EXTRAORDINARY AH Teaching from Spiritual Hierarchy
  NEW READERS! Read Here First
  Supporting AH
  Leadership of AbundantHope
  Regional AH Sites
  Other Sites with AH material
  Contact Us
  Becoming A Messiah
  Mission Ideas
  System Busting
  Cleric Letter/English
  Translations of Cleric Letter
  AH Member Writings
  Brian's Poetry
  Telepathic Messages
  Jess Anthony
  Lucia G
  Targeted Messages
  Light Flower
  Changing The Face Of Religion
  - Phoenix Journals - PDF in German
  Candace on Religion
  Other Spiritual Pieces
  Gems from God Like Productions
  Spiritual Nuggets by the Masters
  Phoenix Journals
  Phoenix Journals - PDF
  Telepathic Messages PDF books
  Selections from the Urantia Book
  Illustrations For The Urantia Book
  CMGSN Pieces
  David Crayford and the ITC
  Health and Nutrition
  Podcasts, Radio Shows, Video by AH
  Political Information
  True US History
  Human/Animal Rights
  The Miracle That Is Me
  911 Material
  Books - eBooks
  government email/phone #'s
  Self Reliance
  Alternative News Sources
  Art and Music
  Foreign Sites
  Health and Healing
  Human/Animal Rights
  Vegan Recipes
  Translated Material
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Jess
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Candace
  Gekanaliseerde berichten Anderen
  Canal Jess
  Par Candace
  Other Channels
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Candace)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (Jess)
  Telepathische Nachrichten (div.)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Candace)
  AH Mitgliederbeiträge (Jess)
  Spirituelle Schätze
  Translations - Candace
  Translations - Jess
  Translations - Others
  by Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Anfitriones Divinos
  Bitácoras Fénix
  Creadores-de-Alas (WingMakers/Lyricus)
  Escritos de Candace
  Escritos de Otros
  Telemensajes de Candace
  Telemensajes de Jess Anthony
  Telemensajes de Otros
  By Candace
  By Jess
  By Others
  Korean Translations
  Hungarian Translations
  Swedish Translations

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Political Information Last Updated: Sep 15, 2021 - 11:57:50 PM

Mask Mandates and Vaccine Passports Are a Performance, a Taking Of The Knee To a Warped health-and-safety Morality
By Dr Stuart Waiton
Sep 15, 2021 - 11:53:00 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page Share/Bookmark

15 Sep, 2021 15:55
Get short URL

Mask mandates and vaccine passports are a performance, a taking of the knee to a warped health-and-safety moralityFILE PHOTO. © AFP / LLUIS GENE

Follow RT onRT

Dr Stuart Waiton is a senior lecturer in sociology and criminology at Abertay University. He is a columnist for the Glasgow Herald, author of three books, and is currently writing a book entitled The Criminalisation of Everything. Dr Waiton's blog can be found at or follow him on Twitter @StuartWaiton

The illiberal actions of Western nations over Covid are as much about a worrying shift in politics as it is about ‘the science'. Some very basic freedoms that we have traditionally enjoyed are in grave danger.

In America, Joe Biden is putting pressure on workers to get the vaccine. Without proof that you do not have Covid, or evidence of vaccination, you will no longer be able to enter a workplace that has more than 100 staff. This policy will affect two-thirds of the workforce - around 100 million people.

While many liberals in America have understandably reacted with outrage at changes to abortion regulations in places such as Texas, the idea of bodily autonomy as a basic human right, a right that should apply to vaccinations, barely gets a mention.

In France, vaccine passports have been introduced in cultural and leisure venues - cinemas and museums, as well as bars, restaurants, cafés, trains... Basically anywhere and everywhere you go in that country, you will be expected to show your papers.

In England, thus far, vaccine passports have been ruled out. However, in Scotland, the governing Scottish National Party (SNP) have once again shown that it is always prepared to take authoritarian measures one step further than their English counterparts by introducing passports for major venues.

Suggesting a puritanical dimension to this policy, not only are outdoor venues of 10,000 people and indoor venues of 500 being targeted, but all "sexual entertainment venues" will need evidence of vaccination.

Despite the fact that 84% of over-18s have had both jabs, the policy in Scotland is being introduced, in part, and arguably in large part, to put pressure on younger people to get a vaccination for a virus that has little or no effect on them.

ALSO ON RT.COMThousands of LAPD cops & staff to seek ‘religious exemptions' from Covid-19 vaccine mandate

A variety of concerns have been raised about the use of passports; some argue there is a "lack of detail" in these plans. Many others have talked about the impact this could have on businesses, especially night-time businesses. Nightclubs, most frequented by the young, are clearly a major target for the SNP.

This concern about business and the lack of details are legitimate, but they should be seen as secondary - indeed, barely worth a mention in comparison to the principle of people's freedom to choose whether they want to be vaccinated or not.

People are not literally being forced to take the vaccine, but there is clear and intended pressure to make young people, in particular, be administered the vaccine against their will. In a free society that respects the autonomy of individuals, this is totally unacceptable.

To his credit, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Alex Cole-Hamilton, has stated that his party is "fundamentally opposed to the plan", which will take us on a "disturbing and illiberal course". But this argument, or even a discussion about basic liberal freedoms is thin on the ground.

