Why the anti-vaccine movement is based on conspiracy theories

The Washington Post reports that measles cases are at an all time high thanks, in large part, to the anti-vaccine movement. Citing the Center for Disease Control, The Post states that 644 cases of measles were reported last year in 27 states. It is important to lay blame where it belongs and the anti-vaccine movement has a lot of influence in states like California, Washington, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan and even Montana.

However, it is important to understand that the main motivation behind the anti-vaccine and many other green efforts (like opposition to GMO’s) are based on conspiracy theories. Since environmentalism is a form of mysticism whose followers rely on faith, conspiracy theories are easily accepted since they are the argument of design applied to current events. Understandably some laymen even do so based on fear and conspiracy theories fuel such notions. A few years ago journalist John Stossel interviewed Dr. Michael Shermer in which the two discuss why people subscribe to conspiracy theories.