One thing I noted early on is the ideological heterogeneity of the coronavirus response internationally.
Yeah, you can dispute precise positionings in the political compass of “coronaskeptics” below, but it illustrates my point.
Conversely, that “coronaskepticism” is implicitly right-wing (& vice versa) is just a plebbit meme, if one that many right-wingers themselves – almost invariably American ones – have embraced.
- Shinzo Abe, Orban, Modi, Erdogan, Putin – none of them are “corona-skeptics”. I assume they haven’t started identifying as leftists/liberals since January 2020.
- Trump changes his opinions with the wind.
- Bolsonaro is the only major world leader who qualifies, sticking to his guns from the start up to the present day.
Note that none of this so far is even a normative statement or judgment in favor of either the “coronapill” or “coronaskepticism”, but just an observation.
Coronaskepticism as a right-wing position does indeed generally apply to domestic US politics.
But the world at large rarely confirms to partisan American obsessions. And, come to think of it, isn’t that actually supposed to be a good thing – at least so far as most of us are concerned?