Popular progressive publisher punished by pundits
by Guy Page
Chelsea Green Publishing of White River Junction has earned a faithful following by publishing political and environmental progressive authors Big Publishing won’t touch.
Chelsea Green is the Brave Little State’s Brave Little Publisher. By cultivating ‘green’ best-sellers like Helen Nearing’s Loving and Leaving the Good Life, The New Organic Grower and Limits to Growth, plus 400 other titles, CG now employs 29 people and in 2015 earned $5 million in sales, according to the Sept. 27 Seven Days news story headlined “Vermont Publishing House Chelsea Green is peddling Coronavirus misinformation.”
Founded in 1984, CGP is the award-winning publisher about “the politics and practice of sustainable living, publishing authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life, and give readers hands-on information related to organic farming and gardening, ecology and the environment, healthy food, sustainable economics, progressive politics, and, most recently, integrative health and wellness,” according to its website.
But now the 37-year-old publishing house of hot titles like “Rebugging the Planet” and the feminist Gnostic hit “Not In HIS Image” is in big trouble with its core audience, thanks to publishing and unapologetically cheerleading a hot best seller by natural dietary supplement expert and osteopath Dr. Joe Mercola.
The book title alone is enough to make Anthony Fauci self-medicate with a maple creemee: “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.”
“Since early 2020, the world has experienced a series of catastrophic events—a global pandemic caused by what appears to be an engineered coronavirus; international lockdowns and border closings causing widespread business closures, economic collapse, and massive unemployment; and an unprecedented curtailment of civil liberties and freedoms in the name of keeping people safe by locking them up in their homes.
“We are now living in a world that is increasingly ruled, not by our democratic systems and institutions, but by public health fiat, carried out by politicians who rule by instilling fear and panic.”
In case you hadn’t noticed, a sizeable number of Americans disagree. Instead, they are fixated on universal vaccination. Aver me no ivermectin. Spare me the VAERS. Pay no attention to those millions of unvaxxed illegals entering America. Who cares if workers are being fired for refusing the Pfizer vax that is still legally under Emergency Use Authorization? Just Get. The. Jab.
Judging by the ensuing kerfluffle, you’d think Chelsea Green was trying to sell Velveeta at a farmer’s market. Poisoned Velveeta. Check out the blowback as reported by Seven Days:
Author and former Burlington Free Press journalist Stephen Kiernan: “As far as I’m concerned, Chelsea Green’s profit from this book is blood money.”
Dartmouth College professor and journalist Jeff Sharlet: “”Shame on @chelseagreen, which I’ve always admired. This is murderous.”
CNN reporter Randi Kaye found Mercola riding a bicycle and interrogated his rapidly receding back: “Do you feel responsible for people who didn’t get vaccinated and possibly got sick and died because of what you’ve told them about the vaccines? What do you say to families who’ve lost loved ones? Are you spreading misinformation?”
The owner of Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro promised Seven Days readers she won’t carry “The Truth About COVID-19.” She warned that she may never display another Mercola book again.
Cancel culture, Vermont-style.
Though getting Banned in Brattleboro is no doubt a painful blow to Chelsea Green’s national marketing plan, sales elsewhere are encouraging. In fact, it’s an Amazon.com, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. And that’s what’s really driving the vax-only crowd crazy. One of Their Own has contemptuously dismissed the Official Line. Standing inside this latter day Orwellian Ministry of Truth, Joseph Mercola has thrown a chair through a window, and the sunshine is streaming in.
For more information on Mercola and ordering a copy of “The Truth About COVID-19,” go to the book’s Chelsea Green webpage. You can also learn more from the video interview by Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher about coercive measures and authoritarian approach undertaken by government and doctors to vaccinate all Americans: Click to access the interview transcript, video interview, and podcast for the Sept. 26 featured content.