Western Civilization has become a never-ending Jerry Springer episode

May 10, 2021
Cancun, MexicoEarly in the 2nd century AD, around the year 101, the Roman humorist Decimus Junius Juvenalis began publishing a collection of satirical poems poking fun at the Empire.
Rome was already in serious decline by the time Juvenalis wrote his first poem. In the first century AD alone, Romans suffered the tyrannical insanity of Caligula, the destructive extravagance of Nero, multiple civil wars, and the ‘Year of the Four Emperors’ in 96 AD.
Needless to say, Juvenalis had plenty of inspiration for his satires.
He was like the George Carlin of his day– making fun of everyone, even the most sacrosanct institutions. And he didn’t pull any punches.
Juvenalis made fun of the Senate for their endless hypocrisy. He made fun of wealthy noblemen for acquiring their wealth by sucking up to the Emperor.
He made fun of the merchant class and its constant obsession with status. He made fun of the military for acting as if they were above the law.
He made fun of how the Imperial government pretends to give a damn about the common folk. And he made fun of the common folk, saying “the mob cares for nothing but bread and circuses. . .”
Most of all, Juvenalis made fun of the extreme decay in Roman morality.
By the 2nd century AD, the Roman virtues of ‘strength and honor’ had been replaced by deceit, idleness, apathy, and corruption.
Edward Gibbon echoed this sentiment in his work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in 1776.
Gibbon’s primary thesis is that Rome became a victim of its own success– its extraordinary wealth and prosperity made people lazy, complacent, and entitled.
Social cohesion broke down. Violent crime rose. There was no unity, no sense of community. People fought with one another over trivial issues, rather than focus their attention on approaching enemies.
It’s difficult to not see the historical parallels when reading the daily news in our own times.
Recent FBI statistical releases, for example, show the number of murders in large cities across the United States has soared by 32.2% over the last 12 months. Vehicle theft is up 11.9%. Arson is up 56.9%… no doubt due to the mostly peaceful protests that we witnessed last year.
Not to mention there’s been a disturbing trend in violence at airports across the United States– places that are supposed to be full of security.
Last week the Associated Press reported that the number of ‘unruly passenger incidents’ has reached more than 1,300 so far THIS YEAR, as opposed to an average of roughly 100 to 130 per year over the past ten years, according to data from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Internet is abound with videos of full-on brawls at airports like Detroit and Miami International, with airline passengers beating each other to a pulp because of seating issues, baggage fees, masks, or just about anything else.
Frankly it’s an embarrassment to watch… and symbolic of modern moral decay.
Social media is even worse. Platforms which were originally intended to provide a sense of community have instead become cesspools of garish narcissism and childish arguments waged by petty insults.
Similar to ancient Rome, there is no cohesion, no community, no civility. People are now so tightly wound that nearly every possible issue leads to outrage and violence.
Sometimes it feels like western civilization has become a never-ending Jerry Springer episode, replete with fist fights, race riots, screaming matches, puerile insults… and an eager, bloodlusty crowd chanting for more.
Ancient Romans had their Coliseum. We have Twitter.All of this, of course, barely scratches the surface.
I wrote to you last week about how an entire generation of young people is being brainwashed.
Students as young as five are taught to obsess over the melanin content in people’s skin. They’re taught to identify as either victims or oppressors, and to find excuses everywhere to be outraged.
They’re taught that intellectual dissent results in censorship or social banishment.
They’re taught to subordinate themselves to authority and never ask any questions, no matter how absurd or ridiculous the decrees.
They’re taught that human beings, including themselves, are filthy disease carriers.
They’re taught to respond to challenges by cowering in fear.
Meanwhile, 15+ months into COVID-19, we still have dictatorial governors playing God with people’s lives, telling them what they can/cannot do, what to wear, and how to live.
And in its effort to give people more bread and circuses, the government is ready to spend $11+ trillion on every socialist program imaginable, at a time when the US national debt is already closing in on $30 trillion.
The central bank is facilitating the excess by conjuring trillions of dollars out of thin air to loan to the federal government, and thereby creating the biggest inflation spike seen in years.
This is all happening at a time when the enemies are at the gates.
It was only on Friday that the Colonial Pipeline in the United States– which carries more than 2.5 million barrels of oil per day– had to be taken offline after being hacked.
And a few months ago, of course, even the US federal government suffered a massive data breach after discovering that hackers had been inside of their systems for more than eight months.
Yet the CIA’s big priority these days is showcasing its diversity and inclusion credentials.
It’s disgraceful… all of it. And the Chinese Communist Party must be rolling on the floor laughing as they watch the West cower in fear and utterly destroy itself from within.
Sadly this trajectory is unlikely to change, certainly not anytime soon.
For years, I’ve been writing about the wisdom of having a “Plan B”, i.e. taking sensible precautions to ensure you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket.
The ideas are simple. If you live in the most frivolously litigious country to have ever existed in the history of the world, you can legally diversify your assets internationally.
If your government is keen on raising taxes, you can establish legitimate structures to reduce what you owe.
If your central bank is debasing the money supply ad infinitum, consider holding a portion of your savings in assets that have a history of maintaining their value.
And if your fellow citizens are looting in the streets and desperate to brainwash your kids, it’s worth having another residency so that you and your family always have a place to go.
Sensible, rational people have a Plan B. And they’re not worse off for having taken any of these steps.
But with everything going on in the world, we’re rapidly reaching a time when Plan B may need to become Plan A.
To your freedom,
Simon Black,
Founder, SovereignMan.com

