Yesterday, @Medium informed me via email that they were deleting my account for “elevated risk of potential harm to persons or public health”

The only piece I pub'd there in the last 9mo. was a narrative essay expressing shock at how we’ve treated children - 6w ago...


And for that thoughtcrime, they are burning my books in the town square.

All my books.

Even the ones on parenting and autism and writing and health.

Medium thinks I am a dangerous dissident in need of silencing...
Understand I wasn’t cited for dispensing medical advice or ‘misinfo’ (which we know means inconvenient truths) like I was when they censored The Curve is Already Flat in April 2002.

This time, it was my opinions and morals that were deemed a risk to people or public health...
I think this is a watershed. The piece was narrative non-fiction. A story. An interpretation. They’re not saying I got any info wrong.

What they take issue with is the way I see the world.

More specifically, the prospect that it might resonate with other people...
Within this new, virtuous framework, there's no marketplace of ideas. Ideas are curated & culled by unelected technocrats.

People don’t get to choose or think.

They're force-fed fear & selfishness-veiled-as-selflessness, until their sour stomachs vomit manufactured vitriol...
It should be deeply to everyone that our subjective and personal impressions, senses, thoughts, experiences, feelings, judgements, theories, and views can all be silenced by invoking the mere spectre of “danger”.
I do wonder which part of the essay they objected to.

Was it calling out the perverse inversion of the natural order of life? Maybe exploring how losing a baby was diff than losing my g'ma. Maybe exposing how disabled & poor kids have been egregiously & unforgivably harmed.
Here’s the bottom line: my story was dangerous to their narrative because it resonated with people.

It made them think. And *that* is what's dangerous.

My narrative was better than theirs and for one reason: because mine is true.

Damn right that’s a threat to them...
My job is to tell stories that help people understand both themselves and the world around them better so they can make better decisions and take better care of themselves and their neighbours...
And people who reach that a deeper understanding of what is happening in the world typically aren’t interested in mainlining pseudosafety & kowtowing to self-interested authority figures who offer fantastical entitlements like freedom from death & the right to control others...
So I am now signed up for Substack & the first piece I posted is the very one that got me exiled: Childhood, Interrupted.

Read it and judge for yourself to whom I pose a threat: the public or the narrative...
And if you have a moment, maybe let @Medium know what you think about their assault on reason and your ability to think independently.

This isn’t about eliminating ideas. It’s about control of the narrative.

Which is to say - control of you.
Thanks for reading and I'd love it if you joined me and the other courageous independent writers at Substack whom I'm honored to be joining.

We're going to have a lot to say and they don't get to keep you from hearing it.
Correction: The Curve was censored April 2020. 😂
Aaaand I’m trying to figure out how to make the whole subscription thing work (which I’m told it isn’t) on the side of the road between taking my kids to school.

If you want to subscribe, please hang tight. I should have that fixed within the hour.

Fixed. Should be good to go now.

Thank you for being patient with me and in advance for your support.

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11 Sep
What's the word for an economic system in which the government can artificially restrict a company's (or even an entire sector's) customer base at will?

Because it's not capitalism...
And, yes, we have regulatory oversight: FLSA, FCC, CPSC, EPA, etc... the list of regulatory agencies is extensive.

But what we're facing mass disruption of the most basic market forces using a flimsy justification that crumbles under the most superficial scrutiny...
Does removing people from the economy reduce the transmission of a primarily non-lethal virus? No.

So you can tell me this has been going on for years and there's truth in that...but this is a matter of scope, scale & lack of any reasonable explanation.

It's a paradigm shift.
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6 Sep
Part of the problem here 👇 is that people no longer understand what journalism is.

The ethics standard is not, “Run the story unless it’s ‘completely negated’.”

The details must be accurate & verified.

There no excuse for the @RollingStone story to still be up anywhere…

A bigger part of the problem is cognitive dissonance.

Despite being thoroughly debunked, people are still defending the Ivermectin OD article.


They need to believe it’s true or else their world view falls apart,

Firmly held beliefs can be excruciating to dislodge…
What this moral panic narrative has done is herd people into two camps.

Believe us? You are ‘good & smart’.

Believe them? You are ‘bad & stupid’.

To admit the story was wrong, they’d have to either admit they are bad & stupid and face exile, or reject the false dichotomy
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5 Sep
If pre-2020, you child’s pediatrician had said,

“Listen…there’s a new vaccine & it decreases your child’s risk from a disease w/ 99.9972% survival rate by .0027%. We also have zero data on long-term side effects (& not much on the short-term either.)”

What’s your reply?
I’ve yet to see anyone say “Sign my kid up!”

And that’s because when we’re thinking rationally, we don’t subject kids to a medical intervention that has almost no benefit and unknown costs.

This is what the precautionary principle *actually* looks like.
Cue all the contrarians saying “Sign my kid up!” 😂
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5 Sep
“Those who insist on refusing the vaccine for no reason…”

I’m going to stop you right there, @RuthMarcus. No one does anything for ‘no reason’. No one.

That’s not how human decision-making works…

Thread 🧵🪡…
Ppl make the best decisions they can with the information they have at the time.

That includes info you don’t have re: med history, life experiences, values, input of their trusted advisors & countless other factors.

Don’t dismiss ppl’s reasons just b/c you made a diff choice…
And I *could* list some of those reasons here but I won’t - b/c we’re talking about private decisions & you are not moral arbiter of others’ choices.

They don’t owe you an explanation.

And if they did, your own would be equally subject to their scrutiny & criticism.

That’s #1
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4 Sep
What if we allow ourselves to entertain the possibility that the reason schools weren't a primary source of transmission is that kids were exposed & recovered long before we knew Covid was here & developed robust natural immunity, halting transmission...…
And that, like w/ other CVs, adaptive immunity will eventually wane, esp w/o continued exposure.

And that waning immunity doesn't mean they're in danger. They just need to build more adaptive immunity.

Maybe it's time we actually 'listen to the experts'…
If so, even when it was novel, kids weren't at serious risk from C19 & the symptoms were/are so non-specific, that it could've looked like any other bad cold/flu.

I believe my kids all had it back in Jan 2020 & I've heard countless similar stories...…
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2 Sep
Great piece by @edwest.

And this is what I was (clumsily) exploring with my poll about fame v. money the other day - w/o invoking the word "status".

The vast majority of rational ppl reported pref wealth over fame (proxy for social status)...…
Which makes some sense given the rational position on C19 is certainly not the status-seeking, socially-validated one.

At the same time, the final split was so strong that - coupled with some of the comments - I wondered if eschewing status itself may be a status play...
Status has value. Empirically.

Is Rational Twitter

* ignorant or in denial,
* bad at it,
* opting out, or
* are we playing our own internal status game?

I'd love to hear what you think.
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