For NBC: America's paranoid style, Covid conspiracies, Big Tech


With July Fourth here, it's a good time to consider what the pandemic taught us about how Americans define freedom.

Though Covid-19 restrictions have eased -- for now, at least -- and the masks have come off, we should not forget all those red-blooded, liberty-loving Americans who were ripping their masks off and fighting with store employees in Costco, Target and Walmart last year and saw themselves as patriots, battling a repressive state authority like China. Fox News commentators this year have regularly turned the notion of vaccine passports into a "Democrats are totalitarians" political talking point.

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