Lamentably, the afflicted are not looking to be cured but are doing their best to spread their highly contagious delusion far and wide. To that end they have created a menacingly influential movement based on ignorance, superstition, sincere naivete, fear-mongering, quackery, media complicity, and celebrity power. All combined in a toxic, ideological stew with the goal of undermining public confidence in the most beneficial achievement of medical science to date. Here’s the lowdown.
Of course I’m talking about the evidence-challenged but menacingly effective anti-vaccination movement, which has caused a tragic and potentially catastrophic increase in preventable disease and death, worldwide. It marches under the banner of its high-profile, well-funded organization, Age of Autism.
And to what purpose? To avoid entirely fictitious dangers falsely attributed to vaccines. People, alas, are easily frightened and manipulated by charlatans, and in this case the price of quackery is the health and the lives of children across the globe.
Of course vaccines have occasional, well-understood side-effects, as does every medical intervention. But that is entirely different from the manufactured hysteria that got its traction from the deceitful conduct of a British doctor, one Andrew Wakefield, who would be behind bars in a sane world. That is, a world populated by rational, rather than human, beings.
So now we are witnessing a worldwide epidemic of unnecessary disease and death being inflicted on the children of the anti-vaxers and other people’s children as well. And for no better reason than stupid human nature once again asserting primitive instincts.
As much as I’d like to, I can’t pin this on conservatives. They only share the blame for this particular instance of collective insanity that probably won’t go away for a long time.
Here’s the article that inspired this rant: http://tinyurl.com/kdr4oxk.