T he government perpetually lies to the public about important issues that affect us all. The mainstream media dutifully serve to manipulate public opinion, manufacturing consent for criminal policies that threaten lives and liberty.
I free minds by exposing dangerous state propaganda intended to keep the masses in servitude to the politically and financially elite. My writings empower readers with knowledge to see through the deceptions and join in fight to create a better world, for ourselves, our children, and future generations of humanity.
I’m an independent journalist and analyst, publisher and editor of Foreign Policy Journal, book author, and writing coach.
My writing coaching program is designed to help independent bloggers and journalists communicate their ideas more effectively and make their voices heard. My broader aim is to help effect a revolution in journalism by empowering writers with the knowledge and skills needed today to effect a mass decentralization of control over the flow of information, so that the public can become properly informed rather than indoctrinated in the propaganda that flows from the establishment media.
My Mission and Core Values
I write on a wide variety of topics, but most of my work generally falls under one or more of the following categories:
- Foreign Policy — I write critically of harmful US foreign policies, with a particular focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- Liberty and Economics — I write about US domestic policies that violate our rights and undermine our prosperity.
- Health and Vaccines — I write about policies affecting individual and societal health, with a particular focus on the vaccine issue.
In each of these areas, I approach issues from a pro-liberty perspective. I am concerned about threats to our well-being from government, the sole legitimate purpose of which is to protect our individual rights.
My mission is to help make the world a better place for our children and future generations of humanity by empowering my readers with the knowledge they need to make sense of the world around them, so that they can make choices to improve their own lives as well as make a positive impact on those around them.
As a father, I am deeply concerned about the violence and oppression we see around us, and am deeply committed to doing what I can to combat dangerous state propaganda to help ensure a brighter future — a future of peace and prosperity.
In all my writings, I maintain the following core values:
- Liberty — I believe in the non-aggression principle, that every individual has a right to do whatever they like so long as they don’t infringe on the equal rights of others. In other words, it’s not okay to commit aggression against others to get them to do what you want.
- Accuracy — I strive to maintain a high degree off accuracy in my work, to give my readers as clear a picture as possible of a given issue with high quality analysis that connects the dots and makes seemingly complicated subjects easy to understand.
- Honesty — I am highly critical of dishonest people in my writings and strive to set an example in my journalism of what honest, objective reporting looks like. While I make great efforts to report accurately, I sometimes get things wrong. But when I make mistakes, I acknowledge and correct them.
- Integrity — I am fiercely independent in my journalism. While I do occasionally do freelance work, for most of my articles, nobody pays me, other than readers who make donations to support my mission. Part of the problem with journalism today is that people are able to make successful careers by writing propaganda. It’s hard to make a living, on the other hand, by challenging the system. But it’s important to me to set an example of integrity by maintaining my independence as a journalist and being transparent about how I fund my work.
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I got started with critical writing about government policies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was as well informed as the next American, but was still naive enough to ask myself, “Why would anybody do this?”
Left unsatisfied with the government’s explanation that “They hate our freedom!”, I started reading and researching a lot.
It didn’t take long to start finding answers. I realized there was a whole other world of important information available out there that we never learned in school and the media never talk about.
I went on a journey of awakening. At that time, I also happened to move from my home state of Michigan to live and work in Taiwan. I had graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications that I felt was pretty useless. (College itself I viewed as just something I was expected to do, and I always felt constricted and imprisoned by the societal expectation that everyone go to school, go to college, and get a job working for someone else doing the same thing for the rest of your life.) So when a friend suggested I go with him to Taiwan to teach English for a while, I took him up on it.
Originally planning on just staying six months or so while I figured out what I wanted to do with my life, I ended up staying twelve years, getting married and having a son along the way. But that’s a whole other story…
As I acquired knowledge about the true nature of US foreign policy and the great harms the government has caused around the world, I began writing emails home to family and friends to share information with them.
