Bill’s Law of Opposite Effects kicks in …
Fighting ‘vaccine hesitancy’ was Job 1 … so now record numbers of Americans are hesitant about getting future jabs.
If you write as much as I do, you can’t help thinking a little about the subjects you write about. This process helps one connect a few dots and even form a few core philosophies. For example, I can identify at least three maxims that now frame most of my articles. These are:
* Conventional wisdom (aka The Narrative) is almost always wrong.
* Officials will never investigate things they don’t want to “confirm.” And …
* Bill’s “Law of Opposite Effects,” which I define thusly: Whatever our rulers say will happen (or they want to happen), the opposite will probably happen.
Today’s dispatch lists a few examples of this third maxim, which might also be described as a variation of the “Law of Unintended Consequences.”
In a nutshell, just about every initiative pushed by our ruling elites backfires in the end.
As we’ll see, this is often a bad thing for society, but it can also be a good thing.
Note: For purposes of this essay, I’ll present the intended goal from the perspective of our ruling elites and then expound on what’s actually happening in the real world.
“We are going to end vaccine hesitancy.”
If you’ve read any of my articles, you’ll know I’m in the group that thinks “getting everyone vaccinated” was “the most important thing” to our rulers. To achieve this goal, our rulers had to be incredibly pro-active in fighting the scourge of “vaccine hesitancy.”
At first blush or in one respect, these people were ultra successful in achieving their objective. In America, approximately 250 million people did get at least one Covid shot.
However, I would argue that millions of people who previously never thought anything about getting a flu shot, or getting their children’s recommended 50-plus vaccination jabs are now becoming … “vaccine hesitant.”
Of the 250 million Americans who got their first two Covid shots, only about 40 million opted to get their government-recommended fourth and fifth boosters. Semantics may apply, but I’d argue 210 million Americans have now become “hesitant” about getting their latest vaccine.
In the AP’s “hatchet job” on RFK, Jr. deciding to run for president, the author highlighted the fact Kennedy’s Children’s Health Defense non-profit received an eye-opening influx of financial donations in the last two years. To the author, this is a bad thing.
(Aside: If you have time, read the above link. The article documents one way our rulers are trying to fight vaccine hesitancy … a method that might detonate in their faces if the CHD’s anti-censorship lawsuit receives a fair hearing … which it probably won’t.)
To me, though, the AP’s anecdote simply proves that millions of people who’d previously ignored Kennedy’s non-profit are now far more interested in the mission of this organization.
Said differently, the reason this organization was created was to make many more people “vaccine hesitant” … And business has never been better.
As far as I’m concerned, this organization has done God’s work educating people on the “unsafe” and “ineffective” Covid vaccines, but CHD was primarily started to educate people that childhood immunizations might be causing the huge increase in autism disorders.
Three years ago, for most Americans, this was a laughable notion. (As Lynyrd Skynyrd sang in one stanza of “Sweet Home Alabama” … “Boo! Boo! Boo!”)
Today, I bet millions of Americans are like me and now think, “Maybe Mr. Kennedy was onto something all along.”
Of the thousands of Covid articles and Reader Comments I’ve read in the past three years, few warm my heart as much as the ones that let me know large numbers of people now question the necessity of getting their annual flu shot.
It’s anecdotal but copious and encouraging evidence when you read over and over: “I”m not getting another flu shot.”
Regarding the billions of dollars that have been spent fighting vaccine hesitancy and thousands of “influencers” who told us we must all get our recommended vaccines, all I can say is … “Brownie, You’re doing a heck of a job.” … Keep up the good work.
“We’ve got to censor more dangerous extremists.”
If there’s a global peril greater than vaccine hesitancy, it’s dangerous extremists trying to spread disinformation on the Internet.
Again, on the surface, our rulers have an impressive record of stifling dissenting opinion. Big Brother approves.
But a closer examination tells us the world’s non-conformists are still spreading their dangerous and unauthorized opinions far and wide.
Consider the article you’re reading right now. It’s published on a platform produced by a company, Substack, that most people had never heard of three years ago.
Today, Substack has 35 million subscribers, which will probably be 50 million in 12 months.
True, Substack authors write about every topic under the sun, but Substack’s best-known scribes are cranking out dangerous misinformation every minute of every day.
