones you are most drawn to. There is power in numbers.

Thank you to all who have continued to send me material to consider including in this newsletter.

I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events, joining with you in future ASF initiatives, and working together in the coming years to air what happened, help those in need, and re-build our country.

gigi

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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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