It was not well received, I have to say. Having focused my research most heavily on the Middle East, by late 2002, I was warning people that the government was lying about Iraq having “weapons of mass destruction” in order to create a false pretext to overthrow the government of Saddam Hussein, not because he was an evil person (after all, the US had supported him when he was committing his worst atrocities), but because he was an obstacle for policymakers’ goal of maintaining US global hegemony.
I was frustrated by the responses I received to the information I was sending. I found people generally didn’t want to hear it. I recall one friend from college telling me so! Others just refused to believe that the government would lie to start a war, no matter how much information I gave them showing how there was no credible evidence to support the government’s claims. People just didn’t want to know the truth. I found that people were comfortable living in the delusion that the US government represents the height of civilization and stands for freedom, justice, and liberty.
In other words, people were deeply indoctrinated into what I have come to call the state religion (more on that below). Whereas I wanted to buck the system, most others around me chose to just to look away from its evils and do the best they could for themselves operating within its confines. I viewed the structure of society as essentially a system of slavery, but most people around me were content with it and even willing to fight to maintain it. (The film The Matrix really is a great allegory.)
One person on my mailing list, though, offered the encouraging suggestion that I should start a website to get my message out. So I did. I wrote pseudonymously at first, being an introverted, private person. But I came to realize that if I really wanted to get my message through, my writings would need to be perceived as highly credible, which could hardly be obtained if I wasn’t willing to let it be known who I was. So I started writing under my own name and submitting my work to various alternative news websites.
Most of my earlier work focused on 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the war on Iraq, and US policy toward Iran. But as I continued to research and write about US policy in the Middle East, I increasingly began to focus on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
In the fall of 2008, I launched the online publication Foreign Policy Journal, and shortly thereafter, as I had predicted in one of my articles, Israel launched a major military assault on the Gaza Strip. Observing how the US mainstream media were grossly misinforming the public about what was happening, I focused my writing on it, including how the US was supporting Israel’s operation and what amounted to war crimes. That work resulted in my receipt of a Project Censored Award.
The mainstream narrative about “Operation Cast Lead” was so utterly distorted, though, I also became determined to write a book to set the record straight. But it wouldn’t just be about that assault on Gaza. It would also provide the broader context, covering a broad spectrum of issues, including the so-called “peace process”, territorial issues including the status of Jerusalem, the occupation and settlement regime, the roles of various parties, and more.
However, to help readers understand the situation today, I would also need to provide historical context about the origins of the conflict. So I splintered my book idea and ended up first writing and in 2009 publishing the short book The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict.
I continued to research and write, keeping my larger book project in mind (which other priorities in my life at the time kept me from), until May 2011, when President Barack Obama gave a speech that the mainstream media hailed as marking a “shift” in US policy — even though he simply repeated the same things previous presidents had said about the outlines of a solution under the guise of the so-called “peace process”.
It wasn’t just that the media was getting it wrong; it was misinforming the public in a way that served to perpetuate the conflict by manufacturing consent for existing US policy. So I returned to my book idea and, urged on by how so totally misinformed Americans were, started writing in earnest. It was a highly ambitious project that took five years.
That book project was interrupted again in 2012 during the presidential campaign season. In the wake of the housing bubble and financial crisis, the state of the economy was a major issue, and I was continually astonished by what I was seeing others say about the libertarian candidate Ron Paul.
Apart from being sensibly critical of harmful and downright criminal US foreign policies, Dr. Paul had also accurately warned about the housing bubble many years in advance, whereas mainstream economists including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were completely clueless!
Yet I kept seeing people, including my connections on Facebook, describing Ron Paul as a know-nothing lunatic; and these same people would heap praise on Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman — who had advocated the very Fed policy of pushing interest rates down that Ron Paul had been warning about! And Krugman had advocated this policy specifically to fuel a boom in the housing sector!
Continually encountering people who were convinced of what Krugman was claiming, that the problem was the free market and the solution more government intervention, I set out to write a short book to set the record straight and show how the primary cause of the housing bubble was the Fed’s inflationary monetary policy — the very policy Krugman had long advocated. The result was my book Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman: Austrian vs. Keynesian Economics in the Financial Crisis.
