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July 17, 2021

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Finding the Courage to Break the Spell

(German translation by Bastian Barucker available here🇩🇪)

To all the silent good people watching our society tear itself in two, this essay is for you.

Those in charge have long since signalled that they have no intention of returning to a liberal democracy founded on the recognition of inalienable individual rights and freedoms. If data were the ingredient required to confront them, they would have folded long ago. They are impervious to data. This isn't about a virus. This is a psychological game and it's all about power and control.

In this Brave New World, the regime will grant temporary conditional privileges tied to virus seasonality, good behaviour, or whatever other conditions they choose to set to achieve the social engineering agenda of the day. Once they opened Pandora's Box to a society based on conditional rights, there is no limit to where their imaginations will take them.

How do we stop this neo-feudal re-imagining of society? How do we play chicken with a regime that appears to hold all the cards? At this point it is clear that regaining our freedom depends entirely on the government losing the support of the crowd. To use the words of Hans Christian Andersen's timeless folktale from 1837, we need to shake our frightened fellow citizens out of their stupor by getting them to see that "the emperor has no clothes" but, more importantly, we need everyone who sees it to be willing to say it out loud. 

So, in this essay, I am going to dissect the psychology of dissent.

The Emperor's New Clothes - Folktale by Hans Christian Andersen

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Winning Hearts and Minds - How to Open the Mind to Doubts

Data plays an important role in changing hearts and minds, but only as a secondary ingredient. We are fighting a psychological battle, not an intellectual one.

Data will help those who start to ask questions, but first they need to ask their first question. First there needs to be a seed of doubt. Data will not plant that seed of doubt. Data does not have the power to break the spell. 

A frightened mind seeks certainty because certainty feels safe, which is why a frightened mind rejects anything that undermines the feeling of certainty. Uncertainty is scary. This desire for certainty makes people savagely hostile to conflicting data and capable of entertaining the wildest of logical fallacies. The facts simply do not matter to their feelings. People only begin to seek out data after the spell begins to break. Something else must first plant that initial seed of doubt.

Uncertainty is uncomfortable so if it cannot be pushed aside, then and only then will the mind enlist rational thought processes to work through the dilemma in order to regain a sense of certainty. That is the psychological game we need to play. We need to create the sense of uncertainty that forces our frightened peers to enlist their rational minds. Once doubt sets in, the data will take them the rest of the way.

Thus, the willingness to look at data is merely the second step along each individual person's journey to recognizing that the emperor has no clothes. Much of our effort in this battle for our freedom has been focused on that second step. More data. But the first step along that path requires planting the initial seed of doubt. How do you seed doubt without data? 

The simple reality is that this first step is fought with symbolism, with herd psychology, and with the courage to bear the cost of speaking out when others will not. Navigating this first step is the focus of this essay because that is where we are falling short. 

To plant a seed of doubt, to help people take that first step, it is not what you say that matters so much as being seen to say it, out loud, in public, in a way that allows you to be identified and counted, and being willing to face the music when the world can see what you really think. And saying it over and over again, relentlessly, until enough voices join in, until the counter chorus can no longer be dismissed as fringe. Doubt is created by breaking the illusion of consensus.

This first seed of doubt happens on a deeply subconscious emotional level. There are three different ways that it can happen:

Many only start to ask questions after getting their first COVID vaccination. As they begin to feel safe, they regain their ability to think, which gives rise to questions and doubts. It is why the regime is creating a hyperventilating drumbeat about "variants" and stoking hysteria about the unvaccinated. The regime is trying to keep the vaccinated in fear in order to prevent them from regaining their ability to see clearly and think independently. 

Doubt can also be created when someone's personal experience doesn't match the propaganda that they've been fed. The regime is fighting that part of the battle for us. When someone is injured by a vaccine, sees a loved one trapped in isolation in a nursing home, or is at risk of losing their business to lockdowns, doubt in the narrative begins to creep in. There is only so much pain that anyone can bear before their certainty in the regime begins to waiver. 

And doubt can be created simply by depriving someone of the illusion of consensus. Remember Hans Christian Andersen's folk tale. It was a child that broke the illusion because it was unafraid to say out loud that the emperor's fine gown didn't exist, that he was wearing nothing at all. Data didn't break the illusion. All it took was a pointed finger, a well-timed laugh, and the courage to speak out.

Doubt creates conflicting emotions that can only be resolved by enlisting the rational mind. Doubt leads the mind to seek out data, not the other way around. The regime is doing everything it can to prevent the fearful from thinking. This is a psychological war. 

A Glimpse of Two Futures

The outcome of this psychological war will determine the world that you, your children, and your grandchildren will live in. So, before I dig deeper into the psychology of how to win this war, it is worth reminding ourselves of what is at stake because it is easy to lose sight of the big picture when we are so focused on debunking government lies and fighting vaccine passports, masks, and social distancing restrictions. The courage to make a difference in this psychological war comes from understanding the long game that is being played. 

This is a war about the role of government. It is about your freedom to think, to speak, and to ask questions, and about whether your individual autonomy is downgraded to a conditional privilege or whether it remains a right. It is a war about whether you are to remain a citizen or become a subject. It is about who owns you, you or the state.

The question at the forefront of this psychological battle, accelerated by the lens of COVID, is about whether we will remain a society based on legal equality and inalienable rights or whether, in the name of safety, equity, and political correctness, we will allow ourselves to be reduced to a society of masters and servants, as was the norm throughout much of human history, with the masters granting or withdrawing conditional privileges to pursue whatever they perceive as the greater good. 

Herdsmen and their cattle. Shepherds and their flock. Those who wear the imperial mantle of responsibility for the wellbeing of the herd versus those with the obligation to endure, muzzled and under a yoke, for the "greater good". 

Citizens have a voice in the rules they live by and a responsibility to take care of themselves. Cattle get fed, sheltered, herded, vaccinated, prodded onto cattle trucks, milked, and harvested. For some, freedom from responsibility has a certain appeal, but it is anything but liberty. Real freedom is not a license to do what you want to others or to take what you need from others. Real freedom is a restraint that prevents others from doing things to you and prevents others from taking what they need from you. And vice versa. Freedom draws a line between people that no-one has a right to cross. That is the freedom that is being lost.

In a free and open society, freedom is the greater good. So, in a sense, what is playing out on a grand scale is a global referendum on freedom. The consequences of this referendum will be with us long after the virus fades away. In this referendum, you don't get to cast your vote at the polls. Your choice to speak out or stay silent in the face of the naked emperor is your vote. Both options come with terrible risks: the consequences of being bulldozed by the regime if you speak out versus the servile future that is waiting for you if you don't.

There is no option to simply sit on the sidelines of this referendum. Silence is a choice. Those who choose silence are, in effect, signalling that their freedom is worth less to them than the discomfort of speaking out and facing the consequences. They are, in effect, legitimizing the regime's use of intimidation by showing that it works. Yet many will nonetheless opt for the perceived safety of the sidelines out of fear of repercussions. That fear is justified and understandable. The penalties are very real in this game. But you are either swept along by the stampede or you dig your heels in. Those are your two choices. Freedom on one side. Servitude on the other.

Your disapproval about all that is going on around you is irrelevant unless you say it out loud and take a stand. Visibility. Saying it on social media from behind an anonymous avatar achieves nothing. Letters, petitions, and press releases made by associations do not speak to the subconscious minds of our frightened peers. They will not look at them. These avenues are all in the same realm as the data. They will be dismissed until after the spell begins to break.

To have a psychological impact, you have to voice your dissent in person, out there in the real world where the risk of repercussions is real. Where you can make eye contact while you are doing it. At work, at home, at school, at church, at the gym, at the mall, and out on the street. You have to say it where those who disagree with you can see you saying it. You have to be the little boy who stood in front of the crowd and pointed at the emperor's lack of clothes. That is how democracy works in its rawest form when the institutions of liberal democracy cease to function.

Words are not violence. Words are 100% peaceful, no matter how much you disagree with them or how much you are offended by them. But censorship in any form is a form of implied violence because, without your voice, you are held hostage by your censor and have no peaceful means of self-defence. 

A liberal democracy cannot function in an atmosphere of censorship. Brute force begins with censorship. Allowing yourself or others to be silenced ushers in a world where the only means of self defense is through brute force. That is what is currently being normalized under the guise of saving the world from COVID.

When speech is silenced, whether through cancel culture mobbing, Big Tech censorship, or outright legal attacks like those currently being attempted by the Canadian government (i.e. bill C-10 and bill C-36), this raises the cost of self-defence beyond a threshold that most people are willing or even capable of bearing. 

