The Times recently covered a study that “discovered” that people who don’t want to wear masks are likely to have “antisocial disorders.” What’s more, anyone who “trivializes” the risks of COVID-19 (i.e. refuses to embrace Draconian lockdowns, won’t wear masks in public parks, questions government authority to shut down small businesses, etc.) is automatically showing signs of a “dark triad of personality traits”, including Machiavellianism and psychopathy.
The study was conducted in Brazil, but eagerly covered by mainstream media outlets in the United States. Really, its just the latest effort to label anyone not hysterically worried about catching COVID-19 or passing it on to someone else as a nutjob.
While journalists are happily promoting the study’s claim, those who take a closer look will notice two glaring omissions. First of all, leading medical professionals the world over give masks mixed reviews. Some say wearing them is entirely unnecessary, while others offer nuanced guidance, noting that the time spent next to an infected person also plays a huge role in determining who will or won’t get the novel coronavirus.
The CDC pointed out early on in the pandemic that wearing a mask isn’t more important than washing hands regularly and staying home if sick. People who don’t wear masks all the time when visiting indoor facilities are not nutjobs, but often those who have done their own research and realized that wearing a mask isn’t the only way or even necessarily the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Left-wing politicians who are doing everything in their power to force people to wear masks at all times don’t even abide by their own mask-wearing guidelines.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently caught on camera visiting a hair salon. Her mask was around her neck instead of on her face.
Just a month ago, Rep. Maxine Waters pulled her car over to harass a couple of police officers who happened to pull over a black man. Surprise, surprise — she wasn’t wearing a mask as mandated by the State of California.
Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cuddled up to local beachgoers for selfie shots without wearing a mask or asking the people he took photos with to put one on. Failed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has been photographed jogging around town without a mask.
Will the mainstream media decry these “sociopathic” politicians? Not likely. They’re too busy targeting regular individuals who prefer not to have government nannies tell them what they can and can’t wear in public.
The idea that non-mask wearers are “sociopathic” is not just bizarre, it’s also downright dangerous. In a free nation, people should have the right to think for themselves, do their own research, and then decide how to best protect themselves and their loved ones from disease.