Censored by Patreon, I’m Moving to Substack


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By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

It started when I received an email saying “Woohoo – you just got paid! $3,383.92 was just sent out to you from Patreon covering earnings up to July 6, 2021.”

Woohoo indeed. When your boss fires you with “here’s the money we owe you, now get out of here” he doesn’t say “woohoo.” But Patreon is run by mindless robots, and they’re even more obnoxious than the lousiest boss.

A dozen emails down, another Patreon bot wrote: “Hey there! We hope you’re having a good day. We’re writing to give you a heads up about a small change for some of your patrons…” (Long story short, Patreon was changing their terms to grab a bigger share of the money, as they so often do. Apparently the grab-more-money bot hadn’t heard that I was fired.)

A few more emails down, another Patreo-bot wrote:

“Dear Dr. Kevin Barrett,

We are writing to let you know that your account is currently suspended because it violates our Community Guidelines. If you want to reactivate your account, please read the Community Guidelines carefully and make any necessary updates to your creator page. If you have any questions, please answer directly to this email and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible….Please don’t hesitate to reach out, we are happy to answer any questions you have about this process.

Patreon team”

I wrote back:


I don’t believe I have violated any community guidelines. But after reviewing them, I noticed the new guideline on ‘medical misinformation.’ That policy, which presumably relates to COVID, didn’t exist when I started posting on Patreon. Since my show is primarily a platform for hearing ‘the other side of the story’ on all of the most important public policy issues, I have featured a couple of scientists and doctors, like internationally-acclaimed peer-reviewed biowar expert Meryl Nass MD and anti-aging scientist Josh Mitteldorf, who disagree with some of the CDC and WHO policies. So I assume that must be the problem.

Please note that I have also interviewed experts who support CDC and WHO policies, like historian Eric Zuesse and science professor Gideon Polya. I think my overall coverage of COVID issues is ‘fair and balanced’ given that the whole purpose of my show is to critique mainstream perspectives from the most defensible and interesting angles.

I would appreciate it if someone at Patreon could help me figure out what I need to do to remain in compliance.


Dr. Kevin Barrett”

But nobody at Patreon was interested in being reasonable. Another mindless bot wrote back:

“Hi there,

Thank you for your patience.

Upon further review, we have determined that the content on funded by your project (sic) fundamentally misleads the public with dubious claims and unsubstantiated theories regarding COVID-19.

In the interest of the public’s general safety, your page will not be reinstated and will be permanently removed.”

So why am I a threat to public safety? It isn’t “COVID denial.” Unlike many in the alternative info-sphere, not to mention most of the 74 million Trump voters, I have consistently opined that COVID-19 is probably about as dangerous as mainstream scientists say it is.

So what “dubious claims and unsubstantiated theories” could they be talking about? I think I know the answer: Ron Unz’s claim that COVID-19 likely emerged out of a bio-war attack on China and Iran by American neoconservatives.

By promoting that hypothesis, I made the Associated Press/Atlantic Council list of “The Superspreaders Behind Top COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories.”

The AP and Atlantic Council didn’t intend my “superspreader” anointment as a compliment. They published my location alongside a picture of me that might as well as have had a target drawn on it.

Do the CIA-linked wonks at the Atlantic Council honestly believe the likely truth about COVID is a threat to “the public’s general safety”? They might. Maybe they think it could end the American empire, a destabilizing prospect that might make the world a riskier place. Or maybe they think the truth about US biowarfare could spark public outrage in China and set the stage for World War III. (And yes, I think we all can agree that World War III might threaten public safety.)

In any event, Patreon’s censorship was obviously political, not medical. They terminated me shortly after I broadcast back-to-back interviews with two big-name American politicians,Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Sen. Mike Gravel. The Kucinich interview touched on America’s extreme corruption including high-level political assassinations, while my rebroadcast Gravel interview, complete with newly-minted transcript, featured the Senator speaking powerfully for 9/11 truth. These topics, like COVID as neocon biowar, are taboo in the lamestream as well as pseudo-alternative media; they are career-killers, because the careerists have gotten the message that the Deep State will crush anyone with sufficient “reach” who talks about them.

