The Ignoble Lie
BY TYLER DURDEN
THURSDAY, OCT 28, 2021 – 06:20 PM
Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via The Epoch Times,
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In a controversial passage in Plato’s “Republic,” Socrates introduced the idea of the “noble lie” (“gennaios pseudos”).
A majestic fiction, he says, could sometimes serve society by persuading uninformed citizens of something good for them.
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Take Dr. Anthony Fauci, our point man on the COVID-19 epidemic.
Fauci misled the country about mask-wearing during the pandemic by claiming they were of little use. But he argued that he lied so the public would not make a run on masks, deplete the supply, and thus rob medical professionals of protective equipment.
Fauci also told “noble” lies about the likely percentage of the public needing to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. He kept raising the bar—from 60 percent to 70 percent to 75 percent to 80 percent, to 85 percent.
Apparently, Fauci feared a lower figure, even if accurate, might lull people into complacency about getting inoculated.
Fauci also lied about his own role in routing U.S. aid money to subsidize gain-of-function viral research at the Wuhan virology lab—the likely birthplace of COVID-19.
Either Fauci was hiding his own culpability, or he believed the American people might not be able to fully accept that some of their own health officials were promoting the sort of research that was partially responsible for more than 700,000 American deaths.
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When will #firefauci join “let’s go Brandon” and #fjb as popular jeers.
I remember the late Rush Limbaugh suggesting that people put a cardboard frame around their TV with the words “they’re lying” on it for all TV coverage of political speeches. Where’s the “fact checkers” for Fauci? He should be ridiculed and labeled anytime his on TV. If ever.
“White man speak with forked tongue.” To quote the old cowboy TV shows before “political correctness” made it impossible to show anything remotely entertaining for fear of offending somebody somewhere. Argh!