Across the West, people are dying in greater
numbers. Nobody wants to learn why
By Jonathan Cook
July 20, 2023:
Information Clearing House-- There’s only one
plausible explanation for continuing silence on
excess deaths: governments, media and regulators
are frightened of what the research may uncover.
During the pandemic, the challenge for each
of us was to maintain critical distance:
spurning both the tribalism of those insisting
Covid was a hoax and the counter-tribalism of
those who demanded complete acquiesence to a
corporate-political agenda dictated by Big
Pharma under the mantle of “Follow the science”.
Fear of living under Big Brother or of dying
from plague drove many people not only into the
arms of one of these two oppositional camps but
fuelled a pandemic mania in which reason and
compassion were replaced with either extreme
cynicism or extreme compliance. We are still
living with the consequences.
There has been a spate of “excess deaths”
over the past two years across the West – well
above what would normally be expected – and yet
this sustained trend is being universally
ignored by governments, establishment media and
medical bodies. No one is protesting. The cult
of compliance is still in the ascendant.
More on that in a moment.
But it is worth first revisiting briefly the
climate of intolerance and willed ignorance that
predominated at the height of the pandemic, as I
documented in real time in a series of essays
that upset more of my readers than any I had
It was always unwarranted to press for
vaccine mandates, if only because they violated
the critically important
principle of bodily autonomy. But the demand
became completely unhinged once it was clear –
as it was much earlier than publicly let on by
Big Pharma, the World Health Organisation and
national regulators – that the vaccines were
doing little to halt virus transmission.
Similarly, it was always unethical to insist
that children should be routinely given the
vaccine and boosters when it was evident that
the virus posed no threat to the overwhelming
majority of them – and all the more so given
that the mRNA vaccines were based on a new
technology whose development had been rushed
through on an emergency licence.
By definition, no one could know the
long-term effects of mRNA vaccines on humans
because there had been no long-term studies. The
science was built on a wing and a prayer, which
is part of the reason the Joint Committee on
Vaccinations and Immunisation, the British
government’s official advisory body on
demurred for so long, and despite huge
political pressure, on recommending vaccination
And it was always deeply irresponsible to
refuse to consider, or even study, other
treatments that might have had an impact on the
virus. Medical authorities ignored or warned the
public off potential prophylactics and
immunity-boosting treatments and behaviours –
even when those interventions could have
complemented the role of the vaccines, rather
than serving as an alternative to them.
Nothing could be allowed to dilute the
public’s exclusive reliance on vaccinations.
One prize example was
Vitamin D, the sunshine hormone that,
uniquely, every cell in the human body has a
receptor for. Most people in the West are
deficient in Vitamin D, many of them severely
so, and doctors still have little understanding
of what the consequences of that deficiency –
beyond osteoporosis – might be.
Even before Covid, there were many studies
suggesting that Vitamin D was critical to
improving the health of our immune systems,
including by warding off and aiding recovery
from coronaviruses. That evidence has only grown
But definitive proof has been lacking because
full-scale controlled studies are
extraordinarily expensive and only Big Pharma
has deep enough pockets to fund such studies
(given that our captured governments refuse to
dig deep themselves), but Big Pharma has no
interest in proving a cheap hormone like Vitamin
D – one it cannot patent or profit from – might
offer the public health benefits not only in
relation to Covid but for a wide range of
chronic health conditions.
The fact that most medical regulators and
media commentators continue to prefer to shut
down debate about the potential benefits of
Vitamin D rather than demand that governments
fund research to confirm or refute the growing
body of evidence for such benefits should be a
scandal. But, predictably, it isn’t.
I set this out as a preface to this latest
scandal on excess deaths, one that – like so
much else related to the pandemic and its
aftermath – continues to elicit a blanket
silence from the establishment media,
politicians and, of course, our medical
The consistent and markedly elevated death
rates each month across most of the Western
world are not due to Covid and are far above the
seasonal five-year average before the pandemic.
Such deaths have been significantly raised
since late 2020 or mid-2021. That is all the
more surprising because, after early waves of
Covid killed off those who were already sick and
vulnerable, the expectation was that excess
deaths would fall, not rise. That anomaly needs
explaining – scientifically.