Podcast with Geert Vanden Bossche & Bret Weinstein

Brilliant analysis and breakdown of the pandemic, and why mass vaccination during the height of any pandemic is problematic, and cause for concern.

Geert Vanden Bossche is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has specialist expertise in virology and vaccinology, Geert has worked in industry in the construction of vaccines, and in the non profit sector working to bring immunity to larger numbers of people. Find Geert on his website: https://www.geertvandenbossche.org/​ Find Geert on Twitter: @GVDBossche — Find Bret Weinstein on Twitter: @BretWeinstein, and on Patreon. Please subscribe to this channel for more long form content like this, and subscribe to the clips channel @DarkHorse Podcast Clips for short clips of all our podcasts. DarkHorse merchandise now available at: store.darkhorsepodcast.org Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music. Timestamps: 00:00​ Welcome 01:28​ Basic argument around vaccines 03:57​ Trade-off of vaccines 06:16​ How adaptive immunity works 16:28​ COVID immunity 18:42​ How mRNA vaccines work 21:11​ Innate immunity 25:30​ Geert’s argument 39:30​ War analogy 47:33​ Comparison with 1918 pandemic 56:44​ Immune escape 59:41​ Natural antibodies 01:03:47​ Dose dependent COVID 01:06:40​ Herd immunity is innate immunity 01:09:46​ Arms race 01:11:12​ Is Geert crazy? 01:12:01​ What can we do next? What should our vaccination strategy be? 01:23:35​ The next COVID vaccine with Natural Killer (NK) cells 01:26:32​ Triple drug cocktails against HIV metaphor 01:32:32​ Auto-immunity and leukemia 01:34:15​ Fundamental things we don’t understand about COVID 01:36:02​ Censorship of Geert. Censorship of vaccine expert on social media 01:40:22​ Asymptomatic infection 01:46:41​ End

Patriot

Patriot

5 days agoWhy is it discussions like this aren’t on MSM? Because it doesn’t support their narrative. Our society can’t handle intelligent discussions any longer, people don’t want to think, they just want to be taken care of and protected.118REPLYView 18 replies

Rik Janssens

Rik Janssens

6 days agoDr. Geert is one of the only Belgian doctors who dares to speak out the truth. We are proud of you 👍277REPLYHide 19 replies

Kenneth Albert

Kenneth Albert

4 days agoWhat do you mean “Belgian” ?? In the world would be way closer to reality !6REPLY

