The Disneyland measles outbreak has given a bit of negative publicity to the idiots in the anti-vaccine movement, so naturally it's an opportunity for Green Eagle to cast his cynical light on this movement.
I have to first state one of my longest held beliefs: there is no one on earth easier to lie to than yourself. That is because people believe lies, by and large, not because they are plausible, but because it suits their purpose to do so, and there is no one on earth that has a greater interest in believing your lies than you do. So the line between deliberate lying and self-delusion is often a very fine one. Still, I do not believe that the anti-vaccine movement is about health issues any more than I believe that, when Conservatives rail against higher taxes they are really trying to uphold some invisible passages in the Constitution.
The popular conception of the anti-vaxxers is that they are predominantly liberal, and I have no reason to doubt that. Nevertheless, they have joined Conservatives in one of their most characteristic behaviors- cloaking their self interest in a host of insignificant side issues.
For in the end, here is what is going on with them: they are trying to take for themselves and their families the benefits of "herd immunity," without having to pay the minimal price of getting vaccines for themselves and their children. They are simply after a free ride, while letting others take the risk. And in this they are exactly like Conservatives who shriek with fury whenever their own interests are threatened, but who are just as angry when any of their tax dollars go to some other group.
In the end it's just selfishness that is behind the behavior of anti-vaccine groups- the same selfishness that is behind anti-immigrant groups, anti-black groups and all of the host of right wing fanatics. And like right wingers, they will go on year after year proclaiming the same long-proven falsehoods to justify their position, rather than be honest with others or themselves, and admit that they just want it all without paying the price.