Skip vaccines? Opt out of tests? Radicalism is tearing us apart

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    April 8, 2015: Robert Kennedy, Jr., son of former U.S. Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, speaks against a measure requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated during a rally at the state Capitol in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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    FILE- This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a measles vaccine on a countertop at the Tamalpais Pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. The Australian government has ramped up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Something’s in the air, and it’s not just the normal spring rituals of protests, love and allergies. It’s the unsettling sound of radicalism tearing America apart.

Ideas that only recently were relegated to the fringes are now going mainstream. And policies that were settled, established norms are under vicious assault.

We live in strange times, and they are getting stranger by the day. I have argued that America appears headed for a crack-up, and mainstream radicalism is both cause and effect of the potential chaos.

Here’s the real shocker: The radicals are not limited to Occupy Wall Street and other anarchists demonstrating against cops, capitalism and all authority. Instead, respected public figures and government officials who would normally defend the establishment are leading the charge against it.

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Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and New York Post columnist.