By Martin J. Walker
Read part ONE here.
Part Two: Mandatory Vaccines, the rise of science as ideology: A Brave New World in the offing
Data is not information; information
is not knowledge; knowledge
is not wisdom. Frank Zappa
Last week the California Senate Appropriations Committee, voted on the Bill SB 277, beginning what many Senators believe will end the right to personal and religious exemption and introducing ‘almost’ mandatory vaccination. Rather than develop the more complex science of understanding which children might be variously and adversely affected by vaccine, as Wilson recommended, the vote and other political signs, moved the vaccine industry and their shills deeper into the political matrix of US society.
This early vote by has paved the way for a larger vote in the California senate which will make final the mandatory law regarding vaccination of children before kindergarten – failure to comply will lead to children being denied access to state schools in California (2). Such a law would make California one of three states along with Mississippi and West Virginia that does not allow personal or religious exemptions to vaccine laws.
In some ways the issue of mandatory vaccinations is intellectually complex. Should the individuals beliefs take precedent over the alleged public health risk to the majority? In a world where the public have no say in the manufacture or regulation of vaccines, why should they have these vaccines forced upon them? In a world where scientists and vaccine producers lie without discretion about adverse reactions caused to individual children, why do parents have no power to seek reparation and compensation for the damage caused by these vaccines? Why in an apparent democracy should parents who strongly object to this medical intervention, be forced at the cost of all kinds of social withdrawal, to see their children vaccinated?
In other ways, the argument is simplicity itself. It is generally accepted in varying degrees, by both the politicl ‘left’ and ‘right’ that those who pay taxes and abide by the law are entitled to a life free from persecution, assault, regulatory harassment and medical experimentation.
There are perhaps two or three factors which have obscured the basic truths of both these premises. In the first issue, of intellectual complexity, laws framed after the Nuremberg trials, in light of the Nazi and Japanese atrocities, and a number that have followed, have specifically forbidden experimental medical procedures on human beings.
In relation to the second issue, the rise of science as an ideology has introduced a whole new determination of our analysis of ‘democracy’. In developed societies where science corporations hold the floor, it is increasingly not the case that the human argument is heard but the apparent rationality of science which holds sway. As well as the rise of science the rise of corporations has also changed the game. The most important issues to be decided upon today are not those which were decided upon fifty years ago, whether it’s foreign policy, medicine or public health, intellectual debate now takes second place to scientific and corporate power and profitability
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The pharmaceutical corporations, the vaccine industry, never does anything that has not been planned for some time. Plans are always long term although appear to be the sudden consequence of a real or bogus event, whether it be the death of a chicken farmer in some far off land or a ‘dangerous’ epidemic of measles in Disney World. The corporate industry and its political partners need threads to hang by and seas of money on which to float their plans.
This is not, however, how the industry portrays its position, for years now they have railed against religion and faith of all kinds as a guide for the citizen and particularly the doctor. When, for instance, it became increasingly evident that doctors with faith were less likely to pronounce death or turn off support systems than were the more pragmatic industry linked doctors who needed quickly to harvest organs. Leading skeptics and entrenched scientists campaigned on this, suggesting that doctors with faith were bad doctors.
The established Skeptics, who pimp for science and the pharmaceutical industry, grew out of a US Marxist atheistic group (3) and have generally campaigned against faith, belief and religion saying that such things had no foundation in scientific fact and even obscured such facts.
In order to win the votes on BS 277, corporatist vaccine propaganda relied upon two clear strategies, the first was a usual one, the creation of fear. This fear was engendered by the ‘terrible measles outbreak’ that took place in California during last December to February. Like all promotional crises the facts of the outbreak are obscure and the moral interpretation giddily stupid to most lay people. In a recent interview with Natural News, Dr. Suzanne Humphries a qualified and experienced medical doctor describes reporting of the outbreak in this way:
'If you just listen to the news, you would think that the world is being taken by storm by this terrible deadly measles virus. Between December 2014 and February 11th 2015, there were a total of 125 measles cases.
'It is said that the origin of these outbreaks was at the Disney California theme park, although they have no idea who the primary case was or where that person came from.
'Anything you hear on the news is just surmising and assumption; they have no idea. What we know about the 110 patients that are California residents, is that 47 of them, which is nearly half, had an unknown or undocumented vaccination status.
'This is very interesting because these cases were all diagnosed and confirmed, yet, for some reason, they were unable to determine if these people were vaccinated or not. It's possible that they could have all been vaccinated with one, two, or three vaccines.
