With opposition to vaccines on the rise and the usual communication measures failing, governments are increasingly turning to fines or other punitive measures to push vaccination rates back up. A choice between a jab and a fine is enough to motivate many parents into visiting their nearest medical clinic. That might nudge up the vaccination rates, but it might not be enough to hit the golden 95 percent mark across all demographics that keeps pathogens at bay. And for some community sectors, perceptions of autonomy and equity make all the difference when it comes to acting. Vaccination is an emotional topic that polarises populations – but when the consequences are a matter of life and death, sometimes we need to ditch the stick and hold out a hand instead.Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. That's funny. When antivaxxers were Fundies and Birchers, you didn't worry about autonomy and equity and holding out a hand. You shot first and asked no questions. Now that most antivaxxers are SJW Gaians, you're spinning the old Beatles hits. Wonder what the difference is? Can't possibly imagine. What makes this even Hmmmmmier and funnier and wonder-why-er: We're dealing with three symptoms of one consistent personality type, one genotype. SJW is triggered by symbols and words. Gaian is worried about apocalyptic end-times. Antivax is worried about bodily purity. Before 1974 this genotype was associated with the R brand, so it needed to be exterminated, Since 1974 this genotype is associated with the D brand, so it needs to be obeyed.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.