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1 Dark_Falcon  Feb 2, 2015 4:44:13am

You are correct that anti-vaccine fools are not primarily ‘left’ or ‘right’, but the labels are being thrown due to polarization. Hence when this measles outbreak began you had some on the left blaming “Orange County Conservatives”, even though the conservatism of the county wasn’t responsible for the outbreak. Now you’ve got some on the right engaging in a similar but much nastier attack by blaming the outbreak on illegal immigrants.

Why the scapegoating? I think its because thumping anti-vaxxers is something that brings mainstream liberals and mainstream conservatives together. But there are those on both sides of the aisle who experience cognitive dissonance when they aren’t fighting “Rethuglicans” or” Demonrats”, respectively. And those people sink into conspiracism in a similar manner to the anti-vaxxers themselves in order to maintain the purity of their world-view.

Blaming the ‘other side’ for the Disneyland Measles Outbreak is just another example the “Purity Now!” mindset doing its destructive work. It’s more common on the right at present, but the left is not immune to it either.

2 Norbrook  Feb 2, 2015 10:23:47am

One of the more prominent anti-vaxxers is Donald Trump, but you can find equally adamant anti-vaxxers on the Left. Stupidity like this has no political boundaries, although it does seem to have a bias towards “money.”

3 Prof. Backpfeifengesicht, PhD  Feb 2, 2015 12:08:32pm

There are indeed plenty of lefty anti-vaxxers whining about Big Pharma and vaccines not being “natural and stuff”.

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