I’ve always found Noam Chomsky to be paradoxical by nature — he somehow manages to be the most prolific political philosopher of our time whilst simultaneously being decidedly terrible at the craft.
An interview clip from September featuring the nonagenarian socialist, which on Monday found itself trending on Twitter, serves as an excellent case in point.
In the clip, Chomsky, asked for his opinion on vaccine mandates, suggested that while refusing vaccination is ultimately an extension of one’s free will, such a decision should also entail insistence that the unvaccinated isolate themselves from society.
“If people decide ‘I am willing to be a danger to the community by refusing a vaccine,’ they should then say ‘Well, I also have the decency to isolate myself,’” Chomsky states in the clip. He goes on to say, “If it really reaches the point where they are severely endangering people, then, of course, you have to do something about them.”
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) September 2, 2021
Everything that Chomsky says in the above clip is either verifiably false, morally reprehensible, or both.
First, Chomsky’s entire case is predicated on the notion that the unvaccinated pose an existential threat to the vaccinated, which is a blatant lie.
It’s a lie for the simple reason that the vaccines, by and large, work. Breakthrough infections are exceedingly rare, and deaths from breakthrough infections are even rarer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of some 220.5 million Americans who have received at least one COVID vaccine dose, only 10,857 have died from breakthrough infections — that translates to around .005% of the vaccinated population. Simply put, the vaccinated have a minimal chance of dying of COVID, and scapegoating the unvaccinated for the breakthrough infections that do happen is little more than a crock of tribalistic nonsense.
Tribalism leads us into the crux of Chomsky’s argument, which is that societies should make a conscious decision completely ostracize those who refuse vaccination. It goes without saying that this is morally reprehensible by nature. You don’t get to deny people participation in society because they refuse to entertain your perverted, draconian public health theater.
Yet that’s exactly what the left are doing. They’re mandating vaccines and pushing vaccine passports, all while continuing to demand that you still wear a mask in public and regularly submit to testing. And if you take issue with any of it, surmise the left, it is because you are evil and unfeeling — therefore, you are expendable and ought to be treated as such.
And once you discount the perceived threat to the vaccinated as being purely political in nature, it lays bare the fact that this is the issue at hand. It’s the driving philosophy behind a huge chunk of the COVID agenda that the left are pushing, and it’s coming straight from the mouth of one of their idols.
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