'We know there were 13 vaccinated people, 5 of whom had 1 dose of the vaccine, 7 had 2 doses, 1 had 3 doses, and 1 had immunoglobulin seropositivity documented, which indicated a prior vaccination.
'Then we have the unvaccinated, of which there were 49. Of these, one quarter of them couldn't have been vaccinated anyway because they were too young, so they're counted as unvaccinated, even though these are not people that exempted out. That leaves us with 37 more vaccine-eligible people, and all we know is that 28 of them - 18 of the 28 that are left over were children less than 18 years old, and 10 were adults.
'Now, we're left with 9 that we can't account for, but Dr. Schuchat of the CDC keeps saying that there were many cases that weren't vaccinated because they were sick at the time when the vaccine was due.
'So, all in all, we have 18 patients, out of 110 patients, who we can say were of vaccinating age, but were opting out of vaccines, 10 of which were adults. And this is what we're making a big fuss about.' (4)
As with much of US foreign policy, it becomes evident after some thought that, if the event did really take place, it’s presentation to the media was a Bubonic Plague manufactured from a molehill.
The second strategy was like the first, a long tested strategy, which has been gradually developed and refined. While science and scientific shills are portrayed as rational, selfless and socially minded, the opposition has to be portrayed as irrational, slightly loony, selfish and anti-social. The ‘anti vaxers’ have to be named and shamed.
Of course, such an opposition doesn’t actually exist. Many people who appear to campaign against vaccination are not actually campaigning against vaccination per se. They have very rational and intelligent views based upon their knowledge of the damage caused by vaccination to their own children, relatives or close friends. What appals many of those campaigning, usually specific vaccination, is the dilatory, unscientific, criminal, incompetent and reprehensibly inhuman approach of the medical establishment and the drugs cartels to the ongoing damage they are causing the world’s children.
In order to improve the efficiency of their tireless campaign to make money, vaccine shills have to break down this opposition into identifiable ‘anti social elements’. Some of these, such as those who believe in alternative medicine and those who are diametrically opposed to allopathic medicine, are common and easy targets, their beliefs easily portrayed as irrational and unscientific.
Out there on the fringe of the argument there are religious and other groups that the cartels can’t touch. The Amish, for example, will not be cited in the propaganda of the vaccine lobby. The great swath of Christians, however, are seen as easy targets. A steadfast belief in God is turned into irrationality that can be attacked and undermined.
In February of 2015, right on the nose of the apparent measles epidemic, Paul Offit, arch vaccine shill, tried to second guess Jesus Christ with an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times with the most incredibly patronising titled, ‘What would Jesus do about measles?’(5)
In March of this year, following on a matter of days after the measles outbreak and just three months before the first vote in the Sacramento vote on mandatory vaccination, Offit apparently authored a book about religion, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine. Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Centre at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and patent holder for a major vaccine, which has earned millions. Offit is the author of the most berserk and irrational statement probably made by any doctor in the world, that a new born could tolerate a mix of 10,000 viral strains in one shot. Offit is both a ‘scientist’ and the primary shill for corporate vaccine medicine in the US.
Mark Oppenheimer wrote of Bad Faith: (6)
'Unfortunately, Dr. Offit’s book is more a fervent attack job than an earnest attempt to understand people with different … views. His book is thinly sourced and poorly researched, seeming at times as if he began with a conclusion and then went in search of evidence.
'And Dr. Offit’s paradigm ultimately doesn’t explain very much. … Irrationalism, including the fear of science, courses through America’s veins, and it’s only sometimes religiously inspired. Bad Faith could have furthered his (Offit’s) life’s work. Instead, this book feels like a rush job.'
Of course, what aprt Offit played in the actual writing of the book might be questioned by anyone who has experience or knowledge of the way in which the CIA churned out books and magazines between 1947 and the 1980s. (7) Given the kind of book this was and the timing of its release, it would seem to me more probable that the book was cobbled together in the offices of a crisis management PR company.
The book was Offits second in the last five years, the first in 2010 being Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, a title that is alarmingly similar to the apocalyptic crisis management guru, bogus charity organiser, chemical and pharma shill Lord Dick Tavern, originator of Sense About Science, who said, ‘A little pesticide does you good but ‘organic’ farming harms the world.’ (8)
Offit’s views are rarely given in the round, not surprisingly because some of them, intent upon dragging us all into a scientific ‘rational’ future are, very extreme. It’s not just that he doesn’t believe in the rights of parents in relation to their children, he clearly doesn’t believe in families, not just Christian families but any family. Both religion and families, and communities of any kind, are a threat to the future of scientific/technological hegemony.
