Florida, Freedom, and Covid

Florida's Pandemic of Toxic Culture

Florida now has a one-week moving average of roughly 350 deaths per day from Covid, if the figures we have are correct. This number is far higher than for any other period in Florida’s experience with the pandemic, despite the fact that we all know now how to keep Covid in check.

What Florida is experiencing now isn't so much a Covid pandemic as a toxic culture pandemic. A substantial fraction of Floridians, subjected relentlessly to propaganda from the cultural Right, and all too ready to believe it, have set themselves against common sense and science.

It’s telling that so many Floridians who’ve worn their patriotism on their lapels — quick to remind that “freedom isn't free” in lauding our soldiers’ sacrifices abroad, haven't found within themselves the will to sacrifice even a drop of their freedom in the fight against Covid.