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Killing Liberty: Could Vaccine Resisters Be WACOed?

By Ilana Mercer | April 9, 2021 | 5:09pm EDT
An American flag burns at a protest. (Photo credit: HIROKO MASUIKE/AFP via Getty Images)
An American flag burns at a protest. (Photo credit: HIROKO MASUIKE/AFP via Getty Images)

Because of the natural mutation the clever little RNA strand undergoes—it is clear to anyone with a critical mind that the COVID vaccines will go the way of the flu vaccines: An annual affair if one chooses to make it so.

Choice, alas, is quickly becoming a quaint concept in COVID-compliant America. 

Vaccine Passports

The possibility of a vaccine passport, a “certification of vaccination that reduces public-health restrictions for their bearers,” has been floated. Unfinessed, it amounts to, “Your Papers, bitte!” 

While Fox’s Tucker Carlson did term the idea an Orwellian one—it took civil libertarian Glenn Greenwald, the odd-man-out among the authoritarian Left, to place the concept of a vaccine passport in proper perspective.

The popular TV host (and perhaps the only good thing on Fox News) had asked Greenwald if he felt a vaccine passport would persuade more Americans to get vaccinated.

Judging a policy by its positive outcomes for the collective, rather than by whether it violates individual rights, is utilitarianism. It is the rule among politicians and pundits.

“It doesn’t work”:  How often have you heard those words used to describe grave rights violations? As if using coercion to decrease “vaccine hesitancy”—is ever a good reason for coercing vaccination! As if employing coercion to decrease "vaccine hesitancy" is ever an appropriate use of State or corporate power!

The Benthamite utilitarian calculus is thus rightly associated with a collectivist, central-planner’s impetus. 

The Founding Fathers, conversely, held a Blackstonian view of the law as a bulwark against government abuses. Their take has since been supplanted by the notion of the law as an implement of government, to be utilized by all-knowing rulers for the “greater good.”

To his great credit, Sean Hannity did advance a rights-based argument against the vaccine-passport outrage: the individual right to privacy. 

It fell, however, to Mr. Greenwald to take note of the three different ways in which the passports constitute a draconian invasion:

Number one, coercing citizens to put a substance into their body that they don’t want in their body, a pretty grave invasion of bodily autonomy, one of the most fundamental rights we have. Secondly, gathering a new database that can track people in terms of their health, that can easily be expanded as government programs often do into a whole variety of other uses, and then thirdly…restricting people’s movement. Freedom of movement is one of the most fundamental rights we have. It’s actually guaranteed in the Constitution."

Herd immunity will be arrived at eventually, stressed Greenwald. So, “why is it necessary to stigmatize [those choosing not to vaccinate] and create a caste system?” 

Enter Missouri Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican with a highly contrived Southern act and overwrought cracks. 

The visibly disappointed Mr. Hannity was expecting an erudite, rights-based objection from the senator representing Louisiana. On the matter of vaccine compliance through coercion, Kennedy only dimmed the debate. To the question about vaccine passports, Kennedy answered with a non-sequitur:

A vaccine passport would be “terribly" "unfair,” Kennedy croaked, and not because it would threaten an individual’s dominion over his body, but because, “Everybody doesn't yet have access to the vaccine.”

‘Vaccine Hesitancy’: Critical Thinking Marginalized

The “vaccine hesitancy” pejorative is certainly an attempt to berate, bully, and marginalize critical thinkers.

For the evolutionary advantage—mutation—of the clever little RNA coil, the experts blame under-vaccination caused by global, systemic racism: Not enough sharing by the waning White World. Or, the “vaccine hesitancy” of the population at large.

It is no surprise, then, that not one TV ego in an anchor’s chair has inquired about longitudinal safety studies of the quickly issued COVID vaccines and the relatively new mRNA technology.

After all, “The creation of a vaccine involves scientists and medical experts from around the world, and it usually requires 10 to 15 years of research before the vaccine is made available to the general public."

However, there aren’t any longitudinal studies! How could there be? COVID vaccines are just too new. More ominously, they were rushed to market under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), not following FDA approval. To compound the unease, the EUA appears to harp a lot on providing “liability immunity” to COVID-vaccine manufacturers.

Reasonable people are all for well-tested vaccines—all the more so when liability is attached to the manufacturers, which is not the case in COVID.

Vaccine Likely To Last Until…Next Mutation 

If you doubt my opinion that jabs will become an annual affair, consider the expert opinion of 77 scientists from 28 countries:

The planet could have a year or less before first-generation COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective and modified formulations are needed, according to a survey of epidemiologists, virologists, and infectious disease specialists....

The grim forecast of a year or less comes from two-thirds of respondents, according to the People’s Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of organizations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and UNAIDS, who carried out the survey.…Nearly one-third of the respondents indicated that the time-frame was likely nine months or less.

“New mutations arise every day. Sometimes they find a niche that makes them more fit than their predecessors. These lucky variants could transmit more efficiently and potentially evade immune responses to previous strains,” seconded Gregg Gonsalves, Yale University associate professor of epidemiology at Yale University, in a statement.

We vaccinate every year for the flu due to mutations, don’t we? Why expect SARS-CoV-2 to be any less efficient?

As surmised in this space, the COVID vaccines will likely last as long as the virus’s next mutation. But will these remain optional?

In anticipation, Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has floated the freaky idea of a twice-yearly vaccine schedule:

The vaccines we have, no one knows how long they last….We need to prepare for the worst scenario. The worst scenario is that we have to vaccinate every half year.

In Israel, a vaccine “Green Passport” is already a reality, as is compliance-through-coercion at work in Canada, where, upon arrival in the country, you are corralled into confinement in government-designated “hotels,” at an exorbitant shakedown fee. The policy was instituted by the despicable and deeply stupid Justin Trudeau, a leftie.

What is the plan stateside? Without any qualms, American authorities have boarded up small businesses, and bankrupted, even arrested, their “scofflaw” owners for the crime of working. Do they plan to force the goop into the resister’s veins?

Do vaccine resisters risk being WACOed? 

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s currently on Parler, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn, but has been banned by Facebook and throttled by Twitter.

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