Surrendered Without A Shot, by Robert Gore

The Global War on Germs will put the Global War on Terror to shame.

Their “cure” for the coronavirus will be far deadlier than the disease. The quarantines and lockdowns will bring the world to a standstill—that’s the point….

The Last Gasp,” Straight Line Logic, March 24, 2020

Here is a predictive strategy that will, guaranteed, improve your prognostication batting average. Whenever you make a prediction about a government, predict the worst outcome you can think of. The only surprise will be that you’re probably not pessimistic enough.

Back in 1913, if you had predicted the brand new Federal Reserve would steadily debase the currency and exacerbate rather than dampen the business cycle, you were dead right. You would have gotten more points if you predicted its creation was the first step towards abandoning the gold standard and that it would eventually finance government deficits.

Similarly, back in that unlucky year if you predicted the new Constitutional amendment allowing the government to levy an income tax would lead to massive confiscation of incomes and fund gargantuan welfare and warfare states—the blob—you hit it on the screws.

Later, if you predicted that the New Deal wouldn’t reverse the economic contraction that the government had already transformed from a garden variety financial crash and recession into a Great Depression, you were right again. More points for those who foresaw both the abandonment of any effective Constitutional constraints on the federal government, and the fiscal consequence of welfare state collectivism—a spiraling and uncontrollable national debt.

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Most of the time politicians’ predictions are wrong, but Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial-complex, now expandable to the military-industrial-intelligence-academic-media-complex, was spot on. Those who said that Vietnam would set the precedent for endless wars that only enriched and empowered the complex while plunging the US further into debt—they were right, too. If, when Nixon terminated dollar-gold convertibility in 1971, you predicted inflation the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Civil War and put your money where your mouth was by purchasing gold or its derivatives, you did just fine.

Fast forward to the aftermath of September 11, 2001: if you said that when the US went into the Middle East it would never get out, that “emergency” measures like TSA screening and the Patriot Act would never be rescinded and clearly advanced a police state agenda, and that the George W. Bush administration’s new standard of fiscal and monetary recklessness would soon be surpassed, you were right again.

Fast forward to now. If you predict that governments’ response to the coronavirus outbreak will reveal not so hidden agendas of globalist power and domination (Why do you think they keep saying, “The world will never go back to the way it was”?), terminate the last vestiges of freedom, destroy the economy and financial markets, kill far more people than the virus itself, and set precedents for everything from enforced confinement to martial law to mandatory vaccinations to electronic money to compelled microchipped identification and surveillance whenever a group of experts makes scary projections about lethal microbes—which from now on will be almost always—you’re well on your way to being proved right on all counts.

If you’re going to get in the prediction game and your predictions reflect an expectation of the worst from governments, it’s best to realize what you’re up against. Every time you make a prediction you will be disparaged, mocked, or ignored, particularly by legions of government worshipers, regardless of how many of your previous predictions have been borne out. If you’re proven right, not one person who disparaged or mocked you will acknowledge you were right and apologize, nor will anyone ask you for an opinion or prediction in the future. In fact, you’ll be shunned.

An affliction that strikes 3.3 million in one week and 6.6 million the next puts coronavirus growth rates, even in the hardest hit countries, to shame. Those are the last two weeks’ US jobless claims, just shy of 10 million, clocking in with a week-to-week increase of 100 percent. According to the April 2 US coronavirus and jobless claims statistics, there were 40 people newly unemployed in just two weeks for each confirmed coronavirus case and 1645 newly unemployed for each coronavirus death (dividing 10 million, rounded up, by the April 2 figures for confirmed cases and deaths from, and on current relative growth rates both numbers will increase.

Humanity must produce to survive. Stop people from producing and eventually they die. Virtually all jobs are essential to the people who hold them. Although it’s seldom acknowledged, particularly by politicians and bureaucrats playing with other people’s money and lives, life involves choices, some of which have benefits and all of which have costs. How many government workers have lost their jobs? Does anybody in their right mind believe all government jobs are essential?

If among each group of 1645 newly unemployed workers there is on average more than one death—from the psychological and physical stress of imposed idleness, depletion of savings, inability to pay bills or afford groceries and other essentials, including medical care, media idiocy, general insanity, and mounting debt—then the coronavirus outbreak “cure” is worse than the disease. Keep in mind that for at least the next month or two unemployment will climb at a faster rate than coronavirus cases or deaths, and the longer lockdowns persist, the more widespread financial distress will become.

