A recent outbreak of Measles at Disneyland is the inspiration for the new edition of Afterburner with Bill Whittle.

After addressing the false, media-stoked idea that Republicans are anti-vaccine and therefore anti-science, Bill explores the subject of progressive parenting. He points out that kids who are brought up in the constant safety of the everyone-gets-a-trophy school of child rearing are more vulnerable to disease not only of body but of mind.

Watch it all below:

Watching this video reminded me of a very funny story.

In 1999, George Carlin toured a show called You Are All Diseased.

Here’s what he had to say about fear of germs:

When I was a little boy in New York City in the 1940s, we swam in the Hudson River, and it was filled with raw sewage, okay? We swam in raw sewage! You know, to cool off. And at that time, the big fear was polio. Thousands of kids died from polio every year. But you know something? In my neighborhood, no one ever got polio. No one, ever! You know why? ‘Cause we swam in raw sewage! It strengthened our immune systems! The polio never had a prayer. We were tempered in raw shit!

There’s a lot of truth to that, and it dovetails nicely with Whittle’s point.

The bottom line is this: Get your kids immunized, but don’t try to protect them from life.

Featured image via YouTube.


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