Has anyone read Vision of the Anointed?
It's written by a conservative and picks on liberals disproportionately, but even mostly-liberal me appreciated its premise.
Good Reads, linked above, summarizes the gist of it:
In this book, he describes how elites—the anointed—have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions, thereby altering the course of our social policy.
Sowell argues that these rhetorical assertions are usually self-congratulatory and made at someone else's expense. One example is calling yourself "progressive" when you're liberal, implying that anyone who disagrees with you is "regressive." Now you may truly believe that
, but you need more than rhetoric and moral snobbery to prove it because your idea of progress is going to be different from another person's.
(To be clear, this book is totally about the pot calling the kettle black. The Right also employs the rhetoric of the Anointed. If you don't believe it, watch them get all huffy about their "family values," as if anyone who disagrees with their policies goes home and beats their children every night
But none of these are actual arguments
; they're substitutes
for arguments. They involve basing a position on looking righteous instead of on solid arguments.
So what does this have to do with vaccines? Dismissing people who disagree with you as "conspiracy theorists" is a cheap way of trying to make oneself rational. It's just the rhetoric of the Anointed, those without a real
solid argument for compliance to a government-issued vaccine schedule. That's why I'm finished taking it seriously.