Strains of Resistance

The evolution of anti-vaccine arguments.

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CLAIM

WHEN

WHO

UPSHOT

Mercury-containing preservative thimerosal in vaccines causes autism.

1999-
2001

Advocacy group SafeMinds, Robert Kennedy Jr., et al.

Five studies find no link; autism rates stay constant after mercury-containing vaccines pulled.

Measles-mumps-rubella (mmr) shot causes autism.

1998

British gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield

14 studies find no link; Wakefield’s research funded by lawyers suing vaccine makers.

Aluminum salts in vaccines affect mental development.

Since the ’90s

Baby guru Dr. Robert W. Sears

There’s about as much aluminum in the average vaccine as in a quart of formula.

Vaccines deprive immune system of needed workout.

Since 1970s

Some alternative medicine practitioners including followers of Waldorf originator Rudolf Steiner

Immune system gets plenty of action from everyday germs.

Vaccines may create new disease organisms.

Since 1960s

Perennial concern of vaccine developers

No “replacement diseases” have ever arisen, but possibility exists.

Vaccines are spiritual pollution.

Since 18th c.

Some Rosicrucians, others

Rosi-who?

Read: Vaccine Skeptics vs. Your Kids

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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