Hating kids the American way–the anti-vax craze

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      eridani
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      https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/06/17/hating-kids-the-american-way/

      In the guise of protecting children, lunatic anti-vaxxers, radicalized by the covid shot, now object to routine childhood vaccinations. Thus they would willingly, knowingly expose children to a host of killer diseases, illnesses far more lethal than covid: Tetanus, with 60 percent mortality for severe cases; one in 10 dead for meningitis (one in five have serious complications); and a five to 10 percent death rate for diphtheria. And those are only the mega-killers. Other diseases, whose vaccines children will be “protected” from, like hepatitis B and measles, excel in the critical illness and death departments too.

      Why would any parent risk this? Why would any parent eschew vaccines that have saved children’s lives for decades? The unhelpful but accurate response in that people are nuts. More thoughtfully, I’d say that mistrust of science has attained the epidemic proportions of a mass psychosis. Many of those who benightedly believe covid vaccines endanger them more than the virus also doubt the reality of climate change. In fact, to protect their lethal product from righteous outrage at its role in the climate collapse, oil and gas companies deliberately, over decades, cast aspersions on science and thus sowed the poisoned seeds of doubting it.

      And yet…antivaxxers have been around a long time. As long as vaccines have, which takes us back a few centuries to the life-saving arrival of the smallpox shot. What’s different now is that social media amplifies their madness. This does not mean our dysfunctional empire needs an official Censor or Ministry of Truth. That lousy idea only makes things worse. If weirdos want to mouth off on Facebook and make idiots of themselves squawking about how the tetanus vaccine belongs to a pedophile Dem plot to turn children into lizard people, that’s their insane prerogative. Withholding that vaccine, however, shouldn’t be.

      More evidence of the twisted American relation to children comes with the plague of school shoot-‘em-ups, in which regularly, psychopaths, enabled by this society’s demented failure to regulate guns, slaughter elementary schoolers. This should be simple. Any civilized society puts protecting its young at the top of the to do list. One that allows regular mass slaughter of babies is deeply barbaric and diseased. You could almost say it worships Moloch. In fact, gun fanatics do. By insisting that teenagers and even, de facto, the mentally ill be allowed to purchase AR-15s, judges, legislators, the NRA and countless gun-loving citizens drown Moloch’s altar with the blood of children. Bizarrely yet fittingly, many of them claim some sort of divine justification. For those wondering what deity they worship, the demonic slaughter they tolerate speaks for itself.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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