Professor Lincoln Discusses Coronavirus Culture Wars between Red, Blue States

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

BBC BUSINESS DAILY -- The medical and cultural anthropologist Martha Lincoln of San Francisco State University fears coronavirus strategies may have been consigned to the culture wars that have been raging between the left and right in the U.S. for decades.

“We can see precedent for this sort of suspicion and skepticism in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center,” Lincoln said. “We see it in the increasingly well-organized and powerful anti-vaccination movement, and we see it in other fringe domains of alternative medical practice as well. ...

“This is really a struggle for hearts and minds,” Lincoln added. “And I think if U.S. public health authorities wanted to pursue that struggle, they would have to pursue it almost like it was counter-insurgency.”