It’s been a pretty great year for Anthony Fauci.
Yeah, there’s the whole pandemic thing. Record unemployment, business shutdowns that went from “temporary” to permanent, kids set back years in their education by school closures… but Dr. Fauci has it better than ever.
He’s enjoyed unlimited time in the spotlight, is the highest paid official in the entire federal government, received a $1 million award for “speaking truth to power,” and is the subject of fawning media interviews, numerous magazine covers… the list goes on and on.
Now, he’s going to be the hero of a children’s book.
It’ll hit the shelves on June 29th, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.
As CNN put it, the book will “immortalize” Dr. Fauci. Yeah, “fawning media interviews” wasn’t an exaggeration.
We have a hero-worship problem in this country. And most of the time, it’s political figures and government bureaucrats receiving the highest praise. Fauci is no exception.
Sure, the guy has plenty of experience in medicine. And the government has a long history of using him to make people feel safe; like someone is in control.
That doesn’t make him any more “America’s Doctor” than your own personal physician… But it does say a little something about our country’s cult of scientism: excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques.
Take a drive through any suburban neighborhood, and you’re bound to see the yard signs.
“In this house, we believe in science” says one popular version. “Thank you, science!” cries another.
The irony is that people have become so blindly fixated on “trusting the science” that they’ve forgotten what science actually is. By its nature, science is argument. It’s debate. It’s controversy. It is attempting to disprove a theory, not blindly adhering to one.
If you really believe in science, you know that it can’t ever be fully “settled” — it must constantly be verified, challenged, and debated.
Scientific breakthroughs over centuries of human history prove the value of controversial, unpopular opinions. Without brave and intelligent people who didn’t accept “settled science,” we wouldn’t know that the earth is round, or that germs exist, or how gravity works.
That hasn’t stopped Dr. Fauci from painting those who disagree with his draconian lockdowns and isolation as “anti-science and anti-authority.”
Of course, it’s hard not to be anti-authority when the media and the government’s darling is saying things like “America has an independent spirit, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
Especially when “doing what you’re told” means not seeing your loved ones. Or losing a business you spent your life building. Or letting your children suffer through both brutal social isolation and a complacent schooling system caught in a union stranglehold.
At the end of the day, this kid’s book isn’t really surprising. It’s just another manifestation of our cult of politicians and bureaucracy.
The good news is that your children don’t have to be fed the same propaganda as the rest of the rising generation.
This is why the Tuttle Twins books exist—to teach kids to question authority, think critically for themselves, and be cautious about big-government controls in the name of safety. From toddlers to teenagers, we have the tools you need to teach your kids the ideas of freedom, and how to fight for them. See our full product list here. (We have lots of new stuff!)
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