Some of our readers may have seen this a few weeks ago. I realize it ties in with some of the recent commentaries posted here on The Price of Liberty.
As I understand it, this young lady (Rebecca) is both chair of the Manhattan branch of the Libertarian Party AND the personal assistant of the well-known John Stossel. Stossel is known as a libertarian advocate, if of the minarchist persuasion.
I know nothing about her but this tidbit.
I’m going to stick my foot out and see how badly I trip.
This comes across, at first and second glance, as an example of the kind of political malice we see more and more of in the Fifty States. And in the world. Politics has corrupted basic medical knowledge and health care, it has reduced us to showing distain, contempt, hatred, and loathing for our political opponents – and even those who disagree with us on medical matters. And it seems to show that the person posting has been infected by 21st Century politics.
First, she certainly is entitled to her opinion. And I do admit this might be sarcastic – maybe she is that sort of person. And she surely knows the facts: milady, ALL of us WILL die, vaccinated or unvaccinated, sooner or later. And I don’t know what kind(s) of deaths she wants for the unvaccinated. Death in an Australian “quarantine camp?” Death abandoned/locked down in a NYC nursing home? Death at the hands of carabinari in an Italian protest riot? Death by suicide after being depressed by firing from a job you were willing to do in the midst of the height of the Pandemic Panic? Death by being denied a life-saving organ transplant? Or waiting in the hallway outside an overcrowded ICU?
And why this attitude towards the unvaccinated? Does she fear getting COVID-19 so much and believe that the unvaccinated people pose a personal threat of death to her? Is this wish a form of self-defense? Kill you before you kill me? Perhaps her grandmother died in one of Cuomo’s nursing homes? Perhaps all the anti-vaccers she knows are all anti-social, disrespectful hard-core Trumpistas?
I don’t know why she wrote this. Or what her attitude was.
But, taking this posting at face value? This sort of attitude disgusts me. It is an example of what I’ve titled the “politician’s disease” – a mixture of pride, arrogance, sense of invincibility, and corruption.
And the very antithesis of what I think of as a libertarian attitude and statement. Yes, I know she did not call for mandatory vaccination or even mandatory face-diapering. There is no call (that I know of) for any governmental action. And perhaps I’m reading too much into her short posting to think that this comes across as a tacit endorsement of governmental totalitarian edicts regarding the Beer Flu.
It seems to me to be contrary to libertarian principles and ideals. To state that people whom you disagree with “should die” although they pose no direct or imminent threat to you and yours, or to your liberty?
Indeed, would it not be easy to construe this as elitist? As indicative of a deeper apathy towards those with whom we do not agree?
Again, she’s entitled to her own opinion. And the 100,000 Libertarians of NYC, and John Stossel, are free to hire whom they want. And again, I know nothing about her except for this single posting and an accompanying article.
But it makes me wonder. What do you think?
Now it makes more sense when people say that ” I am a small l libertarian.”
Probably just buyer’s remorse. It’s increasingly clear that the jab doesn’t come close to the sales pitch, and for many demographics may be worse than nothing. Mostly it targets the elderly, which most of us hope to be someday, and the obese/overweight and/or diabetic, which are mostly personal lifestyle choices.
Not that buyer’s remorse justifies it, no, but in an increasingly victim-glorifying society, it’s both easy and virtuous to construe one’s own bad choices as being victimized by the evil “other”.
It’s also true that local LP groups can be somewhat nuts. That’s the nature of decentralization, and NYC isn’t exactly known for a “live and let live” mentality.
Good points, Steve.
And I have to agree with you on local LP groups – especially what we’ve seen in NY, CA, NV, and sometimes even Florida. Makes a strong argument for “divorce” (the current buzzword for “secession, eh?).
If I see a bunch of people making poorly thought out choices with potentially fatal consequences — for example, choosing to try to jump bicycles across a 10-foot chasm over a 1000-foot drop — merely thinking that it would be better all-around (in, say, a Darwinian sense) for the worst of those consequences to eventuate initiations force against no one.
The thought may be needlessly cruel. If the wisdom of the choice is at all debatable, it may be condescending. But it has no implications whatsoever vis a vis libertarianism unless it’s linked to a call for initiation of force to nullify the ability to choose.
This is not new. When I was with the LP, a lot of people and even state LP’s spoke out against LP items on the national level. That is why I left the LP