Dr. Fauci’s Totalitarian Quote Shows Why We Cannot Trust Experts Or Those Who Rely On Them With Public Policy Power

ben-franklin

That’s a paraphrase; what Ben really said was “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” More than two centuries later, his words remain prescient and wise.

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s words below, in contrast, words should bring chills to the bones of any civically educated American:

“Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy…”

Yes, that statement has a context, but it also has a dark and frightening history. The call to put aside “concern about liberties and personal liberties” in order to battle a “common enemy” has been used for centuries in the pursuit of evil agendas. It has been exploited by supposedly benevolent leaders to seize dictatorial powers for short-term emergencies, and those powers somehow never were surrendered. This is why Obama’s ruthless aide Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Sometimes the common enemy really is one, and sometimes the aspiring totalitarian party manufactures a useful target of public fear and hate, like “the Jews.” Sometimes the enemy is real, but the danger posed by it is hyped, as with the Red Scare. For four years, progressives, Democrats and the news media used a series of Big Lies to portray President Trump as a “common enemy” of democracy, even as they used the false narrative as an excuse to weaken the Constitution, freedom of speech, due process, equal protection under law and the integrity of elections.

Here is Fauci’s whole quote:

“You have to get the overwhelming proportion of people vaccinated, but you also have to do mitigation, and that gets to the controversial issue of mask wearing, and the mandating of things. Mandating vaccines, for example, for teachers and … personnel in the school. It’s the unvaccinated that are doing that, so we have a lot of tasks. We’ve got to do mitigation. Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus. And we really have to go together to get on top of this. Otherwise, we’re going to continue to suffer as we’re seeing right now.”

Not all experts become threats to democracy, but too many do. They have tunnel vision, and what they regard as “the most important thing” can blind them to more important things, like the unalienable rights of others. There are well credentialed experts on climate science who would—in face have done so– advocate a dictatorship to ensure a unified international response to climate change. Experts on “diversity and equity” are advocating anti-white and anti-male discrimination because in their “expert” analysis, “systemic racism” is a common enemy. You can fill out the list of similar examples yourself.

People who think in terms of surrendering freedom and personal liberty for “the greater good” are common enemies themselves. Giving them government-backed power is irresponsible. They cannot be trusted, and their pronouncements, like Fauci’s, should be sufficient warning of the existential threats to the nation they pose.

6 thoughts on “Dr. Fauci’s Totalitarian Quote Shows Why We Cannot Trust Experts Or Those Who Rely On Them With Public Policy Power

  1. I have to feel a little for Fauci here. I think he was being ineloquent, but I also realize that doctors live in a constant state of tension with many of our rights. One of them is the right to refuse treatment when that decision might effect other people’s health.

    Doctors are trained to heal, support health, and cure disease. Anything that makes those things harder are liable to get pushback from doctors — remember the initiative to have doctors ask their patients about whether or not they own firearms, and to counsel them about the dangers thereof?

    Doctors are forever meddling in our lives in service of their mandate to heal and prevent sickness. It’s the nature of their professon. Fauci is doing exactly this.

    Having said all that, Fauci’s statement is every bit as dangerous and chilling as you suggest. I may understand why he said it, but that doesn’t mitigate the potential damage it will do. Too often these days, doctors take advantage of their elevated position in the esteem of people due to the unique, personal, and extensive nature of their training and expertise in what is a mystery to most of us.

    Fauci is trading on his qualifications in medicine to opine on a subject that is outside his expertise — the rights of persons under our social compact, and the natural rights of humanity derived from our Creator. That is profoundly unethical and dangerous because it carries the authority not just of government, but of the mysterious medical profession most of us esteem so highly.

    Not all experts become threats to democracy, but too many do. They have tunnel vision, and what they regard as “the most important thing” can blind them to more important things, like the unalienable rights of others.

    Exactly, and Fauci is an exemplar of precisely this. At one time, doctors would eschew such pronouncements for exactly the reason that it is not their place to explain human or Constitutional rights to Americans. Unfortunately, Fauci is the new, hybrid doctor/political apparatchik/bureaucrat type, who feels comfortable holding forth on anything that impinges on his area of expertise.

    Better if he would just stick to epidemiology.

