The China virus has long ago left the gate of being fought based on science as are other health related issues and has become a political bell weather. Yes, one could say incredible, but nevertheless very revealing. Just that I chose to use the name China Virus and not COVID 19 would be deemed to be inflammatory by many, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the scientific elements of the virus. This is what is so revealing.
We have the political element of the China Virus controversy that is telling us the right and purpose of government is to protect the health of the individual by placing regulations on their public and private behaviors. This same element is telling us that it is the right of government to control the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the name of safety as government deems necessary with total disregard for the liberties of the individual.
What we are witnessing is a clear definition of the differences between a society based on the precepts of individualism and a society based on the precepts of collectivism. Individualism is associated with a free and independent people because the rights of the individual are superior to the demands of the collective. A collectivist society is associated with a state that controls the aspirations of the individual, so they do not challenge what is determined to be the good of the collective. Any form of a dictatorial society including but not limited to Marxist, communist, socialist, and democracy, demand collectivism.
An individualist society demands the individual to be responsible for their own actions, to be involved, interested, informed, and to adhere to Natural Law, which means the individual has the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness or property, but is prohibited from infringing on another persons rights to the same. This is not based on laws and demands set forth by government, but by the individual living under Natural Law.
In a collectivist society, the individual is required to adhere to the laws of the state even if those laws infringe on the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness or property. I remember when I was in Albania a few years ago and was conversing with an individual who told me what it was like living under the collectivist regime, that same type of collectivism advocated by the transformation movement in the United States today.
This person was telling me how shocked the Albanians were as to what had happened in the world outside Albania during the time their government controlled every aspect of news and information the people received. He said it was shocking to learn of the political, social, and cultural changes. He also told me that many people were unable to adjust to freedom, such as his grandparents, and to a certain extent his own parents. These people were now required to make their own choices; choices such as what job they would have, where and when they would vacation, where they would live, what food they would buy, what clothes they would buy, what books they would read, what television program they would watch, and on and on. All choices were previously made by the state in the name of the safety and good of the people.
This is what we are learning under the orders of certain mayors, governors, and certain county health officials. Based an inflated or completely false precept of safety, these elected officials and bureaucrats are telling us what our choices will be. They are telling us if we can use the phrase China Virus, if we can go outside, if we can go to church, school, work, if we are or are not essential, and even what we must do in our own home.
The above are decisions that we as a responsible, informed, involved, and an interested public should be making for ourselves such as, if I want to open my place of business and other people want to frequent my place of business, if I choose to follow the suggestions of the elected officials and bureaucrats, that is also my choice. If I determine I should wear a mask and gloves in my home or car when alone or with others, so be it. But if I do not, it is not the right of the state to deny my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and property even in the name of my safety or the safety of others. This is telling me that the state has the right to force me to subjugate my Natural Rights to the demands of the collective and this is the definition of tyranny.
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