As if REASON Magazine's Dec. 6 article promoting 'coercive vaccination' wasn't bad enough, the rag labeled actress Jenny McCarthy as an 'ENEMY OF FREEDOM' for daring to question the establishment line on vaccines. As if he worked for a government propaganda outfit, Reason writer Ronald Bailey takes a swing at "People who don't wish to take responsibility for their contagious microbes" and asserts that people have no right to refuse vaccines, since, as Bailey contends, they are endangering others. Excerpts:
"A significant proportion of Americans believe it is perfectly all right to put other people at risk of the costs and misery of preventable infectious diseases... There would be no argument against allowing people to refuse vaccination if they and their families would suffer alone the consequences of their foolhardiness... But that is not the case in the real world."It turns out that this latest pro-vaccine swill isn't new. In their 7/10/13 article 45 ENEMIES OF FREEDOM, Reason listed actress Jenny McCarthy at number 28. Forcing readers to wade through seven very slow-loading pages for a single article, (which might be why this never got much attention,) they finally include the snide swipe at the actress. (A one-page printable version of the article is here, in case you need kindling):
"...people who refuse vaccination are asserting that they have a right to "swing" their microbes at other people. There is no principled libertarian case for their free-riding refusal to take responsibility for their own microbes...People who refuse vaccination for themselves and their children are free-riding off herd immunity. Anti-vaccination folks are taking advantage of the fact that most people around them have chosen the minimal risk of vaccination, thus acting as a firewall protecting them from disease. But if enough refuse, the firewall comes down and other people get hurt."
"A second-string actress who has managed to stay in the limelight by promoting the bogus theory that vaccines cause autism, McCarthy traffics in pseudoscience and fear. Partly as a result of her widely publicized yet scientifically ignorant pronouncements, hundreds of thousands of fearful parents have needlessly endangered the health and lives of their children."Even worse, out of the 45 "enemies of freedom," REASON chose to single-out McCarthy for special attention and put her on the Magazine cover standing next to Communist dictator Mao Tse-Tung, whom they point out "killed at least 35 million Chinese citizens." A naked-looking cartoon version of McCarthy is hiding behind a sign opposing "Vaccine Toxins."
Ironically, Reason begins the piece stating "What unites them is their active effort to control individuals rather than allow them free choice, to wield power recklessly rather than act on the recognition that the stuff inherently corrupts, and to popularize lies in a world that's desperate for truth."
Read the rest here.