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"Vaccine Passports" and the Holocaust: An Invalid Comparison?

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On March 29, the Libertarian Party of Kentucky issued a tweet that aroused considerable controversy (not least among partisan Libertarians themselves):

"Are the vaccine passports going to be yellow, shaped like a star, and sewn on our clothes?"

Kentucky governor Andy Beshear called the tweet "shameful" and implied it was "anti-Semitic."

Rabbi Shlomo Litvin called the comparison "morally wrong," but treated it, kindly, as part of a widespread habit of "using Holocaust comparisons to make literally any political point you want to make."

Was the tweet over the top? Well, maybe.

Was the tweet anti-Semitic? Ask the Jewish protesters in Israel who equate that country's vaccine passport scheme not only with the yellow Star of David badges forced on Jews by the Nazis, but with death camp prisoner tattoos.

Was the comparison valid? To at least some degree, yes.

Early on, the Nazis used a "public health" excuse for their targeting of Jews and the imposition of the patches. Jews, they said, spread typhus, and needed to be identified so that others could avoid them and stay healthy.

Yes, that supposed "public health" concern was completely false.

But the notion that COVID-19 represents a permanent, existential threat to humanity, that we can never return to "normal" again, and that those who choose not to get vaccinated represent a significant danger to those who choose to get vaccinated is completely false, too.

Novel viruses hit humankind hard occasionally, then recede as we learn to treat them and vaccinate for them, and as they weaken through mutation. No sane society completely remakes itself around them.

Supporters of vaccine passports tout them as a way to "allow" us to do things such as attend concerts and sporting events.

We've never needed health-based government permission to do those things before, and there's no compelling argument that we should be required to seek such permission in the future.

Vaccine passports aren't needed to "allow" things. They're not designed to include, they're designed to exclude. They're designed to do something with a long history that includes, yes, the Holocaust: They're designed to ghettoize ("put in or restrict to an isolated or segregated place, group, or situation").

Absent government involvement, if a business doesn't want to accept un-vaccinated customers (or any other kind of customers), that's, well, their business. But they should shoulder the costs themselves instead of asking governments to create and impose uniform identification schemes for them.

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Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


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It's your right to "like" whatever you want. It's my right to tell people to mind their own business, and respect my human and legal right to medical privacy--- that includes businesses that open their doors to the public.

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I'd like to see every choose NOT to get "vaccinated", preferably because they come to understand that a) it's not a vaccine, b) no COVID virus has been isolated correctly in the first place, c) so no actual "test" can detect it (because first you have to know what you're trying to detect, before you know whether the test tests for it accurately), and d) contagion doesn't work that way; and, most of all, because e) from the way everyone In Charge is leaning on us all to get the "vaccine", They are probably up to no good. Ppl SHOULD have an absolute right to bodily integrity, no matter what, w/out being accused of being ENEMIES OF THE STATE if they don't feel like going along w/ the state's decrees. Ppl SHOULD ALSO have an absolute right to full, undoctored, uncensored information about what's going down: click here

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1) There is no "it." There are several putative vaccines. It's reasonable to question the use of the word "vaccine" for the messenger RNA products (Pfizer and Moderna), as they seem to work more like preemptive treatments than actual vaccines. On the other hand, there's no plausible argument that the Novavax vaccine isn't a vaccine -- it's a protein subunit vaccine of a kind that's been in use for many years (note: I'm a Phase 3 clinical trial subject for the Novavax product).

2) You're presumably relying on Koch's postulates for the claim that the COVID-19 virus hasn't been "correctly isolated." Even leaving aside the fact that Koch himself admitted that his first postulate ("The microorganism must be found in the diseased animal, and not found in healthy animals") was incorrect, the second postulate ("The microorganism must be extracted and isolated from the diseased animal and subsequently grown in culture") referred to bacteria, which can't be isolated from hosts. Koch's postulates were written in 1884, which was about the time that Charles Chamberland inveted his filter and eight years before the Dmitri Ivanosky used it to study a virus. The SARS-COV-2 virus has been "isolated" many times.

I agree 100% that people have -- not should have, DO have -- an absolute right to bodily integrity. Sticking a needle in someone without consent is no different in principle than sticking a penis in someone without consent, and we have a word for that. If someone doesn't want the vaccine, they should not face any legal sanctions for refusing it. That's the main point of this column.

Living in your fantasy world is not a prerequisite for the right to refuse a vaccine. People could also refuse for reasons that aren't idiotic.

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It's not just MY "fantasy" world: see.com/@cv19:b/Death-of-the-Germ-Theory:3

Re: SARS-COV-2 "isolation": click here

This is the first I've heard that Koch didn't like his own postulates. What source(s) say that?

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Never mind, I already found where Koch didn't like his own postulates--w/ regard to cholera, anyway. Cowan & Morell explain on pp. 28 & 29 of THE CONTAGION MYTH: WHY VIRUSES (INCLUDING CORONAVIRUS) ARE NOT THE CAUSE OF DISEASE (2020, Skyhorse Publishing, NY). It's not the cholera bacillus which is deadly, but the toxin which it produces under low-oxygen situations. Koch was trying (unsucessfully) to get animals sick by injecting his cultures into animals, & he noted that Vibrio cholerae was found in both sick and healthy ppl; but he still believed the bacillus caused the disease. Cognitive dissonance, apparently.

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Yes, I'm aware that it's not just "your" fantasy world. Almost every really dumb idea has multiple believers.

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