Despite the backlash inevitably provoked by
asking critical questions, I want to examine
this development because it highlights something
important about the way of our supposedly
democratic governments, and the regulatory and
adversarial institutions meant to hold them in
check, have been hollowed out. We imagine we
live in societies where scientific reason and
compassion guide our response to a medical
crisis. The reality is different. In our
societies, one thing rules: money.
The issue of excess deaths is only one of
many problems – though probably the most serious
– that have emerged in the aftermath of the
pandemic. Unless you have made an extraordinary
effort to do your own research and managed to
evade the internet censors and their algorithms,
you will most likely not know about these
developments. Neither politicians nor
establishment media have publicised them.
Instead troubling data is buried away in
obscure, peer-reviewed scientific journals, or
has to be squeezed out of government authorities
through freedom of information requests – and
even then the information is often heavily
Such data would remain largely unnoticed but
for the efforts of a few brave souls daring to
draw attention to it – only to be smeared as
cranks and crackpots, whatever their formal
Dr John Campbell, whose Youtube channel
became an invaluable internet resource during
the pandemic and since (at least for those
trying to sift the wheat from the chaff), has
done sterling work shedding light on many of
and a causal connection, confirmed by
the WHO, between vaccination and the
development of autoimmune disease like
There is doubtless much worse, but we cannot
learn of it – at least from qualified sources –
because any effort to discuss it publicly will
almost certainly result in banning by the
corporations that run social media, our modern
For his efforts shining a light into the
darkest recesses of the West’s pandemic
response, Dr Campbell has been
pilloried by the tribe that still identifies
with Big Pharma. Arrogantly, they dismiss him as
a glorified “nurse”, even though he has written
widely read and authoritative medical textbooks.
More to the point, the smears are designed to
distract from the fact that, more often than
not, Dr Campbell is not speaking for himself but
relaying in intelligible language the findings
of peer-reviewed studies or interviewing
respected experts in their field to draw
attention to their work.
Nonetheless, the issue of unexplained excess
deaths is an order of magnitude more serious
than even these other matters, which is why Dr
Campbell has dedicated so many of his videos to
Many, many thousands more people, including
young people, are now dying each month
across the Western world (where such data is
reliably collected) than should be, compared to
previous years. And they are dying for entirely
This deeply troubling phenomenon barely
merits a mention from politicians, the media or
Governments are failing to fund research to
determine the causes of these extra deaths, even
though the rates have been elevated for two
years or more.
This reckless, self-imposed climate of
ignorance is being sustained even as expert
medical bodies warn that we face future
It is almost as if Western governments prefer
to let large numbers of people die
unnecessarily, and potentially at great cost to
health care services, rather than learn the
truth. It seems these governments are quite
happy, if they believe another pandemic is on
the way, to risk repeating any mistakes they
made during Covid that may have caused those
In a world where we are supposed to “follow
the science”, how can that possibly be the case?
What is going on?
If we try to understand why a blind eye is
being turned to the shocking data showing a
sustained and unexplained rise in deaths, it is
hard not to arrive at one, and only one,
Governments, establishment media and the
medical regulators are frightened. They are
scared of what they may discover if the research
is carried out.
And that suggests something further. That
these are not groups with their own discrete or
competing interests and agendas.
The media, whatever it claims, is not a
watchdog on government or the medical
establishment. It colludes with them against the
public. In fact, the corporate interests of all
three are closely aligned.
Why? Because the government is captured by
Big Business. Because the medical authorities
are funded by Big Pharma, which can make or
break careers. And because the media is owned by
billionaires, and serves as little more than the
public relations arm of concentrated wealth and
as cheerleader for a neoliberalism that
normalises the criminal profiteering of drug
manufacturers like Pfizer.
Before I continue further, let me state
unequivocally – because sadly, these things need
emphasising in our ever-more tribal, polarised
societies – that I have no idea what is causing
this wave of excess deaths.
The point of this piece is not to pre-judge
the matter or adopt a tribal position.
Rather, I’m trying de-tribalise your and my
own thinking so that we can better understand
why our governments and medical agencies prefer
that no research is conducted, and why our
establishment media chooses not to expose this
Dr Vibeke Manniche, a member of the Danish
medical team whose peer-reviewed research showed
that some batches of the mRNA vaccine caused
off-the-scale adverse reactions, believes
there are likely to be an array of contributory
factors. That sounds right to me.
