ANOTHER COMMON ANTI-VAX ARGUMENT
By Erin K Costello
One of the arguments anti-vaxers will regularly use is that the government and it’s varying agencies (CDC, FDA, and Department Of Health) have been lying to us all regarding vaccines and medicine, as well as claiming big pharma (the pharmaceutical industry) is in on this deceit. They will also argue that our colleges are filled with brainwashing liberal professors who then turn out brainwashed liberal college graduates, and they assure anyone within hearing distance that the medical community is also a part of this grand scheme. Even everyday people who have no connection to government, pharma, medicine, science, or education are called shills if they don’t entertain the ramblings of the vaccine conspiracy theorists. To the anti-vax community it seems that the only people who aren’t apart of this diabolical plan to decrease population, steal organs, or to silence dissenters are the “woke” anti-vaxers themselves. In other words, the whole world is out to get them, and only they are awake to see this sinister plan.
Just for shits and perspectively placed giggles, let’s entertain this paranoid mind set of theirs. Let’s look at the USA numbers accused of keeping up this facade that is theorized to exist. The figures are as followed:
-According to select USA.gov more than 803,000 people work for the pharmaceutical business in the United States performing a variety of professions such as research, tech support, and manufacturing.
-As if 2016 there were about 1,314,400 college professors in the United States.
-In the fall of 2017 about 20.4 million students were expected to attend colleges in the United States.
-According to the 2012 book: Becoming A Candidate by Prof. Jennifer Lawless, there are about 519,682 elected officials in the United States once you add up federal, state, and local governments.
-As if 2013 there were about 21,100,000 scientists and engineers in the United States with a bachelor's degree or higher.
-As of 2016 there were about 950,000 practicing physicians in the United States.
-As of 2010 there were 15,100 people employed by the FDA.
-As it 2008 about 15,000 people were employed by the CDC in the United States.
-As of 2015 79,540 people were employed by the Department of Health in the United States.
Once you add those figures together (number of US pharmaceutical employees, number of US professors and college students, number of elected officials, number of scientists and engineers, number of practicing physicians, number of FDA employees, CDC employees, and Department of Health employees) you end up with a figure of 45,181,722 people (give or take by today’s more current numbers). That’s just over 45,000,000 people in the United States alone who would have to be lying to the public, their families, their friends, and doing so without cracking under any pressure. That would be just 45,000,000+ people knowingly sitting on secret information of one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American public. And this figure is just what’s expected to be alive and active in this deceit today. What about those people who have since passed away who would’ve had to keep their mouths shut for the past 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 years? Are we to be expected to believe they all took this secret with them to their grave? As of 2018 there are about 326,970,000 people in the United States. That would mean that about 13.82% of Americans were keeping this secret from the rest of us. Only two people had to keep their mouths shut about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, yet keeping such a sensationalized piece of gossip a secret goes against most humans’ nature. In 1998 two people out of the about 275,850,000 American population (0.00000073%) couldn’t keep a secret about the most powerful man in the world at a time in history before the Internet, before immediate news coverage and information at everyone’s fingertips, and before a time with a cell Phone or security camera every 5 feet, yet today 13.82% of the American population is somehow able to keep quiet about a secret that's killing humans, AND able to keep this secret from being discovered in any other fashion.
Don't get me wrong, it isn't that their assertions aren't possible. Of course it's possible we are all being lied to. It’s possible in the same way that when given enough time a room full of monkeys and a typewriter will eventually produce the works of Shakespeare. However, is it probable? Not a chance. It's highly improbable. But since anti-vaxers aren’t much different than a room full of monkeys banging away on a typewriter in an attempt to prove their paranoid delusions, we can't really expect some kind of a probable scenario that’s worth any kind of consideration.