Homeopathy is not exactly the kind of thing that one tends to associate with things like logic, accuracy or sanity, but this statement from a new homeopathy page really took my breath away. The site is like most homeopathy sites: a lot of claims about how the “skeptic” movement is corrupt and run by big evil corporations and how homeopathy is good medicine and supported by volumes of evidence.
The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see the top two links below.) Its top organizers were hired by pharmaceutical company and medical industry representatives to recruit malcontents in bars to spread hate propaganda against non-conventional medical systems. One of the first such skeptic groups referred to itself as Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Skeptics in the PubĂ˘â‚¬ť. Not surprisingly, their rants against Homeopathy sound like the drunken cacophony of soccer hooligans.
A Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“whoĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s whoĂ˘â‚¬ť tour would not be complete if we neglected to mention Sense about Science. This group features a prominent spokesperson who is an advertising Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“consultantĂ˘â‚¬ť to pharmaceutical and oil companies. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s been scrubbed from their website as of this writing, but they get large donations from Big Pharma.
ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s impossible not to encounter ties to the prevailing medical industry among any of the individuals or groups who currently identify themselves with the skeptic moniker. The mainstream media, which depend on advertising revenues from pharmaceutical companies and are always in search of a scandal are often co-opted by business interests that have little regard for the welfare of the average individual.
Sir, I am not and have never been associated with the Communist Party!
Seriously, I’m not a communist. Not that I feel the need to defend myself against such a ridiculous allegation, but I’m just not. I’m a member of multiple skeptic organizations, but I’m not a communist.
Most skeptics I know are also not communists. In fact, skeptics come from just about all political persuasions. There are certainly many libertarian skeptics, and many who would be considered to be social progressives, modern fiscal conservatives or something else. There are some who are legitimately supporters of socialism, and a few who are unabashedly pro-communism. I have not met any self-described skeptics who are supporters to hardcore, rigidly-enforced Marxism, but I can’t say that they don’t exist.
Whatever the case, the notion that the skeptic movement is at all related to communism is preposterous.
But there’s something even stupider here, which you may have caught. In the same breath as claiming skepticism is rooted in communism, the idiot who wrote this then turns around and accuses those involved of being shills for the big corporations of the pharmaceutical and oil industries. Does this guy even know what “communism” means? Communists are by definition opposed to large corporate entities and are against capital-driven markets. Many socialist and communist groups use the profits and power of large corporations as an argument in favor of the socialist state.
Also, Skeptics in the Pub is not one of the first skeptic organizations, nor is it really one of the largest or most influential. Actually, it’s not even its own single organization, but rather it’s an offshoot of the UK Skeptics. Skeptics in the Pub organizes meetings in pubs and bars which are intentionally informal and primarily social events. The intention is partially to expand the skeptic movement into less traditional venues, but also just to hang out for fun. In other words, it’s a kind of social club where skeptics can meet for a pint.
As for “Sense About Science” (which incidentally is an excellent resource for media-related science information), yes some of the contributors do have ties to big companies like pharmaceutical companies. So what? Who the hell do you think employs medical scientists?
This is a similar argument to the classic “health physicists and radiation safety technicians are employed by the nuclear industry.” Well, yeah, who the hell else would need their services?
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