May 1, 2021

ACTUALLY, IT’S A TRUST PROBLEM: PEOPLE DON’T TRUST THE EXPERTS OR AUTHORITIES ANYMORE. Vaccine Skepticism Was Viewed as a Knowledge Problem. It’s Actually About Gut Beliefs.

Or maybe one of the relevant “gut beliefs” is that the people running things are incompetents who often lie and manipulate. I mean, here’s how the NYT disposes of concerns about the vaccines: “Manufacturers of the three vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration say they are safe.” I mean, you don’t have to be a paranoid science-denier to find that less than fully reassuring.

Related: The Suicide of Expertise.

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