Symposium 5, Session V: Remember Democracy

Session V of our fifth symposium, In the Midst of Darkness Light Prevails, focussed on the social fabric of democracy, its destruction, and what we can do to claim it back.


Polly Tommey of CHD.TV opened the session by introducing Dr Wolfgang Wodarg, medical doctor, former politician, and expert on public health and pandemics, who spoke about the foundations of democracy, the mechanisms of its erosion, and core principles for rebuilding democratic governance once again.

Wolfgang Wodarg: Guideposts Towards a Future of Our Own Making

Wolfgang Wodarg: 27 minutes 30s, followed by a panel discussion: 14 minutes 30s

Dr Wolfgang Wodarg began by inviting viewers to “remember there was democracy,” and to “think over how we could re-establish it in many parts of the world.” He shared a formula for resilient democracies, which centres around transparency as a function of societal size and complexity. Transparency, he stressed, is the critical ingredient for safeguarding democracy, such that governance occurs in the interests of citizens rather than those in power.

“When we entrust power, we have to know what is done with this power,” he said. “If the one who is entrusted knows that we can always have a look, then he will be cautious, because he knows we can always look.”

In contemporary global societies, however, Dr Wodarg made the deceptively simple yet incisive point that the sheer size and complexity of our systems renders governance opaque, fostering citizens’ dependence on mass media and experts to decipher an indecipherably vast and complicated reality. “The more complex something is, the more we need specialists to understand it,” he said. “We are just relying on those specialists, that they don’t betray us. They can tell us a lot of things we don’t understand, and it is difficult to find out whether they told us the truth or not.”

Such a recipe for opacity, with a citizenry reliant on specialists and mass media to feed them a filtered version of ‘reality’, Dr Wodarg noted, breeds conflicts of interest behind veils of secrecy and obfuscation, which further erodes transparency and therefore democracy. The end result is that, “we don’t really know what’s behind the scenes. We don’t know what Mrs Merkel has negotiated, or Mrs Von der Leyen and the European council, when she directly had sms exchanges with the boss of Pfizer, and such things.”

Now, with a near-total absence of transparency in our vast and immensely complex global societies and organizations, Dr Wodarg added that we are seeing “almost everything institutionally corrupted.”

"It started with public private partnerships... installing conflicts of interest in an organization. You have the public interest on one side and you have the private interest on the other side. And the private interest is much stronger in its influence on those servants of the state than the slow apparatus of democracy... So we have institutional corruption everywhere." 

Dr Wodarg gave the example of government payments to German doctors for administering COVID vaccines. Doctors were paid around 30€ per jab, he reported, which adds up to 4,500€ extra per month at 5 jabs per day, “almost doubling their salary”, or 45,000€ extra per month at 50 jabs per day, amounting to almost half a million per year.

"This is why many doctors in Germany do it. This is bribing doctors, and the state was bribing doctors. We always think it's the other way around, that the state watches that nobody is bribed. No - now the state is bribing those it needs to do what the state wants to do." 

And the solution? Smaller, simpler systems Dr Wodarg said. “We don’t need the same systems in different counties. We need the same rights… If you are in a rural region you need completely different systems than if you are in a city.”

Dr Wodarg offered Sweden as an example, which he explained has regional systems and regional budgets, along with one of the best health systems in the world. When you have a regional budget for health, he noted, you earn with prevention, because fewer people need hospital. And with smaller systems citizens can engage in their own democratic governance, as they can see, understand and hold accountable their own institutions and leaders for themselves.

“When we reinstall democracy”, he concluded, “we can do it like that.”

Panel Discussion

From 27 minutes 30s at the video above

Polly Tommey and Wolfgang Wodarg were joined by Catherine Austin Fitts and Dr Meryl Nass for a discussion of Dr Wodarg’s presentation, with a focus on how to fight back.

Catherine Austin Fitts encouraged viewers to realize that the things we do, and the actions we take, are much more powerful than many people realise. In “everything you think and everything you do,” she said, “say no to darkness and yes to light.”

