Is there a corresponding link to this by chance? I like to follow up on strongly worded opinion pieces, to see what else they write and if they just like beating on drums or not.The poor sap. So deep into Newsmax and QAnon, he never stood a chance.
Remember: This one didn’t deny COVID-19 or its danger. He just refused to do anything about it. He wouldn’t even wear a mask, so you can’t even blame it on religious-based Mark of the Beast nonsense. He was opposed to all efforts to defeat a disease he freely admitted was deadly and killing millions. Simply unfathomable.
Also speaks to all the ways the anti-vaxx movement has gotten its claws into people. Some are roped in by religion—fetal lines or the Mark of the Beast—others by fears of 5G or chemtrails, some just don’t want the government “telling them what to do,” and others are afraid of scary-sounding vaccine ingredients. There are the ones that think it’s a global elite trying to “force” people into “compliance,” while others think it’s a plot by dastardly China to destroy our economy. Or maybe it was a plot to deny Trump his rightful reelection. Some think it’s a hoax, others believe it’s just the flu, while others admit it’s real, just won’t do anything about it. Some wouldn’t take the vaccine because it didn’t have FDA authorization, others think it’s been “rushed” now that it has been, and yet others think the vaccine is literally killing millions and even billions of people. Then, somehow, you have to fit in the “vitamins and supplements” crowd, the hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin proponents, the “Big Pharma is making lots of money off me” crowd (as they buy boner pills), and the “hospitals make big money from killing COVID patients” people.
This chaos is a huge advantage for the conspiracy theorists—they can create any number of narratives that fit into any number of people’s preconceived biases. A single story to explain it all would fall apart under the weight of evidence. But 1,000 theories? It’s impossible for anyone to systematically undermine all of the shit that’s being flung against the wall.
Not that this piece isn't accurate in many respects because it is, it rightly points out much of the high strangeness that gets breathlessly reported on at places like Project Avalon. The vax causing bodies to become magnetized, zombifying brains, it's a slow motion genocide, and on and on and on ad nauseum. That was even part of what made me be seen as "divisive" over there, to question some of that crap, and to point out inherent dangers of a group referring to themselves as "The Purebloods".
What we have here though, is yet another front on the great culture war. The opposing team pretty much only saw masks, vaccines, vaccine passports, and lockdowns as tools to combat the virus. Nothing else, look nowhere else for any other possible answers. They saw Dr. Fauci as almost an infallible god, and totally disregarded his own form of misinformation early on when lying through his teeth saying no need for masks. That's what these sides do, they minimize or even outright ignore their own transgressions, while being hair on fire about pointing out the slightest transgression coming from "The Others".
Here are some other rules of the road:
Both sides have their respective beliefs on what evil country bedevils the planet. To the anti vax side it's usually China, to the pro vax side it's usually Russia.
The anti vax side is right wing, the pro vax side is left wing.
The anti vax side refuses to see its own strong element of censorship, the pro vax side refuses to see its own strong element of censorship.
Deep down, both sides long to be the censors.
The anti vax side loves FOX NEWS, the pro vax side loves MSNBC.
So damn predictable, and never the two sides shall speak to one another. Nothing but contempt for "The Others".
It still confounds me how a medical emergency became not only politicized, but got sucked right into the very fabric of the culture war itself. Interesting that if you know what a single warrior thinks about just one front of this war, you'll have a pretty good idea of where they stand on all the fronts. Just a matter of which particular battlefield they happen to meet up on, on any given day.