I didn’t spend a dime to market or advertise that book, and yet entirely through word of mouth, it ended up getting reviewed by none other than Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal-owned financial weekly. Moreover, it was a rave review! Economics and books editor Gene Epstein described it as a “must read”. He described it as a quick and easy read that makes you laugh while also informing about a subject of great importance — and doing a better job of explaining the boom-bust cycle than most economic textbooks.
That book was a bit of an experiment. With my main book project, about the Israel-Palestine conflict, I was struggling with the question of whether to submit it to a major publisher or just publish it myself, as I had done with The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination. The fact that in the space of about a month I was able to write and publish a book on economics and just through word of mouth get a rave review from Barron’s convinced me that I should also publish my major work myself.
Consequently, to do it right, I launched my own imprint, Worldview Publications, and in the summer of 2016 published my magnum opus: Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, which renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky has described as “carefully documented and highly informative”. The book also features a Foreword by Richard Falk, a former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as an Introduction by Gene Epstein, former books and economics editor at Barron’s (who had written the review of Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman and whom I subsequently befriended).
I have since written two additional short e-books on the Israel-Palestine conflict. In the fall of 2016, a debate erupted in the pages of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz over the nature of Israel’s origins. It was a face-off between Israeli historian Benny Morris and a number of his critics, with numerous back-and-forth articles debating whether what happened in 1948 was ethnic cleansing. Benny Morris’s argument was that, despite hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fleeing or being expelled from their homes and never being allowed to return, it did not amount to ethnic cleansing.
I felt this provided a unique opportunity to put this debate to rest once and for all by showing where scholarship stands on it. Specifically, the debate can be ended simply by demonstrating how Benny Morris’s denial is contradicted by his own research, which shows rather unambiguously how ethnic cleansing was precisely how Israel came into being.
In fact, Morris himself had previously acknowledged this, arguing in a 2004 interview that ethnic cleansing was necessary in order for the “Jewish state” to be established. I set out to show how his research fully supports this candid conclusion, and how his later denials are simply demonstrative of his own cognitive dissonance, stemming evidently from his own deeply ingrained Zionist ideology.
I published my work as an essay at Foreign Policy Journal and also made it available as an e-book: Benny Morris’s Untenable Denial of the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
For a just solution to be realized, we must be honest in our approach and truly understand the conflict’s origins. We must acknowledge that the establishment of Israel involved the wholesale violation of the rights of the Arab inhabitants of Palestine. To demonstrate that incontrovertibly is why I wrote this work, which is a great companion to my books The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination, which only briefly touches on the subject of the ethnic cleansing at the end, and Obstacle to Peace, which refers to it frequently but not as in depth.
More recently, I received an advance review copy of a book that was to be published on June 12, 2018, by Elan Journo, a fellow and Director of Policy Research at the Ayn Rand Institute, titled What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. He purports to present an original pro-liberty, pro-rights approach to the subject, but despite its lofty rhetoric about rights and liberty, the book is a shameless apologetic work defending Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
As a believer in the principle of non-aggression who’d written a book on the US role, Journo’s work just rubbed me the wrong way. As I read, I highlighted and made notes, and by the time I was done, it was clear that what Journo tries to pass off as serious scholarship is nothing less than a hoax. It is page after page of ahistorical nonsense, lies, deceptions, and demonstrations of Journo’s own willful ignorance. In essence, all he does throughout the entire book is mindlessly regurgitate tired Zionists propaganda and present it as historical truth. The fact that we live in a society where people can pass off literal hoaxes as scholarship — and think they can get away with it — compelled me to write a response.
So I took a couple weeks to write up a rejoinder to Journo’s work of propaganda and managed to get it published the same day as his book was released. My e-book Exposing a Zionist Hoax: How Elan Journo’s “What Justice Demands” Deceives Readers about the Palestine Conflict is a perfect antidote to Zionist propaganda that Americans are indoctrinated into by the government and media, which serves to manufacture consent for the US policy of supporting Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
In addition to my work on foreign policy and government threats to our liberty and economic prosperity, I have increasingly been writing about a topic I have come to regard as one of the most critically important of our day: vaccines.