An estimated additional 10,000 people killed themselves during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Those are the easiest deaths to count. How many heart attacks, cancers, hypertension, and other stress-related illnesses were exacerbated by that crisis, shortening lifespans? We’ll never know.

The coronavirus death count includes many victims with one or more co-morbidities—a combination of diseases kills them but in many cases, they weren’t long for this world. The most you can say is that the coronavirus may have shortened their lifespans. At the very least, the same medical community compiling statistics on the coronavirus and clamoring for lockdowns should be looking at changes in trend rates in suicides and deaths from stress-related illness to try to estimate the effects of skyrocketing unemployment, crashing economies, plunging stock markets, crushing debt loads, and mounting bankruptcies.

There are other killers lurking out there: crime and mass unrest. The statistics for the former and the probability of the latter will only increase with the duration of lockdowns. Police are already reporting an uptick in crime. The death toll from a week of widespread urban rioting could easily surpass that of the entire coronavirus outbreak. There’s no mystery why President Trump has called up a million military reservists, and no assurance they will be able to prevent sporadic riots from deteriorating into total chaos and pandemonium. No mystery, either, why sales of firearms and ammo have jumped. By the way, rioters and looters don’t always social distance, so they may spread the coronavirus.

Finally, there’s the most significant cost of all: the police state is here; whatever was left of our precious liberty is gone. As carte blanche for the open-ended suppression of what remains of our rights, the Global War on Germs (GWOG) far surpasses the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Like the GWOT, the GWOG will be forever, since you can never vanquish either terror or germs. However, the GWOG opens up new avenues of repression that go far beyond GWOTists’ wildest fantasies. The GWOG takes away not just people’s liberty, but their livelihoods, their means of survival. There’s a reason why jobs are called livelihoods: they allow people to live. Consider the alternative. The GWOGists embrace it.

There will always be germs out there of better than average virulence that will pose a threat of widespread sickness and death. They seem to crop up once every two years or so. If a natural germ can’t be found, there are thousands of unsung Dr. Frankencrobes toiling in bioweapons labs around the world who can manufacture one (the current coronavirus may have been manufactured). Find some group of medical experts, add a Bill Gates or a George Soros, and presto! you have well-publicized pandemic projections of global disaster and death. Lock everybody up! Better yet, per the precautionary principle, lock everybody up before any such deadly germ has manifested itself, so when it does, everyone will be safe.

Anyone who thinks that “emergency” measures will be rescinded or will not serve as future precedents is referred to Draconian Emergency Measures Enacted By Governments Throughout History That Have Been Rescinded and Not Served as Precedents. It’s available for free on Amazon and takes only four seconds to read; the title is longer than the book.

Perhaps the most distressing aspect of this whole ordeal is that Americans have surrendered to panic and propaganda without a shot. Molon labe and They’ll take my gun when they pry it from my cold, lifeless fingers patriots—bumper-sticker freedom fighters—are cowering in place, living off their 3, 6, 12, 24, or 60 months of provisions, lest they encounter a germ. Neighbors are reporting on neighbors who leave their houses, take a walk, clear their throats, or other heretofore legal activities (they would still be legal if the Constitution had any remaining relevance). Apps have been developed to monitor and report people’s locations, coughs, sneezes, sniffles, and runny noses. Can one that monitors and reports social distances be far behind? If only one life is saved…

With a few noteworthy exceptions ( takes the gold medal), the alternative media has been a disappointment. Bloggers who would normally cast darkly skeptical doubts if the government announced the sun will rise tomorrow have accepted official statistics, projections, propaganda, and draconian measures without a peep of skepticism or doubt. Prepper sites have perpetuated and profited from the panic, selling face masks, sanitizers, and reusable toilet paper. More alternative media sites are glomming on to what’s happening to civil liberties and the dark designs behind it, but their warnings are too little, too late.

Surrendered without a shot—they’ve got us by what’s left of our balls. The men and women who risked probabilities of death far higher than some small fraction of one percent and paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and our lives are spinning in their hallowed graves.

73 responses to “Surrendered Without A Shot, by Robert Gore

  1. Excellent. I think this is probably one of the finest articles I’ve ever read by you linking it of course @

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  4. Yep, yep, and hell yep.


  5. Outstanding Robert!
    Truly straight line logic.

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  6. Absolutely the definitive brief on tyranny and guile, replete with the recent 120 years history of the same, as clear as crystal, as bona fides for your analysis of the current crisis, also as accurate as can possibly be done.

    Essential reading. Those who need it the most are the least likely to do so or to understand or admit it if they did.

