Libertarians and the Vaccine: Give Me Liberty and Give Them Death

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      Let’s be clear: Americans have all kinds of awesome rights as individuals. In the majority of cases, you get to decide what risks to take with your own life and property. If you’d like to win the Darwin Award and try to jet ski off Niagra Falls, you can do that.

      But you aren’t free to subject others to deadly harm. You’re not allowed to drive your Corvette at 100 mph and spin donuts on the freeway, because you might hurt somebody. You don’t get to fire your AK 47 into the air at a Fourth of July picnic. And you won’t be lighting up a Marlboro on an airplane. Your personal liberty, in such cases, is curtailed in order to ensure the safety of others.

      You may not like it, but the Supreme Court has supported intrusions on your body in a number of cases in the name of public and individual safety. These include things like blood alcohol testing and strip and body cavity searches. If you are having a psychotic breakdown and you are a criminal defendant, the state can force you to take medication to make you competent to stand trial.

      For quite some time, American law has been clear that the bodily intrusion of mandatory vaccinations is necessary in order to shield citizens from harm. In 1905, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court explained that people living in a civil society have obligations to protect one another from dangerous diseases: “In every well-ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members, the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.”


      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      This is what libertarians don’t get, or refuse to accept. They think freedom means I get to do what I want, regardless of the consequences or anyone else.

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