Health and Well Being

No, you don’t have a “right” to demand that others are vaccinated.

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It’s hard to think of a more fundamental right than the right to determine what happens to one’s own body. Forcing someone to undergo medical treatment against their will violates this most basic of rights—the right to be free from physical assault. Yet even somelibertarians have jumped on the mandatory vaccination bandwagon, arguing that one person not taking every possible precaution against contracting a disease constitutes an assault against another. But this line of thinking requires some very tortured logic.

To begin with, nobody has a “right” to a germ-free environment outside of their own property (and good luck establishing one there). Proponents of vaccine mandates assert this “right” as if it is a long-standing social or legal norm, but it is not. Human beings have been living among each other for millennia, and there has never been a widely asserted right to freedom from any and all pathogens at others’ expense.

This is a much more intrusive demand and a potentially dangerous one.

There has, historically, been a widely held and asserted expectation of quarantine in the case of exceptionally dangerous illnesses. However, this is not at all what the proponents of mandated vaccines are calling for. Quarantine is simply the demand that those who are already infected with a disease remain isolated in their homes or elsewhere until they are no longer able to infect others.

This is profoundly different from what the pro-mandate crowd demands: that those who are not infected undergo a medical procedure to minimize their chances of becoming infected. This is a much more intrusive demand and a potentially dangerous one.

Furthermore, measles—the scariest thing the mandate pushers can come up with—is not even on the list of federally quarantinable diseases. And rightly so, as it hardly qualifies as an exceptionally dangerous disease in the developed world.

Long before the vaccine was available, the mortality rate had fallen to around 1 in 10,000 cases, and it was widely considered to be a benign childhood illness that nearly everyone contracted.

So what has changed in the last few years? How is it that all of a sudden, measles has gone from a disease not even worthy of mandatory quarantine for the infected to one that has generated near-mass hysteria and demands for the far more intrusive forced medical intervention against those who are not infected?

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3 thoughts on “No, you don’t have a “right” to demand that others are vaccinated.”

  1. Living beings DO have Rights. By virtue of their being. Here.
    When I say ‘rights’ I mean, the things I, and others ‘May freely Do’. As in, I, and others ‘May freely Do’ any and all of the things that do not harm another.
    I, and All others, May Not Do – we have no Right to do – Anything that Does harm others. (Like apply, or worse, inject a liquid mix of ‘medicine’ that Might or certainly will result in damage to someone’s health. Or, to steal, or confiscate, or take, or tax, or liverate another’s property, Against their personal wishes.)
    Another facet of ‘rights’, mistakenly associated with real Rights – the formerly well known, ‘endowed by A Creator’ Rights – are the ‘rights’ to stuff. Or to some preferred circumstance. A healthy, but over-weight gold-fish has no ‘right’ to a pond or a world devoid of storks. Or ducks, or piranhas. The gold-fish does have a Right to move to place where predators don’t frequent. Or to buy a scatter-gun, that his fins can easily operate, IF he can afford or build one. And, he’s got no ‘right’ to even point his scuba scatter-gun at a piranha, until a pirahna flashes his pearly white, sharp teeth at him.
    Like that proverbial chubby gold-fish, I have no ‘right’ to a pathogen free whorl’. Or, even to a psychopath or predator free whorl’. But I DO have the Right to protect myself, and my own personal state-of-health, by any means nescessary, without harming another.
    (And for the record, when a gold-fish blows a piranha outta the water, the gold-fish did not harm the piranha, rather, the piranha abdicated his (lady piranha fish are always well behaved, aren’t they?) Creator endowed Right to be left alone and at peace, by smiling at the gold-fish like ‘at…and drooling.)

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  2. It’s very disturbing and saddening how polarized the vaccine ‘anti-debate’ has become. I notice on the pro-Vaxx side they never list all the ingredients when they make their arguments. What about vegans and vegetarians? They should be added to the list of those who should be exempting themselves for ethical reasons since they are full of various animal ingredients. One argument I don’t hear enough from anti-vaxxers is the dependence and escalation of science as a solution to building life-long natural immunity and then passing that to the next generation. Overpopulation into mega-cities and mega-regions will certainly be a huge aggravating factor to the so-called ‘herd immunity’ problem. Seems most folks love to be treated like cattle, go figure!

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  3. Ladies, just because many so-called media ‘platforms’ either on purpose, or ‘accidently’ or ‘selectively’ squeeze the breath out of ‘your’ sites, there ARE other ‘platforms’ that aren’t ‘subject’ to censorship, real or imagined or accidental. This guy, Mark Passio, who’s very much in the same boat as you both are, may have some auxilliary (damn shame, I purposely didn’t say ‘alternative’) solutions to keep your ideas available. His show number 204 on Censorship
    When your site’s bells toll, I’ll know the dirge is ringing out for ME. And for others who long to breathe and walk and think and speak freely.
    But there will always be free speech. Maybe only as noticeable as a scrawl on a wall. If we get that restricted, it’s probably because we didn’t know a better way to ‘post’. But, even when there really isn’t any more efficient way to post a message than to scratch a scrawled few words on a wall, there’s a reason I’ll do it. And, there’s a reason there’ll be a reader of the message.
    Thank you both, for what you’ve already done!
    Well done!

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