Aberree and antivax
Alphia Hart forms a valuable baseline for judging modern insanity. Hart was a stand-back skeptic in a time when skeptics were poorly represented in print. We don't have many 'archeological remains' from skeptics of earlier eras because official doctrine always has the power to overwhelm and censor them.
I noted before
that Hart's skepticism worked best in areas where he had EXPERIENCE, like the Hubbard cult and the A-bomb. Didn't work well in other areas like criminality, where he tended to accept the 'jazzy' liberal line.
In '57 he wrote an article on the polio vaccine that sounds identical to modern antivaxers. He cited genuine facts from official reports showing that the '54 national vaccination didn't slow down new polio cases.
The facts were unarguable but he was still wrong to distrust vaccination overall.
Immediate results from one year are deceptive.
(1) The first wave of vaccine was poorly made, and caused many new cases of polio while immunizing others. (2) The second year, and later the Sabin oral version, were more effective and less harmful. (3) Epidemics, once well started, can't be stopped until they've infected everyone who is susceptible. (4) The purpose of vaccination is to PREVENT epidemics from starting.
From smallpox to polio to measles, vaccines have unquestionably succeeded in PREVENTING epidemics from starting. Smallpox is gone from the entire world.
Skeptics should always base their feelings on EXPERIENCE AND EXPERIMENT, which can sometimes take a LONG time
to gather and understand.
It's damned hard nowadays because most of public "science" is violently ferally omnicidally anti-scientific. Public and official "science" requires you to accept the currently fashionable THEORIES, most of which have already been proved wrong by EXPERIENCE AND EXPERIMENT.
Vaccination is the sole exception to this rule. For some unknown reason public "science" is pro-vax, even though vaccination, an EXPERIMENTALLY PROVED activity, violates all the rules of public "science".
Later: A counterpoint
from the same era.
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