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Editor’s Commentary: Unlike the vast majority of the content posted here, the article below is not written by a conservative. It is not written by someone who is skeptical about the efficacy of Covid vaccines. On the surface, one might think the article belongs on a left-leaning outlet rather than here.
While we don’t agree with everything the author says here (“remarkably effective Covid-19 vaccines” – really?), it’s important to get the perspective of a progressive who is as dismayed as we are at the draconian means by which information and discourse are being suppressed regarding Covid-19 and its many elements. Professor Halperin does not approve of the censorship that is happening, especially in the academic and scientific circles that are supposed to embrace debate rather than quash it.
We don’t post articles by leftists often, but when they’re mostly right, it’s a great reminder that even those who oppose our worldview can see how badly it’s being distorted by the radical agendas in play. Now, let’s hear from Professor Halperin…
While McCarthyism is recalled as a low point for our democracy, most Americans in the 1950s were sympathetic to the Wisconsin Senator’s efforts to root out alleged communists from government and other walks of life. Massive fear generated by the very real threat of global Soviet aggression led to a reprehensible trampling of constitutional rights, in a classic example of how the ends do not justify the means – even if that was only widely grasped in retrospect. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed another troubling deterioration of fundamental democratic principles, again stemming from a pervasive sense of fear, this time from the (also very real) threat of a viral pandemic. Whereas McCarthyism sprung from the conservative end of the political spectrum, this time the hacking-away of our democratic values has tended to come from more progressive political and professional circles.
Having worked in public health for over four decades (and as a generally progressive person myself), the past sixteen months have been a doubly sad time for me. While proud of what the medical sciences have created, including the remarkably […]
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