From Tom Wood’s mailing list:
Well, I have an update for you: YouTube has taken down “The COVID Cult,” my remarks that between Facebook and YouTube had had nearly 1.5 million views.
This is the first time this has ever happened to me.
Oh, and why did they do it?
It violated YouTube’s “Terms of Service” — which apparently include the provision that you may not question lockdowns, which are a brilliant idea and have no side effects.
You can still watch it here: https://tomwoods.com/the-covid-cult/
Not one stitch of anything in that video was false, as you can see at the link if you haven’t watched it already.
There are now other platforms you can use to post videos where you can be confident they’ll stay up.
That’s a good thing, but it’s also symbolic of the current divide.
You don’t need me to tell you that the country had already been divided well before COVID came along, but once all this passes — and every pandemic does pass, of course — there will be a profound and lasting division that is probably beyond healing.
On the one side, you have people who think half the country selfishly ignored sound public health advice and put people at risk because they wanted to get haircuts. They’re not going to want to make nice anytime soon.
Then you have our side.
We’re the ones who tried to empathize with people who had lost everything they’d worked their whole lives for; people suffering from depression, for whom “social distancing” was a death sentence; people whose medical treatments were indefinitely postponed; people around the world at risk of starvation from supply-chain disruptions; elderly people dying of “failure to thrive” because the deprivation of human contact had made them lose the will to live — you know as well as I do that it’s a long and very grim list.
Now look: I disapprove of making all of life about politics. I can’t stand people who have litmus tests for friendships, etc. I shouldn’t have to investigate what my ketchup company donates its profits to.
(By the way: it’s perfectly all right to end a sentence with a preposition if the alternative would be clumsy. So resist the temptation to correct me. You know who you are….)
But I’ll be honest:
I don’t particularly want to associate with people responsible for this fiasco.
They’re surrounded by collateral damage and the destruction of societies and the things that make life worth living, and all they can do is tell us COVID is bad? They can’t think about more than one thing at a time?
Meanwhile, they didn’t bother to notice that the charts of places with radically different policies were often exactly the same. That realization would have disrupted their ordinary course of action: namely, blaming people for the spread of the virus.
If the virus spreads no matter what government policies are instituted, it becomes more difficult to portray oneself as morally superior and super concerned with saving human lives.
And frankly, imagine the kind of person to whom the expression “stay home, save lives” appeals.
You can finally matter, and all you need to do is…absolutely nothing.
Back to social media:
For obvious reasons I decided to move the Tom Woods Show Elite, my invitation-only, private group for supporters, off Facebook and onto MeWe.
I like MeWe because its interface is similar to Facebook’s, so it takes five to ten minutes to learn.
I thought it would be like pulling teeth to get people over to a new platform, but to the contrary, people have been flocking there.
We are experiencing the most bizarre moment of our lives, and so many of our acquaintances, friends, and even family think it’s all normal, even admirable.
And they think you’re crazy and wicked.
Join me inside the Elite for a haven of sanity, where you can keep informed about the real numbers and the real facts — and, as an added bonus, not be called a grandma killer.
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You might as well check out https://mewe.com/ before you get shut down for Evil WrongThink.