There was a time in American history when scientists were touting the health benefits of certain cigarettes. Medical reports claimed that smoking Chesterfield cigarettes had “no adverse effects,” “Philip Morris are scientifically proved far less irritating to the nose and throat,” and “Smoking Camels restores and increases [the flow of digestive fluids].”
One advertisement promoted Dr. Batty’s asthma cigarettes, which, “Effectively treats: asthma, hay fever, foul breath, all disease of the throat, head colds, canker sours [sic], bronchial irritations.”
You—especially if you’re a smoker—might be thinking So what? Who cares? They got it wrong.
But imagine if based on that spurious medical information, government agents made a concerted effort to get everyone smoking. Imagine that they launched initiatives backed by the cigarette companies and other lobbyists in unrelated industries to promote 100 percent smokers by an arbitrary year.
Also imagine that certain legislators were using their bully pulpit to intimidate private companies who offered links to websites and books that contradicted the suspect medical consensus on cigarettes. Imagine full-scale censorship of anti-smoking literature.
Imagine the people threatening to take children away from parents if they didn’t get their kids smoking by the age of 13.
That would be insane right? Well that’s the Twilight Zone world in which we live with respect to another class of drug: vaccines.
HealthyPeople 2020 is an initiative designed to increase immunization rates and reduce preventable infectious diseases by the year 2020.
As a result of this arbitrary goal, US lawmakers like California Representative Adam Schiff are pushing major companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon to censor information raising several questions about First Amendment rights to free speech.
As a result of Schiff’s bullying, Amazon has pulled so-called anti-vaxxer documentaries from its Prime streaming catalog and Facebook, Google, and Pinterest have all initiated filtering search results on vaccine-related topics.
And yet, many people don’t have a problem with this as it’s supposedly for the greater good. When China forced Google to filter search results, it was oppression, but when progressive Adam Schiff does it, it’s for the good of public health
Wrong. It’s government-backed censorship either way. If you want to know who the villains…