By Stephan A. Schwartz
About Stephan A. Schwartz: Scientist, futurist, award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction Stephan A. Schwartz, is the co-founder of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, the Association of Post-materialist Science, The Society for Consciousness Studies, a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a BIAL Foundation Fellow. He is a columnist for the journal EXPLORE, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net in both of which he covers trends that are affecting the future. For over 40 years, as an experimentalist, he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in anthropology and archaeology. In addition to his own non-fiction works and novels, he is the author of more than 250 technical reports, papers, academic book chapters, prefaces, and introductions. In addition to his experimental studies he has written numerous magazine articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times, as well as other magazines and newspapers, and written and produced numerous nationally broadcast documentaries. He is the recipient of the Parapsychological Association Outstanding Contribution Award, the U.S. Navy’s Certificate of Commendation, OOOM Magazine (Germany) 100 Most Inspiring People in the World Award, and the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Award for Outstanding Contributions, and is listed in multiple Who’s Who.
The American death rate from Covid is appalling, particularly when compared with other
developed nations. As I write this in early February 2022 there have been more than 900,000 deaths
attributed to Covid-19 in all its variants, and for the past two weeks there have been more than
2,000 new Covid deaths reported each day in the US, according to Johns Hopkins, and that is after
we enter the third year of this pandemic with vaccines available.
It is worth noting that while the case rate has been going down, the death rate has actually
been going up. By the time you read this it is very probable that as many as one million Americans
will have died. This despite the fact that the U.S. “…spends $10,586 per person, per year on
healthcare. Norway spends $6,187 and ranks 3rd, and Netherlands spends $5,288 and ranks 8th.”2
This discrepancy between money spent and results achieved doesn’t seem to be comprehended by
most Americans because it is not the prominent issue one would expect it to be.
Partly I think this is because Americans don’t travel out of the country as much as many
seem to think. It is very hard to comprehend, let alone experience, another healthcare system unless
one spends a lot of time in other countries or is unlucky while traveling. As Pew Research Center
discovered, “…the degree to which Americans have traveled around the globe varies widely: 19%
have been to only one foreign country, 12% to two countries, 15% to three or four countries, and
14% to five to nine countries. Only 11% of Americans have been to 10 or more countries.”3
That doesn’t mean Americans are not concerned about healthcare. They may not know
what other systems are like, but they definitely know that what we are doing in the United States
is not working for them financially. 1n 2019, before the Covid Pandemic struck, Pew Research
Center surveyed this issue and reported 69% of Americans polled felt reducing healthcare costs
was their second highest priority.4 And this sense of urgency is now even greater.
The hard facts are no nation spends more on healthcare than America. Yet what does it
get us? The United States ranks 30th in the World in the quality of its healthcare.
I have written about this at length in these pages and elsewhere, so here I will just say it is my view that with
the Covid pandemic the inadequacy of the illness profit system of healthcare in the United States,
the profit first structure of the entire system, has been made glaringly obvious. I do not mean the
frontline doctors, nurses, orderlies, house keepers, janitors, and cooks who, in my opinion, should
be seen as the heroes and heroines their daily service shows them to be.
Covid has proven to anyone who can see past their ideology to the actual facts that universal
birthright publicly funded healthcare is the way to go. Because it is not a profit making system, and
is national, it would be more efficient, more effective, nicer to live under, more productive, and
much much cheaper. The evidence for that is unimpeachable.
Second, this death rate is directly correlated to the politicization and weaponization of antiscience throughout the MAGA world created by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And
I say this not on partisan terms, but simply based on the facts now so well documented as to be
irrefutable. anti-vaxxers, and anti-maskers, usually the same people, have made fidelity to a factfree but emotionally satisfying reality, more important than life itself, and created the first
American death cult.
What strikes me about this particularly, what stands out when one studies the data, is the
cynicism it represents. There was a deliberate plan from the very outbreak of the Covid pandemic
to take what should have been a fringe movement — there were anti-vaxxers in the Middle Ages
with the Plague; there were anti-vaxxers with the 1918 Spanish Flu — and transform it into a
mainstream political movement. What had been fringe became a death culture involving millions.
Believers willingly subject themselves to a vastly higher risk of contracting and dying of Covid. And
they do this in the face of million dead, and 2,000 people, or more, dying each day.
What makes a person make such a choice? what are the facts? The glaringly obvious one
is that Covid in February 2022, and for most of 2021, became increasingly a disease of the
unvaccinated. Millions remain unvaccinated; not because they can’t get vaccinated, but because
they have chosen not to get vaccinated, and they are dying in wildly disproportionate numbers.
Ninety five percent of the people in hospitals are unvaccinated, and they are 93% more likely to
die than those who may contract the disease but have had the two jabs and the booster.
What would make a person knowing at least the general sense of those numbers, and unless
one has been a hermit in the mountains for the past three years everyone knows those numbers, to
increase their chance of dying by 93%? This is where the consciousness aspect of what is happening
comes into play. But before going there it should also be noted that this death cult has both health
and economic consequences for the entire society.
According to Health System Tracker, “Despite the availability of safe and effective
COVID-19 vaccines, vaccination rates have lagged, particularly in some states and among younger
people. As of early December 2021, 17% of adults over the age of 18 in the U.S. remain
unvaccinated for COVID-19. These COVID-19 hospitalizations are devastating for patients, their
families, and health care providers. The hospitalizations are also costing taxpayer-funded public
insurance programs and the workers and businesses paying health insurance premiums. Our recent
analysis found that insurers are beginning to reinstate cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment,
though patients still only pay a small share of the total costs.”9
As Anthony DiMaggio observed in Salon, “The reality is that the U.S. has a widespread
anti-vax problem, and lags well behind most wealthy countries in the percentage of adults who are
fully vaccinated. If roughly one in four adult Americans under age 60 is unvaccinated, that comes
to more than 60 million people, without even counting children younger than 18 who remain
unvaccinated for various reasons.”10
One of the most obvious lessons to emerge from the Covid Pandemic, as President Biden
observed, is that as time has gone on it is clear what is going on is “a pandemic of the
unvaccinated.”11 Is that an exaggeration to make a political point? It is not. It is an explicit
statement of fact. During the spring and summer of 2021, although both vaccinated and
unvaccinated people contracted Covid and were hospitalized a large disparity between the two
communities became became obvious, and was astounding. According to the CDC unvaccinated
people were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the coronavirus and 11 times more likely
to die.12 In contrast, a person who is vaccinated and boosted has about a one in a million chance
of dying from Covid, a lower probability of death than dying in a fatal automobile accident.
What brought this death cult into being? This is not going to be the last pandemic in the
world or the United States. Climate changes are causing viruses and bacteria to mutate to survive,
and such mutations, as we can see with the Covid-19 variants, can mean great death and suffering,
with all the social impact of such losses. Cults of any kind in a culture arise from shared
consciousness by a self-defined collective of people. Common sense tells us we need to understand
how the anti-vaxxer, anti-masker Covid Death Cult arose in America and became weaponized as
a political tool because its success, if talking people into putting their lives at risk of death can be
considered success, assures it will happen again.
When I look at the death cult I see four major factors that created it, and it is a deliberate