By Tom Woods
Well, I just recorded rather a memorable episode of the Tom Woods Show.
Before we started recording, I joked with my guest — Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya, one of the three authors of the heroic Great Barrington Declaration — about what it’s like suddenly having fans.
He said the whole experience has been surreal.
And of course, not everyone would describe himself as a fan of Bhattacharya, who has emphasized the public health damages of lockdowns from the very beginning.
Anthony Fauci isn’t a fan, that’s for sure.
But the good guys love him.
I asked him all kinds of questions, many of which I took from listeners inside the Tom Woods Show Elite group (remember to join us via this link).
We talked about asymptomatic transmission and how common (or otherwise) it is, how concerned people should be about the variants, what the prospects are for fall and winter, YouTube censorship, what his opinions are of the vaccines, the problems with “vaccine passports,” and a heck of a lot more.
(I know you’re all sharp enough not to hit “reply” and send me the midwit response that YouTube is a private company and can take down videos if it wants to.)
It will be released this week as episode 1878 of the Tom Woods Show.
I also told him:
Your Stanford colleague Scott Atlas needs to write a book, detailing his time in the White House and naming names, and comparing his approach with the destroy-society lockdown strategy.
And Bhattacharya replied: he is indeed writing that book, and it’s going to be great.
Remember, Bhattacharya and Atlas, along with Oxford’s Sunetra Gupta and Harvard’s Martin Kulldorff, were part of a recent roundtable discussion with Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, that YouTube decided to remove. (They’re “protecting democracy” by making sure the public doesn’t know about how an influential governor is being advised!)
YouTube explained that they took the video down because certain participants dissented from the alleged consensus about masks; when Martin Kulldorff was asked whether children should be wearing masks in school, he said no. Bhattacharya said the same thing.
After YouTube took the video down on those grounds, Kulldorff said on Twitter that he was unaware of any infectious disease epidemiologist who thought children should be wearing masks at school, but that if such a person existed he would be glad to debate him.
“Glad to debate,” meanwhile, isn’t exactly how I’d describe people on the other side of these issues.
Their tools are not reason but banning and silencing, or ruining people’s reputations.