Vaccine segregation is an affront to freedom
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, backed by state premiers and chief territorial ministers, is expected to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for older social workers. This despite protests from health unions such as the Australian Nursing Federation, who warned an investigation of members who work in elderly care revealed that nearly two-thirds said vaccinations should remain voluntary and 31 percent said they would quit the industry if forced to receive a vaccine.
Why should we be surprised? Scott Morrison has already pioneered the idea of vaccine “passports” to exempt Australians traveling in their own country from blockages and associated restrictions. Additionally, as part of a proposal crafted by health bureaucrats, vaccinated travelers will be treated differently by being allowed to self-quarantine at home.
I’m not against vaccines and of course the government must ensure the safety of its citizens by all ethical means possible. however, governments, bureaucracies and business leaders doing whatever they want (Qantas, Alliance Airlines, Flight Center, etc.) do not have the right to impose or coerce an individual to undergo medical treatment for their better instincts or judgments. This is the only reserved area of the doctor-patient relationship, where individual and particular circumstances, pathologies and conditions can be taken into account by those who know what is best for themselves.
In fact, the Australian vaccination manual specifies that : “[Vaccines] must be given voluntarily in the absence of pressure, coercion or undue manipulation. This long-standing principle of informed consent to medical treatment is enshrined in the Nuremberg Code 1947, of which Australia is a signatory. This Code came into being as a result of the atrocities of World War II and the outrageous medical experiments carried out by the Nazis and other totalitarian regimes against their own people in the name of “science”. The Code opens with this decisive statement:
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the data subject must have the legal capacity to give consent; should be located in such a way as to be able to exercise free choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deception, coercion, overbroad or any other ulterior form of coercion or coercion, and should have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the elements of the matter involved to enable him to make an informed and informed decision.
Rowan Dean, Rebecca Weisser, Ramesh Thakur, Jake Thrupp and this correspondent, among others, have argued in this post and elsewhere that medical and emotional blackmail is anathema to our traditions of freedom.
Suggestions that mandatory vaccinations will only be limited to certain areas or circumstances because they are “in the public interest” are naive at best, and futile at worst. Where will it end? It will be, as the saying goes, the thin end of the corner. Lest anyone have any doubts about this notion, Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show on June 1 on what is happening in Democratic states where segregation, like that against which the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s protested, is happening once again.
“The new segregation is a lot like the old segregation,” the famous Fox News host said. Before the coronavirus, “almost everyone agreed that segregation was the worst thing this country has ever done,” Carlson told his audience.
“Forcing certain categories of citizens into separate and lesser accommodation, denying them access to public places, treating them like lepers or untouchables: it was completely immoral and wrong.
“We’ve been told this many times, and most of us totally agree. It was wrong. “
Nonetheless, “the same people” who condemned segregation “are now enforcing segregation,” Carlson accused.
“Just this morning, theNew York Timesinformed us that unless you can prove that you have received the injection that the Democratic Party is asking you to take, you are no longer allowed in bars, comedy clubs, even some dance competitions, in New York State, ”he observed. “You are too dirty to appear in public. You are not welcome around normal people.
Those who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to attend basketball games at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Carlson said. (AJune 2 updateon the stadium’s website says “fully vaccinated sections” have been added to the gardens.) They will also need to sit in “demarcated sections” to watch baseball games.
“Doctor Jim Crow came to America,” Carlson said, provocatively citing the laws that enforced racial segregation in parts of America from the 1870s to 1965. “If we still had water fountains, the unvaccinated would have separate ones. “
The origin of the expression ‘Jim Crow’ has often been attributed to ‘Skip Jim Crow‘, a black song and dance performed by a white actorThomas D. Ricein ‘black face‘, which first surfaced in 1828 and was used to satire the populist politics of then President Andrew Jackson. Due to Rice’s fame, ‘Jim crow‘in 1838 had become a pejorative phrase referring to African Americans. When Southern state legislatures, dominated by white Democrats, passed racial segregation laws directed againstblack peoplein the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these laws became known as “Jim Crow Laws”. The effect of these laws was to deny the right to vote and to suppress the political and economic gains made by blacks in the aftermath of the civil war.
“Why should it stop here?” Carlson asked. “The coronavirus is transmissible and it can be dangerous, but it’s not the only disease that fits this description. There is a lot of.”
“If politicians can separate potential carriers of COVID from the rest of the American population, why can’t they do the same to people living with HIV, TB or hepatitis C? … At this point, there really is no reason why this should not happen because the precedent was set.
In Australia, we do not (and neither should we) discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, etc. Why then should we start discriminating on the basis of health condition, leading to a subclass of people just because they haven’t taken a drug that can’t or needn’t take . As is the case in America, the same people who speak out against discrimination in all its forms are now advocating for its application, aided and abetted by a prime minister who has repeatedly shown himself to be an enemy of freedom and , it seems, would love nothing better to be the new one Supreme Leader in his fascist state of health.
Dr Rocco Loiacono is Senior Lecturer at Curtin University Law School.