What do goalposts have to do with vaccines?
They do have a place in folks who argue that vaccines aren’t safe, don’t work, or aren’t necessary though. Moving the goalposts refers to a logical fallacy in which someone decides they want different evidence to win their argument, typically because their previous evidence has failed.
Just like when playing soccer though, you can’t move the goalposts once you start playing.
For more information:
- Moving the goalposts
- They Keep Moving The Goalposts
- Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement
- One Vaccine, One Ingredient and Anti-Vax Talking Points
- Move the Goalposts… It’s Time to Talk Aluminum
- “Green Our Vaccines”: The fallacy of the perfect solution
- Satire – Anti-vaxxers volunteer to help move goalposts at local soccer field