History has gone full circle. Suddenly, we find a new unhealthy fixation with socialism on the rise in the United States, people are defending commies, the Nazis are back, and measles is surging. They are all related.
We won decisive victories against Nazis and commies and vaccines. We put them on the ash heap of history. But the lessons of history show that things only stay on that ash heap if we stay vigilant. People forget. The people who won stop crowing. That becomes a bit dangerous in the age of the internet.
No one has been writing online about the Nazis being evil, the commies being evil, and vaccines working because we all agreed. But some people who never dealt with seeing a loved one exterminated by a virus got curious. They went off and found their own experts and confirmation biases.
Those people began writing in a void, filling that void. Along came internet search engines to sweep up the content of the internet and found it. That boosted it. No one was responding to it negatively, so it rose in the searches. Then it hit critical mass. When people started realizing that suddenly the Nazis were coming out of the shadows, the Soviet apologists were on the march, and kids were getting sick, they pushed back hard. But they suggested that these nutty ideas be silenced, punished, or otherwise censored.
In some people, that suggested sparked a gnostic interest. Surely the majority was just trying to keep people from “the truth.” So the Soviet apologists, the neo-Nazis, and the rich coastal folks and a certain segment of mostly female evangelical went hard into gnostic idolatry.
The histories, written by the majority, could not be trusted. Capitalism is surely too flawed and, of course, no one has tried Communism the right way. And, my personal favorite, a Ph.D. from the Ivy League has self-published the truth about vaccines and big corporations don’t profit from healing people anyway. There are some people who would just prefer to believe the conspiracy because simple answers seem wrong to them.
Those of us who know vaccines work and that the commies and Nazis were both kissing cousins and evil need to be vigilant. We cannot convince everyone. There will always be those who through pride, idolatry, and misplaced trust will not believe the truth. But we have ridden a historic wave of stability and, in the creature comforts of the twenty-first century, the lies have been festering.