History shows that once the norms of a liberal democracy give way to brute force politics, even if the regime does change hands, those that emerge on top are themselves rarely champions of freedom and tolerance. The only way to prevent brute force politics from becoming normalized is if the good people refuse to shut up. So, this is not just a war against bad people with bad ideas, it is equally a war to defend the only system ever invented that gives citizens autonomy over their own bodies, minds, and voices, along with the mechanism to defend that autonomy through peaceful means.

That is why the Founding Fathers made freedom of speech the very first right when they drafted the US Bill of Rights. Peaceful resolution of conflict in a civil society depends on everyone having absolute freedom of speech. In a civil society, all other rights flow from this right. Without freedom of speech, all that remains as a tool to defend yourself is brute force. Our voices are our last defense as the institutions of liberal democracy fall away. Use your voices while you still can because, if freedom of speech is lost, we will be ushering in a world governed by brute force and the tyranny will be real no matter which side gains control over the levers of power.

A right comes with the responsibility to defend that right when your right or anyone else's rights are under attack. Rights derive their legitimacy only through the willingness of citizens to defend them, for themselves and for each other. If the willingness to speak your mind in public is missing, you have no rights. 

Breaking the Illusion: The Ash Conformity Experiments

The Ash Conformity Experiments of the 1950s showed how powerful peer pressure is. No one wants to stand up against the herd. Standing alone is psychologically painful. That is why, in Hans Christian Andersen's folktale, it was the innocent voice of a little boy and not the self-conscious adult townsfolk who broke the spell about the emperor's new clothes. 

Many people will overrule their own judgement and bite their tongue to avoid the discomfort of standing out from the herd. The effect is so powerful that it can even induce entirely false memories, which people genuinely believe, just to avoid the discomfort of holding beliefs that are out of lockstep with the herd's publicly expressed opinion. The mind is a malleable thing that will even deceive itself in order to shield itself from the discomfort of holding opinions that are out of sync with the crowd. Never underestimate the power of the herd mindset. No-one is entirely immune. 

If you have never seen the videos of the Ash Conformity Experiments, take the time to watch this brief clip before reading further. It is one of the keys to fighting the psychological battle to regain our freedoms. 

Our opponents are well aware of the power of conformity and are using it to their advantage. Do not mistake their feigned ignorance about basic medical facts as stupidity. Do not mistake the media's blockade of dissenting views as ignorance. They all know the game they are playing. Why do you think they are so careful to avoid any debate about the data?

The desire for conformity is one of the most powerful emotions in the human species. It is our natural herd instinct - our hive mind - asserting itself. We are a social creature. Safety lies in numbers. Our herd instinct is so strong that when the dominoes line up just right, it can lead us into blind groupthink, cults, and mass hysterias in defiance of all rational logic. The rational mind is a thin crust perched precariously on a much larger, highly emotional, subconscious neurological tool kit. Conformity is the subconscious search for safety. We are wired to seek safety at the center of the herd even when that conformity is leading us straight over a cliff. 

Buffalo being chased off a cliff, painted by Alfred Jacob Miller in the late 19th century.

The blindness of groupthink is only broken when enough voices stand up to challenge the illusion of conformity. Visible dissent deprives the herd of the comfort and security it seeks in consensus. When dissent becomes loud enough and refuses to be swatted aside, the politically correct narrative loses its monopoly, which forces herd members to stop in their tracks and weigh which way to turn to find the center of the herd. No-one can run in two directions at once. Resolving that dilemma is what forces the brain to start to think.

Currently the regime is manufacturing an illusion of consensus to use herd instinct as a means of control. But the moment we deprive the herd of the comfort of consensus, we will be in the driver's seat. Breaking the illusion of consensus is what will give us the power to force the herd to think for itself. That is why it is so important that the silent good people speak out.

We don't need to agree with one another to challenge the regime. We don't need to speak with one voice. To break the illusion, we simply need enough people to speak out in disagreement of the "consensus". 

The Ash Conformity Experiments taught us that even a single person standing up in a room will give others with doubts the courage to speak out. Breaking the illusion begins with a single voice. But for a phenomenon as global as the current mass hysteria, it will take more than a few voices to create a loud enough counter-chorus to break the spell. 

The Counter-Chorus - The 10% Rule 

The center of the herd is wishy washy; their survival strategy is to orient towards the consensus. The majority instinctively uses volume to gauge consensus opinion. They orient towards the noisiest part of the room and ape what they hear. They aren't committed to their beliefs; they merely amplify whatever they hear and believe what they amplify. That is why change always starts from the fringes; change begins with a committed minority that refuses to be cowed. 

Once an idea is adopted by 10% of the population, research shows that this is the psychological tipping point when ideas, opinions, or beliefs will be rapidly adopted by the rest of the population.  A noisy 10% is all it takes. Our freedom is not as far out of reach as you may think.

By my guestimate, we have long since crossed that 10% threshold in public opinion. We are just waiting for all those who share that opinion to come out of the shadows and start making noise, outside of the anonymity of social media, so that their frightened peers can see them. We have the necessary 10%, we just need that 10% make themselves visible in order to turn the rest of the crowd. 

Recognizing that the emperor has no clothes is not enough. People also have to be willing to say it out loud. That second point is currently our weakest link in this psychological war. 

Tick Tock - Show Yourselves While There Is Still Time

When an authoritarian regime seeks to consolidate its power, there is a point of no return when no amount of dissent can stand up to the entrenched might of the Colossus. The price to play this game of chicken with the government goes up by the day. There is a kind of race going on between the regime's ability to consolidate its power and those on our side to build up the courage to publicly express dissent. Visibility. That is our weapon in this psychological war. But it has a best-before date if the silent good people wait too long before speaking out.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” ~ Winston S. Churchill

No individual voice can break the regime's illusion of consensus. Waiting for others with a higher pain tolerance to do the heavy lifting is a guaranteed path to failure. The illusion of consensus can only be broken by the sum of millions of brave citizens finding the courage to raise their voices to say what they think, one by one, all around the world, despite the risk of repercussions. The real heroes in this battle are the millions of citizens who come out from behind a veil of anonymity, at home, at work, with friends, with family and neighbors to add their voices to the counter chorus. Their words are not important. A joke, a meme, or the courage to whisper "bullshit" is all that it takes. Saying it publicly is all that matters. 

There is no knight in shining armour that can ride to our rescue. We have to do this ourselves. Together. The magic ingredient in this war is the courage to allow yourself to be counted among the counter chorus. It really is that simple.

How to Tame a Wild Horse

The more of us that stand up, the greater the threat we represent to the regime's control and the more authoritarian the regime's repercussions will become. It will get uglier before it gets better. Finding the courage to speak out is a process of steeling yourself against the regime's efforts to chase you back into the shadows. But there is an interesting phenomenon that happens as the regime reaches to greater extremes to try to silence us. 

Remember what I said earlier, doubt is also seeded among those whose reality no longer matches the regime's rose-tinted propaganda. The uglier it gets, the more painful the weight of the Colossus becomes even for those who are still held captive by its spell. Ramping up authoritarianism too quickly risks pushing people to their "This is bullshit" limit. That is NOT what the regime wants. 

As the counter-chorus becomes more visible, the regime has no choice but to ramp up or lose the illusion of consensus it has manufactured. This traps the regime in a catch-22 in which doing nothing allows the counter-chorus to reach that 10% tipping point but doing something increases the pain so quickly that it erodes its support base. Visibility puts us in the driver's seat because it traps the regime in that untenable catch-22.

A slow consolidation of power allows the regime to strip our freedoms slowly enough that the crowd becomes accustomed to its own subjugation. That is why they keep letting off a little pressure after a period of control. They are teaching us to accept the bridle of our serfdom. 

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.” ― Pat Miller, Willfully Ignorant

Theirs is a piecemeal strategy to get us to keep giving up more of our freedoms. Remember the long game China played in Hong Kong and how the trap finally snapped shut while everyone was distracted by COVID. Remember that it took from 1945 until 1961 before East Germans found themselves trapped behind an impenetrable iron curtain. 

Tyrants know how to tame wild horses. They know speed is not their friend. Slow and steady allows the wild horse to grow accustomed to its bridle. Fast and furious turns into a cruel rodeo. 

You can break a wild horse's will by strapping on a set of spurs, cinching on a saddle, slapping its face with a sack, and lashing its withers to a bloody froth with a horsewhip until it gives up the fight. But even if you win this battle of wills and don't break your neck falling out of the saddle in the process, a broken horse will still kick you in the head or bite off your face the moment you let down your guard. It remembers. It will hate you. You can break a wild horse in a hurry, but you cannot tame it in a hurry. Taming a wild horse requires finesse, a light touch, and time.

