Canada's capital Ottawa has now been under siege for 3 weeks. Canadian journalist Tabi Wells joins Gail and Nate to discuss how a fringe anti-mandate group of self-proclaimed "freedom fighters" inspired by American alt-right groups have held Canada hostage. How did we get here?
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- This article by CBC explains the Emergencies Act Trudeau invoked.
- Vox explains why in-/out-group differentiation is much stronger on the right and takes precedence over facts. This explains why with anti-vaxxers staying true to your group is a powerful pull (especially for conservatives).
- PsychCentral examines how 'Anti-Vaxxers' May Think Differently Than Other People. The researchers discovered that people higher in vaccine skepticism were less accurate in their estimations of mortality-related events and overestimated the negative events, more easily swayed by anecdotal horror stories.
- The Independent explores through studies the link between childhood trauma and people who refuse the vaccine here.