Naomi Wolf

BOOK REVIEW: “The Bodies of Others” – COVID-19 Tyranny

7 June 2022

5.5 MINS

Considering the last two years of excessive governmental interference, Naomi Wolf has sounded the alarm about where things are headed. Will we take heed and stave off the totalitarian tendencies of those who seek to control us?

That those who greatly fear the rise of Big Brother statism in response to things like Covid craziness include people like Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and in this case, longstanding leftist and feminist Naomi Wolf shows that this is not just something that those on the right are deeply concerned about. Numerous intelligent and savvy individuals have great fears about what has been unfolding over the past few years.

Wolf has been speaking out about the lockdowns, the mandates, the forced vaccinations and the like for some time now, and she does not hold back in her brand new book. The subtitle tells us where she is heading: “The New Authoritarians, Covid-19 and the War Against the Human.” Her main concern is the erosion of our freedoms and basic human rights — not to keep us safe, but to grant unprecedented powers to elitist minorities and globalist bodies.

Stoking Fear

In 20 meaty and well-documented chapters, she makes the case for why we all should be very afraid of where things are heading as Statists exploit crises or even make them up in order to further consolidate power and control. Wealthy and powerful elites gain in such scenarios while the masses suffer — greatly.

The Bodies of Others bookAlthough focused primarily on America, Wolf has plenty to say about England, Europe and even Australia. The facts, figures and stories she shares about the scene in the US should be of help to whoever is reading this book. The overall thrust of it remains the same regardless of what country you are in.

She reminds us that America has had many, and often much worse, outbreaks of infectious diseases in its past, such as the smallpox outbreak of 1775-1782 and the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-1919. Europe too has had such outbreaks. Yet even then, freedoms remained intact and total lockdowns never took place.


Never mind that early on many experts were warning against lockdowns and other coercive measures. Says Wolf,

“The masking, the enclosure, the isolation, the lack of community, fresh air and exercise, the fear, the cabin fever, the generations piled on top of one another, the alienation engendered by computer screens — they all took their toll. People grew pale, fearful, obsessive, phobic, and sad. And unsurprisingly, many got sick and many died.” 

Of course, the elites and politicians and ‘health experts’ calling the shots never paid the price for any of this. While we were all locked in our homes (here in Melbourne, we were held prisoners for 23 hours a day, with only a 5km travel allowance), the elites were still living the good life.

They were not only getting their cushy salaries paid for by the taxpayer, but for the most part, they could freely roam about at the beachfront properties. Lockdowns were no big deal for them. Says Wolf:

“This somber catastrophe… morphed into a uniform, top-down, almost cozy ‘lifestyle’ that was, as a form of house arrest, tolerable. That is, if you were affluent. What we did not know was that the ‘academic’ studies, the media messaging, and the tools for the cozy lifetime all derived from, and then benefited, the same group.”

And we need to avoid the misnomer “quarantine” — what used to happen to the sick. What happened to us who were mostly healthy were lockdowns:

“Totalitarian and fascist societies have long used mass restrictions of movement, curfews, and other ways of restricting free association and free movement to keep their citizens in check. North Korea and China have cordoned off entire regions and put them under no-movement rules.”

Big Players

She of course discusses the main culprits here, including Big Tech, Big Pharma, and the various globalist bodies such as the UN, the WHO and the WEF. She quotes elites like Klaus Schwab who told adoring audiences two years ago that everything must be transformed as part of a Great Reset. Wolf tells us what old systems are now fully at risk:

Privacy, paper and metal money, the ability to drive a car without being tracked, the nation-state, human expression, human touch, cultural activities, churches, mosques, and synagogues, town halls, theaters and concert halls, democratic governance, a free press, schools and universities, books and libraries, and the right to decide what happens to one’s body, property and family…”

The list goes on and on: everything MUST change in order to bring about the elites’ dystopia. And it is so very odd that we actually need reminding of what life was like just a few short years ago, but she does do that:

“Before the pandemic, people did not need a subscription to enter human civilization and community. People went to church. No data was harvested. Their kids went to school. No data are harvested when a teacher reads to the class from a book or writes an equation on a blackboard. Nor were data generated when kids played together at recess, or on sports teams, or when they performed a class play…”

This IS our new normal. The elites do not want us going back to life as we knew it. Two items I just noticed on social media confirm these fears. Even though Covid is in many ways now seen as a thing of the past for most people, the social engineers will not let go of their power trips. Justin Trudeau in Canada is still insisting that the unvaxxed cannot ride in trains or fly in planes. And in South Australia, the leftist government there has just declared a “climate emergency”.

Always Another Thing

Covid was simply a test run for even “greater” crises, and “climate change” was always a major part of this. To ‘save the planet’, we must be forced to relinquish most of the rights and freedoms we once took for granted. Schwab and Bill Gates and others have long spruiked climate alarmism as part of their goals to reshape society and drastically cull the human population.

As Wolf reminds us, these ‘crises’ and ‘emergencies’ are neverending:

“By the end of 2021, we were still being spoken of as being ‘in the middle of a pandemic.’ … In pandemic time, time has ceased to be linear. It was now always pandemic time. ‘The middle of the pandemic’ kept shifting so that it had no actual chronological meaning. It was always the eternal now. … with no recourse to objective metrics.”

As one who is quite familiar with both history and current events, including how tyrannies arise, she has no time for things like mandatory vaccines:

“The vaccine passport platform is the first step toward a social credit system, like the one in China that enslaves a billion people. In China, the CCP can find any dissident in five minutes because of the 360-degree surveillance of the social credit system.”

The West is not far away from all of this. Indeed, what 2020-2022 had clearly demonstrated was “the helter-skelter desertion of classical liberalism’s — modern civilisation’s — most cherished post-war ideals: the sudden abandonment of post-Enlightenment forms of critical thinking; the dilution of parents’ sense of protectiveness over the bodies and futures of their minor children; the acceptance of a world in which people can’t gather to worship.”

The elites were happy to usher all this in, and far too many of the masses happily went right along with it. Too many were happy to throw away their freedom and human rights for the illusion that the ever-expanding State exists to keep them safe. We have not been kept safe, but we have seen a massive hammering of our civil rights and liberties.


The closing words of Wolf deserve to be shouted from the rooftops:

“In this moment when freedom itself is in the balance, when the alternative is servitude forever, this decision on whether to speak up makes all the difference. Tyrannies only fall when there is mass resistance. History is clear on this. When it is just a few, well, they are marginalized, silenced, smeared, or, when things go far enough, arrested. What matters most is that enough people stand up and resist all at once.”

Naomi Wolf is a fighter — a freedom fighter. And when we see basic human rights and civil liberties being stolen away from us at an alarming rate, we need all the freedom fighters we can get. Well done Naomi for sounding the alarm. May many millions of readers heed your call to action.


Originally published at CultureWatch.


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  1. Kaylene Emery 7 June 2022 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I value n appreciate your articles Bill please never stop writing.
    Love n blessings to you n yours.
    Have you watched the Australian documentary Humble Hope ? I would love to hear what you think .

  2. Jim Twelves 10 June 2022 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Bill, brilliant! Thnak you for alerting me to this book, it looks like it needs to be on my list now! I am particularly keen to see today, Gales’ admission “My ‘best investment’ turned $10 billion into $200 billion worth of economic benefit” the big pharma bonanza!
    I love your work, thank you. Shalom, Jim

  3. Bill Muehlenberg 23 June 2022 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thanks Kaylene. No I have not watched that – I may have to check it out.

  4. Bill Muehlenberg 23 June 2022 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Many thanks indeed Jim.

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