Italy slips further down the authoritarian path by stopping unvaccinated from working
Italy is acting as the canary in the coalmine, showing us the poison that is moving our way in the rest of the West.
Reports say that Italy is going to insist that workers have the vaccine passport, or they will not be allowed to work. Which of course means that they will not be paid. And if workers are not paid, then they very soon will not be able to eat.
How was this ever deemed a good idea? Let us threaten the populace with starvation, that’ll make them get vaccinated. Except that is not how people work. When faced with a totalitarian, illogical, coercive government policy people do not give up. They ask questions, like if this vaccine is so great, why are they using such outrageous, undemocratic means to get us to take it?
Will this really happen? It seems so extreme that it is hard to see how it can. But maybe that is out-school thinking. A lot of extreme things have happened (house arrest for a year, anyone?) If people are put in a position where they cannot work and cannot eat, the government knows that they will protest.
If this goes ahead then the government will be provoking unrest. When people can’t feed their families they become desperate. To play with danger in this way shows that the government is set on demonising one section of society.
‘But they can just get vaccinated,’ people say in the government’s defence. But why would something as extreme as removing someone’s livelihood be done in order to make them take a vaccine? When such extreme measures are being used to achieve something, people are entitled to ask, what is going on before succumbing. Why would a government enact a no-work policy that could kill people through starvation to protect them from a virus? The solution is worse than the disease.
Worse still, people can be fined for working without the vaccine passport. So you cannot earn any money, and any money you do have is taken away in fines.
It is the most totalitarian policy imaginable, save maybe for locking people in their houses for a year. It is terrible to see what is happening in Italy. We have grown up believing that our Western governments have our best interest at heart. Here it is clear that that is not always the case. If the aim is truly to get people vaccinated, for their own good, this is not the way to go about it and not the way to engender confidence in their methods. We need governments around the world, but especially at the moment in Italy, to rethink this authoritarian bent they have all taken.