I’ve always considered myself basically a radical populist and a political independent. In the 1960s I was part of the Yippies, as my mentor in the New Left, Abbie Hoffman, called us, rejecting authoritarian socialism and communism as well as corporate “profit-at-any cost” capitalism and imperialism. We listened to John Lennon, rather than Vladimir Lenin. I was born and raised in Texas, where I was heavily influenced by my beloved Louisiana-born Cajun grandparents, traditional family farmers and populists in the tradition of Huey Long.
Ever since my early days in the 1960s anti-war, Civil Rights, counter-culture, back-to-the-land organic and coop movements, and my many years of doing solidarity and organic farming work in Central America and Mexico, I usually agreed with many on the left when it came to issues such as war and peace, imperialism, disarmament, civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, economic justice, labor organizing, environmental protection, and climate issues. But I also always felt a kinship with what I call “grassroots libertarians,” those distrustful of Establishment politicians (whether Democrat or Republican), proponents of natural food, natural health, common sense, Constitutional rights--those believing that we need a radical decentralization of power from national and international elites and corporate board rooms to local participatory democracy.
In 2000 and 2004 I supported Ralph Nader for President. Although Bush henchmen apparently stole these two elections with electronic voting machine fraud, the Democrats didn’t have the guts to challenge them. In 2016 and 2020 I was a strong and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders (though Bernie was and is weak on issues like natural health and vaccine safety), and thoroughly disgusted by Clinton, Biden, and Trump alike. I recall that America’s most powerful populist voice, Joe Rogan, also supported Bernie in 2020.
But now the majority of liberals, leftists, and so-called progressives seem to have lost their minds. Progressive media that once published my articles have censored and slandered me and my closest allies in the “COVID Truth” movement. A year ago I co-authored what has become a best-selling book with Dr. Joseph Mercola (The Truth About COVID-19), with a powerful introduction by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but not a single left-wing media outlet would interview or debate me or Dr. Mercola. In fact, so-called progressive champion Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts illegally threatened Amazon to stop selling our book, causing us to file a lawsuit against her.
Recent polls indicate that Democratic-leaning voters (far more than Republicans) support Big Pharma and their FDA lackeys, mass media and Silicon Valley censorship, and suspension of Constitutional rights. Liberals suddenly have become fans of the FBI, the CIA, “Gain of Function” genetic engineering, and the COVID lockdowns and mandates.
Long-time progressive and champion of organic food and natural health, John Roulac, writes in a similar vein.
Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International. To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.