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Science Denied: The Biden Vaccine Mandate; Not enough people are obeying his demand for near-universal vaccination.
The Brownstone Institute ^ | 09/13/2021 | JEFFREY A. TUCKER

Posted on 09/13/2021 9:25:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

President Biden has decided to go hard on the virus. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

Sadly for him, those tiny little pathogens don’t pay taxes, don’t vote, don’t have Social Security numbers, can’t be drafted, and don’t answer phone calls from poll takers, which is to say that he and his agencies cannot really control them. That must be frustrating, poor man.

Instead his plan is to control what he can control: people, and, most immediately, federal workers and the employees of large regulated companies. For him, the key to crushing the virus is the vaccine. Not enough people are obeying his demand for near-universal vaccination.

In a maniacal move of wild desperation – or as an excuse to try out the most extreme powers of his office – he is using every weapon that he believes he has to assure compliance with his dream of injecting as many arms as possible. Only then will we crush the virus, all thanks to his leadership, all the complaints about “freedom” be damned – and never mind that the realization of his dream did not work in Israel or the UK.

What are the immediate problems here? At least five:

1. The Biden mandate pretends that the only immunity is injected, not natural. And so it has been from the beginning of this pandemic, even though all science for at least a year – actually you can say centuries – contradicts that. Indeed, we’ve known about natural immunity since 400 B.C when Thucydides first wrote of the great Athens plague that revealed that “they knew the course of the disease and were themselves free from apprehension.” Biden’s mandate could affect 80 million people but far more than that have likely been exposed and gained robust immunity regardless of vaccination status.

2. This natural immunity is long-lasting and broad, and we’ve known that since last year when the first studies revealed it. You can say that the addition of a vaccine provides even more but it’s new and untested relative to most drugs approved by regulators, and many people are concerned about possible side effects of this vaccine that was approved much faster than any drug in my lifetime – and there is not one living human being in a position to say with certainty that these skeptics are wrong.

3. The mandate presumes that everyone is equally susceptible to severe outcomes from getting exposed to the virus, which we’ve known is not true since at least February 2020. In this entire 18-month fiasco, we’ve not seen any serious high-level communication about the huge range of demographic gradients in infection based on both age and overall health. This ignorance is a consequence of poor public-health messaging, and is grossly irresponsible. The aggregated mandate from the Biden administration ignores this completely, as did the models that suggested lockdowns in the event of a virus from the Spring of 2020.

4. Biden seems still of the belief that vaccines stop infection (he claimed this many times) and spread but we know with certainty that this is not the case, and even the CDC admits it. The best guess at this point is that it can help in preventing hospitalization and death but this experiment is still in its early stages, and the relationship between cause and effect in human affairs is not as easy as throwing around two data sets and saying one caused the other. Most cases in the developed world now are occurring among the vaccinated – and we all know this because we have vaccinated friends who got Covid anyway. Some have died. We are not idiots, contrary to what the Biden administration believes. Nor do any of us have all the knowledge and answers. And it is precisely because science is uncertain that the decisions surrounding it need to be decentralized, depoliticized, and open to correction rather than being imposed by top-down mandates.

5. Biden’s order flies in the face of basic human freedoms and rights. There is no other way to put it. And it is this fact that is the most prescient for the multitudes who are right now seething in anger that one man who happens to hold power can make health decisions for the whole population regardless of their perfectly rational judgements. When the needle filled with liquid is forced into the arms of people who either have natural immunities or do not fear exposure to the pathogen, it gets personal, and people get really mad, especially after they are still forced into masks and denied other essential rights.

Truth is that my phone has been blowing up all evening since Biden’s speech. People are demoralized, panicked, furious, and even at the point of losing it completely over this despotic moment in which we are living. Most of us believed that we live in a scientific age in which information would be broadly disseminated to the world and this technology would somehow prevent us as a society from falling prey to charlatans, mob mysticism, and brutal methods of population control, not to mention to the deployment of superstitious talismans and quackery. That turns out not to be true, and this is perhaps the greatest shock of all.

Scientists worked for many hundreds of years to understand pathogens. They worked to understand their effect on the body, the range of susceptibility to both infection and severe outcomes, the demographics of vulnerability, the means by which we come to be protected from them, and the opportunities and limits available to people to protect themselves and others. After all this, humanity put together institutions that protected human freedom, individual rights, and public health, while preserving peace and prosperity in the best of times.

In the last 18 months, all that hard work and knowledge seems to have been shredded, replaced by superstition masquerading as some kind of new science of social and pathogenic control. In this year and a half, we’ve observed no clear successes and unrelenting flops. One year ago, humanity had the opportunity to embrace the wisdom of the Great Barrington Declaration to protect the vulnerable while letting society otherwise function. Governments instead chose the path of ignorance and violence. The list is long but it includes: travel restrictions, capacity limits, business closures, school shutdowns, mask mandates, forced human separation (“social distancing”), and now mandates of vaccination that, quite apparently, vast numbers do not want.

It’s all designed so that governments can prove to the world that they are powerful enough, smart enough, educated enough to outsmart and manage any living organism, even an invisible one that has been part of the human experience since humans had experiences. In this, they have completely failed – in more ways than it is possible to count.

We keep thinking that surely, surely, we will come to the end of this madness. I personally believed it would end the second week of March 2020. Instead, it gets worse and worse, the illusion of control having seized the barely functioning brains of the ruling classes of the world’s richest nations. If this doesn’t prove the astonishing stupidity of the world’s most powerful and educated, nothing else in history does.

