By Jonathon Van Maren
Predictably, the debate over the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has disintegrated into a shouting match over government overreach, mandatory vaccination, and the frequently draconian tactics of law enforcement. Over the past several weeks, people have grown increasingly suspicious of the government response, conspiracy theories have abounded, and the usual suspects have accused anyone questioning the government of being tinfoil-hatted crazies with a national death wish.
One of the prime targets of people’s suspicions appears to be billionaire, Microsoft founder, and philanthropist Bill Gates. This has caused a bit of bewilderment in the media. Why, they ask, could anyone doubt the pure intentions of a man who throws mountains of cash at health crises around the world? Why would anyone suspect him of wrongdoing, of all people?