Bretigne Shaffer joins the program for a pre-election talk about the factor that is driving much of this year’s big elections: not COVID, not riots, but fear. She discusses the history of how the modern pharmaceutical industry coalesced from the patent medicine craze of the late 19th Century, and how their lobbying of lawmakers, caregivers and educational institutions led to the accepted fear of pathogens that drives today’s medical philosophy. Bretigne and Tatiana talk about the fears of civil unrest that are driving many voters. She gives her thoughts on the future of the Libertarian Party, as well as why she thinks voting is usually an immoral act. Join the conversation, and don’t forget to subscribe on your favorite podcasting app!
About the Guest:
Bretigne Shaffer was a journalist in Asia for many years. She is now a mom, independent writer, and author of the graphic novel, "Urban Yogini: A Superhero Who Can't Use Violence."
Her latest creation is "The Adventures of Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates" - a steampunk adventure series for middle-grade readers, set in an alternate 19th-century England.
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