Libertarians cannot, consistent with basic principles, support vaccine mandates, since such mandates must ultimately rest on agents of government forcing people to do the government's bidding, even though vaccines are uninsurable risks that have been held to be "unavoidably unsafe."
The Nuremburg Code makes it quite clear:
“The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.”
More about the international law of Informed Consent here: http://drrimatruthreports.com/a-brief-for-informed-consent/
In 2011 Gary Johnson supported the libertarian position on Informed Consent, when he said, “No to mandatory vaccines.” When he met with myself and a group of health freedom advocates at the Players Club in New York City in 2013 he was equally strong in his support for basic libertarian health freedom values. See: https://youtu.be/cI0FgSCht2s
Recently outlets such as Rumor Mill News and other have alleged that Johnson said, “You know, since I’ve said that … I’ve come to find out that without mandatory vaccines, the vaccines that would in fact be issued would not be effective, so … it’s dependent that you have mandatory vaccines so that every child is immune. Otherwise, not all children will be immune even though they receive a vaccine.” I could not believe that Johnson might have forgotten his libertarian principles. I am happy to note that the rumors are erroneous.
It is false science to claim that "all must be vaccinated" for vaccines to "work." If vaccines provide immunization (an unproven assertion) the unvaccinated could not threaten the vaccinated. See, for example, Dr. Laibow's paper, presented to an international congress:http://tinyurl.com/DrRimaIndiaPaper
In historic fact, vaccination, as this graph demonstrates, had nothing to do with the decline in infectious disease pandemics. Better hygiene, sanitation and nutrition saved humanity from those diseases of overcrowding and poverty.
See the series of graphs here: http://drrimatruthreports.com/pro-vaxx-statistics-lie/
The strongly libertarian health freedom community will continue to support people like Johnson who support Informed Consent. We know the real science, not the crony-corporate pseudo science touted by the corrupt CDC, does not support vaccine mandates.
I could never vote for any candidate who supports forced vaccination. Since Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein are both pro-vax and since Donald Trump, while acknowledging the risks of vaccination, has not addressed the universal right to Informed Consent, there is only one candidate who has clearly committed to opposing forced vaccination: Gary Johnson.
For health and freedom,
Ralph Fucetola JD
Institute for Health Research
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