A Tale of Two Men: Dr. Peter Hotez & Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Each man feels confident that he has the correct information and the answers needed by the American people. However, Dr. Hotez is comfortable with calling for censoring, banning, and deplatforming people who ask questions that he deems “anti-science” or “anti-vaccine”. He has also continuously fought to have vaccine skeptics labeled as extremists or even terrorists. In contrast, Mr. Kennedy appears willing to have an open dialogue with anyone he meets. He has been traveling the United States for six months now, promoting his campaign, and listening to Americans. Whether or not you agree on his positions or conclusions, he remains open to discussion and debate. One area where Dr. Hotez and Mr. Kennedy appear to agree is that America (and much of the world) is facing an extremely divided political climate. However, they diverge on the solutions to this division. Where Kennedy sees more speech and conversation as the answer, Hotez is content to tell the American people to simply “trust the experts”. Unfortunately for him, after the last few years of lying, gaslighting, and obfuscation from the so-called experts and technocrats, much of the public is now skeptical and/or completely distrusting of official statements and dogma. Whether this will lead to a revival in critical thinking and reforming of our captured agencies, or a chaotic, violent death of previously trusted institutions, remains to be seen.”

Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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