By Tho Bishop, Mises Institute
This past March, Dr. Anthony Fauci sparred with Dr. Rand Paul over any public health benefit that came from wearing a mask if one had developed immunity to the virus. In dealing with both a democratically elected senator and a medical doctor, Dr. Fauci was dismissive and condescending. He demonstrated the degree to which he held himself higher than the Senate.
Dr. Fauci was also wrong.
A medical expert in Dr. Fauci’s position losing a debate on the science to an optometrist—even one of Dr. Paul’s great reputation—would itself be enough to declare them a fraud.
But Dr. Fauci is much worse than a fraud; he is a technocrat. He doesn’t see himself as simply someone to explain “the science” of the virus but appointed himself a covid czar. He leveraged the corporate press’s personality cult and used it to manipulate the public to behave the way he wanted them to behave.
He prioritized control over presenting the science.