Seven months ago, I wasn’t one of these Substack authors. Today, I have almost 3,300 subscribers. More impressive, my articles have been read by more than a half a million people around the world.
(UPDATE, Feb. 8, 2024: I now have 5,600 subscribers and my articles have been read by approximately 1.5 million people in the last year or so).
The main reason I started a Substack newsletter was because I became pissed off at Facebook for continuously putting me on double-secret probation and zapping my reach with their algorithms. (Also, because no corporate news organization would publish my freelance articles.)
As they say, every action creates a reaction. Every effort at Orwellian censorship motivates some entrepreneur somewhere to come up with a “work-around.”
So, to use me as an example of a dangerous misinformation spreader, I went from reaching a couple hundred people on Facebook … to reaching half a million people on Substack.
Thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg. I appreciate you.
And it’s not just Substack that’s become an oasis of free speech for those of us who don’t like our mainstream media fare.
The main reason I’ve reached so many readers is that Citizen Free Press keeps linking to some of my articles.
Citizen Free Press is itself a work-around to The Drudge Report, which was captured and jumped the shark a couple of years ago.
I read that CFP had 83 million (!) site visits last month. Half the stories I read at CFP are spouting dangerous misinformation (aka “the real truth”) or at least give readers the other side of some important story.
I don’t know the entrepreneur who started CFP, but I’m sure he’d probably want to send a thank-you note to all the global leaders who are trying to silence “extremist” voices.
When I was younger, when I wanted some good conservative commentary, I’d read Bill Buckley’s The National Review. Well, that publication jumped the shark as well.
But I don’t care a lick because The Brownstone Institute is far better than The National Review ever was. The Brownstone Institute also didn’t exist a couple of years ago and is currently growing by leaps and bounds.
So are The Daily Sceptic, The Epoch Times and many other alternative media sources. According to the authorized narrative, Zero Hedge has never published one true story and its website attracts more visitors in a week than the Grand Canyon does in a year.
I happen to be a fan of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” who some people think is “controlled opposition” but I think he’s just saying what he really believes. Controlled opposition or not, Tucker can’t go one show without promulgating dangerous and un-authorized misinformation.
His ratings blow away all competitors and have never been higher. Tucker can also thank all the powerful people who want to throw him in a gulag for allowing him to reach multi-millionaire status.
“We need to spread some more democracy around the world.”
The sentence above summarizes the mantra of the neocons in the last couple of decades (and almost everyone who matters is now a neocon). The thought was, “We’ve got this great and powerful Military Industrial Complex; let’s use it.”
Again, our rulers worked their program and, on the surface, did what they wanted to do.
However, today I don’t hear many of my neighbors champing at the bit for a war with Iran or Syria or North Korea. What many of these Think Tankers wanted … they didn’t get. Now, most Americans are saying, let’s just keep our troops (and my friends in the National Guard) at home for a few years.
A few other quick examples …
Our rulers clearly want four more years of “Dementia Joe,” but now the political thoroughbred they’re placing all their bets on is going to have to debate Robert Kennedy, Jr. This will be a disaster for the Status-Quo crowd (although it will be “must-watch” TV).
President Trump’s still around and, at least in 30 or so red states, seems to be as popular as ever.
However, we’ve also got a governor from Florida who might become a political superstar - and he’s a rabid disinformation spreader, a political figure so sure of himself he’ll even take on the Walt Disney Company.
I’m not blind. Freedom (as we used to comprehend it) is under full assault on all flanks. Like you, I’m not amused.
But freedom isn’t completely dead yet. The work-arounds are keeping hope alive.
And Bill’s Law of Opposite Effects still applies. Thankfully, everything that was supposed to kill dissent and make it easier for our rulers to control We the Peons … seems to be backfiring.
UPDATE: When I posted this story yesterday afternoon, I had “almost 3,330 subscribers.” (I actually had 3,254 subscribers). As of 10:23 a.m. CST today - less than 20 hours later - I now have 3,408 subscribers. My “speech” now reaches 154 more people. Approximately 18,000 people have now read this article … So, there you go. The Masters of the Universe wanted to censor me because I was spreading “disinformation” and because I was “vaccine hesitant.” Question: How did that work out?
P.S. Thank you, again, Citizen Free Press … and to all my new subscribers. Please come back often.