I mentioned this in my previous post but I think this point deserves its own. The central argument or theme of the anti-vaccine movement maybe about personal freedom and choice, but the sinister underpinnings of anti-vaccine groups reveal that they are environmentalist groups in disguise. Back in January, the Los Angeles Times published a commentary authored by Emory University historian Elena Conis in which she states the anti-vaccine movement itself is a direct outgrowth of the environmentalist movement. On previous occasions I have speculated that the greens have had an influence and even allied with anti-vaxxers but Dr. Conis’ LA Times commentary which is also asserted in an upcoming book she will soon publish affirms a direct link.
The anti-vaccination movement got its start in the ‘60s and ‘70s, according to Emory University historian Elena Conis, who told the Los Angeles Times it was a natural outgrowth of the environmentalist movement and an increasing engagement among women in their children’s medical decisions. Combine that with post-Watergate wariness about the government’s hidden motives, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for vaccine paranoia.
“Women were doing what health feminists were doing when they looked at risks of birth control pills that they said doctors had known about and hidden,” Conis told the newspaper. “It made perfect sense that they would use the same questions with respect to their children’s healthcare. They were also using the language of environmentalism, [which] illustrated that only after we had used new technologies did we realize they had risks”—technologies, here, being used in reference to DDT and asbestos.
I have also previously said it is the hatred of human life that unites groups like Greenpeace, PETA, and the Sierra Club with organizations like the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and politicians like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Now, as Dr. Conis points out, the anti-vaccine movement is one more front in the green movement’s holy war (i.e. jihad) to eradicate human life from the face of the Earth. Now that the science relating to climate change, genetically modified foods, fracking and vaccines do not confirm what the environmentalist groups have been claiming all along they now become a true gang since environmentalist tactics aren’t just to lie but also to resort to sabotage, threats and intimidation if you a risk to preventing underlying goal of the destruction of human life.
UPDATE – July 1, 2015: The above information refers to the modern day anti-vaccine movement. There have been anti-vaccine efforts during centuries past as this excellent Jezebel article reveals.