    Now, please, your thoughts on what those awake and giving a damn are to do about it?


    • Charles in VA

      The only thing you CAN do about it. Go full blown John Galt. Opt out of the system totally…if you have the stomach for it. If not? Suck up and bend over…because it’s coming hard and fast.


      • Friend, I took my family out of the system in 1978, moved to the woods, built a log cabin, did my best… Life happens anyway. Please don’t lecture folks you don’t know about things you may not have done yourself.


  7. I should have added my deep gratitude for this effort. Clarity is always a gift and a weapon at times like these.

    Thank you, Robert.

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    • oughtsix (what a great handle)

      Thank you.

      What to do now? If you’re in it to win it, the only way to do so is to play the long game. As I said in The Last Gasp, the imposition of medical martial law, or any totalitarian philosophy based on coercion and violence, is a sign of weakness, not strength, among our would-be rulers.

      Those of us who want to restore freedom have two allies: bankruptcy and secession. Police states are inherently expensive. Incarcerating or executing producers dramatically reduces the state’s revenues. Rising costs, dclining revenues: eventually the police state goes bankrupt and collapses amid waxing chaos. Amidst that chaos is the opportunity for secession from an existing political subdivision to set up and defend a society that comports with the ideals of freedom and individual rights. Patience is key; waiting for the inevitable to happen and present such an opportunity. At this time, the best strategy is to highlight the absurdities and injustices of the current system, predict what’s to come, lay the intellectual groundwork for secession, freedom, and individual rights, and find like-minded people. I’m trying to make Straight Line Logic a haven for those people.


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      • Robert,

        Again, and always, thank you for the reply and all that you do.

        I’ve been at this resistance and awakening thing for a very long time and my patience is about worn through. My burning anger for what has been done to this country and indeed the world abates none at all, but grows with every new outrage from the sociopaths.

        I am in the latter half of my eighth decade. I remember when America more nearly resembled its ideals. I also remember the Polio epidemic in the early fifties. They closed the swimming pools and we were told to avoid close contact, especially children (no kissing, kids!). There was fear, but no panic and no edicts from on high, no draconian assault on liberty… and there was a vaccine rather shortly.

        I will likely not live to see the promised land, but I may get in a few licks yet.

        God Speed to those who will persevere and build anew on a rational foundation.

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        • Charles in VA

          Way to ignore every piece of advice you heard. And IF you’re really 80? The only licks you’ll be getting in is on a toilet seat. And maybe that’s for the best.


          • Way to maintain the high standards of intellect and writing for which Mr Gore and this blog are well known.

            Take your act back over to WRSA where it will seem less inappropriate and childish, in company with tfat.


            • There you go giving advice to people you don’t know again. Exactly how big a hypocrite ARE you, anyway?


              • Even a cursory review of our exchanges by disinterested third parties, of whom I’m sure there are many here, will show that you began the whole business of “giving advice” to a total stranger in an insulting manner, where it was neither wanted, needed nor accurate. I rest comfortably in that knowledge, and the examples of your consistently juvenile ad hominem.

                You must be a democrat… projection is SOP for them as well.


  8. When a friend mentioned that quarantines, precautions and crushing restrictions would naturally be eased up I reminded her that nothing initiated after 9/11 has ever been rescinded but only increased (i.e. The Patriot Act) and she was astonished. She hadn’t even seen the similarities because it’s a “virus” and not fanatical terrorism. Great article.


  9. I could not have found this piece at a better time. I was complaining to my wife in the car about this for about the 3rd time in an hour(she’s a wonderful woman, and has perfected the ‘smile and nod’ when I start in on such things) about how I can’t believe how ridiculous all this is getting. Go to a base commissary and there’s a guy in front of it asking if I have experienced fever or shortness of breath. I say no and ask what he’s supposed to do if I say yes. He says it don’t really know other than to tell you to get the hell out!’ With a smile on his face. We are under ‘shelter in place’ orders, and you still see plenty of people going about their daily lives, there’s just slews of empty stores and parking lots.

    I just got back from taking my family to the beach. Water is still too cold to get in, but it was 78 degrees and not a cloud in the sky so a perfect time to go for a walk. We had the whole place to ourselves. Walked around for about half an hour until my middle daughter stepped on something and hurt her foot so we went back to the car. On the way out of the parking lot, half a mile away we saw two cops on 4 wheelers pulling on to the beach. I suspect they were going to tell people they aren’t allowed to walk on the beach, and turned around to see if that’s what they were doing, but there was no one else out there. I guess I’ll see if they are telling people to leave next time I take my family to the beach, which will likely be tomorrow.

