Fauci: Science Equals State

They deliberately prolonged it, so it was prolonged. Now they hope to frighten you by noting that it is lasting longer — as though this were not their stated intention (and implicit wish) from the outset.

Dr. Fauci, continuing his daily struggle to justify his superfluous bureaucratic existence, now insists that the lockdown has saved “millions of lives” — and that anyone who believes freedom is better than tyranny is “anti-science.” 

Remind me again who is anti-science here. Could there possibly be a more laughably unjustifiable, empirically unprovable, and arithmetically implausible claim than this idea, from an alleged scientific expert on infectious diseases no less, that millions of lives have been spared by stay-at-home orders? (Which lives, specifically? Show me one.) And to make such a morally and mathematically mendacious claim while simultaneously admitting that the virus is continuing to spread far more widely than you had anticipated — if this is what science looks like, I’ll take knuckle-dragging, please.

Oh, and you doubt my cynicism about Fauci’s legitimacy as any kind of scientist? Try this one, from the article linked above: 

“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are — for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable — they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority,” Fauci said.

“So when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who’s talking about science, that there are some people who just don’t believe that — and that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth,” Fauci said. [Emphasis added.]

To summarize the argument implicit in that incoherent, seemingly drunken rant:

State authority equals truth;
Some scientists speak with state authority;
Therefore, what these scientists say is truth.

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You might be inclined to note, for the sake of precision, that Fauci does not say, as per the premises I ascribe to him, that “some” science is truth, but simply that “science is truth.” Consider, however: What would he say (and what does he say, in fact?) about the “truth” of the scientists who disagree with his lockdown premise, for example? He is not talking about science at all, actually. He is talking about government regulation and calling it “science.” And twice in that short passage he directly aligns what he is calling science with “authority,” which is unquestionably his real concern. Hence, I interpret his premise as referring only to “some” scientists, since it is clear — almost explicit, if you read the passage a couple of times — that he only intends for people to blindly sacrifice their independent minds to those scientists who stand in the White House and say what Anthony Fauci says.

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