By Tom Woods
Remember the old days, when we didn’t even know the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) existed, and then suddenly its director, Anthony Fauci, was ruining everyone’s lives?
Well, there’s no going back to those days of innocence and naivete, I’m sorry to say, so I’m keeping informed about personnel changes there.
The new NIAID director is Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, who is currently director of the University of Alabama School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Marrazzo favored lockdowns, masks (“‘the only way to keep kids in school and keep them safe,” though she had no comment on Sweden’s refusal to mask its 1.8 million schoolchildren, not one of whom died of Covid), and vaccine mandates.
Asked for comment about Marrazzo’s appointment, Fauci said he was pleased but warned of the difficult road ahead because of uppity peons like you and me who don’t know that our place is to shut up and let the alleged experts do useless, bizarre, and evil things with no basis in evidence while calling it all “science”:
“She’s going to be dealing with, you know, unfortunately, as we’ve seen over the last few years, a very divisive political setting, where there’s been an unfortunate politicization of some of the science.
“She may get challenged with, you know, attacks on her decisions, but she just needs to realize that she’s got to do the best she can always, always, always letting her North Star being science, evidence and integrity and honesty. When she does that, she’ll be fine.”
Can you imagine a world in which the NIAID director is guided by “science, evidence and integrity and honesty”?
Meanwhile, Mandy Cohen, the new CDC director, just tweeted a picture of herself about to be interviewed by NPR.
The woman is bold. NPR! Imagine all the confrontation she’ll face there!
How about having the guts to go out and confront some of the informed critics of what her agency has been up to over the past several years? If she really wants to restore confidence in public health, as she has said, that’s the only way to do it.
When we learn of appointments like this, it’s natural to become demoralized. It is absolutely beyond dispute that our side is in the right on the “public health” decisions of the past few years, and yet people who defended those decisions continue to be elevated to positions of leadership. That’s corruption and wickedness on an unimaginable scale.
Now what would I have done about this situation in the past?
I would have thought: I’ll run to my blog and post something! That’ll show ’em!
Nothing wrong with posting to your blog, dear reader.
But I’ve reached a point in my life at which I’d prefer to do something rather than sit back and react to things being done to me.
Now I do know my limitations. I can’t possibly fix the U.S. medical establishment. After all, Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal (better known as the BMJ), once insisted that the problem of medical research fraud wasn’t one of “bad apples” but rather of “bad barrels” or indeed of “rotten forests or orchards.”
He went on:
“Stephen Lock, my predecessor as editor of The BMJ, became worried about research fraud in the 1980s, but people thought his concerns eccentric. Research authorities insisted that fraud was rare, didn’t matter because science was self-correcting, and that no patients had suffered because of scientific fraud.
“All those reasons for not taking research fraud seriously have proved to be false, and, 40 years on from Lock’s concerns, we are realizing that the problem is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary.”
There’s no fixing that.
There’s no fixing so much of what’s wrong in America.
Instead, we figure out how to navigate around it, and/or build something better.
That’s what we’re doing inside my School of Life, whether it’s health, education, finances, how to win when you’re hopelessly outnumbered — whatever you’re concerned about, we’re on it.
We’ve got people in here who are losing 50 pounds, or (with our guidance) starting successful businesses, or transitioning to a better eating regimen, you name it.
And we’re building networks of dissidents who can support each other in all these areas and more.
We can keep on arguing on Twitter, I guess, but I’d rather do this, and I feel sure my longtime readers would, too.
Until tomorrow you can try it out for a month, and you’ll of course see it’s everything I say and more — a lot more:
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