Science denial doesn’t always pick a party. While the opposition to climate change and evolution seems to be a conservative phenomenon, the opposition to GM food, nuclear power, and vaccines tend to find a home in liberal America. It’s all the same scientific method, it’s all data, so what is driving the divide?
This week on The Daily Show, Samantha Bee decided to find out why liberals can get the science so wrong when it comes to vaccines:
Though the Daily Show piece was a bit light-hearted, the denial of vaccine safety is leading to more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the country. Here’s a map of the unfortunate cases just this year:
Like evolution and climate change, vaccine safety has a mountain of evidence behind it. Vaccines do not cause autism, is much safer than not vaccinating, and safe to give to babies even right after they are born. The science is in, but the party that is typically pro-science isn’t. Sadly, unlike Dr. Paul Offit suggested, having more outbreaks probably won’t convince cautious parents to vaccinate their children.
But as John Oliver brilliantly showed with his piece on climate change, maybe satire and self-reflection like this really is a way forward.