Letter to the editor in defense of human freedom, against medical tyranny

Copyediting vs Proofreading - Alexandra O'Connell

Writing letters to the editor is important, to contest medical tyranny.

This one was accepted by the National Post:

Mr. Higgins wrote: “I think vaccine passports are a defensible infringement on the rights of a minority in the interest of the greatest good for the greatest number of people.”

Reply: The utilitarian argument that a minority should be sacrificed for the majority is nothing new in history. It also underlies witch-burning; at that time it was believed the community was safer if demon-possessed people were killed.

Scapegoating a minority is the common thread between past atrocities and the misuse of medical authority today. This would not be the first time the state has portrayed healthy people as potentially diseased, for political purposes.

One meaning of “scientism” is “the improper usage of science or scientific claims.” Liberals and state-supported media are choosing to lend inordinate authority to one medical view, while ignoring another, to advance a political agenda.

In my opinion, this agenda is not really about protecting public health: its aim is to seize political power by dividing society against itself through fear. Trudeau’s aim seems to be to make Canada more like the Chinese dictatorship he admires.

Media and state actors have created mass hysteria over a disease with a 94 to 99.9% recovery rate (depending on age group). The sick should be treated, not the healthy. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said that asymptomatic transmission is “rare.”

Statistics Canada study showed 4x the number of people under 65 died from lockdown-related causes as from Covid-19. Is it morally responsible to argue for a social policy that we know will drive people to despair and suicide? Like lockdowns, vaccine passports will have an unacceptably high cost.

Like other Western nations, Canada was founded on Enlightenment principles that protect individual liberties against the state. Canadians fought and died in wars to defend these freedoms. Are we really willing to dispense with them that easily?

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

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