Election 2024: Where Moral Panic Goes, Poor Outcomes Follow

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“You might be surprised to learn that of the 70 million minors living in the US, fewer than 20,000 received prescriptions for puberty blockers or hormone therapy in the five-year period covering 2017-2021. That’s about three one-hundredths of one percent. It’s not quite as rare as getting struck by lightning or death by drowning, but it’s in the same ballpark. Absent demagoguery for the express purpose of creating moral panic, that’s not much of a ‘policy issue.’ But look where demagoguery for the express purpose of creating moral panic has brought us: Even among self-described libertarians, Libertarian Party members, and LP officials, we find factions up in arms over the ‘issue’ of parents/guardians (with the assistance of doctors), rather than politicians, making healthcare decisions for minor children.” (06/06/24)