Clifton Duncan calls himself a “pot-smoking, pro-choice atheist.”
The versatile actor recommended his current look at The Mises Institute made little sense on these phrases alone. The non-partisan group promotes particular person freedom and Austrian-style economics within the model of Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.
Audiences may anticipate a Tucker Carlson or Ben Shapiro, not a person steeped in Hollywood tradition.
We’re residing in instances that upend conventional alliances, one thing Duncan alluded to throughout his July twenty fourth speech on the group’s campus in Auburn, Alabama.
Duncan’s inventive resume is spectacular, however he didn’t journey South to recite his bona fides. He got here as a result of his beliefs successfully ended his leisure profession.
He refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine as his bosses demanded. Now, he’s forging a brand new life outdoors of Hollywood’s ecosystem.
The classically coach actor started by sharing his skilled accomplishments, from graduating with a Master of Fine Arts diploma in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program to incomes reward from Broadway legends like Joel Grey and Stephen Sondheim.
Duncan made frequent visitor appearances on broadcast TV exhibits, too, a part of a worthwhile, fulfilling profession.
“I don’t say all of that to brag,” Duncan stated. “On a deeper stage, I’m citing these achievements…as a supply of nice ache and resentment.”
The skilled life he labored so onerous to realize could also be over for good.
I’ve been amazed on the response to the Mises speech, I didn’t anticipate it.
I’m glad it has resonated with so many individuals.
Thank you for all of the help and for the type messages ❤️
— Clifton Duncan (She/Her) (@cliftonaduncan) July 27, 2022
Duncan, who stated he’s “staring down the barrel of 40 years of age,” is ready tables for a residing once more, very like he did almost 20 years in the past.
“I not have a robust manager … I not have the prospect of incomes a five-figure weekly wage…engaged on TV or on Broadway,” he stated, including he’s “shut out” of Hollywood.
“Why have I gone from having a billboard with my likeness on it in the course of Times Square, profitable stand-out notices within the New York Times and visitor starring on community tv…. to the place I’m now?
“I refuse to permit any employer or, by extension, the federal government to behave as my well being care supplier and to dictate what I inject into my physique,” he stated. “I refused to be bullied or coerced or shamed into taking a medical product I neither need or want.”
Duncan known as vaccine mandates a “grotesque and egregious state overreach,” including the pandemic modified the best way he noticed his nation.
“I’m drastically disturbed by the precedent which has been set whereby authorities officers and bureaucrats can take it upon themselves to find out who is crucial, and who shouldn’t be … who can function his enterprise, and who can not,” he stated. “And in some instances, resolve who’s allowed to journey, and who shouldn’t be.”
Duncan admits he paid a steep value for refusing the vaccination, from shedding “many pals and former colleagues” to his profession’s unofficial termination.
He would do it over again if he may.
“I’ll by no means remorse standing up and forcibly saying no to a repressive, nonsensical, unethical and finally pointless encroachment on our freedoms,” he stated, including he’s cast highly effective connections with new folks over the previous few months and now hosts a well-liked podcast.
“Once I started saying what I actually assume, my attain shortly exploded far past what I had achieved chasing a profession as an actor … and I discovered new relationships with some actually unimaginable and fascinating folks.”
Andrew Klavan‘s Daily Wire podcast performed clips from Duncan’s speech, noting how vital popular culture is to the world round us.
The vaccines, Klavan precisely famous, didn’t stay as much as the pre-release hype. So when somebody like Duncan shares that actuality, the progressive powers-that-be make sure that his voice, his perspective, are punished.
“You must censor anybody who factors out the reality,” Klavan stated.