I recently heard Bret and Heather Weinstein, the relatively famous (or infamous, depending on your persuasion) evolutionary biologists argue that government cannot legitimately force vaccination on the public because it has not yet met certain statistical and medical criteria. I’m not directly quoting them, of course, but that is the gist of their assertion. I like Bret and Heather, and I find much of what they say to be generally of the libertarian (classically liberal) mindset, which is good, but this is nonsense.
Boiled down, what they are saying is that the government cannot be allowed to use force against the people until it meets X, Y, or Z standard. Boiled down further, they are saying that force is something which can be allowed. Boiled down a third time is this: Rulers need permission to rule.
Here, of course, the massive contradiction is staggeringly obvious. “To be allowed to coerce” is a meaningless statement. If one allows something, then it’s not coercion, it’s cooperation. Cooperation is mutually exclusive of government. Government doesn’t cooperate, it governs…the verb is clearly seen in the noun. What does it mean to govern? It means to compel peoples’ behavior, regardless of their will, in accordance with Law, and the Law has no meaning absent a government to enforce it.
Government is authority, and authority is force. Force does not care what you think or are entitled to. You don’t allow government, it allows you. It demands, you obey. If the government believes that it is in the interest of its own power, you will be vaccinated whether you want it or not…and it doesn’t need your permission or to fulfill some kind of prerequisite checklist to do it. There is nothing to be allowed. The State will act in service to its power, period, always and forever, and if your resist it you will be in some way removed. End of story.
Coercion does not ask permission. On the contrary, coercion implies that no permission is necessary. It will not be sought; it will not be acknowledged. Government exists to force. That’s its nature. That’s all it will do, and that’s all it can do. To think that you can cooperate with it is to think you can cooperate with the wolves that are devouring your livestock. To end forced vaccinations, your going to have to say no. Not put it to a vote, not hope and pray for new politicians, not come up with some list of criteria that the government must meet.
But here’s the rub…because what’s I’m saying is that to stop forced vaccinations, or any act of the State, is to reject the government’s right to govern; to be, in some instance, the government. You see the problem? It takes quit a lot of cognitive dissonance to do this, because there is no spectrum of being ruled. One is either governed or one is not…its either/or. There are no real degrees. One is either a slave or one is free. So, we shall see.