    Some people seem to be bemused by all this, even irritated, but you can see animal like fear in a few peoples eyes, especially those looking out over surgical masks. I bought a couple boxes when I first started hearing about this in January, but aside from my usual donning a mask when I cut the grass this time of year due to allergies, I’ve yet to wear one.

    I haven’t seen this kind of mass hysteria in my life. I’ve tried bringing up the possibility that maybe, just maybe, this is all being blown way out of proportion but people, especially liberals, do not want to hear it. The ‘of it saves just one life’ mantra has completely overcome all rational thought. How do we know the overweight diabetic with heart disease and high blood pressure wouldn’t have died anyways? I have an 88 year old grandfather that’s had pneumonia numerous times in the past couple years and has been hospitalized for it, so obviously he should stay home. But the rest of us? This is nuts. And as you say it’s never going to go away. Ever. And what happens when a fresh case pops up in NYC and NOLA this November? Do we do all this over again? I’m at a loss. I don’t know what’s going to come out of all this, but I’m fairly certain I’m not going to like it. Anyways, sorry for the TL/DR post. It’s been quite a day.


  10. We have to play the longer game, be mindful of your surroundings, work on your intel, and you will know when time is up for them.


  11. One more thing, I don’t know why, but I haven’t been to LRC in a long time until just now, and I’m conjunction with your article, that’s exactly what I needed, so thanks for the reminder.


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  15. Being reminded of this lately. Listen closely to their words, their phrasing of words. One prime example?
    “Divine shutdown”
    And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.


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  19. Very smart deceptive article. You start out with truth, and one you have hooked your readers everything else appears as truth, but is only assumptions. I got it, and so see you.
    Ok get to the bottom line. What are you selling to these poor masses.
    Truths then assumptions. “I got one.”


  20. Very smart deceptive article. You start out with truth, and one you have hooked your readers everything else appears as truth, but is only assumptions. I got it, and so see you.
    Ok get to the bottom line. What are you selling to these poor masses.
    Truths then assumptions. “I got one.”


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  37. SUPERB work sir! Best possible brief history of government malfeasance.
    The prior HOAX manufactured for more government control for power by the chosen few, the man caused global warming, and the solution, the “Green New Deal”, is still being kept alive with some occasional pushing, and their poster child, the sickly teenager, Greta, a manufactured celebrity for establishing the credibility of knowledge, experience, wisdom and judgement is still roaming around. Now this new crisis needs heroes also.
    Media produced FEAR porn to gullible Sheeples based on monstrously flawed WRONG assumptions of playing with computer graphics. GIGO!
    Fauci et al lying on camera should be whacked hard.
    NOW the purveyors of the FEAR porn have to make their shills celebrities.

    Fauci being pushed to be a new celebrity for the mega gullible stupids, like Greta, the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, et al.
    Tragically where we are today for the kiddies to feed the media.


  38. Certainly applaud all the readers above posting on their sites.
    Posted this note to Trump at the White House, and on his Facebook page, and to Tucker Carlson’s Facebook page, along with a couple more well read Facebook pages. Get LOTS of readers there, hopefully, as a one man non media like me without a well read blog, gets nothing. Distribution to attempt to get a viral response, is the pious hope.
    Mr. President, You Sir are the point of the spear for the Peoples vs the Government smack down of crushing our liberties, unnecessarily, now and into the future. PLEASE DO DO NOT FAIL US Sir. Long term consequences are to brutal to contemplate, per history laid out in this article.


  39. Chip - SmallerGovNow

    Robert, the tyranny knows no bounds here in South Texas. Here’s the latest from our tyrannical county judge. And based on our governor’s presser yesterday we can anticipate no return to normal until “comprehensive testing is complete and vaccine developed”. He officially closed schools for the remainder of the school year. From the county judge…


    This is a reminder that face coverings are mandatory outside in Cameron County and in your cars, even if you are with your family.

    County Judge Eddie Trevino stated that local authorities during an emergency situation have broad authorities. And since families tend to make one another ill, he feels it’s necessary to cover in your car.

    However, if you are exercising, walking, running, or bicycling and you are alone or socially distanced (6 feet apart) you do not have to wear a mask.  However, you do need to have the mask with you.

    Cameron County Emergency Management has law-enforcement officers cruising the streets in all municipalities including Bayview.

    Citations are expensive at around $500 per violation.

    WOW! All the best… Chip


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