The banality of evil

Australia is going to start vaccinating 12 year olds.

The UK will be vaccinating the same age group, most likely when they return to school next month. For the purposes of consent, 12 year olds have been deemed to have Gillick Competence, so are judged legally able to agree without their parents’ knowledge (for details on this plan, listen to the Daily Telegraph Planet Normal 26th August podcast from the 10 minute mark).

I will attempt to “steel man” the argument in favour of vaccinating 12 year olds.:

Argument 1 – this will protect the young from serious harm from the virus.

Argument 2 – this will increase the wider community safety through reduced transmission.

I believe I have repeated in good faith the two main arguments for the policy.

What’s the data say?

Argument 1 doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. CDC data summarised by the Spectator here shows a 0.002% chance of kids dying from the virus. That’s significantly lower than the regular seasonal flu, against which we don’t currently vaccinate kids.

Argument 2 relies on an incorrect assumption the vaccines prevent, or at least massively reduce transmission. This is not borne out by data from heavily vaccinated countries.

Israel, for example:

Bill’s Opinion

They know of this data, of course they do. It’s freely available and reported by reputable media and government departments.

Yet they are forging ahead with the unethical and pointless policy of vaccinating young people with minimum risk from the virus in the false promise it will protect the elderly. As Sir Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group states, herd immunity is not possible.

So why?

One can now only conclude this is a tragic example of the Banality of Evil.

We are now living in the terrifying reality of the bio-security Fascistic state.

4 Replies to “The banality of evil”

  1. They can give my kid their experimental gene therapy over my dead body.

    While I agree with your sentiment, history usually shows it’s all about the money. Pfizer first quarter 2021 profits $14.6bn, forecast $70bn for the year.

    Can you imagine how many politicians you can buy with that? All of the useful ones probably. If we assume $70bn is right (and why not) then that puts Pfizer equal 70th with the Sultanate of Oman

    Having said that, they never let a crisis go to waste and so if you can destroy as much civil liberty as possible, *and* cream the profits (or retire from your political career to a consultancy etc with the firms you helped out) so much the better eh?

  2. It’s like all other problems have fallen away and Covid is the only thing we need to worry about. Obsession. We seem to be plunging into a purity spiral of who can invent the most extreme anti-Covid measure. Vaccinate kids! Ban travel! Shoot dogs! I keep thinking we must snap out of it any day now but I suppose the witchunts went on for two centuries.

  3. Our rulers are evil. Maybe they always were and this lot have just been let off the leash. But for me that is part of what has gone wrong with the COVID tyranny. The systems and institutions that were designed to restrain tyranny have largely failed.

    Australian parliaments have failed to provide much check on administrative power. Partly because there has been little opposition and partly because parliaments handed over so much power to ministers and unelected officials. The courts have so far been no use for challenging administrative decisions, even when those decisions look inconsistent with the constitution or legislation.

    With a few exceptions, the media have actually been part of the problem promoting fear and egging governments on to more tyranny. However, worst of all for me has been the almost complete failure of the various human rights commissions. We have been suffering the greatest threat to human rights for decades and the most I have heard from these commissions is some mild hand waving that the processes for destroying liberty could have been a bit better.

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