The Bucker, 1904, by Charles Marion Russell

The trick is to force the regime to rush the process by reaching for a saddle even before the bridle has been accepted. All hell breaks lose if the saddle is cinched on too early. Rushing the process of introducing tyranny leads to a bucking match that the regime cannot win.

We are no longer a tiny minority. We have a mass of silent good people on our side. (The term comes directly from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's civil rights battle, which I have written more about here). The silent good people are getting fed up and increasingly willing to speak out. The more noise we make with friends, neighbors, and workmates, the more WE control the pace of the regime's growing authoritarianism. We need to push the regime to move further and faster as it feels its hold over the crowd begin to slip. We need to goad it into reaching for the saddle and horsewhip. We need to goad it into overplaying its hand. 

By simply saying what we believe and by refusing to shut up, we force the regime to become openly tyrannical against free speech. Their only option becomes to tighten their grip, to escalate, to increase their hysterical propaganda, to ramp up illogical repercussions, and to squeeze us into compliance. Those repercussions become increasingly hard to justify because silencing you requires taking away everyone's right to speak. Speech is 100% legal. Suppressing it requires our health officials, institutions, and politicians to act increasingly like the Cuban, Chinese, or Venezuelan regimes. 

The regime can only push people into a corner for so long. It can only cry "variant" for so long before the effect wears out. We are neither a tame nor a broken people, yet. A regime that seeks to control both body, voice, and mind is its own worst enemy. All we need to do is refuse to shut up (which breaks no laws) in order to force the regime into taking self-defeating measures. Its grip is slipping, and the crowd's patience is wearing thin. 

The darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn. Embrace the darkness and make it your friend in the quest to win hearts and minds. Speak louder. Make the regime reach for the saddle. Don't give it time to accustom our silent peers to the bridle. Refuse to shut up. 

When the mood of the crowd turns, it will be sudden. We can win this game, easily, but only if the silent good people already on our side step out of the shadows to join our counter-chorus. Once the crowd is ours, the rest will happen all on its own. Remember the peaceful color revolutions that brought down post-Soviet regimes in Eastern Europe. Remember that fateful moment in 1989 when Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu was heckled by the crowd and the look on his face when they refused to stop. (Link to YouTube video - the moment begins at the 2:30 mark in the video)

From the height of Ceaușescu's power to the crowd showing it had lost its fear took three minutes. In three fateful minutes the entire regime collapsed. He regained control of the crowd at the end of the heckling and managed to finish his speech, but the spell was broken. The bridle had been spat out. The regime's institutions scrambled to abandon him out of fear of siding against a crowd that had lost its fear. Four days later Ceaușescu's own military court-martialled and executed him by firing squad. 

The crowd's role was 100% peaceful. Not one citizen ever had to raise a hand against their government. They simply needed to reject the bridle. His violent end was delivered by his own institutions scrambling to undo 24 years of oppression to avoid themselves falling afoul of the fearless crowd. 

Principles: Paying Freedom Forward and Why Some Wild Horses Can Never Be Tamed

The past 16 months have shown that neither police nor politicians nor courts will come to your rescue as the regime oversteps its limits. The only thing restraining the hand of this illiberal regime is its fear of sparking the outrage of the crowd. 

So far there are no political prisoners rotting in jails and no squads rounding up those guilty of wrongthink. This isn't Cuba. Yet. But the brakes of our liberal democracy are gone. There is no telling how far this will go if it is not stopped soon. What happens next largely depends on how many have the courage to speak out against this slide into tyranny. The longer you wait, the riskier it becomes.

The problem is, from the perspective of a simple risk reward calculation, the odds are never in favor of speaking out. But our wild horses from the previous segment have one more lesson to teach us to help us overcome that problem. It is a lesson about principles.

Five hundred years ago, the Spanish released horses onto the North American continent that survive to this day in wild herds in places like Nevada and southern Alberta. Throughout the history of the Wild West, and even extending into modern times, wild horse hunters would earn a living by rounding up these wild horses. The younger and therefore more moldable horses would be broken and sold for a working life under the bridle. They are tameable. But the older horses traditionally were either left alone or ended up as horsemeat or glue.

Wild Horse Hunters1913, Charles Marion Russell

No amount of sugar cubes, bucking sessions, or cruel horsewhipping could get these older horses to either accept the bridle or break them into submission. The loss of freedom was simply unacceptable to them, at any cost. They would never stop trying to throw their rider even if they bucked themselves to death through exhaustion in the process. Their master would never be safe from their hooves. These horses would sooner throw themselves over a cliff with their rider onboard than live as a domestic beast of burden. Live free or die.

Their untameable nature is not driven by a suicidal instinct. Suicide is the mark of a broken beast that surrenders its will to live. This is quite the opposite. This is the unbreakable will to live in freedom and to never stop fighting for that freedom even if that fight costs it its life. At first glance, this may seem to be taking freedom to an irrational extreme. Isn't it better to live under a bridle than to end up in a glue factory? But once we take a closer look, that instinct looks anything but irrational. 

The simple reality is that, had the older horses been tameable, the wild horse herds would have long since disappeared to meet the insatiable appetite for working horses during the pre-combustion-engine era of American history. Consider that New York City alone had a population of over 100,000 horses in 1900. From working as ranch horses to pulling carriages and stagecoaches to serving as everyday transportation, there was a near infinite demand for four-legged labour in early American history. If the old wild horses had been tameable, there would be no wild horse herds to photograph on the plains today. Freedom is earned by those who are willing to pay the price.

That untameable instinct is an important evolutionary survival lesson. By refusing to submit, by fighting the bridle at any cost, on principle, it raises the cost for any tyrant who preys on the freedoms of others.

From the tyrant's perspective, imposing tyranny is a basic risk-reward calculation; take what your victim will bear, but never push so hard that the victim lashes out. Most victims will not put up much of a fight because the loss of each individual slice of freedom never exceeds the massive potential risk of defending such a tiny slice. Fighting back never makes sense from the perspective of a simple risk-reward calculation.

But what about those who don't care about this risk-reward calculation? What about those who refuse to be tamed, at any cost, on principle? A victim that will not bear even the slightest infringement upon his freedom is not worth preying upon. This "live free or die" attitude changes the tyrant's own risk-reward calculus because there is no reward to be obtained from a horse that will never take a bridle, no matter the cost, and if the tyrant's predatory behaviour runs an intolerably high risk of being repaid with a hoof smashing through the front of their skull.

That is the advantage of responding to something on principle. Principles are a philosophical safety mechanism that protects society by raising the price for tyrants who would otherwise steal our freedoms through a thousand tiny slices. 

The fact that our freedoms are currently under attack is an indication that the tyrants believe there are not enough principled men and women left who are willing to push back, on principle. So far, they are right. It's time to prove them wrong and raise the price of their tyranny. It's time for the silent good people to break their silence, at any cost, on principle.

Britain lost its grip over America in 1776 because men and women of principle stood up despite the terrible risk to themselves. They made the cost of maintaining tyranny so unbearable that Britain was forced to retreat. Principles bought America its freedom from its distant imperial masters. They paid dearly for it, in blood, in America's deadliest war in history, based on the percentage of the population that gave its life for that freedom. Freedom is not granted. It is taken by those willing to bear the cost of defending it.

The sentiment of this principled stand is captured in the historical flag of the American Revolution, known as the Gadsden flag. It also survives today in New Hampshire's state motto, "Live Free or Die", a memento of the attitude that bought Americans their freedom. And it endures in the pop culture slogan, "it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees." 

Notice the symbolism on the Gadsden flag. It is not an offensive stance. It is a defensive stance. A principled stance: the rattle warning tyrants not to step too close, the coiled position of a body digging its heels in (if a snake had heels) to defend its patch of green territory, and the poisonous bite ready to be delivered to anyone that tries to encroach on its space.

The Gadsden Flag - the historical flag of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

Principles have endured across the span of history, despite failing to meet a basic individual risk-reward calculation, because communities that are willing to defend the rights of all their citizens, on principle, even when it is hard to do so, are communities that are not easily preyed upon. "Don't tread on me" along with the willingness to do something about it are the sentiments that safeguard a society from being suffocated by tyrants.

When we speak of owing a vast debt of gratitude to the selfless sacrifices made by our ancestors, this is what it means. They acted on principle when the logical thing to do would have been to take the bridle and accept the saddle. And now it is our turn. Standing up on principle is the way that we pay that freedom forward. Acting on principle is how we protect ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren from becoming masked and muzzled beasts of burden, serving as playthings for predatory tyrants. It is time to speak out, on principle.