I recall as a child not understanding the theory behind vaccinations. I was told they inject you with a bit of whatever pathogen so that your body learns how to fight it. I remember always wondering how that was different from just being infected naturally and why it was necessary! Surely the body would learn to fight off the infection on its own, anyway, without having to get the painful shot!
So I had always been mildly curious about vaccines, but when my wife informed me in early 2012 that I was going to be a father, I began researching the subject with vigor. Of course, I have a much better understanding of how vaccines work now than the version we’re taught as children, but this knowledge has only deepened my questioning of the theories underlying public policy. As I learned more, I again felt compelled to share the knowledge with others, and so did so privately with family. Unfortunately, again, as with the Iraq war, the information I was sharing was not well received because it just did not conform with the dogmatic views we are all inundated with since early childhood. While I have since made some inroads on that front, I also eventually became confident enough in my own knowledge of the subject to dare to start writing publicly and critically about vaccine policy.
I have approached this issue both as a journalist and a father, diving deeply into the medical literature to ascertain the truth about this highly controversial subject, and what I can tell you is this: What the government and mainstream media say science says about vaccines and what science actually tells us are two completely different things.
As with all my writings, I approach the subject from the perspective that individual rights are inviolable. My work illuminates how the public is being deceived, and how public vaccine policy threatens both our health and our liberty.
I have also focused my writing on explaining how this can possibly be, showing how the government is not an overseer of the vaccine industry, but is itself an integral part of the industry as it exists today, which includes near total legal immunity for vaccine manufacturers from vaccine injury lawsuits. The reality is that most of what you hear about vaccines from public health officials, the media, and, yes, even your pediatrician, is not reflective of the science, but of deeply entrenched dogma.
Public vaccine policy is based on a perspective that is more akin to a religion than science. It is an extension of what I refer to as the “state religion”, a term I’ve borrowed from Noam Chomsky to refer to the system of indoctrination from early childhood into the belief that we need the state to take care of us and protect us. The reality is that there is not greater threat to our liberty and well-being than the institution of the state, and this is a common theme in all of my writings.
If you ask many if not most people, they will tell you that they don’t believe in violence or aggression as a solution to problems, except as a last resort in situations where it becomes necessary for self-preservation. However, most of these same people also espouse the belief that we require the state to control our lives — even though the fundamental nature of the state is the threat or use of force to compel people to behave as government policymakers would have them behave.
I envision a world without this ever present threat to liberty, a world without borders, in which human beings have finally become truly free and civilized. Making that world a reality is the goal of my writings.
I welcome you to join me.
Why I Started My Writing Coaching Program
To make that world a reality, we face a particularly sinister obstacle: the indoctrinating power of the mainstream media. But I believe that with the tools and resources available to us today, we can overcome this obstacle by revolutionizing journalism. We can effect a decentralization of control over the flow of information.
This has already happened to some extent with mainstream sources like the New York Times having to reinvent themselves in an age when people are used to reading news for free and countless alternative sources are available. But it seems most Americans still rely on the mainstream media for most of their information, and this is a problem. The mainstream media, of course, want news consumers to believe that alternative sources are not reliable, notwithstanding their own abysmal record and routine demonstrable lying.
Knowing how to evaluate sources and information is an acquired skill. I aim with my writings to help me readers acquire this skill, but I’ve come to realize I can do more: I can help other writers acquire this skill, too, along with many other skills I’ve gained over the years as both an independent journalist and editor of Foreign Policy Journal.
So I’ve recently created a structured coaching program designed to help other independent bloggers and journalists — or anyone whose activism involves writing, really — communicate their ideas more effectively and make their voices heard.
In my coaching program, I work one-on-one with writers, training them not only in writing skills like how to attract readers’ attention and draw them in so they keep reading to your conclusion, but also things like how to do market research to better serve their target audience, how to increase the likelihood that people interested in a given topic will be able to find their content in internet searches, how to start and maintain their own websites, how to publish their own books, and much more.