James Corbett on Forced Vaccinations and the Death of Health Freedom [video]_Featured_, Vaccines, Videos Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Nothing could be more antithetical to the very idea of individual freedom than to have governments telling us that we must put some substance in our bodies. Without ownership of our body and the attendant right to refuse this or that medicine as we see fit, we are nothing more than slaves of the state. This is a principle that has been long understood.
But the reasons against mandating medical treatments rest on practicalities as much as ideal. The plain fact is that even if we can trust that governments only ever work in the interest of the people and not the medical-industrial lobby that pumps billions of dollars a year into Washington, D.C., they are still prone to error and thus their medical judgements should never be mandated on the public.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote in his “Notes on the State of Virginia”:
“Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. [...] It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
Most of these points are intrinsically understood by the population without need of explanation. If the government were to come out tomorrow and mandate the eating of broccoli to be enforced by door to door visits by the police, there would be outrage, and rightly so.
Yet somehow, when it comes to vaccinations, these types of thuggish behaviors are seen as perfectly reasonable by a sizable proportion of the general public.