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Vaccines, trash, fire and the greater good
Vaccines, trash, fire and the greater good

Thankfully, the recent vaccination controversy that dominated headlines and muddled the 2016 Republican presidential primary is mostly over. Surely we have bigger issues as a nation to confront. But political flare-ups of this sort provide a gentle — and for some, unwelcome — reminder about the interconnected nature of modern American life. Libertarians on both the left and right can agitate for greater autonomy as a bulwark against what they see as a too-intrusive government, but the fact is that the era when individual decisions can be made in a complete vacuum has long since passed. For those who long for some lost era where individuals could do as they pleased without...

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