Freedom and Rights Coalition Address


Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Wellington, NZ 16 Dec 2021 – We are gathered today at a crossroads in the history of our beloved Aotearoa.  When I emigrated here nearly sixteen years ago I was journeying to a country renowned for its physical splendour and for a population that prided itself on diversity and inclusion.

Over the past two years, we in New Zealand and around the world have had to endure immense changes – healthy people have been locked up and down, travel has been restricted, face coverings have been imposed, and rules have been issued to make sure we didn’t get too close to one another, all ostensibly on behalf of health.

Over the past two years we have been barraged with daily reminders of rules and dangers, we have been assailed by the incessant drumbeat of case counts and death counts, on and on, over and over.  We have been made to live in an atmosphere of never-ending fear – fear that we might die or cause someone else to die, fear that at any moment any of our precious liberties might immediately be snatched away by a government that has actually had the audacity to declare itself to be a ‘single source of truth’.  We were given ‘choices’ that weren’t really choices, because if we chose the wrong way according to the authorities, we would lose our jobs, our livelihoods and our careers.

Those of us who for whatever reason – as is our inborn right – have decided to determine for ourselves what we would allow into our sacred bodies – we here and now in Wellington are not allowed entry into a cafe or a restaurant or a sporting event or a cinema or a theatre or gym or pool or even a hairstylist – for reasons of ‘health’.

I ask you: When have discrimination, segregation and exclusion ever been good for anyone’s health?  When in the history of our known world has a healthy person been considered a danger?

We are being told that there is only one ‘science’.  And we who seek to question and to debate, to consider facts and data and to offer other perspectives – to inquire, for example, about natural immunity, about the negative consequences of lockdowns and restrictions, about the glaring absence of early treatment during this crisis, about the safety and efficacy and adverse events and ingredients of the inoculations – we are being vilified and harassed and persecuted.  But real science thirsts for and invites questions and debate. Real science welcomes and encourages the open exchange of ideas, as do honest governments.

We here today, at this crossroads, have the remarkable opportunity to ask whether we wish for ourselves a society governed by fear, control and segregation – or a world that celebrates life, liberty and true togetherness.


Emanuel E. Garcia
Civic Square, Wellington, NZ
Freedom and Rights Coalition Rally
16 December 2021


Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia is a Philadelphia-born writer, theatrical director, physician (retired psychiatrist), and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He has resided in New Zealand since 2006 and his political essays and poetry have appeared widely on various websites and publications including TMS. His most recent novel, published in 2021, is the story of an Italian wayfarer entitled Olympia. Website: Email:

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3 Responses to “Freedom and Rights Coalition Address”

  1. Helen Waddington says:

    Thank you for your wise and inspiring words which brought light to a grey day in the capital’s Civic Square. I hope that your words will awaken the memory of the victorious anti nuclear peace movement which left in the Kiwi collective conscious a culture of egalitarianism and inclusiveness, and social justice for all. The current policy of discrimination, segregation and mandated medicine will not bode well in our Gods own country this Christmas. Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui.

  2. Thinking, feeling, thoughts, felts become evermore confused, fragmented, and disturbed. Manny Garcia is gifted with questing curiosity, expressing intelligence with clarity and coherence. We are all the richer for such steadfast souls’ devotion to honoring and serving the needs of the human project’s creative evolutionary adaption into our post-industrial mind epoch.

    It is “too easy” to consent to drowning in the incessant drumbeat of Lockdown World’s suffocating broken-record effect. In recent conversation with Tessa Lena (“Totalitarian Trajectory vs. Courage” –, Charles Eisenstein observed, “The pattern of dehumanization is the main thing that allows tyranny to flourish on earth.” Dehumanization is the goal of the current fear pandemic. It is the age-old tool of unconscious souls pursuing divide-and-conquer processes. But for souls like Manny willing to stand up and challenge the descent into a new Dark Age, there would be no light of redemption, no radiant encouragement to stand fast for the furtherance of one’s inalienable rights granted by Life’s infinite mystery and grace.

    Last July Professor Mattias Desmet described consequences of what we are living though in Mass Formation and Totalitarian Thinking in This Time of Global Crisis (

    (00:03:20): Four things need to exist or need to be in place if you want a large scale mass phenomenon to emerge. The first thing is that there needs to be a lot of socially isolated people, people who experience a lack of social bonds. The second one is that there needs to be a lot of people who experience a lack of sense-making in life. And the third and the fourth conditions are that there needs to be a lot of free-floating anxiety and a lot of free-floating psychological discontent….

    (00:07:46):All people who have been describing, who have been studying, mass formation, such as Gustave Le Bon, for instance [William] McDougall, [Elias] Canetti have remarked that mass formation is not similar to hypnosis; that mass formation is exactly equal to hypnosis….

    (00:09:57): Mass formation is actually a symptomatic solution for a real psychological problem. In my opinion, this crisis in the first place is a large societal and psychological crisis much more than a biological crisis, let’s say. From this state of mental intoxication you can explain all the rest of the phenomenon of totalitarianism. The mental intoxication leads to a narrowing of the field of attention. It makes people only see what is indicated by the narrative….

    (00:34:09): That’s something that Gustave Le Bon says, for instance: that it’s very difficult if mass formation happens at a very large scale in a society, it’s very difficult to wake up the masses. He says that usually you cannot do that. It’s impossible to do. Because the masses only wake up after a lot of destruction usually. But he says that if people who do not agree with the mass narrative, if they continue to talk, they prevent the masses to commence their largest crimes. That’s very important. You can make the hypnosis less deep by continuing to talk. And that’s what we all have to do. The people who have different opinions, the people who know about the different narrative, they have to continue to speak in the public space. That’s extremely, extremely important. I’m convinced that in this way, we will succeed in keeping open a certain part besides the mainstream….

    (0:55:35) Even if we would succeed in waking up the masses now, they would fall prey to a different story in a few years. And they would be hypnotized again, IF, IF we do not succeed in solving the real problem of this crisis. Namely the question: Why did we as a society get in this state in which a large part of the population feels anxious, depressed, experiences a lack of sense, feels socially isolated? That is the real problem. And if we do not succeed in finding out where this problem comes from then the masses will always be susceptible to leaders who try to lure them into a mass formation. So I think the real question in this crisis is: What is there in our view of man and of the world in the way in which we look at life that makes us experience lack of sense-making? In my opinion we must conclude that it is something in our materialistic mechanistic view of man in the world that leads up to a radical destruction of the real social structures and social bonds and of the feeling that life makes sense.

    Eternal thanks and gratitude for souls like Manny Garcia who express the uncompromising upwelling of creative heart and soul on behalf of our single, irreplaceable, supremely gifted human family. Our species is navigating its collective adolescence with ever greater shifts of creation and destruction. If we are successful in growing into a more creative maturity where the needs of ALL we share Mother Earth with are truly met it will be because of Life’s wisdom expressing through more and more of our fellow beings.

    “We always said that we have been told and understand that we’re relatives. Where our white brother will talk about water and trees and animals and fish as resources we talk about them as relatives. That’s a whole different perspective. If you think that they’re relatives and you understand that then you’re going to treat them differently.”
    —Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga (2016)

  3. Larry Simpson says:

    Not only those in Wellington’s Civic Square, Manny, there are billions of us around the world who also wholeheartedly agree with you. Hats off to you for your tremendous courage and resolve to fully and openly express your position full-voiced, clear and rational. May the rest of the world soon come to its senses.