Conspiracy theorists like the “anti-vaxxers” spread a dangerous strain of anti-intellectualism, and their efforts are rewarded by outbreaks of previously obsolete diseases (and preventable deaths). We need to analyze and fully understand their methods.
Before medical school, I frequently collaborated with a business partner in Germany. I often wondered how my German counterparts had a zest and vigor that my U.S. coworkers could not emulate. I do know my European colleagues were offered a very generous vacation package, and they weren’t afraid to use it.