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 are in jeopardy. Concerts are in jeopardy. The legality of our holiday gatherings is in jeopardy, from Independence Day to New Year.

Of course, by now, we know this is simply a manipulation tactic. It’s far more political than epidemiological.

“If we would all just come together to stop the spread, we could go back to normal,” our “experts” say. I feel genuinely sorry for people that believe them.

Our most basic freedoms are currently held over our heads by a posse of characters with every reason to prolong this pandemic. It is, after all, the primary source of their relevance.

So when Fauci appears on your TV like some modern-day Krampus in a bureaucrat’s suit, threatening to ruin our holidays and punish us for non-compliance, how do you explain it to your children?

If you signed up for a Tuttle Times subscription last month, you received an answer to that question in your mailbox this week.

10 Ways to Spot a Real-Life Monster was one of several articles in October’s edition of our new magazine. It parodied some of the absurd power-grabs we’ve seen over the last year, complete with cartoon depictions of what a modern-day monster says.

It might have even included some familiar faces, courtesy of Elijah’s pen… (Does that bottom-left character ring a bell?)

Articles like this one are a huge part of why I’m so thrilled about launching the Tuttle Times. A monthly publication gives us endless opportunities to break down the world’s day-to-day craziness… Of which there’s no shortage.

Even if you missed this month’s issue, it’s not too late to sign up here. More timely commentary is on the docket for November. Don’t miss out!

Until next time…