Knight at Arms
It really is.
I have a simple explanation: conservatives (the core of the right wing) don't like change and are more likely to push against new information (climate change, Covid...) and therefore Covid vaccines as well.Slight off topic but how did we even get to the point where being vaccinated is left wing and refusing the vaccine is right wing? Like I know that it's a thing but I still really don't get it.
This is very US centric though, and the phenomenon is definitely not limited there. It could be that it spread from the US elsewhere with Trump being the first instigator, but I honestly think that he picked that up elsewhere. That usually is how he does it, he finds some conspiracy theory somewhere and then runs with it and makes it mainstream. I am really curious about the origin of it all.Because Left Wing and Right Wing don't really mean anything concretely political in America anymore, they're just different regional and class cultures that have formed haphazardly in opposition to one another. "Right Wing" is basically "I do whatever I want and nobody can tell me otherwise" which corresponds to rural and lumpenbourgeois Americans, while "Left Wing" is "I am morally superior and culturally universal" and corresponds to the mainly coastal managerial class. Right wingers constantly have to prove to themselves and to others that they're rebelling against the system by sealioning anything that remotely resembles a command from above. Even hardcore Trumpists don't react well to Trump himself telling them what to do.
There is nothing else in the broad philosophical or social basis of any "right wing" belief that explains this. A lot of right wingers now were hippies or anti-establishmentarians back in the Bush era, or even the Obama years. The medley of pro-capitalism, libertarianism and nationalism that now makes up right wing beliefs would have been nonsensical 20 years ago. It's the same reason you have "communists" in America and the west more generally who wholeheartedly defend and even work for liberal institutions.
I have a simple explanation: conservatives (the core of the right wing) don't like change and are more likely to push against new information (climate change, Covid...) and therefore Covid vaccines as well.
In conservative media (and this is not just the US) there's an anti-science bias that's skeptical about new developments in science, especially if it implies societal change (lowering greenhouse emitions, Covid lockdowns).
What's more specific about the US, is that there are conservative think tanks working hard on developing explanations that undermine scientific theories problematic to conservatives. Then these alt facts are spread through developed conservative networks which are the only source of information for many conservatives. The rest of the world's conservatives tend to pick up this ready-made stuff they can peddle at home.
What's interesting though, is how the hard left picks up the Covid conspiracies from the hard right. This is a serious concern for the intelligent leftists on the hard left, like recently in this article. The anti-corporation (Big Pharma conspiracies) and anti-repression (lockdowns, various mandates) motives are important to the populist left, and many otherwise reasonable lefties consume this kind of disinformation uncritically, as it validates their world view.
I know both conservatives and hard leftists that believe in disinformation, so the claims above are from personal experience and observation.
Edit: Also let's invite @bonerstorm here, he's literally conservative Goebbels, but may have other insights (that somehow prove this is all liberals' fault ).
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[Golf is] a game for two or four players where the aim is to knock a small ball into a hole using a club and the winner is whoever does that in the fewest hits. So far, so sane. You need a ball and a club, maybe a few clubs. Gloves, shoes, a bag for the clubs, these are nice extras. Oh and one other thing: you also need about 120 acres of land that must have been extensively and weirdly landscape-gardened, require constant maintenance and which anyone except the small handful actually playing golf have to keep clear of. In terms of coexisting with other users of outdoor space it’s an activity only marginally more inclusive than testing nuclear weapons.