Tuesday, April 06, 2021

I won't accept a "vaccine passport"

I'm already opposed to all forms of government ID. Why wouldn't I oppose "vaccine passports", too?

I realize that no one who makes these decisions is going to listen to a nobody like me. I'm not a government-supremacist so they wouldn't take me seriously even if they knew I exist and I agreed with them.

I wasn't around when most government "papers" were first issued, so there wasn't a lot I could do. They had already been accepted by most people and entrenched in the way things work long before I was born. Although it has gotten a lot worse during my lifetime.

But there aren't widespread vaccine passports yet, and I plan to be as non-compliant and obstinate as I can. And I plan to encourage non-compliance from others, as well. This seems the best opportunity for a clear line in the sand that I've seen.

Maybe, together, we can throw wooden shoes in the cogs. Even if we fail, at least we didn't go quietly.

If you have your reasons for supporting vaccine passports, I would like to hear them. 

I know some people are more afraid of Covid than I am, and there's nothing I can do about that. If someone doesn't see by now that the fearmongering was overblown, there's nothing I can say to convince them. 

But I am not obligated to arrange my life around their fears. Nor am I obligated to quietly comply with new government demands that violate my basic liberty. Not even through some imaginary "social contract" that seems to say anyone can do anything they want to me as long as they call themselves political "authority" and claim they are doing the bidding of society.

For a while at least, maybe vaccine passports won't be necessary when ordering groceries online for contactless drop-off. After the "Unclean" are no longer allowed in stores. So you won't be reliant on some passported person to bring you food. Yet. But eventually, that won't be good enough. They'll want to hurt those who don't comply. What then?

I've said for a long time that libertarians may be headed for a fate of being second-class residents, as the tracking demands get more numerous and more rigid, to a point where more of us simply can't comply. This is just another move in that direction. What are you going to do about it?


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  1. I'd hate a vaccine passport... I could see it happen though. In the meantime I'm trying to influence things as I can.

    That is, politely reminding people of how we don't know enough about the vaccine, mentioning that I don't intend to get one, etc. Always calmly, but persistently. My employer is a pretty big medical claims processing outfit and I've expressed the opinion where I could that I don't want to be forced into something that might harm me. So far they are saying they won't be requiring one - they have around 60ish thousand employees so that's a rather good sign, in my opinion.

    I mention this only because you asked "what are you going to do about it?" And in hopes that others might see that there is a whole spectrum of ways we can protest this and slow it down or even stop it.

    I think there's hope, since with even as much Kool-aid that company has sucked down, they still have held the line that vaccines aren't mandatory, and they are easier to get now. As for what I might do if I were told point blank that I had to take the jab or lose my job? I hope that doesn't come up, I'm not sure what I'd do.

    1. Yours sounds like a reasonable approach to me. I don't want to be backed into a corner over this, but it sure seems like some are trying to do just that.