Her team are now undertaking as their next
project an investigation into the mysterious
rise in deaths. It is their private initiative,
rather than research funded, organised or
assisted by the Danish government. In fact,
according to Dr Manniche, Danish authorities
have been throwing obstacles in their way.
But why are these authorities so afraid?
The answer is simple. They suspect that any
research will implicate them in those excess
deaths. They are frightened – rightly or wrongly
– that the narrative they constructed around the
pandemic, and the powers they accrued to
themselves, will unravel.
The reason they are in no hurry to find out
why so many extra people are dying is because
they fear that significant contributory factors
are either the lockdown policies they imposed or
the side-effects of the vaccines they championed
– or both.
Again, I’m not saying that is what I think. I
have no expertise to evaluate all the possible
causes, including the ongoing erosion of
socialised health care in much of the Western
world and its transfer to yet more corporate
profiteers – for which our governments areundoubtedly
But governments and medical regulators have
access to the same data and graphs as Dr
Manniche, showing a relentless and
near-identical rise in excess deaths beginning
in spring 2021 in Denmark, Norway and Finland,
in the immediate wake of the mass vaccine
rollout. Similar graphs are available for other
The inference that there is a connection
between the vaccines and excess deaths may be
wrong. But it is not a hypothesis they wish to
test. The consequences are far too serious for
them. They would rather enforce general
ignorance, or perpetrate a deception on the
public, than risk undermining their own
authority – and the crucial levers they control
both to sustain their privileges and to further
concentrate their wealth.
There are some uncomfortable lessons here for
The truth is Western governments – all of
them – dare not test the evidentiary basis for
their insistence on lockdowns and experimental
vaccines as the only way out of the pandemic.
They dare not do so in the full glare of public
scrutiny for fear that the truth will not serve
them, and more likely will damage them. So they
cultivate public ignorance.
The truth is that the medical regulatory
authorities were long ago captured by Big
Pharma, and the revolving door it offers,
leading to prestigious jobs and lucrative
salaries in the industry. So they favour public
The truth is that the media will not hold the
feet of governments or the medical establishment
to the fire because, whatever the media claim,
they are not in the business of enforcing real,
systemic accountability. The billionaire-owned
media corporations are embedded in the same
model of corporate profit as Big Pharma. Indeed,
the media’s own corporate profits depend on the
advertising and sponsorship of drugs companies –
fellow corporations – like Pfizer. So they
benefit from public ignorance as well.
World of illusion
We live in a world not, as we are told and
tell ourselves, of democratic accountability and
transparency. Beyond formal, surface
appearances, the system of political, economic
and social control is designed to lack all but
the most minimal checks and balances,
institutional safeguards and oversight.
We live in a world of illusion, of elites
that look out for their own, that develop ever
more sophisticated technological tools to
manipulate and deceive us, and that have
progressively rigged the system to accrue to
themselves ever more wealth and power.
We are not, as we like to imagine, informed
citizens. The system cannot afford to provide us
with the information we need to be informed –
information that might reveal to us that we have
been duped, that the rich steal from the poor to
give to themselves, that our rulers have no clue
how to fix the biggest problems facing us, aside
from lining their pockets with more gold as the
ship goes down.
As the last year has demonstrated, our elites
had no more idea how to deal with the pandemic
than they currently do with the climate crisis,
or with the Ukraine war (without risking nuclear
conflagration), or with rapid advances in
Artificial Intelligence. Faced with the biggest
challenges, they are like children – shouting
“Follow the Science” or “Green New Deal” to
distract the rest of us as they grab as many
sweets as they can thrust into their pockets.
For these elites, Covid was a party – quite
literally in the case of the British government
– in which the biggest corporations not only
profiteered but drove small businesses into the
ground. Excess deaths are but a hangover, one
that must be studiously ignored if the fiction
of responsible, accountable, democratic
government is to be maintained.
Our world has been carefully constructed to
ensure we do not get to peek behind the curtain,
to see the con-men at work. Unless we dispel
this central illusion – that science, reason and
compassion are the forces driving the West – the
charlatans will take us with them over the edge
of the cliff in their pursuit of suicidal
“economic growth” and chimerical “progress”.
Jonathan Cookis a Nazareth- based journalist
and winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize
for Journalism. No one pays him to write
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