    • Interesting analysis, Glenn. I am going to have to think about this. From what I read, Fauci is a life-long bureaucrat.and has never practiced medicine in the traditional sense of treating patients. He has been on the clinical investigation and research side of diseases, mostly the National Institute of Health and its sub or parallel public health agencies. There is where I suspect the “do no harm” ethos would break down with him, which is not intended to demean or diminish vital research and clinical studies, without which medicine would not have the advancements we have seen over the last 50 to 60 years.

      Fauci has demonstrated way too many times over the last year that he is authoritarian and does not have an issue with overstepping or overreaching his area of expertise (which, frankly, hasn’t been all that impressive to me).

      jvb

  2. I’ve realized that many public debates cannot be solved unless we start from our beginning philosophical assumptions. If two people are arguing about universal health care, and one believes the government could do it and the other doesn’t believe the government even has the right to do it, people talk past each other. The philosophical assumptions are informing the position both sides are taking. We have to start at the root of the disagreement to make any progress.

    When it comes to Fauci, we have only seen glimpses of what his philosophical assumptions are. He hasn’t really mentioned liberty; his sole focus has been about mitigating the spread of the virus. He wants businesses to shut down, but he’s said people can still have promiscuous sex. He was also silent on the BLM protests until pressure mounted and he gave a tepid response about being careful. He has shown he is willing to lie for what he believes to be the greater good. I don’t think he’s being honest about gain of function research either.

    With his current quote, we have some strong evidence that Fauci is probably a progressive, which means he believes in big government, which means he is probably skeptical of capitalism, which means he doesn’t value liberty all that much. His distorted views about liberty and the free market probably means he doesn’t even really understand inflation or care about shutting down the free market. If people have to stay home, oh well. Tunnel vision is right!

    People are not always neutral. Their background beliefs will inform their current positions. A better debate would be for America to face the dilemma of liberty vs security. These COVID alarmists (and I am not denying the severity of the virus for many) act like that we should give up and live in a medical cell for years until COVID is somehow “cured.” There is no mature, adult understanding that living is a risk in and of itself, and we can’t eliminate every risk without becoming a totalitarian dictatorship.. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a cliche quote, but it’s one that perfectly captures what’s happened in the United States, especially in blue states.

    Fauci is pretending to be a neutral scientist when he is likely a political progressive, and because progressives seem unable to ever put their politics aside, what I believed about him from the beginning (that I couldn’t completely prove) has now been confirmed.

    • And he’s a long time government employee. How’s that for creating a bias? He’s also untrustworthy to the extent, as has been reported, he gave the Wuhan lab funding for gain of function research when funding such research was prohibited by Obama administration policy because it was deemed too dangerous. If that’s the case, the guy’s complicit in the creation of this virus and he’s still telling us how to combat it. He’s crushing the entire economy and people’s lives to cover up his egregious, arrogant error. I wonder how he sleeps at night.

  3. It seems nearly impossible I have not been exposed to covid by now. Maskless church, shopping, small gatherings, restaurants (buffet), etc. Recently I experienced transient mild covid symptoms including loss of taste that still lingers so I called about the cost of the PCR test and how many thermal cycles their test was set for and was referred to the lab that processes the tests for all the local clinics.
    After finally reaching someone (supervisor) willing to divulge such top secret information I learned their cycle parameter was set for 45 heat/cool thermal cycles. I then asked if my lab result would indicate at what cycle # the covid DNA was detected. The answer was no and that I would have to contact my State Dept. of Health about that. So, the most important part of the test I am paying for is withheld from the public!

    The lower the thermal cycle number translates to more viable viral DNA and *certainty* of present or recent past infection which may or may not be symptomatic. According to Zen master Fauci himself, a cycle threshold of 35 or more is just dead nucleoids and would be a false positive.
    No wonder people do not trust anything about the State narrative on covid.
    The link further explains/embellishes.

    https://anti-empire.com/fauci-himself-admits-covid-pcr-test-at-over-35-cycles-is-deceitful-worse-than-useless/

  4. Today COVID, tomorrow climate change.

    Canada has backtracked and is increasingly instituting a need for full vaccination for many activities, including attending work. Even the “Conservative” government in Ontario has required its caucus members to be double vaxed or be turfed from the party. They have let one go as of yesterday’s deadline.

    I am certainly a vaccination supporter but I am quite surprised by these new events. Our constitution is hollow.

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