As the regime begins to close in around us, it becomes possible to get a tiny glimpse of the terrifying price that our ancestors were willing to pay to stand up on principle for the freedoms we have enjoyed up until 16 months ago. From our current perspective, it becomes possible to appreciate how much easier it would have been for previous generations to duck their heads and submit. It is our turn to be tested.


With the First Link, the Chain is Forged.

"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably... The first time any man's freedom is trodden upon, we are all damaged." ~ Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek the Next Generation, The Drumhead.

The Drumhead was a rare departure from Hollywood's usual storytelling tradition. It told a lesson that few works of fiction are able to tell well. Most Hollywood productions portray the loss of freedom as swords flashing in the sunlight, blood flowing in the gutters, and jackboots marching in the streets. It is a fairy-tale. That is how countries are invaded by other countries, but that is rarely how freedom is lost when a government turns against its own people. 

Freedom is lost in tiny battles that send out almost imperceptibly small ripples, which rob everyone of a tiny slice of their liberties. It is the absence of noise, not the clash of swords, that marks the sound of liberty slipping away. 

All governments rule through the consent of the crowd, including tyrannies. Every step a regime takes is taken with a fearful eye to gauge the reaction of the crowd. You don't have to like what they do. You just have to comply. Saying nothing legitimizes each baby step towards full blown tyranny. Each baby step sets off a ripple that impacts everyone, even if most people don't notice it at first. 

Silence is our nod of consent for a future of voluntary servitude. Each boot on someone else's face is, by consequence, a boot on your own, even if it takes you a while to feel it. 

The Long Shadow of the Barbeque Rebellion

Last November Adam Skelly stood up for liberty with his Barbeque Rebellion in a lonely act of defiance against the public health mandates that divided society into essential and non-essential castes. His small-business peers cheered him on but left him standing alone. He is now bearing the full cost of his choice all on his own. Had his peers joined him in defending his constitutional rights, they could have overwhelmed the government's ability to enforce these arbitrary and unconstitutional public health mandates. It would have decisively demonstrated that the government's actions did not have universal community support. It would have broken the illusion of consensus. 

By failing to join him in his act of civil disobedience, his small business peers normalized that the right to earn a living has been replaced by a privilege to earn a living, a privilege that can be withdrawn at the regime's discretion, at a moment's notice, whenever it suits the regime's agenda. Will you ever dare take out another loan, sign another business lease, or take out another mortgage if you don't know when the next time will be when that privilege will be withdrawn?  The boot on Adam's face was a boot on your own. 

Everyone lost a little bit of their freedom that day because, by staying silent, the right to try to earn a living became conditional. The silent good people taught each other that day that they will not have each other's backs, on principle, and that speaking out will leave you standing alone. That's why there hasn't been another Barbeque Rebellion. 

And the silent good people also taught the regime that day that it can put its boot anywhere else it wants with minimal resistance or outcry as long as the regime generously showers the crowd with large volumes of inflation-inducing printed money. The wild pig that prefers the farmer's corn to the freedom of the forest soon finds itself behind a locked gate. 

The Price of Leaving Churches Undefended

Over the past months we have also seen Pastor Coates, Pastor Hildebrandt, Pastor Stephens, and Pastor Pawlowski all stand up in defense of their constitutional rights. Other churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues failed to open their doors in solidarity. So, the regime put its boots down. Arresting a thousand pastors would have broken the regime's capacity for enforcement. Arresting four did not. They got taken out, one by one, serving as examples to help the regime intimidate others into compliance. 

When communities failed to rally around these brave pastors, the silent good people showed that their religious peers would be left undefended. The emboldened regime learned that lesson well. And so did the arsonists who saw that neither communities nor law enforcement pose a threat to those who launch attacks against Christian groups. Now churches are burning all over Canada, the target of yet another lawless hysteria, pawns in a different but related political game. Our Prime Minister even described these arson attacks on churches as understandable

The price of silence is terrifying because of the unforeseen forces that it unleashes. A weakness, once exposed, will be preyed upon by anyone and everyone with a crooked agenda. A right that is left undefended by the broader citizenry brings out the hyenas. A community that does not rally together, on principle, becomes arrow fodder in someone else's war.

Who Will Stand Up for Dr. Francis Christian and for Academic Independence?

A similar battle is now brewing in academia and in the medical profession. And this one does not demand civil disobedience, only free speech, although the repercussions are starting to look remarkably similar. Dr. Francis Christian, a Clinical Professor of General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and practicing surgeon in Saskatoon, was recently fired by the College of Medicine after voicing his concerns about how our public health officials are managing the pandemic (his focus was on the safety of the COVID vaccines and his concerns about informed consent). 

Dr. Christian is not the first medical professional to be sanctioned for "wrongthink" during this pandemic, but the aggressive way in which the government stepped in to punish him marks a tipping point. Take a moment to listen to this full audio recording of Dr. Christian being informed of the sanctions against him by the College of Medicine. They even accused him of having lost his grip on reality. In this Twitter thread I previously exposed the dirty trick the College of Medicine used to insinuate that he had lost his mind. This is not how science works. These are the behaviours of a medieval Inquisition or a Soviet-style political machine that places political outcomes ahead of evidence-based debate. 

The medical and academic communities have a choice to make. Speaking out exposes them to the risk of similar sanctions. Speaking out may put their funding or even their careers on the line. The outrage of the small number of doctors who are not hidden behind a veil of anonymity is not enough to impose a cost on the regime's credibility. 

But if doctors and academics do not speak out in large numbers, their failure to confront this violation of Dr. Christian's rights will normalize that any medical or academic professional in Canada can be fired or censored if they say something or publish something that runs counter to political will. The ripples of Dr. Christian's firing extend into the furthest corners of our medical and academic institutions. From here on in, if you say something that doesn't get much attention, you're probably safe. But if you say something that ruffles feathers and gets widespread attention, you're probably not safe. The death of science lies in mediocrity. The power to reverse this rests in the hands of the silent good people.

The actions taken by our government made it clear, "if you want to practice medicine or pursue an academic career in Canada, toe the line by self-censoring or we will destroy your reputation and come after your career." If this is allowed to go unchallenged, it will mark the end of academic freedom and professional discretion in Canada. The regime is watching, waiting to gauge the response.

Publishing more data won't fix this. The regime doesn't care about data. And frightened members of the crowd will never look at it. In this game, more data is the equivalent of silence. More data is the nod of consent.

The only way to confront this is for the silent good doctors, medical professionals, and academic professionals to publicly stand up and speak out, on principle, to break the illusion of consensus that has been cultivated by our public health authorities and media. The silent good doctors must speak out to signal that the censorship of Dr. Christian was wrong, that they will not be cowed by the regime's treatment of Dr. Christian, that scientific questions should be settled through debate and not through sanctions, and that they have lost faith in our public health authority's ability to function as an evidence-based policymaking institution. 

Visibility. A public challenge to the government's credibility. Simply by stepping out from behind the veil of anonymity.

I hear rumors that up to 50% of medical professionals are not okay with the public health response. I also hear rumors that outspoken doctors who faced a deluge of ridicule and chastisement from peers in the early days of the pandemic are now rapidly seeing that criticism fade away. I have no way of gauging if those rumors are correct, but it suggests that the tide is turning in the medical community and that the numbers have long since crossed the 10% threshold needed to break the illusion. If only they were all willing to step out from behind a veil of anonymity and say it out loud. 

The Soft Underbelly of the Regime Is Exposed

In Quebec, the healthcare system is already on the brink of collapse (see my Twitter thread) because of a mass exodus of staff quitting the system during COVID.  Some hospitals have already lost over 50% of their staff. 

Anecdotal reports from other provinces show they are not far behind. There has never been a time when medical professionals have had more leverage to force a revival of scientific debate and evidence-based policymaking. And there has never been a better time speak out in defense of Dr. Christian.

Public health officials cannot afford to alienate more doctors and nurses. They cannot afford alienating or firing a horde of outspoken disgruntled medical professionals. The soft underbelly of the regime is exposed.

In short, as long as enough medical professionals speak out, now is the time that they have the upper hand in this game of brinksmanship. Now is the time that they can throw off both bridle and saddle and take back their professional and academic freedoms. The window of opportunity to rescue the system from itself is now. But only if enough of silent good doctors break their silence.

Concluding Remarks

I could give many more examples of what is at stake and how this game must be played, but I think my point has been made. Freedom is not granted by governments. Freedom is earned by crowds willing to defend it for themselves, for their neighbors, for their peers, and for their children. On principle. 

