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Why are we so deeply divided over vaccines?

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  • Government regulation to optimize collective health vs the individual's right to control her own medical decisions.

  • Government takeover of research, safety and vaccine quality vs the regulated monopoly

Both these questions involve tradeoffs and reasonable people might come to different conclusions about how to draw the lines. There are complex, nuanced discussions we should be having, but these discussions are nowhere in the press, nowhere in government, nowhere in the scientific literature or the academic literature of policy. Instead, we have well-funded propaganda pretending that all the science is on one side, and we have desperate mothers whose children have been killed or permanently damaged, screaming out for attention, irate that their voices are being squelched.

As of today, CNN lists 18 candidates who have declared intention to run for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. The number who have a statement about vaccine policy on their web sites is zero.

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