The state should not compel or restrict behaviour that does not impact on others via the initiation of force or the seizure or destruction of property. It is quite amazing just how many people give the state a pass to do things, that any other organisation or individual would be sanctioned or jailed for. This is the cultural programming and thus state schools. People simply can’t understand how things would be done without the state.
“But who would pay for the roads, the schools, hospitals?” people cry. This is just a failure of imagination and the inability to think in the abstract and thus why state schools don’t really teach these things. People are taught by the state to accept its authority, legitimacy and force.
So on that note, I found myself pondering the issue of children’s inoculations. Now in the abstract, the human ability to identify a pathology and devise an immunisation from it, is one of our great achievements. And this won’t be one of those “my kid started acting weird after his injections and I can’t differentiate between correlation and causation” type posts either.
I admit, as young master SAoT approached his MMR booster, I did look at various studies and the meta-study and it looks to my untrained eye like there is no link between the jabs and autism etc and thus he had the jabs. But two issues arise that I would appreciate your various opinions on.
First, giving the MMR at the same time as the 4-in-1 pre-school booster (DtaP/IPV) is surely about bureaucratic convenience rather than the fact that sticking seven vaccines to a three-year old is a treatment optimum?
Second, the state school system (in some areas anyway) demands certificates from parents confirming their kids have been jabbed or they won’t admit them. This is in effect making vaccines compulsory for poor people (no such bollocks in the school the boy goes to, they want your money too much and don’t have a gun to stick in your face to get it).
This second issue is baffling to me. Some claim that it is not ‘fair’ in some way, if some of the kids are jabbed and others aren’t, but I just can’t see this one for the life of me. If every other kid in the boy’s pre-reception class ducked MMR it would bother me not at all. Similarly, an outbreak of any of the diseases (assuming the vaccines are effective) would have no consequences for him, except in the extreme to perhaps make the class size a bit smaller.
So surely, this has to be one for parents not state compulsion?