Specific actions she recommended include:

Learn how to protect yourself and your family against what Catherine Austin Fitts calls The Great Poisoning. This includes what has been covered during today's symposium. Use what you've learned from the symposium to protect yourself and those you love 
• Use cash. Dial back on all the digital financial systems. Support businesses that take and use cash. Walk out of businesses that don't take cash
• Turn off your TV and turn away from any media that uses propaganda. Embrace and support new media, particularly those that bring you actionable intelligence to help protect you and your children against the great poisoning 
• Bank with a really good local bank or credit union 
• Say no to CBDCs and tell your bankers that you expect them to fight to stop CBDCs 
• Support good local leadership Support your local farmers and the restaurants and grocers who buy from them 
• Use resources such as forms on to help ensure that you are not bullied into compliance 
• Tell the truth. It is the truth that each of us share in our networks that will break the hold of the lies 
• Find your tribe and the people who will watch out for you and help you when we enter difficult times 
• Remove from your life people who offer you depression and disrespect 
• Do not comply to CBDCs or vaccine passports. Do not comply with Digital IDs

Catherine Austin Fitts warned that unless we walk back this final leg of the control grid and refuse to comply, there are no words strong enough to describe the kind of slavery and darkness that will descend. “But don’t be afraid,” she said. “The choice that we are all making for freedom is the right choice. And I have to tell you, you get to associate with people like Polly and Wolfgang and Meryl, and it’s a great way to live.”

Dr Meryl Nass followed by highlighting additional areas in which we all can take action, citing:

The education system, which has been degraded, like all other institutions. We need to figure out what to teach our kids, she said. What do they need to learn and what do we not want them taught and exposed to? • Discourse, which has been degraded by cancel culture, censorship and self-censorship. We need to reclaim healthy discourse by telling the truth, and allowing each other to speak without being cancelled  
• Food quality and soil quality: learn to grow and source good quality foods so that you will feel resilient no matter what happens
• Join with the other wonderful people who are paying attention 
• Enforce transparency, to overcome corruption and move away from a society that punishes people for telling the truth  

Polly Tommey asked how long we have left to walk back this last leg of the control grid. Catherine Austin Fitts answered one year, or two years at the most. 2023 is the year that we need to stop this, she stressed.

Wolfgang Wodarg added that if we stop it in one region, other regions will follow, which could happen very quickly. He underlined the importance of prosecuting those responsible for crimes committed, and recouping the proceeds of those crimes, including from pharmaceutical companies and complicit billionaires. “Just remember,” Catherine Austin Fitts agreed, “crime that pays is crime that stays.”

All participants ended by concurring with Meryl Nass that, “we can do this.”


9 minutes 30s

Michael Palmer MD rounded off the symposium with a message to doctors, nurses, patients and lawyers.

To doctors and nurses he said, “Remember the science that you have been taught. Remember the immunological principles from which it is clear that mRNA vaccines are not fit for purpose, and will always be inherently dangerous. Refuse to administer these vaccines to any of your patients.”

He added, “the evidence is in,” regarding the vaccines’ harmfulness, and the farcical, captive approval processes behind them. “Resist the pressure to abandon your patients,” he stressed. “Stand up for your freedom of speech and the right to your own considered professional opinion, because without it your profession isn’t worth anything. Band together. There is strength in numbers.”

To patients he advised, “Demand your rights to proper and honest medical care, and protection from treatments that have been proven ineffective and harmful. Demand these things from doctors and nurses, but also from those who tie their hands.”

And to lawyers: “Keep fighting the good fight. Even though most courts are captured, success is possible. Pool your resources to use the excellent legal strategies already invented, and evidence reports already prepared. Even if you don’t win in court, you will help the people understand.”

He thanked viewers for watching, and asked: “Please help us to spread the information we have shared with you today.”