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To understand the rise of the idea of mandatory vaccines, we have to have an understanding of both the past and the possible future. In the 1920s, thinkers on the right in England were obsessed with the effects of the Russian revolution. They fought, tooth and nail, for what they saw as their ‘freedoms’. They thought state education was a communist plot, that hospitals and a welfare state would deprive them of freedom of choice in health care, while more liberal elements were as concerned with the rise of a state organised police force, which they believed could become a kind of secret army.
The modern period, after the 1920s, was the time that the ‘left’ and ‘right’ began philosophically digging their heals in; the left arguing for a bigger and ‘more caring’ state and the right arguing for the least state possible. In the event both sides were digging their own graves, because coming up on the outside, seen only by a few notable science fiction and dystopian thinkers, (9) was science and its political uber rationality.
The nature of power and the organization of advanced society has now changed so much that the old arguments of ideology have little bearing on the situation. There is only a faint shadow of historical politics embedded in the debate about mandatory vaccination, there is a strain of Republicanism which believes in individualism and libertarianism, but the Republican cause has been distorted by power, wealth and ownership. There is still a strain of democracy that believes in developing the common good and within this caring for the individual, but the democratic and collective cause has also been distorted by power, wealth and ownership.
The new structure of power in advanced society grows from science. We are heading towards a society in which there is no debate and no democracy. If science says that all cars in the future should run on wifi, despite the growing cancer count caused by it, there will be no discussion, because science is right per se. If science in the future says that because of overpopulation human life will be terminated at 30, then this will be the case. If science in the future says that all children will be vaccinated and parents who do not agree will be punished with the withdrawal of social benefits and sent to re-education camps, then so be it. Science is never wrong.
However, because science is a human activity it can always be wrong and those who adhere to it as an ideology rather than a way of finding the truth, will always lie about it, when it is wrong. In fact, ‘scientists’, a label which embraces a whole collection of people, can already be seen to be lying. It is something all ideologies do in the beginnings of their power. Communists lie, capitalists lie, religions lie… If not about the facts then about the moral consequences of their systems.
Perhaps now is a time to revolt against the new power, against its lack of humanity, against its ‘collective rationality’, against the determination of the shills that science becomes the leading structural philosophy in society, and most determinedly against the lies that it is using as a stepladder to power.
Part Three to follow.
Martin Walker is an investigative writer and author. You can see his work at Slingshot Publications. He writes: I have been an activist, investigator, political poster artist and writer for most of my adult life. My twelve books, essays and articles and a large number of posters reflect an involvement in campaigns since the occupation of Hornsey College of Art, where I was a student in 1968. For the last twenty years my writing and investigating has been confined almost entirely to the field of corporate lobby groups involved in pharmaceutical marketing and the cover-up of adverse reactions. For a more complete view of my campaign involvement you can see parts of my CV.
Most recently between 2007 and 2011 I have reported, written essays and edited and published two books by parents about the adverse reactions caused to children given the MMR vaccination. I followed and wrote about the case of Dr Andrew Wakefield attending every day of the bogus three year trial organised by the General Medical Council.
Footnotes and references for the two part series:
(1) The Hazards of Immunization. Sir Graham S. Wilson. University of London, The Athlone Press. London 1967.
(2) Interestingly, some were against this new legislation because, they said, it would lead to an increase in home schooling! This use of punishment could be seen as poor PR because the PR companies are actually defining a population, helping the resisters come together.
(3) Dirty Medicine: Science, big business and the assault on natural Health care. Martin J Walker, Slingshot Publications. 1994.
(5) Paul A. Offit, What Would Jesus Do About Measles?
The Opinion Pages, New York Times. February 10, 2015
(6) Mark Oppenheimer, Review of Bad Faith, March, 2015 The Times.
(7) The Congress for Cultural Freedom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_for_Cultural_Freedom
(8) Excerpt from The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy and the New Fundamantalism. Dick Tavern. Oxford University Press. UK, 2005.
13 Mar 2005
(9) Aldous Huxely, Brave New World,
The almost never mentioned,One by David Karp, 1953, Vanguard Press, 1953. USA
1984 George Orwell. Secker & Warburg, UK 1949.