The illogical nature of the passport is made even worse by the fact that, while being vaccinated has some impact on the spread of the disease, many who have received the jab will both catch the virus and pass it on. In some respects, it is clear that the move to vaccine passports is as much about the illiberal shift in politics as it is about "the science".

We see this already with the bizarre mask-wearing carry-on in pubs and restaurants that continues to take place in Scotland, but not in England. Stand up, mask on, sit down, mask off. In Scottish universities, staff and students walk the corridors with masks on and take them off in class. Mask-wearing appears to be as much a performance - a taking of the knee to a warped health-and-safety morality - as it is about real risks and medical evidence.

ALSO ON RT.COM1 in 7 vaccinated Americans have dumped friends who disagree with them on Covid-19 jabs, poll shows

The mask madness was demonstrated in all its comical glory at a wedding I attended recently, with guests free to dance, drink, eat and mingle for the entire day, except when the state official was present for the ceremony itself: The registrar was understandably apologetic as she asked people to wear a mask. Few complied.

The growing illiberal nature of politics in the UK is not specific to Scotland, of course, indeed it was New Labour, under Tony Blair, who really started the ball rolling with the development of "nudge" politics and slogans such as "freedom from fear".

Nudge policies, or what some oxymorons call "libertarian paternalism", are used to nudge us to behave, and have become part of the modern elitist armoury of expert initiatives - there to encourage us all to make the "correct decisions" in our lives.

The idea of "freedom from fear" helped to transform the very meaning of freedom, to turn it on its head to mean freedom from other people, rather than freedom from the power of the state - a "freedom" based on ever more policing and the regulation of public life.

The SNP, of course, has managed to turn paternalism into an art form, and now we face having a two-tiered society based on the abandonment of a basic liberal principle of bodily autonomy - one where we will have to carry our health-and-safety papers when we go out at night.

ALSO ON RT.COMUK would not have greenlighted French Valneva Covid vaccine, health secretary says after contract canceled

Unfortunately, I suspect the anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists will feel their arguments are strengthened by this authoritarian move - something that could have repercussions for how people think about all vaccines in the future.

The approach to dealing with Covid has been illiberal in many countries from the outset. Little trust has been granted to the public in engaging with the problems we face. The vaccine passport, in this respect, is a logical outcome of a state system that increasingly treats us as lab rats to be nudged, rather than citizens to trust and engage.

In the UK, there is already a fall in vaccinations for meningitis and septicaemia, and also a drop, although a relatively small one, in the take-up of the measles-mumps-rubella (known as MMR) jab.

I suspect these falls relate not only to general ‘vaccination fatigue', but also to the reaction by some to the political and moral nature of the Covid discussion and an objection to the more authoritarian developments that have sullied and changed the way that some people think about such jabs.

We need to depoliticise the vaccine programme. We need to ensure that any programme is based solely on a balanced medical and scientific judgement. We also need to take individuals more seriously and treat them with the respect they deserve, and that means convincing people about the benefits of vaccinations - not forcing them to get them.

For vaccinations to be successful in a free society, we need to win the medical argument for them.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

All writings by members of AbundantHope are copyrighted by
©2005-2021 AbundantHope - All rights reserved

Detailed explanation of AbundantHope's Copyrights are found here

Top of Page

Political Information
Latest Headlines
Must Listen: Clive Palmer Press conference
EU’s Refusal To Fund Border Walls Against Illegal Migrants is A Mistake As It Will Only Lead to Another Battle Within The Bloc
Australian Human rights?
AustraliaOne Party - COVID: Roundtable No.2 Courage and Wisdom
WHO (Accidentally) Confirms Covid Is No More Dangerous than Flu
The 'Cancel Culture' of Israel Lobby in Canada
Down With Fraudulent 'Fair' Trade
Price Inflation Does Have One Benefit – More People Understand Now That Free Markets Collapsed Years Ago, This Is the Era of Controlled Markets – The Beef Industry is Spotlighted
Australian ‘national treasure’ Cartoonist Loses Job After Comparing Vaccine Mandates to Tiananmen Square Crackdown
Sunday Talks, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Discusses Supply Chains, Job Growth and How States Do Not Need to Experience Poor Economic Outcomes From COVID
Handing Out Sweets: How British Propaganda Steers Events in West Asia
U.N. Warns of Global ‘Famine, Chaos, Terrorism and… War’ if COP26 Climate Summit Fails
Rust Prop Gun Shooting No "Freak Accident"
Questions Surfacing in 2020 Election Lawsuit About Who Exactly Was Controlling the Election Systems, Contractors or Government
Obama Accuses Republicans of Trying to ‘RIG’ Elections By Passing Laws Requiring Voters to Show Identification
Deleted UK Government Report Celebrates How Public Loves To "Conform"
"Welcome To The Hunger Games": More Chicago Officers 'Summoned' As City Council Mulls Vax Mandate Reversal
New Zealand Prime Minister Admits it is Her Intention to Create Two Purposeful Classes of Citizens, Vaccinated and Unvaccinated
Physicians & The Vaccine Tyranny
The Unconstitutional Federal Vaccine Mandate