The following post is an email from Tom Woods, sent out to subscribers today.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, keeps lobbing bombs at his enemies.
Today he introduced to the press the new surgeon general of Florida, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
An immigrant from Nigeria, Ladapo holds his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He will be joining the faculty at the University of Florida as well.
And as it happens, his name is affixed to the Great Barrington Declaration, which condemns lockdowns as a public-health measure.
Ladapo didn’t waste time letting the press know that he is their enemy.
Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies in public health…. That’s been something that’s been a centerpiece of health policy in the United States ever since the beginning of the pandemic. And it’s over here. Expiration date, it’s done.
“The risks and benefits of decisions haven’t been considered wholly and thoughtfully,” he added, because policymakers and the public have been operating from a position of fear.
He went on:
Public health is not one thing. Public health is not about a single item. It’s not [only] about how many cases of COVID there are in a location…. As all of you know, that’s how public health has been treated for the past year and a half. So that’s over. It’s not going to happen here.
Vaccination, he said, “has been treated almost like a religion.”
And he denounced lockdowns, which he described (citing a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research) as both ineffectual and wrong.
The COVID hysterics are already trying to claim that this man, whose credentials are as long as my arm, isn’t qualified to speak about the virus. Ha! Good luck with that!
Evidently the only people qualified to speak about COVID are nutsos who are monomaniacally obsessed with it. People urging reason and balance? Close your ears, citizen!
Now, on another happy note:
The Tom Woods Show 2000th episode event in Orlando, coming up just a few short weeks from now, is looking to be very well attended. So much so that I’ve had to close registration for the pre-show receptions for Supporting Listeners. It’s far more people than I expected.
Who is Tom Woods?
Woods completed his doctorate in history from Columbia University in 2000. He first received media attention for writing the Politically Incorrect Guide to American History in 2004, which promoted a libertarian interpretation of American history and was a New York Times bestseller.