The great myth that has clouded our vision and our expectations has been that we as a people had progressed beyond the kind of statist shibboleths and fanatic brutality that define our age. The truth is that we are not.

This very day, a Karen attacked me for being maskless. I looked at her and thought only of the poor people in Colonial America who dared being caught wearing buckled shoes and therefore running afoul of the sumptuary laws, or of the religious minorities in Medieval Europe who were scapegoated for every plague (look up the origins of the the phrase “poisoning the well”), or the demonization of rebels in the ancient Roman empire or the disapprobation of heretics in the hundreds of years that followed the fall of Rome.

It is a mark of a primitive society to attribute to political compliance or noncompliance what rational science shows is a feature of the natural world. Why? Ignorance, maybe. Power ambitions, more likely. Scapegoating is apparently an eternal feature of the human experience. Governments seem particularly good at it, even when it is less believable than ever.

TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: biden; covid; covid19; covidstooges; covidvaccinetruth; science; vaccine; vaccinemandate; vaccines

1 posted on 09/13/2021 9:25:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m having trouble sleeping at night because I’m afraid President Biden’s patience will finally reach the end of its tether.

2 posted on 09/13/2021 9:28:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom ([Voter Fraud] == [Civil War])
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To: Steely Tom

I sleep knowing Biden can come unglued at any moment and the consequences could be costly/ tragic/ infuriating. But I can’t control him and I’m not gonna let him live rent free in my skull by worrying about it.

Awesome article, BTW! Thanks for posting it!

3 posted on 09/13/2021 9:40:21 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Awesome article, BTW! Thank you for posting it!

4 posted on 09/13/2021 9:40:57 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know two firm NOs! Not anti vaxxers we simply don’t care to have it. And the more inability for them to stick to ANY story sure doesn’t help.

5 posted on 09/13/2021 9:42:17 PM PDT by rktman (Destroy America from within? Check! WTH? Enlisted USN 1967 to end up with this? 😕)
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To: SeekAndFind

Very nice.

6 posted on 09/13/2021 9:50:46 PM PDT by Irenic ( )
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To: BradyLS
Oh what is to become of us? President Biden is a patient man, almost to the point of sainthood. But even as great and patient a man as our President has his limits, and we wayward and ungrateful children have strained the boundary of his serene forbearance beyond the limits any ruler of his magnificence should ever have to tolerate.

I fear there will be terrible consequences for all of us if we do not come to our senses, and soon.

7 posted on 09/13/2021 9:51:58 PM PDT by Steely Tom ([Voter Fraud] == [Civil War])
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To: SeekAndFind

They will eventually full on mad and burn “U”s at the stake. History will not be kind to this time period.

8 posted on 09/13/2021 9:53:07 PM PDT by smvoice (King Joege: He's really quite mad you know )
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To: SeekAndFind

Excellent. Despite all of our advancements in science and technology, the world is still run by power mad small minds. That’s what the real agenda is about. This will not end well.

9 posted on 09/13/2021 9:53:56 PM PDT by bluejean (Living one day at a time in the national psych ward.)
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To: smvoice

I want to place a note in a time capsule that says “I voted for Trump”

10 posted on 09/13/2021 9:55:54 PM PDT by smvoice (King Joege: He's really quite mad you know )
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To: SeekAndFind

When asked I will just reply, “I’m part of the staff to the president and am exempt from any vaccine, you know, like judges and congress as well.”

11 posted on 09/13/2021 10:11:59 PM PDT by blackdog (Sophisticated so public policy is not applicable. )
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Declining the jab is evidence, if not proof, of a rational mind. However, the jabbers, hypodermic in hand, righteous in their zeal, are wacky. Jabberwackies, they be.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has something important to say to his 81 million faithful devotees:

“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And to the mome raths outregrabe”.

12 posted on 09/13/2021 10:23:33 PM PDT by Tellurian (2/4/2004: DARPA Lifelog terminated, Facebook initiated. Your phone is your cattle tag.)
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To: Steely Tom

Written like it came out of a midlevel play.

I like it.

I myself defy the king’s orders.

13 posted on 09/14/2021 2:05:35 AM PDT by just me (God bless President Trump and the USA)
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To: Steely Tom

When Biden said “our patience is running out,” I wondered if he was speaking on behalf of the vaccinated or using the “royal we.” I think you’re right, it was the latter.

He’s crazy. Everybody behind him is evil - meaning the people who hatch these plans - but he’s really crazy. He has always believed he has some special status that puts him above the law, justifies his amorality as the right of the ubermensch, and makes his every lie true just because he said it.

Now that he’s gotten as much power as it is possible for one person to get in this world, he’s going to use it to punish his enemies, just as any king who gets to the throne by dethroning another hunts and kills the first king’s allies or even subjects. And like any unrightful king, he’s insecure and fears the people, which he expresses by repressing them, trying to take away their livelihoods and property and anything that might give them the strength to fight back, and halting their every move as his paranoia grows.

Trump never thought of himself as a king, and most US Presidents have not seen themselves this way. Biden, dementia and all, does see himself this way and I think he’s just getting started.

14 posted on 09/14/2021 3:39:42 AM PDT by livius (.)
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To: rktman

I agree 100%!

15 posted on 09/14/2021 7:31:56 AM PDT by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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