US TODAY: newspaper headline: liberty vs public good

When should liberty yield to public good?

I find it fascinating that a nationwide newspaper should engage in such a
dramatic statement in regards to the virus and vaccinations and masks…

I do hold that the public good outweighs the individual rights…
we should require people to be vaccinated and wear mask to
protect the public good… but others differ… and how are we
to work out this tricky problem?

we begin with the understanding that freedom/liberty isn’t a fixed,
universal/transcendental issue… freedom/liberty must
be fitted into the society at hand…

an example of this was during the Second World War…
Americans were strictly limited in their actions during the
war… for example, travel was limited to the need to travel,
not if you wanted to, but a valid reason to travel was needed…
material such as oil, gas, steel were all strictly regulated
there was a rations in place in America and very few, if any,
protested these rations… for example, in coastal cities,
in New York, LA, Miami, San Francisco, lights were required to
be turned off to prevent enemy bombers or subs to know
the exact position of the city or parts of the city…

the public need for freedom/liberty was suspended for the duration of
the crisis… the public good was place first… now had our present group
of ''freedom lovers" had been around during the Second World War,
we would all be speaking German right now…

by what right do they put their own individual freedoms,
ahead of the public good? certainly not by their insane
conspiracy theories… which have no basis in fact…

had the antivaxxers gotten their vaccines and put on their masks,
we would have already beaten the virus and be mask free with a return
to life as it was pre-2020… but no, they foolishly and insanely put
their own “freedom’s” ahead of everyone else and so we must endure
months more of mask and limited freedoms…

these people have not only risks my life but have risks your life
because of some foolish notion of freedom/liberty that doesn’t even
make sense in what is happening right now…
I point out that the vast majority of people getting sick and dying in America
is those who refuse to get a vaccination and wear mask…
all they are doing is hurting themselves by failing to vaccinate and wear mask

they aren’t hurting me, because I am vaccinated and I wear a mask in public
places… I won’t get sick… I stand on the side of the public good…

and not on the side of private greed and stupidity that somehow suggests
that vaccines are somehow “bad”…
When we put our daughter in school for the first time,
we had to provide a doctors list of vaccines she had gotten…
in other words, you have already been vaccinated dozens of times
just to go to school in America… and I would imagine that it is the same
elsewhere in Europe or in the industrial world…

in fact, had we listen to antivaxxers, we would still be afflicted by
such diseases like Polio, German measles (the one that took my hearing)
smallpox, Malaria, Rinderpest, Dracunculiasis…
look up pictures of Polio and people living in Iron lungs… very large rooms
of people living in Iron Lungs…those who deny vaccines want to return to
a world where people died and suffer with these often fatal diseases…

Kropotkin

the exact defense a anti-vaxxer would use to defend their position,
would be the same defense that Jack the Ripper would use to defend
his use of murder…his “freedom/liberty” to murder overrides, overcomes
the society need to defend itself…
and in fact, Hitler would also use the anti-vaxxer defense to defend
his use of violence to overcome the state/society as would
any body who advocates for an adult to use children sexually…
the defense of each one is predicated upon the absolute right
of a person to act in his/her engagement with freedom/liberty…

to prevent someone from sexually assaulting a child is of course,
against one’s personal freedom/justice… and we must, at least according
to the anti-vaxxer, keep personal freedom/justice above societies needs…
thus we cannot, cannot according to the anti-vaxxer, prevent anyone from
assaulting children because that would interfere with their own personal
freedom/liberty… thus we can and must, according to the anti-vaxxer,
allow people to kill, murder, sexually assault anyone they choose because
to prevent them from doing so, is a violation of their personal freedom/
liberty…and one’s personal freedom is paramount in today’s society…
at least to the anti-vaxxer…

Kropotkin