“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis
Darkness is indeed enveloping Europe almost two years into the global pandemic. Austria has announced full lockdowns with the unvaccinated bearing the harshest restrictions. Germany is set to follow the lead of its authoritarian neighbor. Defying Einstein’s dictum that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, France now has adjusted its definition of inoculation for the elderly to include a mandatory third shot. Globally, Australia remains an open-air prison ready on the trigger of just a few cases to retreat to restrictions of movement beggaring Orwell’s dystopic imagination.
Lest one think the United States is insulated, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles have in place a draconian system of medical apartheid condemning the unvaccinated, many of whom are blacks already with natural immunity, to a new form of segregation.
The Bank of America floated a trial balloon of putting the unvaccinated on different floors with different restrooms and eating facilities likely to house society’s scapegoats. So much for a diverse and inclusive workplace.
For now, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed President Biden’s OSHA mandate to choose essentially between your jab and job, but efforts to cajole and coerce the hesitant intensify. Forgive the cognitive dissonance upon hearing these edicts. For even Biden’s court scientists, led by Dr. Fauci, have now conceded that the shots do not prevent transmission or infection and that, as is the case in almost fully vaccinated Israel, protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death may be waning rapidly too.
Politicians, public health officials, celebrities and the mainstream media bleat robotically that the vaccines are safe and effective. New York Governor Kathy Hochul calls the shots a gift from God and elevates the self-same pharmaceutical companies with a history of billion-dollar fines to saintly status. The drumbeat of applause grows more impassioned, if not hysterical, even as adverse events, deaths and disabling injuries reported on VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) are multiples of all vaccines combined over the last thirty years. If a vaccine that provides limited protection and requires frequent boosters while smashing all adverse event safety records qualifies as safe and effective, just what would trigger alarm bells?
The virus will not bend to lockdowns, masks and mass vaccinations, so identifying a scapegoat is paramount for politicians. Admitting that their Covid mitigation policies were mistaken would sound a death knell for reelection chances.
The unvaccinated are now the UNDEFENDABLES, defiled, subject to house arrest in many jurisdictions, separated, marginalized and demonized. Walter Block, eminent Austrian economist and libertarian political theorist, is most famous for his two- volume book Defending the Undefendable.