According to Wikipedia, the notion of a "noble lie" originated with Plato's The Republic; it's a myth or false statement "typically of religious nature, knowingly propagated by an elite to maintain social harmony or advance an agenda."
Today's "elites" are trying to advance an agenda, all right. And they expect their every statement to be treated as gospel -- as nonbelievers discover when we dare to point out how much the elites lie.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a prominent figure in the country's response to COVID-19, has made a habit of lying for what he claims are beneficent reasons. When the virus first hit our shores, Fauci stated that wearing masks did nothing to stop the spread. Later, he insisted that the public should wear masks because the science had changed. When the evident absurdity of that statement was challenged, Fauci admitted that he lied to the public to prevent a shortage of masks for health professionals.
He lied again about what percentage of the U.S. population needed to be vaccinated (or infected) to obtain herd immunity. First, Fauci said 60% to 70%; later, he said close to 90 percent. He stated that he decided to "nudge the numbers up" when he thought the public was prepared for the bad news. In April, Fauci and other NIAID scientists published an article concluding that herd immunity against COVID-19 "almost certainly is an unattainable goal."
And now, it appears that there are still more lies.
Andrew Huff, a former vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, has turned whistleblower. In a sworn statement released by his attorney, Huff states that EcoHealth Alliance developed the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes COVID-19) by conducting "gain of function research" on bat-borne viruses that was funded by Fauci's NIAID, as well as the National Institutes of Health.
This is exactly the kind of dangerous research that Fauci was questioned about by Congress, and which he expressly stated that he never funded. That statement looks to me to be a complete falsehood -- not merely debated within the scientific community as fact-checkers at The Washington Post wrote.
If thepandemic was indeed caused by inadequate safety precautions at a research lab, these lies and plenty of other untruths, half-truths, and God-only-knows-what's-truths quickly became the party line in circumstances where no one really understood what had been unleashed.
Doctors who prescribed drugs such as hydroxychloroquine andivermectin that successfully treated the symptoms were silenced and censored, their professional reputations besmirched. Information about who is truly most at risk (such as the elderly, immunocompromised or severely obese) was buried in assertions that "everyone" was at risk. That idea is behind the insistence that everyone should be vaccinated to prevent infection and transmission. But Dr. Deborah Birx, former coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, admitted earlier this year, "I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection ... I think we overplayed the vaccines."
Tell that to the families of countless young people who have dropped dead of heart attacks or been diagnosed with myocarditis after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines -- a phenomenon observed in the U.S., the U.K. and throughout Europe and Asia.