Finally, Catherine Austin Fitts read Vermont Royster’s In Hoc Anno Domini (In This Year of Our Lord), written for the Wall Street Journal in 1949 at Christmas time, as the world recovered from a devastating war. In Hoc Anno Domini describes Saul of Tarsus’ conversion and emancipation from a world in bondage, with a message to stand fast in liberty, render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and “be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” The editorial proved so popular that it has been re-published by the Wall Street Journal every Christmas Eve since 1949.

With Christmas approaching Catherine Austin Fitts concluded:

"From Doctors for Covid Ethics, we pray for your good health, your happiness and your prosperity in 2023. We invite you to rejoice with us in the knowledge that we are free by divine authority. Caesars come and Caesars go, and as we speak, would-be Caesars are engaged in mass atrocity - a great poisoning. And yes, a gross darkness covers the Earth. Yet our light arises from this darkness. The Caesars are few and we are many. We have the ability to stop rendering unto Caesar what does not belong to Caesar.  

"Our prayers go out especially to those among us who are promoting, justifying, implementing and financing mass murder and mass atrocity. If you are a doctor, or a policeman or a military officer, or government official, or nurse, or banker, or tax collector, or venture capitalist - whatever your profession - if you are helping to criminally steal the lives, health, property and assets of others, or profiting richly from it, we pray that your heart will be so filled with the love of your fellow man, and the love of freedom, that you will simply stop. We welcome you into our midst. Please join us in our prayers and actions for freedom.  

"For one to be free all will be free. This means you. Choose freedom, so that tyranny cannot and will not stand. May your light arise and break through the darkness today, and throughout the New Year and all of 2023. 

“From Doctors for Covid Ethics and all the groups that have helped us tonight, from CHD.TV, UK Column, and CHD Europe, good night and God bless.”

Session V Presenters

Click here for Session V presenters’ links and resources

Catherine Austin Fitts is the president of Solari, Inc., publisher of the Solari Report, and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC. Catherine served as managing director and member of the board of directors of the Wall Street investment bank Dillon, Read & Co. Inc., as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration, and was the president of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. Catherine has designed and closed over $25 billion of transactions and investments to-date and has led portfolio and investment strategy for $300 billion of financial assets and liabilities. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the Wharton School (MBA) and studied Mandarin Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Meryl Nass, MD, ABIM is an internist with special interests in vaccine-induced illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War illness, fibromyalgia and toxicology. As a biological warfare epidemiologist, she investigated the world’s largest anthrax epizootic in Zimbabwe, and developed a model for analyzing epidemics to assess whether they are natural or man-made. She has played a major role in creation of a
coalition that has fought the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program. Nass is active in assisting legal teams defending anthrax vaccine refusers and ill service members in the U.S. and Canada.

Michael Palmer, MD is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is board certified in Medical Microbiology. His experimental research focus is on bacterial toxins and antibiotics. Michael has authored a textbook on Biochemical Pharmacology.

Polly Tommey is director of programming for CHD-TV. She is the mother of Billy Tommey, whose vaccine injury story is prominently featured in the documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe. Tommey is a film producer known for Who Killed Alex Spourdalkis? (2015), Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) and Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth. She is a book author, founding editor-in-chief of the world’s preeminent autism magazine, The Autism File and co-founder of the Autism Media Channel. An outspoken autism advocate and founder of the Autism Trust in the UK and U.S., Tommey has appeared in print and television media around the globe, gone head-to-head with top political leaders and never compromised her position on telling the truth about vaccine injury.

Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg did his medical studies in Berlin and Hamburg and received his doctor ́s grade from the University of Hamburg. Postgraduate qualifications: internal medicine and pneumology, public health, social medicine, hygiene and environmental medicine in Germany, and further training in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University/ Baltimore, USA. He practiced medicine in several clinics and became the director of a public health institute in Northern Germany. He was elected to the German Bundestag in 1994 and was amember of the Health Committee and the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development. As MP, Dr. Wodarg was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Education and Science.

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