Left’s religious faith in bogus ‘science’ echoes Soviet corruption
Although he is not alone, credit to Thomas Frank of The Guardian to be honest he was one of many who rolled his eyes and berated Fox’s “Trumpist” and “tricked” viewers. Tracing his journey from a skeptic to examining the COVID lab leak hypothesis, “The answer is, this is the kind of thing that could shatter the faith of millions of people,” Frank writes.
“My own complacency on the matter was dynamited by the lab leak test published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists earlier this month,” he continues, “a few weeks later, everyone from Dr. Fauci to President Biden, recognizes that the laboratory the hypothesis of an accident could have some merit.
After a year of old media blaming “populism” and incompetent leaders “denying science”, it is now becoming clear that “science” itself is responsible for one of the worst mass deaths in the history of the world. ‘humanity. Frank laments:
Now the media is filled with disturbing stories suggesting that COVID-19 may not have come from “populism” at all, but from a lab mess in Wuhan, China. You can feel the moral convulsions begin when the question arises: what if science itself is somehow to blame for all of this?
It’s a burning mea culpa, but that only tells half the story, as almost daily new reports are released showing how guilty our current Saints are about our current situation. US public funding (via grants from the National Institutes of Health) was spent on research conducted by the Chinese military.
In one damning new report, Katherine Eban points out how major conflicts of interest due to large US government grants to support controversial virology projects affected the real investigation:
Thomas DiNanno, former acting deputy secretary of the State Department’s Office of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, wrote that staff from two offices, his and the Bureau of International Security and non -proliferation, “warned” the leaders of his office “not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19”, as it “would open a box of worms” if it continued.
More than 1.2 million taxpayer dollars have been spent on virology research, according to the report. Nothing in the report is already known, but none of America’s elite institutions and media wanted to clarify any of the assumptions, partly because of a culture of compliance and partly because a majority of these elites have direct financial interests in China.
The cult of elite expertise is the under-analyzed aspect of this sad saga. Frank’s article is what happens when someone changes their religion to a new one but fails to recognize the reality of the switcheroo.
Anyone who has studied Soviet history knows how part of the intelligentsia and bureaucracy were prepared to justify even the most ridiculous ideological excess. They filled society with abject mediocrities who were well versed in the party lingo, knowing all the correct words to be said often in the strongest spokespersons. More importantly, they had no responsibility, as the decision-making process was designed to be collective and technocratic.
In the West, while we don’t have the same centralized totalitarianism, the bureaucratic mentality still works the same. In the United States, Dr.Anthony Fauci – now a modern saint on the left, with his day of his own name and prayer candles for worship – apparently ignored emails about the laboratory-designed nature of the coronavirus from January 2020. That is to say after Fauci ignored the suggestions about China rigging numbers and data.
In the UK, Imperial College professor Neil Ferguson is always considered a respected voice despite countless dire and erroneous predictions. Meanwhile, an entire archive of lack suggestions and forecasts, from masks to economic considerations, through social distancing are done slowly lost in memory.
For more than 20 years, the left has projected itself on the side of “science” while believing in a million different genres. To a certain extent, this posture is partly tactical. Indeed, it is easy to discredit and delegitimize any opposition or end any debate by labeling the other camp as anti-science Neanderthals. It also gives a feeling of superiority. But, ultimately, it is also ideological.
Science is and always has been based on a healthy skepticism of authority and dogma. However, the majority of human brains are not hardwired to be skeptical of authority, and not everyone has the natural propensity to be a Diogenes or an Epicurus.
What we have seen recently is the replacement of one faith with another, in which the new saints are the “experts” who “trust science”. Soviet Marxism has become somewhat similar. After claiming to be scientific socialism, he found himself with a system of beliefs about a providential end state of mankind, its saints and sinners, and its faith in the enlightened clergy.
The new ascending leftism is no different. The rock star treatment accorded to the stars of “new atheism“, Shows like The Big Bang Theory with episodes that showed a scientific group to make fun of someone who is barely a functional adult, and the proliferation of Facebook communities as “IF — ing Love Science,” all demonstrate not healthy skepticism, but collectivist and sectarian behavior, where the natural human instinct of worship is conferred, as well as channeled through, a new clerics.
Of course, you can’t “believe” in science, much less “f — ing love it”. Science is not your child to love, or a deity to worship. It is a tool used to discern and find out the truth of things, while embracing constant skepticism.
Science is not the media legacy shout the loudest about anything trendy new opinion they are told to scream, and neither is faith in arch-bureaucrats like Fauci, which is unlikely to suffer any repercussions for his incompetence and arrogance. The Soviet intelligentsia and the left-wing media are fall already online to support one of their own, and the mediocrities will support the next hot cause that the sophisticated will declare worthy.
Dr Sumantra Maitra is an ECR Fellow at the Royal Historical Society (UK) and a Fellow of the Martin Center (US). He is a main contributor to The Federalist. He can be found on Twitter, @MrMaitra.