Dr Joseph Mercola has done great reporting on natural health remedies for more than two decades, as well as on Big Pharma frauds, good farming practices, etc. His reporting on COVID has been especially good, with many valuable articles and interviews filling the gap that the mainstream media has sadly left wide open.
For this he has earned the undying enmity of a predictable set of people: the aforesaid MSM, the federal government, and Big Tech. Because of their sustained threats and harassment, he is deleting thousands of articles from his web site. Here is some of what he had to say about this:
. . . But we are now in a different time. A much darker time. The silence of free speech is now deafening.
Not only is blatant censorship tolerated, it is being encouraged by the very people who were to be entrusted with protecting our freedom of speech.
We are not living from the lessons we’ve learned before. Never in my life, would I believe the sitting President of the United States call out 12 Americans in a McCarthyism like attack in the United States. As you are aware, I was placed at the top of this list.
The last week has brought a tremendous amount of reflections to me, and a lot of unacceptable threats to a company full of amazing people that have helped me support you in this journey.
By now I am sure you know that there was a recent NY Times article attacking me and it was one of the most widely distributed stories in the world. The article was loaded with false statements made about me and my organization.
The report would be laughed at if it were to be submitted for peer review, the groups that created it are funded by dark money and operated by an illegal foreign agent. The press never questioned it, but ran with their orders from above.
I can deal with the CNN crews that chase me by car while I bicycle from my home. I feel sorry for the people in media that have to follow the orders they are given.
It is easy to dismiss the media pawns, but the most powerful individual on the planet has targeted me as his primary obstacle that must be removed. Every three letter agency is at his disposal, and the executive powers have grown beyond what an individual American’s rights can protect against.
A dissenter of medical mandates is now a target and obstacle to be removed. I know – that’s 25 years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears coming down.
I can hardly believe these words are coming out of my mouth. It’s a testament of just how radical things have degenerated in the recent past. However, I will continue to publish new articles, BUT going forward, each article I publish will be available for only 48 hours and will then be removed from the website.
Dr Mercola’s organization is headquartered in Florida. One might expect howls of outrage coming from Gov DeSantis or Attorney General Moody or from some other conservative State officials over one of their fellow citizens being targeted and abused by federal officials and other corrupt entities for doing nothing other than trying to help people stay healthy and free. But so far there has been a disappointing lack of action on their part.
This doesn’t bode well for the rest of us. Viewpoints that diverge from the official Fauci-Gates-CDC-Big Pharma narrative are being relentlessly suppressed, to the point that a Baylor professor, Peter Hotez, suggests that it might be beneficial to criminalize criticism of the Official Scientific Establishment:
Baylor College of Medicine Professor Peter Hotez has published a paper suggesting it should be a “hate crime” to criticize Dr Anthony Fauci and other scientists.
Dr. Hotez, who is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, lobbied for criminal punishments to be introduced in a recently published paper called Mounting Antiscience Aggression in the United States.
According to Hotez, a “band of ultraconservative members of the US Congress and other public officials with far-right leanings are waging organized and seemingly well-coordinated attacks against prominent US biological scientists.”
This is apparently emboldening “far-right extremists” who are engaging in “antiscience aggression” by questioning the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine rollout.
“We should look at expanded protection mechanisms for scientists currently targeted by far-right extremism in the United States,” he writes. “Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) has introduced a bill known as the Scientific Integrity Act of 2021 (H.R. 849) to protect US Government scientists from political interference, but this needs to be extended for scientists at private research universities and institutes. Still another possibility is to extend federal hate-crime protections.”
This is in addition to the announcement of the conjunction of Big Tech and the spying/intelligence agencies from several countries (including the US) to squash certain kinds of political speech they don’t like.
What has been the reaction of Louisiana’s political leaders to all of this? Rep Scalise is virtue signaling that he has received a COVID shot that is proving ineffective in many places; Josh Guillory is reassuring the world that he will hound business owners to submit to pointless mask mandates by sending police officers and fire fighters onto their premises for inspections.
There is a little good news, from Rep Mike Johnson and from Attorney General Jeff Landry. But in the face of the wholesale slaughter of the free exchange of ideas surrounding COVID and how to deal with it, this is a very minimal amount of good news and not likely to do a lot change the current trajectory towards totalitarianism.
The freedoms and traditions we’ve known are under assault like they never have been. We need our State and local government officials to meet this unprecedented challenge with the courage and wisdom it calls for. But with so many of them receiving campaign contributions from Big Pharma, that seems unlikely, for now. And with so many ordinary citizens on a regular intake of Big Pharma’s prescription drugs, a total of 4 billion prescriptions per year filled in the United States each year (if that ain’t a sign of spiritual and/or physical degeneration, we don’t know what is), it may be even more unlikely.
So what is coming? More lockdowns? Coerced vaccinations? Something worse? Nobody knows. But we can find consolation in the words of a holy elder of Mount Athos, Papa Ephraim (+1998), who wrote in a letter to a friend,
If there hadn’t been tyrants, neither would we have martyrs. Tribulation gives birth to joy. Courage, therefore; and don’t easily despair (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi, Obedience Is Life: Elder Ephraim of Katounakia, Holy Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos, 2003, p. 204).