Potemkin wrote:It would be comforting to believe that these people are all just a basket of cognitively challenged deplorables, @XogGyux. But they're not. And underestimating one's opponents is the first step towards defeat. There is a certain ideology at work in these people's minds, and that ideology is potentially incredibly destructive. Their response to the pandemic, and to the measures taken to combat it, is a direct consequence of that ideology. So long as they hold to those beliefs about themselves and about the world, they will continue to say what they say and do what they do.
Your theory does not have a mechanism that explains why most covid (not all) anti-vaxxers are Trump brown nosers.
I am not saying that because you make 1 (or even a handful) of stupid decisions you are stupid. I am not saying that all anti-vaxxers are "cognitive challanged deplorable". Identity politics have turned normal people into fanatical drones. Before the pandemic I didn't know who was who, politics dont come up very frequently in my line of work. But now, we all know who is who, the positive predictive value of an unvaccinated COVID patient is pretty decent. And I'll agree, they are not completely idiots or deplorables. They just made a few bad decisions. But it seems quite clear why, identity politics/trump/asshole replublicans, take your picks.