MrRickkramer

MrRickkramer

4 days agoThe Netherlands is proud too! We need people like Geert to speak up against this madness.10REPLY

Rik Janssens

Rik Janssens

4 days ago @MrRickkramer  Well, unfortunately the only one. All the rest are a bunch of sheeple. Be proud of your nation. You guys have more human rights and freedom of speech.7REPLY

MrRickkramer

MrRickkramer

4 days ago @Rik Janssens  yes well, for now maybe. The way things are going I feel like we’re all being set up for a NWO system and the EU is a big part of that puzzle. Resist and make sure you are armed and ready to defend yourself. If people would just wake up we could all just say no and get on with life but the media has a grip on people’s minds. Makes me sick….9REPLY

MrRickkramer

MrRickkramer

4 days ago @Kenneth Albert  a person from Belgium 🇧🇪 is referred to as a Belgian. Like a person from Spain being called a Spaniard. It’s just a root word with a different addition when the context changes.3REPLY

Kenneth Albert

Kenneth Albert

4 days ago @MrRickkramer  I understood that, my point was that extremely few doctors from any country have the Courage to speak out, not just Belgian Drs.7REPLY

MrRickkramer

MrRickkramer

4 days ago @Kenneth Albert  now I feel stupid for explaining the obvious 😂 there are and more more doctors and ex pharma people speaking out but the media won’t give them the light of day to tell their stories of they will do a hit piece on them. Thereby discouraging further dissent. It’s a disgrace. The media are scum.6REPLY

Kenneth Albert

Kenneth Albert

4 days ago @MrRickkramer  Ha ! No worries.2REPLY

vlnd fee

vlnd fee

3 days agohttps://youtu.be/3UTuT9TSRFQ There are many more2REPLY

deenz martin

deenz martin

2 days agohow are you so sure that he’s correct?1REPLY Show more replies

Ultimate Powa

Ultimate Powa

1 week ago28:05 This is why everyone needs to take Geert seriously. He isnt debating about the dangers of side effects (which are there), he is talking about what he can prove57REPLY

SDG

SDG

5 days agoWhenever this is all over, this is going to be a scene in the COVID-19 pandemic movie.23REPLYHide 6 replies

tamsinthai

tamsinthai

4 days agoIt will never all be over thanks to the bastard sheep sleeping the rest of us away to our doom. Damn them all to hell.2REPLY

Good Company

Good Company

4 days ago @tamsinthai  I agree – I am beyond enraged with them.1REPLY

Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson

3 days agoand what will “all over” look like?1REPLY

SDG

SDG

3 days ago @Beverly Johnson  Are you implying you think this will never end?REPLY

SDG

SDG

3 days ago @tamsinthai  hey brother, this too shall pass.REPLY

Lisa Clower

Lisa Clower

2 days ago @SDG  – essentially, that’s it in a nutshell. It won’t go away because they are ensuring it won’t (with the jab). They won’t hear a different opinion and totally ignore facts. Those who do so have an evil agenda … and this particular agenda is death on a huge scale. What conclusion can anyone else come to?2REPLY

Julie Maizels

Julie Maizels

1 week agoBy the time Covid was recognized in the U.S. it was already widespread and already too late to use strict lockdown as a method of suppression. Seems like focus on treatments and protection of vulnerable was really the only valid approach at that time. Locking down to await vaccines and then using them in the midst of a pandemic was and is an idiotic response.9REPLY

RH

RH

2 weeks ago (edited)The issues raised are real and I take my hat off to Brett for courageously giving Geert a platform to discuss and educate us954REPLYView 66 replies

Katharine Jennings

Katharine Jennings

1 week agoThank you so much, Praying my children will not take the vaccine. If you took the first dose, stop! Do not take the second dose and hopefully you can save your immune system!!8REPLYView 2 replies

