Wednesday 26th January 2022 the Franco-German ARTE television news reported disagreement in the German parliament over the Socialist led government proposal to make Covid 19 vaccination compulsory. Approval of the Bill is anticipated in March, with compulsory vaccination starting in the summer in time for the expected onslaught of Covid in the autumn of 2022.
I suppose I still find it difficult to believe that intelligent people can be so, so stupid – despite my many years experience of the utter idiocy of the man centred, God hating hard Left.
Allow me here to mention a personal anecdote from many years ago. I was having morning coffee with a fellow undergraduate – same subject, same college. But he was a vocal member of the Labour party. At that time, the Apartheid regime controlled South Africa and demonstrations by liberal and Left wing students were de rigueur: Barclays Bank was a prime target because of its association with South Africa.
My fellow student had reason to open his wallet. I could not believe my eyes. He had a Barclay card. I looked at him. He just grinned, sheepishly.
I have often witnessed since the self-centred hypocrisy of Socialists. But it was not until I read Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man that I fully realised the explanation for their hypocrisy.
Paine opens his Rights of Man with a full blown ad hominem assault upon the character and motivations of one of the greatest political thinkers of all time, Edmund Burke. Incredibly, Paine does not open with an ode to the joys and benefits of the Rights of Man. No, he assaults the very foundation of all Human Rights thinking – the dignity of every individual, regardless. Paine now cast his former ally, Edmund Burke, as a traitor to the cause of Liberty, because Burke opposed the excesses of the French Revolution. In his sense of treachery, Thomas Paine has no time for Burke’s amazing sense of perspective and his understanding that all politics deals primarily with realities, not principles. Edmund Burke correctly identified that, at root, politics concerns practicality. But Thomas Paine sees only his own Ideal built on abstract concepts. And reality must be made to coincide with his Utopian Ideology.
By attacking Burke first and foremost and at intervals throughout his amazing treatise on Rights, Thomas Paine illustrates the fundamental problem with his position – its mentality. That same is manifest in woke thinking, supremely so over the last 30 years. Their Ideal is the only answer, and so that Ideal must be imposed whatever the cost because the price to pay is worth the ultimate gain in perfect Justice for all.
So, the slate must be wiped clean. Everything must accord with universal needs and universal rights. In this perspective and paradigm, tradition and experience are not only stupid, but inimical. And the apologists of experience and tradition are stupid and inimical too.
What Paine and all his ideological progeny fail to realise is the danger with the attitude generated by their obsession with Ideals and Justice. This obsessive mindset explains the atrocious massacres and totalitarian excesses of the 20th century – and why we are now watching the death throes of individual liberty in our contempory world.
In this monothematic mindset, there is only one answer and that answer applies to everyone, regardless. Individual difference is deviation,
- not freedom of thought;
- not insight into the problem which can help
- not the expression of the irrepressible individuality and dignity of every human being
- not an alternative perspective, willing to consider other evidence.
Remember, all valid evidence MUST support the grand design elaborated by the Ideal. If it does not, then it is ipso facto false – ergo discounted.
Their problem is simple:
Mindset; attitude: psychology. Paine finds problems with every one who disagrees. He himself cannot possibly be the problem because he has the perfect and undeniable solution. And dissidents must be made to see that. If they don’t understand then, either they are fools to be enlightened [indoctrinated] or they are incorrigibly corrupt reactionaries. Either way, they are wrong because Paine and his disciples are absolutely right.
Therefore dissidence must be put right in order to put all the problems right !
And this is what we see in the German government. One assumed answer decreed by a Socialist Chancellor to be THE SOLUTION, regardless of reality, experience and reasoned, open thinking.
It does not matter, therefore, that a pandemic blows itself out after two years or so. NB the 1918/19 “Spanish flu” pandemic. Individual dignity and liberty do not matter, either, because Society must be protected against aberrant thinking and practice. It does not matter therefore that
- there are serious questions about the tests for Covid
- the vaccines don’t stop transmission,
- vaccines do not stop re-infection
- that vaccines can kill young people
- that vaccines remain experimental until 2023 !
- that Big Pharma will not he held liable
It does not matter that the German constitution devolves domestic policy to the 16 regional lander because of the totalitarian, militaristic outrages of the Nazi era.
None of this matters because it is peddled by self centred, selfish extremists who don’t accept the government line.
But in the real world looked at realistically, the problem is not Dissent from the Collectivist line. The true problem is the Mentality behind Idealistic, monothematic collectivist thinking.
By contrast, the traditional English political and philosophical mindset addresses problems practically – note the 13th century Magna Carta and the 1689 Bill of Rights. The Christian religion which was prevalent before the ascendancy of today’s ubiquitous Materialism, addressed the fundamental realities of our identity and our propensity. Because we are made in the image of God, human life is sacrosanct; but we are all wayward because we are all capable of self centred hypocrisy and of abusing our fellow human beings. ALL are sinners … not just the politically in-correct
So, what does a global, proportionate representative picture of the statistics tell us ? NB such a global perspective is adopted by apologists for vaccination when the reality of deaths caused by Covid vaccines arises. Suddenly the global picture becomes all important. They compare the risks from vaccination with the risks of dying from Covid. So let’s compare risks.
Please note that
- the world population today is in the order of 7,874 million and that
- global deaths in a pre-pandemic period, namely 2019 were over 58 million.
Now after 22 months of recording Covid statistics, we know courtesy of John Hopkins University medical school, that as at 09.20 am on 28th January 2022:
- Global cases of Covid = 366 million
- global deaths so far = 6 million [in fact 5.64]
- global vaccine doses = 9,907 million
Re 1918/19 ‘Spanish flu’ courtesy of the US government
- global cases of 1918/19 flu = 500 million
- global deaths 1918/19 flu = 50 million
Such statistics speak for themselves !
PS I have a suspicion that deaths from vaccination may exceed the deaths from Covid itself when all the facts eventually become known … if they can ever become known ! Compare the 366 million Covid cases with the 9,907 million vaccination doses – say 3,300 million persons jabbed. The risk of death caused by vaccination only has to be 10% of the risk of dying from Covid itself to make the deaths from vaccination against Covid as bad as actual deaths from Covid …