The doubt that is needed to open frightened minds to data can only be created by breaking the illusion of consensus. No-one can afford to wait this one out on the sidelines. What is at stake is liberal democracy itself.

The outcome of this psychological war lies in the hands of the silent good people. Those of us who have already made our dissent public can only keep reinforcing our visibility and keep putting out more data to reach those who are already starting to have doubts, but only the silent good people can grow our counter-chorus to the necessary 10% needed to deprive the regime of the support of the crowd. If you, dear reader, are among the silent good people, the shape of our future rests in your hands.

Speak out. Let yourself be counted. Let your peaceful dissent be seen. Dare to say that "the emperor has no clothes.Hans Christian Andersen's folk tale#Commissions Earned wasn't for children. It was a lesson about freedom, written for you and me.


So the emperor went along in the procession, under the splendid canopy, and every one in the streets said: "How beautiful the emperor's new clothes are! What a splendid train! And how well they fit!"

No one wanted to let it appear that he could see nothing, for that would prove him not fit for his post. None of the emperor's clothes had been so great a success before.

"But he has nothing on!" said a little child.

"Just listen to the innocent," said its father; and one person whispered to another what the child had said. "He has nothing on; a child says he has nothing on!"

"But he has nothing on," cried all the people. The emperor was startled by this, for he had a suspicion that they were right. But he thought, "I must face this out to the end and go on with the procession." So he held himself more stiffly than ever, and the chamberlains held up the train that was not there at all. 
— Excerpt from The Emperor's New Clothes#Commissions Earned, 1837, by Hans Christian Andersen


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  1. Julius, Thank you for setting these arguments out in so much detail. You have really helped me to understand my own little one-woman stand better and be refreshed in courage after it has been challenged today. I will continue to spread my quiet word of descent even though it seems like I'm a lone voice at times.
    Thank you very much for the important part you are playing.

    1. Thank you Belinda! The 10% rule of the counter-chorus really gives me hope that our lone voices will soon add up to turn the crowd and end this madness. All the best - Julius

    2. This interview is important

    3. You are so very much not alone! Alex

    4. Stand tall Belinda. We love you 😍

  2. Another of many great pieces from an unusually insightful young man. What sets this one apart from all of the media, including even those who push back against the present tyranny, is your prescription for ultimate victory over what is looking very much like the intention of our government(s) to rule by force through stifling dissent. The more who read this article, the more who will find the courage and resolve to stand up for freedom in public, knowing “we” must begin with “I”, even at risk that no one will do likewise. As you say, there must be ten percent who understand what’s happening, and now we know what must be done, starting here, starting now.

    1. Thank you Gerry! "We" must begin with "I" - well said! 🙏

    2. I’m worried about this 10% concept, as I wonder how we can communicate and be heard by each other when the media ignores us or discredits us.

    3. Hi Lisa - I'm in the US and the governor of my state just mandated masks again starting today. I refuse to comply this time (I did last time because I just didn't want to have a hassle but like Julius rightly points out we have to stand up now or it will be too late soon) So today I waltzed into stores and smiled at everyone. When challenged I said "I'm exempt." (there is a vague exemption for mental/physical issues that preventing wearing a mask - my health issue is that I'm allergic to bullshit! LOL). I think just seeing me walking around smiling might give others permission to do the same. But also I'm thinking about carrying a little stack of cards to hand to people that somehow suggests they start asking questions. Face to face is how we will win this battle I think. I'm also being mandated to take the shot or get fired, which I will not do and will not stay silent as to why. I was shaking like a leaf when I went into the first store, but the second store I found my stride. Anyway - my little one woman battle :)

    4. At my last journey into the supermarket which admittedly was a while ago I had no mask and at least 3 people smiled at me and took theirs off as I journeyed through the isles! Silence is consent. How many more would remove theirs if they were given an injection of heroism, individuality and leadership. It's coming.......

  3. Thank you for your insight and commitment to truth seeking. Indeed, we must value truth seeking enough to have public debate about the Covid regime and its possible future variants. Many of us who have been working from home have been manipulated to turn a blind eye to the fact that this "new normal" (which can be quite convenient, for example if it simplifies our work logistics, and quite wonderful if it allow us to spend more time with our children and/or partner) is done at a great cost--the erosion of liberties, disregard for the scientific method, growing class inequality, etc. We must peacefully assert the importance of free speech and truth seeking.

    1. Much appreciated Gefen! One thing that gives me hope is that, as we push back against this assault on free speech and truth seeking, we seem to be rekindling an appreciation for what gave us science and liberal democracy and I suspect/hope that what has been rekindled is the seed of something that will continue to grow long after COVID fades away. All the best, Julius

    2. Thank you, Julius. May this unfortunate period help to bring about a renaissance of liberty and true science.

  4. Thank you sir. Your illuminating essay brings to the forefront the need for action. I have shared with many, and on other forums. "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything" Alexander Hamilton

    "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

  5. You sir are a gift to the world. I will continue the good fight for your words of wisdom give me hope. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you put the legacy media to shame. Beautifully written and laid out for all to see what is happening behind the veil.

    1. Thank you Sandra! I really appreciate your positive feedback!

  6. Excellent article Julius. You have a gift to be able to simplify a concept. My wife and I have been researching this whole disturbing debacle for some time once we discovered the lie. We have been shocked by friends who we thought would get it be overcome by fear and not listen to us at all. Others agree with our take on it but choose to remain politely silent. So your view on that is spot on.
    As a former salesman I concur with the need to sow seeds of doubt and it can be a long process to change a mindset.
    We have been seeking solutions to this for some time.
    Your message to stand up and be heard comes through loud and clear.
    Thank you for your efforts.


    1. Thank you Red Fox! We are witnessing a remarkable psychological process. It is infuriating, sad, and awe-inspiring at the same time.

  7. My brain is on FIRE Julius!!! YOU just instructed us to do what I PRECISELY did this very morning. Prior to my haircut and styling appointment in Mississauga, Ontario, YA I'M NOT AFRAID to say where I am. I took a chance, I thought to myself, you know what does it cost to speak out?? I waited for my stylist to come in and had about FIVE minutes, in that five minutes I clapped my hands and I told people I have a song. Look at this point I don't care, I SANG I said, what does it take, take off your mask..breathe the air.. people looked at me, some just ignored me. A family with young kids had masks on them...I said, SIGNING, take of that mask, you don't need it! THEY said to me put on your mask, I just kept signing, then I clapped...I got brave ok and BOLD.. I am tired of this...So towards the end because my stylist was there waiting for me...a couple of ladies, I said, you don't need the mask, and I thought to myself..JUST SAY IT! COVID IS FAKE!! I was bold! and the lady ALL SHE DID was SCOWL AT ME! that was it... I DON'T CARE, I will be back there at the Mall, I'm by myself and at this point, I am tired of Telegraph/Social/ Instagram, WE ARE ALL SOUNDING TO OFF TO EACH OTHER, we know what this is about.. GET OUT THERE RILE UP THOSE FEARFUL PEOPLE.. I JUST LOST TWO VERY GOOD FRIENDS, AND THEY WERE THE MOST CATHOLIC PEOPLE I KNEW, BECAUSE I LAUGHED WHEN THEY TOLD ME THE DELTA VARIENT is in Italy...looking back I should of not. These folks are staying inside, 24/7, vaxxed...and I'm reaching out to them..but she said, ok, GOODBYE..and we cannot see each other..I said wiat a minute where are you getting all this information.. CP24.. ya, that was the last of our conversation.. LOOK I AM NOT AFRAID, I GOT THREE T-SHIRTS I WILL BE WEARING.. I AM BOLD.. that say VACCINATED BY JESUS! and I will be attempting to go to Church and will go up there...because my fellow Catholic Priests DISPAOINTED ME.. also Julius.. YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT ADAMSON.. typical Canadians..they just do not HAVE A BACKBONE.. at this point we need intervention.. YOUR ARITICLE WAS THE PRECISE INFORMATION I NEEDED I SAID, you do we de programme people..they are so afraid of death.. I going with the answer when someone asks me as to WHY THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT GIVE YOU HOPE?? ASK YOURSELF THIS PEOPLE..AND ASK THE GOVERNMENT OR YOUR DOCTOR SHOULD YOU GET COVID? what happens next DEATH?? IS IT INSANT DEATH.. those that they used to report 100 or so recovered..well WHAT MEDICINE WAS GIVEN?? rest/Vicks/Nyquil../ Tylenol..antibiotics?? WHAT ?? ask YOURSELF.. anyhow Julius, I'm going to ask if I can print this your TUNE IN I MIGHT ME AT YOUR CHURCH AND TAKE THE PODIUM NO FEAR HERE..WHAT HAVE I GOT TO LOSE!!

