I’ve been thinking about this for a bit. The shit show that is the American response to Covid 19 and the science denialism that has come about, especially as it relates to our health care, really has its roots in Capitalism. What I mean is, look at the alternative health industry that we have – Diet fads, the vitamin industry, all the woo that has absolutely no grounding in science, and is not regulated because a metric ton of money has been spent in Congress to ensure that it stays that way, has conditioned Americans to reject the idea that science, testing and empirical evidence is necessary. It’s our faith in these products, not our reason or evidence, that justifies their “equal” standing with modern medicine. Because we’ve refused to hold all these products to any reasonable standard al for the purpose generating billions and billions of dollars in profit, we’ve become the architects of our own misery.
And that’s before you get to the same principles being used to influence the legitimate industries. Drug trials, corrupt congressional representatives and regulators, for profit legislation, rampant commercialism, etc. America sold the Preamble of the Constitution for a few beans. Profit without principle has led us here again.