30hank03

30hank03

1 week agoBret, you really should look at the Ivermectin story. It’s a story of groupthink in Medicine. You have to listen to the experts that conducted meta-analysis that then got shot down. There’s a huge pile in the literature about this drug’s activity against virus (note: I am not sure it works – I am saying there’s a story here too, and I only mentioned because your host mentioned it en passant).7REPLYHide 2 replies

Junk Girl Too

Junk Girl Too

1 week agoThere are RCT’s now that show ivermectin works. Other countries are including it in a medication kit for their citizens.1REPLY

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

6 days ago (edited)It would be better for your cause if you just stick to one topic at a time. There are so many forums to discuss your concerns elsewhere.REPLY

joseph genelza

joseph genelza

3 minutes ago@3Ohank03 I haven’t watched them in a long time since it seemed they had no interest in the drug I have taken for prevention since 4-20. I guess I didn’t miss anything. The court cases in the Buffalo area seem to be the story on Trial Site News. JDs not MDs. Please watch someone saved by the banned word : https://youtu.be/AsZal-fc8o4REPLY

Adoniram McCarthy

Adoniram McCarthy

1 week agoBret is having some of the most important, thoughtful conversations in media today. We are so blessed to have him.334REPLYView 17 replies

shsummers

shsummers

1 week agoIt’s almost as if the situation were engineered to kill a lot of people.5REPLYView reply

Márk Kaposvári

Márk Kaposvári

2 weeks ago“One thing you learn in the first year of specialization is that you never vaccinate during an epidemic because the virus will react by mutating” —Dr. Pietro Luigi Garavelli717REPLYView 93 replies

Sevi Salvagno

Sevi Salvagno

1 week ago (edited)I’ve never thought about the immunological cell-type that would recognize big ol’ bacteria! I’ll archive this video for a long time.4REPLY

Zack Hansen

Zack Hansen

4 days agoAs a medical student, I am so grateful for Dr. Weinsteins ability and willingness to have technical, nuanced conversations about these types of topics. Not only is “corporate media” biased, they are also boring and predictable. Thank you for continuing to provide us with stimulating content!43REPLYView 2 replies

John Boyko

John Boyko

6 days agoThe fact that this conversation is not happening on every level but here is disturbing and speaks to the current situation divided as we are. Thank you both for doing this!68REPLY

Allyson G

Allyson G

6 days agoThe problem is, this will be deliberately buried by the social media companies who think they are in the right to control the narrative around this pandemic.103REPLYView 11 replies

David Wetzel

David Wetzel

2 weeks agoBrett’s literally more valuable than entire media conglomerates319REPLYView 9 replies

SuperNewKittie

SuperNewKittie

1 week agoThe fact checkers are already posting labels on FB for this claiming it’s misleading. We need to find and prosecute these fact-checkers and the people paying them.278REPLYView 29 replies

Immediate Use of Ivermectin Medicine Globally Can End COVID-19 Pandemic: Scientists

A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end the COVID-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly.

The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for COVID-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.

Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.

Led by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19.

“We did the work that the medical authorities failed to do, we conducted the most comprehensive review of the available data on ivermectin,” said Pierre Kory, MD, president and chief medical officer of the FLCCC. “We applied the gold standard to qualify the data reviewed before concluding that ivermectin can end this pandemic.”

A focus of the manuscript was on the 27 controlled trials available in January 2021, 15 of which were randomised controlled trials (RCT’s).

Consistent with numerous meta-analyses of ivermectin RCT’s since published by expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan, they found a large, statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery, and viral clearance in COVID-19 patients treated with ivermectin.

“Our latest research shows, once again, that when the totality of the evidence is examined, there is no doubt that ivermectin is highly effective as a safe prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19,” said Paul E. Marik, founding member of the FLCCC and Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Many regions around the world now recognise that ivermectin is a powerful prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and India have approved the drug for use by medical professionals.

The results, as seen in this latest study, demonstrate that the ivermectin distribution campaigns repeatedly led to “rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality”.

“We are calling on regional public health authorities and medical professionals around the world to demand that ivermectin be included in their standard of care right away so we can end this pandemic once and for all,” Marik noted.