    1. Hi Martine, I really appreciate all your kind words. I wonder what all these people will say to themselves when they are freed from their Stockholm Syndrome. Yes, you are welcome to print my article to take to church with you! All the best - Julius

  8. Amazing insight. Posting on

  9. Martinez,

    You might consider going to Church of God Aylmer 1039 am Sundays and you can sing all you want where everything is normal and they provide a Mennonite lunch. Wonderful people.

  10. Thank you, again Julius for a very insightful article. I have a wise old-soul friend that has likened our scenario from month one of this to the Emperor story, and it is lovely to see you do the story justice with your analysis. I absolutely will continue to plant the seed of doubt as data-driven discussions have gotten me near nowhere. You give us hope! Please keep up the good work!

  11. Another Weak Voice Making Itself HeardJuly 21, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Julius, that was a brilliantly written article! There are those of us who figured it out right from the start. We have never been afraid of 'covid', but were and are wise enough to be afraid of the people who would perpetrate this mass control of deceit upon us all. As they slowly strip away our concept of life and freedom and replace it with what they consider adequate for us--but NEVER for them--we have to ask ourselves: Would we EVER have accepted these terms under any other circumstances? I think the honest answer, if anyone can be so anymore, would be an absolutely emphatic, "NO!"

    'They', the shadow powers that be, have brainstormed a cowed populance in the selfishness of the individual's own will to survive, to live on, at any cost, as you so aptly said. But what cost? A life that isn't your own? A life that condemns physical freedom, verbal freedom, and even emotional freedom? What an utterly worthless existence! I'd rather be dead than that. So, what have we got to lose?

    Matt 10: 28 "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell".

    I fear God far more than I will ever fear these Hell-bound evil ones.

    Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

    That is their lot. They have chosen, and chosen foolishly. Mine is Heaven, for I place my trust in my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, King of kings, and Lord of lords, the only Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. All who read this, put your life and trust in the hands of the Lord Jesus, for it is only He Who saves.

  12. Thank you, Julius, for a compelling article and well-written article. This applies to us in New Zealand too. You're very inspirational!

    1. You are not alone in New Zealand! Join, and Let’s get our voices louder and louder!

  13. Hi Julius, thank you for this brilliant article. I have already started speaking out, and have mostly encountered closed minds - even in people I considered good friends. Some are angry with me, others say they just don’t want to hear about it. Or I am an “ anti vaxxer “ or conspiracy theorist.. I am in New Zealand, and the majority of people agree with Jacinda Adern’s policies - especially keeping the border firmly shut, and lining up for a vaccine. So we have a real fight on our hands over here. One thing, however, I don’t understand. How is it that all of the western country governments have all gone with this same rhetoric of heavy control, lockdowns, censuring or ridiculing many professionals who speak out against the dangers of the vaccine etc. Are they all controlled by the corrupt power of the WHO? Do they actually believe what they are doing is right? Or are they all deliberately turning on their own people? So did they all get together to make a plan to do that? (Perhaps not Sweden - who never went for the lockdowns.) This is something that really puzzles me.

    1. Hi Desna, Julius has such a great insight into the way out of this scamdemic, and all of his writing is very insightful. Your question on how is this whole thing coordinated is a very good one, and a good website to go to is PANDA in South Africa and this video will help a lot to answer your question:

    2. Hi Desna, I think the shadow world govt directing things is the super rich ie. The World Economic Forum, certain billionaires like Bill Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Musk, and elements of the security state of certain countries, like the USAs CIA,M16 of UK, etc.The leaders of big central banks too maybe.

  14. I afraid time of Mahatma Gandhi passed long time ago.
    You can't force the government into listening by being polite. Just look at Trudeau's actions.
    He just does not care of what people think.

    Based on the vaccination support the Canadians is the most sheep-resembling nation in entire world.
    So the government will hear only overwhelming support, if they would bother to listen, but they don't...

    Actions will not help either unless the actions will be such that it will be impossible to ignore them.
    Because the action will NOT receive any media coverage. When media ignored 3 (!) million demonstrations in the UK, the media will ignore anything else.

    We need a new planet.

    1. England, France, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa is governed by Klaus Schwab disciples.

  15. Your thoughts on spreading the word through 'free speech' is good. So I tried it on FaceBook.
    FYI: FB does not allow free speech. One of my friends took issue about my comments on the Invalidity of the 'pandemic' and un-advisability of the experimental vaccine. When I replied with the 2019 WHO epidemic/pandemic protocols, WHO's advice against masking and an image of USA's 2020 crude death rate (showing less deaths than 2019)...
    ...FB blocked my post, calling it SPAM. If you had an attachment function, I'd include the screen-shot of FB's blockage.

    1. Maybe we can smuggle pictures past them. Speech, like everything, has its limitations in certain circumstances. Why not think of art as another sower of doubt? The Soviet regime knew this; that's why they imprisoned and exiled to Siberia their artists, poets, writers, and other creatives. They knew that true art is revolutionary. I don't know what that means, but it might have something to do with, for one example, a simple painting of a familiar tree, or any tree, captured in such a unique way that all of a sudden, if I want to look at it, I can see that "Wait a minute...That's not how I see a tree, that's not how I see things...but it does draw me to it with some kind a truth...What's going on here?" In that case, the job of facilitators is to find ways to increase our own desire to see more and pass that on...And why shouldn't we want to look? It's a beautiful world out there, even if it's not what I thought it was. The rule for this may be: "The issue on the table is not the issue. The issue is the table."

  16. Thank-you for the work you've done to so clearly articulate what's REALLY important, and why. You've put into words what I've been thinking and feeling. And you've inspired me to add my voice to the counter-chorus. I will share this!

  17. Thank you! You have inspired me to create this video (that contains many of your thoughts):

  18. Well said and much needed.
    Can I suggest you do a video of you reading this Julius or do a podcast so we can share an audio version of it. Sad to say there are too many that are too lazy to read a long blog.
    I'm thinking of ways to share this message so the "silent good people" will get motivated to step up.

    1. Here's a quick way, with links. I'm sharing it with recommending people go read his stuff. On Twatter, I'm being kinda bossy lol. I'm saying: Read this man.

  19. The best article of the last 16 months. Hope has been restored. Lets get the message out

  20. Dear Julius Ruechel,

    well said, well written, well done. Your essay on this subject of the crucial importance of standing up and being counted, of refusing consent to this evil and unrelenting abuse of power by our ruling institutions, almost the entire political class and their mandarins and the corporate fabric of our civil society needed writing and it needs reading and repeating a hundred thousand times until, as you state, the bit is spat out and the shackles removed.

    I know many who are tired of being on the "radicalised" end of every recent debate: Brexit, COVID, the state of our universities, the insidious BLM movement, vaccinations and who are sick to the back teeth of being labelled racist, bigoted, small-minded, fascist or whatever other ridiculous poisonous epithets can be hurled at anyone who dares to state the obvious when the obvious does not conform with the current political narrative. These are people who are not used to being exposed by their deeply rooted conviction that they were living in a free, liberal democracy in which their liberties were unalienable. They never thought they would have to defend what they have taken for granted all their lives.

    I wept with frustration when I went to Church for the first time a few weeks ago: compulsory masks, crime scene tape separating the pews, hand-sanitising rituals, no singing and - worst of all - individually packed communion wine and wafers in Nespresso like capsules to be consumed in the sanctity of my socially-distanced pew. I cannot go back - I refuse to take part in these zombie rituals whose godless architects must be weeping with laughter as they watch us perform their mandated absurdities under the earnest gaze of the vicar, for nothing. Sheep indeed.

    And yet I am at a loss to know what to do - I am not allowed into Church if I refuse to comply with this nonsense. By not going, I am simply withdrawing. I will write to the vicar but I know he believes all the terrors he has been fed. I have no issue speaking out for what I believe to be true and I will die on this hill if it means my children can live in liberty, but it is so hard to know where to plant one's flag so that one can indeed be counted. Thank you for your writing and for your voice.

  21. I've been hearing some snippets of news about Patrick King out of Alberta who seems to have gotten the mandates scrapped. What are your thoughts on how this will ripple in other places?

    1. I should have been more specific in that he seems to have gotten the mandates scrapped specifically in Alberta, if I'm reading things right.

