I don’t envy those in a position of deciding which content is acceptable for public consumption and which is not. As a self-proclaimed radical individualist, I fundamentally believe that, short of yelling “fire” in a crowded movie theater, we should be able to say and do whatever we want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone – my freedom to throw a punch ends where your nose begins.
But there is a terminal flaw in this reasoning – who decides what is hurtful? We see it constantly in today’s political discourse – hate crimes, inflammatory rhetoric and partisan battles are ubiquitous, and everyone believes that their cause is the just one, others not as much. It’s a difficult conundrum.
Not the least of which is the conflict over vaccination. I believe many politicians feel that “following the science” is a sound strategy – but the science around this dilemma is spotty at best and pernicious at worst. When all you have is a hammer, all your problems start to look like nails, and that circumvents our natural creativity and innate immune response in favor of convenient, often costly defaults.
So where is the line? It seems to have fallen just on the “other” (read: wrong) side of this discussion, as one of the foremost proponents of vaccination sanity, Barbara Loe Fisher, publisher of “The Vaccine Reaction” and co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, has been censored, banned from Facebook, for her contrarian yet substantiable stances and opinions.
Over the last 39 years, Fisher has been an elegant advocate for vaccine lucidity. She breathes common sense into what is more usually a passion play, instigated by those with an agenda and carried out by foot soldiers who drink the Kool-Aid and execute their wishes. Regardless of good intentions, a fraud has been perpetrated on our public, stating the rationale for vaccination as fact rather than what it really is, theory, obscuring the downside risks in favor of blanket utilization.
I don’t like silencing anyone, even those I differ with — I have more faith in the marketplace than I do in special interests. Short of torching our entire culture, I would rather err on the side of personal integrity, but this isn’t that — pulling NVIC from Facebook amounts to squelching a valid minority viewpoint. So, it will be harder to find this perspective, to keep the information flowing effectively.
Fisher is no fringe lunatic, having served on the HHS Vaccine Advisory Board to refine the language in their policies. She also sat on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Vaccine Safety, and chaired the Subcommittee on Vaccine Adverse Events. A member of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, as well as the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medical Vaccine Safety Forum, her credentials are unmatched among non-MD experts on vaccination, so it is especially unsavory to restrict her.
She points to partnerships between Facebook and Big Pharma with other private and governmental agencies as the root of her banishment. She wrote, “If NVIC had not done such a good job educating the public about vaccination and health for four decades, our Facebook page would still be up.”
I don’t have a solution, other than this rant, but I do recommend that you keep track of Fisher and NVIC, by subscribing yourself and sharing what you have learned. More is at stake than you may realize – without appropriately expressed dissent, we rush headlong toward a pharmacracy, and right behind that is the threat of questioning our right as chiropractors to practice drug-free.
But do keep your heads down, tall poppies – just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t actually trying to get you. Communicate clearly, but wisely, and live to fight another day.
Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global
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