Journalist Kurt Andersen argued in an article for The Atlantic published Tuesday that skepticism about vaccines and vaccine mandates on the American right amounts to “mass human sacrifice.”
Under the headline “The Anti-Vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America,” Andersen wrote that “for a long time now the right’s ongoing propaganda campaign against and organized political resistance to vaccination, among other public-health protocols, has been killing many, many Americans for no reasonable, ethically justifiable social purpose.”
- “In other words, what we’ve experienced certainly since the middle of 2021 is literally ritual human sacrifice on a mass scale — the real thing, comparable to the innumerable ghastly historical versions,” he continued. “Millions of Americans in 2021 were tricked by propagandists of the political right into forgoing vaccination and thus volunteering for death by COVID.”
- Andersen concluded, after surveying scholarship on the practice of human sacrifice by the Aztecs and other civilizations, “Whatever their reasons, millions of Americans have been persuaded by the right to promote death, and potentially to sacrifice themselves and others, ostensibly for the sake of personal liberty but definitely as a means of increasing their tribal solidarity and inclination to vote Republican.”
WHAT ABOUT TRUMP’S VACCINE PROMOTION?
A longtime critic of Donald Trump, Andersen at one point in the article acknowledged the former president’s recent promotion of COVID-19 booster shots, but dismissed it as cynical politics.
- Ahead of a potential 2024 presidential run, Anderson wrote, Trump “he must be acutely aware … that his voters are disproportionately the ones now being sacrificed.”