When an Alberta toddler dies of meningitis after his parents opt to treat him with veggie smoothies instead of antibiotics, who do you blame for the proliferation of pseudoscience that led to this tragic situation?
Do you blame empty-headed celebrities who attach themselves to the anti-vaxx crowd and who promote their "personal lifestyle" cults as an "alternative" to boring old drugs?
Do you blame capitalism-hating academics who devote themselves to undermining the pharmaceutical industry?
Or do you blame SJWs who get triggered when the doctor tells them they need to lose weight, take medication for their bipolar mania, and stop diagnosing themselves with Asperger's syndrome?
Well, if you're the Media Party, you place most of the blame on the safe target, the one nobody's going to stand up for -- good old religion.
Then you call for more government regulation of frontline healthcare professionals, or those who call themselves healthcare professionals, because the pseudoscience industry is a multimillion dollar business, and you had best believe the government wants its cut.
You'll get a whole lot farther pinning what ails our health care system on a woefully undertrained naturopath or a doctor who over-billed the government than you ever will blaming Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow, or Jenny McCarthy. It's a lesson that's not lost on progressive governments like Rachel Notley's or Kathleen Wynne's.
It's easy to tar a bunch of health care professionals with a broad brush because they are mostly anonymous and are usually far too busy saving lives to devote themselves to amassing Twitter followers.
Besides, if these doctors were really so smart, how come they aren't fabulously rich, famous, and handsome like Dr. Oz?
That's how you can tell the pseudoscience industry is a left-wing scam like the green energy racket or the human rights industry:
It's brimming with hypocrisy and quid pro quo.
But there's something far more sinister here at play here than just your average left-wing shakedown.
The fact that healthcare professionals, private businesses, and the devout get vilified here and celebrities, governments and quacks get a free pass means that the social order is upside-down.
It means that the left's attempts to redistribute power are working.
Thanks to their efforts, people with no medical training have more trust among the public than those with medical training.
And it means that science is going to keep on being devalued the more power the left accumulates.