At the start of all this I was very much of the view that the capitalist economy has put us in the dilemma of dying of the virus vs dying for the economy. But as things have gone on, I see it more as an all out assault on personal autonomy. I won't die defending bourgeois democracy but the right to go about my life without having every aspect of it micromanaged is sacred. It was only with the utmost reluctance i came to this position - deep down I was too afraid to be seen to be allying with right wing conspiracy theorists and nutjobs. But now, as we see airlines and public venues potentially requiring us to have had the vaccine, I'm fully on board with the lockdown/vaccine scepticism. It disheartens me to hear people saying this is 'marxism' or 'NWO' but I can't deny that the government is genuinely ruining people's lives on a daily basis.
Recently I read an article advocating that vaccination should be made a precondition for pro tennis players competing on the tour. Now the person who wrote this might argue that this isn't the same as making it compulsory - they might say that said individual doesn't HAVE to be a professional athlete. But how long is it then till this filters down into the rest of society? Til entering a music concert requires you to be vaccinated? A football game? The pub? A hospital?
How long until employers make it a precondition for new employees? I'm not saying that people will lose their jobs, but they might find it bloody hard to get a new one if they can't enter the premises. They say this approach isn't a compulsory one - but as I read in Marlon James' ''A Brief History of Seven Killings'' - If it no go so, it go near so.
Think about the concept of constructive dismissal. Where a worker isn't sacked, but their environment is made hostile enough it is impossible for them to remain employed. Again I'm not saying any current jobholder will lose it cause of this. But I think there's a strong parelel between this concept and the 'compelled' vaccination approach - in this hypothetical case the government has effictively dismissed someone from being able to access important aspects of social, cultural and economic life. Millions will fall into this category. It will lead to the formation of a dual society. Surely we must oppose this?
I know it's commonly said the motive force between lockdown/covid vaccination sceptics are by and large right wing nut jobs - I am not that. I'd call myself a socialist and general egalitiarian. But the strange thing is, these purveyors of the neoliberal orthodoxy are probably 90% pro-choice with regards to abortion (thats fine, so am I), but their not really pro choice at all here.
If mass vaccination really is the answer it should be by persuasion not compulsion.
This might seem like hyperbole but things are moving so fast. Authoritarian measures being taken in the name of suppressing the virus which were unimaginable one year ago, are taken for granted now. Where will we be a year from now? Or five years?
It's commonly, and correctly, pointed out that the virus has disproportionately harmed working class, immigrant, and people of colour's communities and individuals. But everyday in my own life, and I'm sure it's true in general - the harm of the lockdown also falls disproportionally on said groups. The strongest discontent with this growing authoritarianism comes from all the above. I hear it all day at home, from my friends both at work and in general life.
If vaccination is made a precondition of access to important elements of social and cultural life, then it will create a dual society with millions becoming part of a new underclass. If this shall come to pass, I will embrace my new ghettoised existence that will be the price of my refusal.
I might have been open to accepting the vaccine before but now they are seeking to coerce us into accepting it, I proudly reject it out of spite. In any case, isnt the fact that it is being pushed so hard in itself reason to distrust it?
I'm not especially religious, but the Bible talks of the ''mark of the beast'' as the coming of the apocalypse. Now if I was religiously inclined, i know i'd definitely equate this concept with the vaccination but I'm not that kind of conspiracist. However I know for a fact that this is some black mirror shit.( A UK tv show)