My Morning With DeSantis

From the Tom Woods Letter:

Saturday night I received a message:

“The governor wants to invite you to a Monday event.”

Soon enough after that, I had received the details: Ron DeSantis was planning a roundtable discussion with medical professionals (which I myself am not) for the purpose of assessing the merits of various COVID policies, particularly regarding children.

The roundtable was also intended to keep these issues alive at a time when their proponents seem happy to let the news shift to other topics. We cannot forget what was done to us and to children, and the quacks who recommended these things need to be held to account.

A small number of influencers (including your host here) were invited to attend in person in order to report on and live Tweet the event to their followers. Those of you who follow me on Twitter — @ThomasEWoods — were treated to precisely that.

DeSantis himself, whom I got to chat with a bit after the event, struck me as informed, down to earth, and authentic. What you see on television is what you get in person, except in person he’s funnier and edgier.

The event itself featured such notables as Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Tracy Hoeg, Dr. Jill Ackerman, Dr. Christopher D’Adamo, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Dr. Martin Kulldorff, Dr. Harvey Risch, and Dr. Sunetra Gupta.

During the event an ER doctor named Joseph Fraiman offered a public apology to Professors Bhattacharya, Kulldorff, and Gupta, whose anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration he had once considered dangerous. He was sure that places without harsh COVID lockdowns would experience worse outcomes.

“You were right,” he said to them. “I was wrong…. The scientist in me…had to acknowledge that my hypothesis had been falsified.”

Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya emphasized the various ways in which the people in that room had been correct from the start, and reminded people of his own work early on, in March and April 2020, showing how much more widespread the virus was than previously thought. That meant there was no way a lockdown strategy could possibly work, but it would severely harm the working class and ordinary people in general.

The event wrapped up with a striking announcement from Joseph Ladapo, the heroic Florida Surgeon General: Florida is now the first state to recommend against the vaccines for healthy children.

In short: we’ve got them on the run. (DeSantis even wondered recently whether Dr. Fauci, who seems to have disappeared, may have enrolled in the witness protection program.) But that’s not good enough. We have to make them answer for what they did.

And yet the COVID fanaticism is only one brand, if an especially destructive one, of the elites’ fanaticism.

It’s touching every issue now.

If you’re not with the establishment you’re a terrible extremist who should be shunned.

I used to say: my group, the Tom Woods Show Elite, is a particularly nice haven for people who want to stay sane during COVID.

But with every issue taking on an air of fanaticism and intolerance of dissident voices, it’s now a place for those of us with independent minds to band together.

See you inside, my friend:

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