Less democracy, less measles

The recent outbreak of measles in Italy is another confirmation of how damaging the anti-scientific stance of protest parties can be. A misleading campaign with the motto “vaccinate less, vaccinate better” by the Five Star Movement convinced a worrying number of Italian parents not to follow the doctors’ advice.

It is the content, stupid!

Populist parties, typically on the far-right fringe of the political spectrum, are on the rise in Western democracies, and many liberals cannot believe their eyes. The media publish scandalous news stories about populist claims and policies, liberal protesters take to the streets, and traditional party politicians refuse to cooperate with the growing anti-liberal forces. But … Continue reading It is the content, stupid!