It’s that time of year again. Kids are back in school (or at least logged onto Zoom from their kitchen table), the leaves are turning, and families are nailing down their plans for the holiday season. Enter one Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is back once again to hold the things we love over our heads as collateral for our obedience. This week, he joined CBS’s Face the Nation, claiming it’s “far too soon to tell” whether we’ll be able to gather for Christmas. “We’ve just got to [concentrate] on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” he opined. If we don’t comply—that is, refuse to take another 15 days to stop the spread, get vaccinated, isolate ourselves from all we love—the school year is in jeopardy. Restaurants and small businesses
We can probably agree that politicians don’t have a firm grasp on the relationship between their actions and negative consequences. Every now and then, we are given a special reminder of this truth. This week we got one directly from the White House briefing room. For background: as I write this newsletter, a behemoth “reconciliation” bill called the “Build Back Better Act” is making its way through congress. Its 2,465 pages include measures to address climate change, enact massive entitlement expansions like universal childcare and “free” college, and require businesses to provide mandatory paid family leave for employees. Of course, these big-government programs don’t materialize out of thin air. They aren’t funded by good intentions or campaign speeches. Eventually, someone has to foot the bill. That’s why this bill contains provisions to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26% and top capital gains taxes from 20% to 25%.
Have you seen what’s going on in Australia? If not, let me paint the picture for you: this country has some of the strictest lockdown rules in the world right now. For starters, two of Australia’s largest states are testing out an app that would force citizens to check in by sending location data and facial photos to local police, proving adherence to quarantine requirements. To make matters even more terrifying, the state of Queensland is rolling out quarantine facilities called “WellCamps,” where those who test positive for Covid must stay until they’re deemed safe to return to their normal lives… or what’s left of them. Police are even monitoring TikTok to bust people who dare to defy their lockdown orders. The scariest part? We’re not talking about these horrific abuses of civil liberties where you might typically expect them: say, Venezuela, Cuba, Soviet Russia, or China. You know, authoritarian
Yesterday, Joe Biden announced a new executive order. Its core demand was that businesses with 100 or more employees require vaccination of their workforce against Covid-19. Many of us have been warning about such a stroke of tyranny for a long time… even so, it’s pretty horrifying to see our most cynical predictions become a reality. It’s a bit long, but I encourage each of you to watch yesterday’s Presidential address in its entirety. Not because it will be fun, but because you need to know just how much disdain the leader of the free world harbors for those who defy his wishes. “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” he snapped from his podium. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love… “We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal
If you care about freedom as much as I do, you probably have a negative knee-jerk reaction when the government tries to ban things. We’ve been given no shortage of reasons to feel that way. When politicians and bureaucrats come up with new ways to “fix” our communities, they tend to do nothing but waste our money, infringe on our freedoms, and cause even bigger problems. But is it possible for the government to use its power the right way? I would argue that the answer is yes… Though the circumstances need to be pretty specific. Take the craziness of mask mandates, vaccine passports, and everything else government tyrants have tried to push on us in the last 18 months. I imagine most of us reading this newsletter would agree that forcing people to wear masks or inject a certain medicine is wrong. The cracks might start to show when
A few months ago, the Tuttle Twins team filmed a new social media ad. In it, a young boy in a soviet-esque fur hat spits communist talking points in a fake Russian accent. His mother bemoans the indoctrination of kids with far-left ideology and talks about how great the Tuttle Twins books are at teaching kids the ideas that matter. The goal of the campaign was to be funny… Of course, every good joke has some truth behind it. Perhaps that’s why thousands of people on what I like to call hammer-and-sickle-Twitter got really, really worked up over our little video. Over the past two weeks, clips of the ad have been circulated by various left-wing accounts. As they made the rounds, the discourse ranged from rude to downright abhorrent and unrepeatable. But apparently trash-talking us on social media wasn’t enough. Since our ad campaign started getting blowback, our Google