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Can you believe it? The COVID crazy is destroying trust in science experts

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Here, we are all falling over in shock:

The trials and tribulations of COVID-19 in America have dealt an irreparable blow to the credibility of America’s ruling class and the ruling class’s implicit appeal to its authority as a coterie of highly trained and capable experts. No single person exemplifies this more than Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has attained celebrity status during the pandemic as the nation’s leading immunologist and forward-facing spokesman for our public policy response. As Steve Deace and Todd Erzen detail in their new book, Faucian Bargain: The Most Powerful and Dangerous Bureaucrat in American History, Fauci has repeatedly contradicted himself throughout the pandemic, waffling on what the “science” demands at any given moment while still always seeming to err on the side of draconian overreaction.

Recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by BuzzFeed and the Washington Post only underscore the point. Perhaps most damningly, the FOIA requests revealed a February 2020 email to former Obama-era Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell explaining that store-bought face masks are “really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.” He also added that the “typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.”

Of course, barely over a month after Fauci’s unearthed email to Burwell, Americans were required to wear masks pretty much every time they left their house—and mask-skeptical posts were censored or deleted by the ruling class’s preferred private-sector enforcement arm, Big Tech.

Josh Hammer, “COVID-19 Has Forever Destroyed Americans’ Trust in ‘Experts’” at American Greatness (June 3, 2021)

Learned:

  1. Many bureaucrats relished enforcing rules that made no sense whatever. Dying aged people couldn’t see their young relatives. Bars were open but churches were closed. Some places had curfews; others did not. In some places, schools were closed; in others, they were not.
  2. The main effect of Big Tech censorship was to make discussing the problems difficult.
  3. Far more of our fellow citizens than many of us would have thought possible simply accepted the crazy, then cowered, and hid. For no reason other than rank, irrational fear.
  4. Among more thoughtful people, the term “science” has taken one heck of a beating. When this is all over, we hope it still means something other than “whatever bureaucrats enforce.”

10 Replies to “Can you believe it? The COVID crazy is destroying trust in science experts

  1. 1
    polistra says:

    From the start of this shit, the scariest part is that nobody even WANTS to be trusted. None of the “freedom-defending” politicians stood up, none of the “skeptical” scientists stood up. Everyone was bribed and blackmailed into collaboration.

    When criminals don’t care that the witnesses have seen the crime, it means they intend to kill all the witnesses.

  2. 2
    jerry says:

    From Scott Adams

    The next time you see a letter signed by lots of scientists, your default assumption should be that they are pushing a lie for political reasons, or for profit, or to cover their rears.

    Someday the scientific community might earn back our trust. That won’t be this year.

  3. 3
    asauber says:

    What does one need to push a Big Lie?

    Extensive and prolonged exposure?
    Perception of Authority?
    Serious subject?

    Did Fraudchi have those things?

    Andrew

  4. 4
    Seversky says:

    “What does one need to push a Big Lie?”

    That’s obvious. Big Liars like Trump and the Trumpicans.

  5. 5
    BobRyan says:

    A lie told enough times becomes the truth to enough people who care nothing about doing their own research.

  6. 6
    asauber says:

    “Big Liars like Trump and the Trumpicans.”

    Sev,

    FYI, Trump is no longer president of the USA. You livin’ in the past.

    Andrew

  7. 7

    The rot in the scientific community, at universities is a real thing. These are not a few rotten apples, but general rot in the culture that is widely adopted.

    It is about people having a bad personal judgement. Fact obsessed people, who are clueless about subjective issues. Clueless about how to prime their emotions for honesty.

    People who conceive of what is good and bad, social justice, as being a matter of scientific fact.

    People who are constantly emotionally feeding on the feelings of certitude, associated to facts, and have no real emotional base. Then they come into a moral panic, when someone disagrees with them, when someone challenges their soft psychosis based on their feelings of certitude.

  8. 8
    Seversky says:

    Asauber/6

    FYI, Trump is no longer president of the USA. You livin’ in the past.

    Tell that to him, not me. He’s the one who still thinks he’s President. It’s not me living in the past.

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    kairosfocus says:

    Sev, the concern is valid, Scientism as handmaiden of lawless, dominant oligarchy, is discrediting Science. Censorship, Red Guardism, dirty McFaul colour revolution coups, word magic newspeak feeding agit prop and lawfare leading to lawless domination and more are going to have serious consequences, locally and geostrategically as esp both ends of Asia go seriously active. KF

  10. 10
    AaronS1978 says:

    Soooooooooo gonna leave this right here
    Hydroxychloroquine proved it was actually worth something SCIENCE!

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.28.21258012v1

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