CounterPunch on “the difference between people who think others should die so they can get a haircut and those with a strong social conscience.”

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True, a great deal of reopening fervor owes to personal narcissism and a pervasive ignorance; science always will be attacked because it differs with the delusion of superstition.

However we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking there’d be no active participation in the resistance to science from those entities standing to profit the most from individual narcissism.

The Corporate Origins of the Anti-Science “Reopen” Demonstrations, by Pete Dolack (CounterPunch)

Many of the same extreme right operatives who created the “Tea Party” are behind the anti-science and anti-intellectual spectacles opposing measures designed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. And with much the same agenda.

By now, that is not much of a secret, but it is nonetheless necessary to expose these roots, and to debunk the anti-science conspiracy theories they help spread …

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As a final thought, it has not escaped my attention that the right-wing anti-science protestors largely did not wear face masks while demonstrating, nor did they observe social distancing. By contrast, the Black Lives Matters protests that erupted after the police murder of George Floyd overwhelmingly wear face masks. (Nor did they carry weapons.) I’ve participated in four Black Lives Matters marches at the time of writing this article, and not only can I confirm that almost everyone wears masks, but there are always a couple of people handing out masks to people who need one. That’s the difference between people who think others should die so they can get a haircut and those with a strong social conscience.

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