Fauci The Science™.
Posted by Ed Folsom, January 5, 2024.
“’It’s been proven that when you make it difficult for people in their lives, they lose their ideological bulls – – t, and they get vaccinated.’
So declared COVID superstar Anthony Fauci in 2021, championing government coercion for vaccines of which he falsely promised, ‘It’s as simple as black and white. You’re vaccinated, you’re safe.’
But will Fauci be forced to abandon his own ‘ideological bulls – – t’ when he testifies next week on Capitol Hill?”
So asks James Bovard in a recent op-ed in the New York Post.
In 2020, contemporary myth-makers raised two very sketchy public figures to the level of secular sainthood: Andrew Cuomo, then governor of New York, and Anthony Fauci, The Science™. The myth-makers drew a cartoon for the masses, a struggle between good and evil, between our heroes, progressive men of science, Saints Cuomo and Fauci, versus our cartoon villain, anti-science reactionary, Orange Man Trump. But soon Saint Andrew tumbled from grace; his usefulness expired.
Now, do we pray for St. Anthony Fauci, or for truth to prevail? The two are likely mutually exclusive. And if the truth does prevail, what will it teach us?
Aldous Huxley observed: “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons history has to teach.”
In Huxley’s Brave New World, The Controller of dystopia, Mustapha Monde, has a discussion with Bernard and Helmholtz, two subversive thinkers whom Monde is about to banish to an island, to remove them as threats to the social order. Monde explains that science is dangerous, that it must be muzzled, carefully controlled. Bernard doesn’t understand. He points out that everyone is always having it drummed into them that science is everything. Monde, the Controller, explains:
“Yes: but what sort of science? … You’ve had no scientific training, so you can’t judge. I was a pretty good physicist in my time. Too good – good enough to realize that all our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody’s allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn’t be added to except by special permission from the head cook. I’m the head cook now.”
This summer’s IMAX blockbuster, Oppenheimer, reminded us of a non-fiction, historical, example of such “science.” At one point in the film, Oppenheimer expresses doubt that the Germans have caught up with the technology for the atomic bomb because they reject quantum mechanics as “Jewish science.” Oppenheimer was correct. Germany’s National Socialists had their own “science,” German science. It was what National Socialism’s head cook said science was. It was not “Jewish science.” Soviet Communists had the science of Marxism, which was whatever the Central Committee said it was, on any given day – memory-hole all previous versions, we have always been at war with Eastasia.
In these conceptions, for the masses the science is always settled, not to be doubted or questioned. And then came our very own The Science™, as to which all doubts, all threats, are to be banished.
As to The Science™, and now as to Our Democracy™, what the Controller identifies as a threat is another man’s liberty.