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Thread summarizing what we've learned so far of the Fauci/Collins email dump on the Great Barrington Declaration:

It starts on 10/14/20 when Collins instructs Fauci and his staff to "take down" the GBD and the "fringe" scientists behind it. Image
Fauci responds immediately by circulating an article against the GBD from that austere scientific authority, @WiredUK. Image
The Fauci-endorsed Wired article is noteworthy for having one of the single worst hot-takes of the entire pandemic. It declared in October 2020 that the GBD should be ignored, because lockdowns were a thing of the past and would not be returning!… Image
The next day, Fauci sends Collins an angry rant against the GBD in the @thenation by @gregggonsalves.

Collins approves. Image
Far from a scientific study refuting the GBD, Gonsalves's article is a political op-ed attacking @jacobin magazine for breaking "solidarity" with other far-left media outlets on lockdowns. Why? Because Jacobin ran an interview with @MartinKulldorff on how lockdowns hurt the poor. Image
Over the weekend, Collins launches the smear campaign against the GBD in the Washington Post.… Image
Collins and Fauci email each other about the WaPo hit, with Fauci quipping that the White House was "too busy with other things to worry about this" - perhaps an election reference? - and therefore would not push back on the anti-GBD campaign. Image
In the meantime, Gonsalves also gets in contact with Collins to volunteer his services (along with future @CDCDirector Rochelle Walensky) to attack the GBD in the media.

Collins approves, and forwards it to Fauci and a bunch of NIH underlings. Image
In the meantime, @gregggonsalves was having a public meltdown against the GBD on twitter.

The emails get murky around 10/14/20, because the NIH redacted a bunch of emails that appear to be between Fauci and Collins.

Surrounding context suggests they were discussing how to trash the GBD if it came up at the WH Covid task force meeting on 10/16. Image
On the morning of the Covid task force meeting, Fauci sends Deborah Birx this email alerting her about the need to oppose the GBD at the meeting. The unredacted part suggests they are preparing to attack @ScottWAtlas, who was perceived as the task force's champion of the GBD. Image
10/16/20 is as far as I've gotten in piecing together the story of what happened. Still more documents to go through, including some more explosive revelations about where Fauci was getting his anti-GBD talking points. So stay tuned!
*typo in the above. The first email about "taking down" the GBD was on 10/8/20 - three days after the GBD broke into the news and went viral.
Here's an update with the next round of emails:

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To paraphrase Keynes, most Marxists approach Marx's texts as received documents from on high. They also treat their critics as heretics from that text.…
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The chain of modern use of "neoliberalism" derives from Foucault's posthumously published 1979 lectures about his archival digging in the transcripts of the 1938 conference where Mises rejected the term.

This is not difficult, unless, like Kuehn, you reject linear time. Image
*1939 transcripts.

And yes, Foucault is quite clear that he found it while doing archival research. Image
Probably not, because the 1939 colloquium participants were well-aware of the term's baggage due to Spann and Adler's uses over the previous two decades. At min, the absence of Spann and Adler would have yielded a very different transcript...which is where Foucault picked it up. Image
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1. The publication of Foucault's lectures are what sparked the 90s boom

2. Gide's article had all of 2 citations between 1898 and the 90s when people first noticed it used the term

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In this new working paper, we investigate our critics' claim that the SPD popularized Marxism in Germany with its 1891 Erfurt Program, long before Lenin came along.

Turns out our critics were wrong.…
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Except (1) it isn't statistically significant, and (2) it's dwarfed by 1917, which does past muster for significance. Image
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Preview: John Ganz and all the other twitter warriors who claimed that the SPD popularized Marx before 1917 are simply wrong and don't know what they're talking about. Image
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