"The Noble Lies of Covid-19" is a largely sober, thoughtful, article on the efficacy of the "noble lie" in public discourse from, of all places, Slate. More specifically, from a partnership called "Future Tense" sponsored by "Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society."Do we want public health officials to report facts and uncertainties transparently? Or do we want them to shape information to influence the public to take specific actions?
Um, number 1?
I find it telling that they have to ask this question. Unfortunately, given the reality of the day, it's a perfectly reasonable question, and I appreciate the forensic and academic manner in which they undertake answering it.
Their clinical approach lends a bloodless tone to the piece.
For me, it's like carefully going through the pros and cons of being staked to an an ant hill in the hot dessert sun. Sure, you will die a prolonged and gruesome death, but on the other hand, great tan!
Read the whole thing. And then watch the Lying Fauci Flip Flop video