Fauci: "If I were some diabolical evil spirit and I wanted to cast upon the world..."
On Sunday night October 3, 2021, social media exploded with a viral clip of Tony Fauci saying we should give up our individual rights. I wanted to find the entire clip, for context, and thought it was worth watching- so here it is.
First, the short viral clip:
That clip is from Fauci's 2021 virtual 'Beatty Lecture,' which aired on October 1st, 2021 at 2pm Eastern. Fauci was then interviewed by Nahlah Ayed, host of the CBC Radio One program IDEAS. You can watch the entire 1 hour 15 minute video below. Here are notable remarks and times:
7:09 Fauci start
At minute 44, Fauci says "We have got to have global surveillance."
Starting at minute 45, Fauci mentions the term 'diabolical' twice:
45 "in a somewhat paradoxical or diabolical way, the original Sars prepared us in a way to respond to this historic pandemic..."
47: "If I were some diabolical evil spirit and I wanted to cast upon the world the worst time to get an outbreak, is when you have the kind of combination divisiveness with the complete accessibility and spread of complete falsehood. I mean there's nothing worse than that in the middle of a pandemic."
[That's an interesting thing for Fauci to say, because Fr. James Altman has repeatedly referred to Fauci specifically, and his agenda as being literally diabolical- most recently in a speech in Dubuque Iowa on September 22:
49 The viral portion of the clip begins at minute 49, where Fauci insists that people should give up individual rights:
"I think what people have to appreciate is that indeed you do have personal liberties for yourself, and you should be in control of them. But, you are a member of society. And as a member of society, reaping all the benefits of being a member of society, you have a responsibility to society. And I think each of us, particularly in the context of a pandemic that's killing millions of people, you have got to look at it and say there comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society."
Asked about misinformation at minute 52, Fauci replies:
"You know, I don't understand what is going on in society. It worries me quite frankly. I lose as much sleep to the extent that I get any sleep these days, I - I - I lose as much sleep worrying about the overall implications of the rampant spread of misinformation and disinformation on society in general not just umm, how you how you address an outbreak..."
Fauci went on to fret that people with crazy ideas are "fortified" on social media, and that it's "terrible" and "frightening" what's happening on social media. He also makes a veiled reference to Rand Paul, but not by name, for fear he might "get killed on Fox news."
I have the video queued up to minute 44:
YouTube description of the above video:
McGill University 27.2K subscribers As the world continues the battle against the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians are paying closer attention than ever to the development and implementation of public health policy and research. As McGill University’s 67th Beatty lecturer, Dr. Anthony Fauci will share his insights and remarkable life experience as an infectious diseases expert and public health official on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. In this the university’s bicentennial year, the public lecture will be presented exclusively online on Friday, October 1, 2021, as part of McGill’s virtual Homecoming festivities. The chief medical advisor to President Biden—and advisor to six presidents before him—Dr. Fauci has served as Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, overseeing an extensive portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2. Notably, he was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world since its launch in 2003. He remains a leader in the global HIV research response. He has also led research efforts to combat tuberculosis, malaria, as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. Dr. Fauci is considered a pioneer in the field of human immunoregulation and is the longtime chief of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Laboratory of Immunoregulation. Born in New York in 1940, as a young man Dr. Fauci delivered prescriptions for the neighborhood pharmacy that his parents owned and operated. He earned a medical degree from Cornell University in 1966, and then began his 53-year career at the NIH in 1968, assuming his NIAID director position in 1984. Today he is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. Dr. Fauci is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians, and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as many other professional societies. Nahlah Ayed, host of the CBC Radio One program IDEAS, will emcee the event. A former parliamentary reporter and a veteran foreign correspondent, her work has garnered numerous awards including from the UK Foreign Press Association and the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 2012, her memoir, A Thousand Farewells, was shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award. We are proud to announce that At-Home Homecoming - including the 2021 Beatty Lecture - has been awarded a Virtual Sustainable Event certification by the McGill Sustainable Events program, run by the McGill Office of Sustainability