  22. Well said. A reminder to all of us who have lived independently and stayed off the I type using my step at a time. I am a Chemist that studied carbon dioxide long ago. I have quietly argued against the money grab that is now climate change, used to be global warming, after being global cooling and from my discussions with people at Oxford and WEF will soon be "The Displacement Crisis". There has been a 30 year brainwashing that has no factual basis whatsoever... yet 75% of the population believes that this is science--- astounding! Opinion polls about other polls are not science. Actual studies and experiments trying to predict a complex system in a very new field of study should be the only basis for discussion, much less implementing major top down changes in economic systems. (Yes I have an economics degree too). I have quietly convinced many important people over the past decade of this false narrative. Understand I am not saying I know exactly what is going on, that is for further study I am simply proving, with mathematical certainty that these charlatans do not. It is the ultimate in group think. I have a 10 minute prof that guts the entire Paris accord and so called science that leads into it. The saddest thing is there is a plethora of worthy science- useful to mankind that takes a back seat in funding because we chase ghost that make the ignorant feel better. Love to talk about this offline.

    1. I am seeing growing signs that they will try to flip the script to the climate hysteria next now that they have tasted the euphoria of fear-based command and control. The whole story simply falls apart on any kind of scrutiny of the evidence, the cancel culture tactics keep dissenters silent, and funding requirements have become so political that few dare speak out. It is scientific fraud of the highest order. The fact that they refuse to debate critics tells us everything we need to know - COVID has followed the exact same pattern for many of the same reasons.

      I would love to see your proof to dismantle the Paris Accord - there is a Contact Form on my website so we can continue this discusson by email.

  23. I've been in meetings like Dr Christian, on the receiving end, they beggar belief.

  24. Greetings from Italy, where the "Green Pass" was introduced yesterday. Now you can't access many places without proof of vaccination. People are frightened they'll come for our jobs next. Children were home from school for 6 months last year, yet the massive majority who gave had C19 reported a typical flu.

    1. I hope people stand up against this Green Pass madness - it is insane that they think this is okay. We have a lot of work to do to, not only to fix this, but to prevent it ever happening again!!!

    2. Some have been - I saw videos the other day of Italians burning the green passes in the street - just like Gandhi at the beginning of his protests. And in France I'm hearing that a lot of business owners are refusing to enforce plus I heard the system for the cell phones crashed. LOL. Hard to be tyrannical when you have software issues.

  25. I enjoyed your thoughtful article. And, as an upgrade, I want to encourage you to look up the definition of the word "citizen." It doesn't mean what people think it means, and this perpetuates a dangerous kind of ignorance. When comparing free men and women to your metaphoric opposite - cattle - you used this word citizen. But a citizen is not a free man or woman. A citizen is 'owned' by whatever corporate entity (aka government) grants them their citizenship. Please research this. Words are powerful. Thank you for reading this.

    1. Yes, that was my only quibble too. I'm not a citizen, I'm an individual. Citizens believe in their "city" or society and accepts its laws and values. An individual believes on those values and laws that seem right and just. Minor quibble and it doesn't take away from the excellence of the article.

  26. Julius,
    Apologies for commenting without reading the whole article. But I did glance through it. I suspect that you could be wrong in assuming that 10% are comfortable in speaking up or can somehow be exhorted in speaking up. For the sake of argument let's assume this 10% is indeed correct, i.e the percentage of people who notice that something is amiss and feel that their rights are trampled up. My experience with my acquaintances (which might be a skewed sample, I live in Toronto, Canada) is that only a fraction of this 10% are actually comfortable speaking up in any setting on _any_ subject.
    The vast majority of these people that I know will not be able to put across an opposing opinion even in situations where potentially the prospect of a backlash is low: for example i.e in front of close family members or close friends, let alone places like social gatherings or workplaces where the potential for backlash is higher. So if such people have never spoken out before, how will they speak out now?

    1. I think that is a really good point Dennis, even if we know in our hearts something is wrong it is really hard to get the words to our mouth, let alone out of them. Most of us have all been entrained into being silent from day one: do not speak back, speak only when spoken too, repeat this exactly as I have said it... in order to be approved and loved... (I was brutally punished as a child if I 'spoke back' (questioned) - I learned not to :-/) So yes, finding the actual words to use feels so forgeign, together with our bodies are screaming 'no'.

      Example of the words to speak and seeing and hearing others do it
      (role playing even) is required I think. I am speaking up as much as I can but it is still hard even though I have been consciously working on ridding my body of the entrainment (the trauma) most of my adult life!

    2. Practice makes perfect. I used to approach people on the street to sign political petitions. You just see it as a bit of a game, and don't mind some rejection. Every 10th person will listen.

  27. Hi Julius, I am a pastor over in Portugal. I have been a very outspoken "wild and untamed horse" since the start of this "pandemic". I will not be silenced. I absolutely loved your essay. It is the best I have read since this thing began. Brilliant! I donated towards your cause so you can keep on speaking and writing and above all thinking critically and helping others do likewise. I started a Stand Firm Movement here in Portugal and would like to ask your permission to read the entire letter to our group. I have transformed it into a Word document with pictures and links inserted and then converted it into PDF format. I will give you the full credit you deserve. Well done.

    1. Yes, by all means, you have my permission! I really appreciate the extra exposure! And thank you so much for your support and kind words - it means a lot

    2. Great comment from the Portuguese pastor. Would be fabulous to have this article in pdf form and not riddled with Fb ads all the way through.
      Would love to share such a pdf on sites and everywhere I can.

  28. Well done! We don't see enough of this type of response. Good people sometimes don't know what to do. You spell it out. Thank you for this.

  29. Can not get a confirmation email for a subscription, nor can I post a comment apparently. Trying Google account now to post, but that will have no bearing on the subscription. Any advice? (BTW, this is worthy of "tour de force" description - hats off to you!)

    1. @Alfa Link : I'm glad it worked out - the comment system can be a bit buggy sometimes. Thank you for your kind words about my article - I really appreciate your feedback!

  30. Worked obviously - though I'd rather be far-removed as possible from Google.

  31. Incredible article, it is as you say, time or all to see the stark bare reality of this bizarre situation we are in. Time to stand up and speak out! Thank you!

  32. Thank you for your boldness to share these ideas and insights. Maybe others like me wonder why we're not in the streets every Sunday? My sign is ready: Madsen Flag "DONT JAB US; JOIN US"

  33. Excellent article!
    (Read it more than once)
    Fascinating processes of thought.
    Much of what is said here has been my sentiment from the very start this whole nonsense began.
    Since the moment 17 months ago when our PM had the audacity to patronise us instructing us to 'stay home', and proceeded to make normal social behaviour a criminal offence punishable by fines, etc., I have done my best not to swallow or go along with anything the MSM and/or politicians +/or health officials have tried to push on us/ strip us of.
    I have not complied, out of principle.
    My freedom,
    My choice,
    My responsibility.
    Astonishing how such despicable behaviour by authorities has been displayed all around the globe.
    An absolute shame so many folk cannot see it; and that is precisely why I believe we are in this unbelievable situation today - because, after that very first (3 week) lockdown, the powers that be recognized that the masses were actually willing to comply, no matter how outrageous their demands.
    'We' relinquished our civil liberties all because 'we' bought into the fear and accepted their justifications: pandemic, covid, virus, cases, health crisis, etc...

  34. Julius, This essay is amazing. I am part of an alliance that is bringing information to Canadians. We are inundated with emails from people not knowing what to do and desperate for help (and also hoping, like me, that someone else will solve the problem). May I share this essay with some of these people?

  35. What a fabulous essay. Thank you so much. I was thinking about starting a blog called "The Emperor Has No Clothes 2.0" or something like that to direct people to that would have a list of questions to consider and some resources to show people the fallacies that are being perpetrated. When I searched to see if anyone was already using that name this excellent essay popped up. Wow. I'm engaged in a battle for my job right now as are all teachers and healthcare workers in Washington State who do not wish to participate in a medical experiment. And now the governor has reinstated mask mandates and the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine which means a lot more mandates are coming just at the time that it's becoming very clear (data out of Israel & UK) that these vaccines clearly do not prevent infection or transmission. The is absolutely ripe to say very loudly that the Emperor Has No Clothes and your essay has given me wind beneath my wings.

