It is Not Enough Just to Be Correct…One Must Be Correct in the Critical Moment

by | Mar 19, 2022

I do not recall being afraid in March 2020.

Truth be told, I do remember being excited to stay home from work with my wife and our baby. (You see, as an attorney, remote work was a luxury afforded to me (but not others)).

Sure, on some level I knew something was off about the whole thing. But I wasn’t podcasting at the time. I had closed the show to focus on my career and my family.

Even though I was not afraid, I was silent in the critical moment.

So, on the two year anniversary of “two weeks to flatten the curve” I reflect back on what it means to be correct and when being correct is worth a damn.

In March 2022, it’s easy to say that lockdowns were a mistake and masks did nothing. Two years ago, expressing that same sentiment made you a literal murderer. That, however, was the critical moment.

Likewise today, expressing any point beyond “Putin bad” makes you something even worse than a Hitler apologist.

What does it mean to reject the War Party’s narrative on the Ukraine Crisis? What does it mean to do it today?

It could mean the difference between a populist antiwar movement and a 2003-style murder/suicide campaign. It could mean the difference between nuclear holocaust and deescalation. It could also mean being unjustly jailed for treason.

What would it mean to get the Ukraine Crisis correct after another world war? After the bombs fall? After millions are vaporized?

Not much.

We cannot afford to be correct a year—a month—a week—a day too late.

Now is the critical time. We must get the Ukraine Crisis right. We must call for peace and deescalation now.

Liberty cannot endure if mankind does not.


About Patrick Macfarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is the Justin Raimondo Fellow at the Libertarian Institute where he advocates a noninterventionist foreign policy. He is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he seeks to expose establishment narratives with well researched documentary-style content and insightful guest interviews. His work has appeared on and Zerohedge. He may be reached at
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