I am not a Trump voter, nor a Q follower. But I do know something about the Deep State, because I have read the literature, beginning with the work of UC-Berkeley professor Peter Dale Scott, who popularized the term. The permanent government that oversees US imperial policy accepts that committing crimes in service to empire is part of the cost of doing business. Among their crimes: Massive, treasonous, 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance of political “threats,” including dissident Americans like me. If they noticed me having subversive conversations with names like Kucinich and Gravel, and promoting ideas like Unz’s COVID hypothesis, they might well have decided that the time has come to try to put me out of business, or at least make my life more difficult. First step: demonetization. Destroying a person financially is one way to shut them up.

Well, I am not going to shut up. So here I am on Substack, a platform explicitly dedicated to the proposition “that hosting a broad range of views is good for democracy…We just disagree with those who would seek to tightly constrain the bounds of acceptable discourse. We think the principles of free speech can not only survive the internet, but that they can help us survive as a society that now must live with all the good and bad that the internet brings.”

Woo-hoo! That’s a scintillating mission statement, Substack. As a guy dedicated to expanding the Overton Window to truly panoramic dimensions, I could hardly have said it better myself.So my former Patreon subscribers, and everyone else who appreciates no-holds-barred free speech, are invited to subscribe to me here at Substack.

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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  1. Because Music is much more powerful than mere written words, it kills me to pounder what those successful artist go through with the censors for singing their truth. Hopefully Steve Robertson was not a victim, though in a sense (COVID-19)he was. RIP. I have not kept up on PPOE, I will have to look into Good luck and keep keeping on Mr Berrett. You have paid an excessive price for your 1st Amendment rights!

  2. Funny….VT has censorship in common with Patreon….removing and censoring my comments.when they don’t like them. Kettle does call pot black.

    • Speaking of VT, has anyone ever considered what a sophisticatedly slick construction the website is, with all its psyop-natured advertising displays?
      Sometimes I can’t help but think there’s more going on with VT than what meets the eye.
      No offense intended. Gordon Duff did tell me once that Google was behind all that.
      I still don’t get it though, not being tech savvy. How can Google have such control over the internal displays (advertisements) of an “independent” website?

    • Elvin, VT webpage is using WordPress which have and use many Google plugins, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details… 🙂

  3. Please keep the good works rolling, doctor Kevin! As a child, driving with my family from Michigan oe Missouri back and forth to Minnesota, Wisconsin was a dreary low that reminded me to much of my native Scandinavia. The only relief was stopping by some stand selling multy-coloured Indian corn-on-the-cob. Now, the good doctor Barrett has offered me interesting info on the US of North A for many a year, illuminating those of us who are not illuminati. Many friends of mine in mainland China enjoy Your postings and discussions too!

  4. I gotta get off of Patreon myself Dr. Barrett, the bots have accused me of everything from pornography (for a WW II piece) to running a lottery on there (don’t ask me where they got that one from). IT is even worse. When I write them I get answered by Fort Huachuca. In three years I’ve lost at least five hundred dollar a month or more patrons because of there incompetence, all documented in the exit surveys. I’ve always tolerated it because there’s no way to ditch my government shadow and Patreon has always come correct on the money. But this month they even screwed that up. Its gonna be real pain moving to Substack, so I haven’t, yet. Interesting Mihail egging you on, I don’t think these guys realize what losing a four thousand dollar a month chunk of your income means when you are a free lance writer. Good luck on Substack Dr. Barrett.

  5. I wish that Russia would start making there own sites to counter the one the US has. With so much censorship on the US site they need competition. In the US with so much corruption it would be good to see Facebook, Twitter and the others taking down a few pegs!

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