  36. Hi Julius from New Zealand. I am the editor of The BFD. I would love to republish your essay as a series, breaking it up into a number of shorter articles under your various headlines with your permission. I would provide full attribution and a link back to your site. If you would be okay with me doing that please feel free to contact me sb at the You can check out our website

  37. TAHNK YOU!!!!Perhaps only those who have experienced the effects of war understand how serious this is? I was born into lockdown in Nazi occupied Denmark. Nazis had the POWER AND CONTROL to do whatever they wanted to us. I had to hide under my mother’s skirts; the violence, theft and rape was continuous on the captured/LOCKED DOWN/imprisoned population. Now here we are are, our countries, our lives, our bodies, our God-given rights, are being violated.

    Many of us in the transformational communities are such sweet 'law-of-attraction'- positivity-addicted new don't want to know. That's how the black arts work and propaganda works, they blind you, you know? THIS IS WAR! You don't believe it do you? We are being INVADED BY predator psychopathic CONTROLLERS USING VAX UNDER GUISE OF HEALTH. PEOPLE, YOU ARE CAPTURED, INFILTRATED!!! AND YOU DON'T KNOW IT, and so you are sitting ducks, MIND CONTROLLED. THIS IS WAR! IT'S NOT ABOUT "CHOICE" OF VX OR NOT! BECAUSE IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH/SICKNESS! OH NO! WHAT, CHOICE? WE HAVE NO PERSONAL CHOICE! What you think is CHOICE IS AN ILLUSION IN A TIME OF WAR.

    This is war, and there is an enemy. Do you lie down to happily get raped? violated, forced. stolen from? Something stuck in you you don't want? raped by a needle? full of poison, read the ingredients! Are you okay with standing by, just watching your Ohana getting forced, coerced, bribed?

    PS Here in New Zealand we are in lockdown for a month - (you know, it's a prison term, 'lockdown' - to take away the will of the people, same with masks too) - only allowed to get food at a big super market, one at a time, in masks, cars being stopped, one occupant brutalized FOR NO REASON.

    Research the courageous sites, "FOR OUR RIGHTS" in Kauai, and in NZ, "VOICES FOR FREEDOM ", full of truthful facts/figures, TRUE SCIENCE, interviews, international lawyers/doctors speaking out about the BIGGEST DECEPTION EVER, and being attacked, banned, lied about, lives threatened, and sometimes killed.

    Better STAND UP AND FIGHT NOW, NOW, AS A WARRIOR FOR YOURSELF AND THE WORLD IN THIS THE 3RD WORLD WAR, now, before freedom is a distant memory!

    1. Yes, people like you who have lived through tyranny recognise it immediately. I am in NZ too, and everybody is asleep. They are lining up for the jab, as they think it will save them - so they don’t see it as a violation. Your extra article on tax is excellent as well, thanks for sharing. When we get through this ( and we WILL get through this!) we can then start in the over taxing!! P.S. have you joined Voices For Freedom?

  38. part of another brilliant article....Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    Tax his land,
    Tax his bed,
    Tax the table,
    At which he's fed.

    Tax his tractor,
    Tax his mule,
    Teach him taxes
    Are the rule.

    Tax his work,
    Tax his pay,
    He works for
    peanuts anyway!

    Tax his cow,
    Tax his goat,
    Tax his pants,
    Tax his coat.

    Tax his ties,
    Tax his shirt,
    Tax his work,
    Tax his dirt.

    Tax his tobacco,
    Tax his drink,
    Tax him if he
    Tries to think.

    Tax his cigars,
    Tax his beers,
    If he cries
    Tax his tears.

    Tax his car,
    Tax his gas,
    Find other ways
    To tax his ass.

    Tax all he has
    Then let him know
    That you won't be done
    Till he has no dough.

    When he screams and hollers;
    Then tax him some more,
    Tax him till
    He's good and sore.

    Then tax his coffin,
    Tax his grave,
    Tax the sod in
    Which he's laid...

    Put these words
    Upon his tomb,
    'Taxes drove me
    to my doom...'

    When he's gone,
    Do not relax,
    Its time to apply
    The inheritance tax.
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL license Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Personal Property Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Sales Tax
    School Tax
    State Income Tax
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
    Telephone State and Local Tax
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    Utility Taxes
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

  39. Fantastic piece of writing, the best I've read in the last 18 months. Is this available in PDF format?

  40. Absolutely insightful and articulate Julius. I am sharing this far and wide and having my 15 year old son read it as well. I stand up for his freedom and attend rallies in QC almost every weekend. We MUST defend freedom NOW!

  41. Absolutely brilliant writing Sir. UNITY IN DIVERSITY, TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER.

  42. I found this site by chance, and what a find it is! Great article, Julius! I live in a small European nation which is just as hypnotized as everyone else. We had a big, big demonstration in our capital city a few days ago for the first time ever. For me, it's been a very lonely, painful road. I've distributed leaflets, put up posters, collected signatures and been on quite a few marches, but it has been discouraging to see people staring at you like zombies. Your article gives me courage. This game is for all the marbles and we have to speak up and speak out at every single opportunity. God bless and keep up the great work!

  43. Julius fantastic read lifted my spirits! It's a lonely, frustrating road but waiting for the day when many more stand up. Do you have any tips how to connect with friends again who don't align with your views after I sent a barrage of information/data which they quickly tried to discredit as doesn't follow narrative. Realize now that was not the way..

    1. Hi Joel, same has happened with me. There is no way to connect with the ones who don’t see what is happening, they don’t WANT to see! Comfortable lies, uncomfortable truth. Let them be, it’s futile and exhausting to present them with the evidence, they just get angry and on the defensive. I found some new friends who are part of a resistance group and it’s like a breath of fresh air to be with them. We exchange ideas, and support each other.

  44. An essay about the freedom of every imbecile to be an imbecile. Congratulations on finding your audience among those who have no good understanding of what liberal democracy is, let alone science.

  45. WOW!!! I was just introduced to you via this article. What a wonderful summation of the historical woes and how the majority are marching in tune with these atrocious violations. We know how the story goes when good people stay silent and just comply.

  46. I watched your interview with Julie Ponesse and loved it! You two put into words every concern been trying to tell people but said it better. You are an amazing writer and so insightful! Thank you so much for all you do.

  47. this man agrees with you about making ourselves visible. He writes about his experiences of handing out leaflets and talking to people on the street about defending our freedoms. He encourages others to do the same:

  48. Thank you, thank you from down under in Australia. I was nodding as I read every word while also thinking there are so many people in my life I would want to read every word. I don't think they will even after I have shared it with them. We as a nation also fought for freedom and how quickly we have forgotten.

  49. Thank you for reinforcing the fact its ok to speak out.. I have and do speak out in person, on many social media threads, but it is taking a toll on me mentally. I have been called a conspiracy theorists more times than not. I have lost family and friends due to my opinions on what I think is truly happening. I have been challenged and stood up to that challenge, only to walk away shaking my head, hoping something got through. It is nice to see that there are others who feel and think like I do. It is very easy for me to see through the lies and half truths and I get frustrated because many others do not see or even question why certain things are happening. I like to throw out something for them to think about that I know they cannot answer and leave it there. I very much enjoy reading your articles. I especially liked the wild horses as an analogy. I live in Colorado and they just did a roundup here... it was incredibly sad. There was one story though of a stallion named Merlin who brought a foal that was abandoned because it couldn't keep up with its family and the helicopters, to the corrals. They were both captured. By morning it was learned Merlin had escaped by jumping a 7' high fence!! I cried when I read that story. Keep up the great work! I believe we will come through this.. I have been asking these questions all along, where are the people or agencies that can stop this? Have they all been corrupted? How come we are not having protests here in the US? There are some finally starting in NY and LA. Why are people so willing to get jabbed? Get their kids jabbed? Why and how are these mandates legal or constitutional? There not, and thankfully now that the mandates are focused on private companies there are 26 states sueing the biden administration and the supreme court has put a temporary stop to this mandate, due to grave concerns over the trampling of constitutional rights... I feel the tide is changing and we will all come through this, but everyone is going to have to make a sacrifice and make a commitment to not comply and be prepared for the consequences. My personal commitment is driven by the fact, when history looks back on this period in time, I wasn't out there doing everything in my power to stop it. Keep up the great articles!!

  50. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming! florarie florisis

  51. Julius, what a wonderful, insightful article. Thank you a million times. I just signed up for your emails. I intend to re-read this, and send it all over. I have been suspicious from the beginning, when it was first announced that "everyone in the world will have to get the vaccine/shot" because of this disease. Oh-oh! Something peculiar in that statement, but they showed their colors! What a nightmare "they" have provided for all of us. They aren't finished yet, but you provide many suggestions.

  52. Does anyone know where about can I find a printable copy of this magnificent essay, please?

  53. Inspiring writing, thank you. Your mention of wild horses reminded me of this magical moment from a previous battle

    All power to your pen.


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