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From Tom Woods
'You've heard me mention the name Jay Bhattacharya -- professor of medicine at Stanford -- quite a few times. He and I became friends because we both opposed the Covid madness.

He recently told the story of what happened to him at Stanford for being a dissident.

Bhattacharya was one of three authors -- with Harvard's Martin Kulldorff and Oxford's Sunetra Gupta -- of the Great Barrington Declaration, which decried lockdowns and hysteria as catastrophically bad policy decisions.

Bhattacharya's view was that measures as extreme as society-wide lockdowns demanded an overwhelmingly strong consensus -- and such a consensus did not exist. How could it? Nothing like that had ever even been recommended, much less tried.

A left-wing student group condemned Bhattacharya on posters splashed all over campus kiosks. "On a progressive-dominated campus," said Bhattacharya, "these posters were clearly an incitement to violence. The group placed them on kiosks all over campus, including near a campus coffee shop that I frequent."
Then in August 2021, Stanford's chair of epidemiology, Melissa Bondy, had a hand in a secret petition circulated around the medical school urging Bhattacharya to be censored for saying, at a Ron DeSantis roundtable, that there were no randomized trials demonstrating that masks on children did anything to stop the spread of Covid. That statement happened to be true, but no matter -- he wasn't supposed to say it. Junior faculty worried about tenure knew they were expected to sign the petition.

And it wasn't just Bhattacharya: Scott Atlas, among others, was also attacked for speaking out against the novel and never-before-contemplated lockdown policy.

As Bhattacharya put it:
The university’s refusal to defend dissenting voices created an environment in which slander, threats, and abuse aimed at lockdown critics could flourish. In August 2020, when President Trump chose Dr. Atlas as a White House adviser on the pandemic, around 100 Stanford faculty members signed an open letter accusing Atlas of “falsehoods and misrepresentations,” without giving any specific examples. Instead, the faculty letter falsely implied that Atlas opposed handwashing.

When Martin Kulldorff challenged the signatories to a debate on the topic, none accepted. Instead, the Stanford Faculty Senate voted to censure Atlas formally, though no one voting had his expertise in public health policy.

In other words, it was the usual behavior we've come to expect from academia: refusal to debate dissidents, and the use of intimidation to make sure junior people know not to join the dissidents.

At no time did the university ever reprimand anyone trying to suppress Jay's voice, or affirm his right to speak and to set forth opinions obviously based in scientific evidence.
At no time did the university ever reprimand anyone trying to suppress Jay's voice, or affirm his right to speak and to set forth opinions obviously based in scientific evidence.

But despite Stanford's atrocious behavior toward Jay, he has become an internationally recognized voice of sanity, and he plays an important role in the documentary I mentioned yesterday: "Follow the Science" (yes, the title has a touch of sarcasm).'

It's a five-episode docuseries chronicling the effects of lockdowns on society, and whether what we were told about them was true. I myself donated $10,000 to the project, and I will be hosting the world premiere of episode one, to be held in Orlando on February 22.

Follow the Science: Lockdowns Go Viral (Premiere) hosted by Tom Woods

BDair 8 Jan 17

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