Freedom: The right to act, speak, and think as one wants. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
Privacy: A state in which one is not being observed or disturbed by other people.
How does a freedom-loving, free-thinking, libertarian respond to the current madness and paranoia sweeping the globe? Please enjoy our guide to the draconian laws presently being forced upon the citizenry in the guise of public safety.
Tracking Apps: Although technology companies and phone makers are already able to determine our location, governmental tracking apps are far more insidious and should be rejected. Every major historical atrocity was performed by a government. Governments love power. They try to convince us to cede ever more control of our lives. Governments routinely enact ‘temporary’ measures such as income tax that are never rolled back. Governments contain bad actors such as corrupt police officers.
They are comprised of dozens of different arms and agencies, all with their own agendas, some obvious, some hidden. A governmental tracking app is an extremely worrying instrument. The only thing more concerning is the number of gullible folks ready to volunteer for this type of gross intrusion. Even worse, people who attempt to shame you for refusing.
Lockdown Laws: These laws are largely ineffective and should be resisted. Leaving the house is vital to physical and mental health. Get outside, walk, run, cycle, swim, do whatever brings you joy. Do not explain your actions lest they are deemed ‘non essential’. Play it smart, keep your distance, but do not be made a prisoner in your own home.
Travel Restrictions: These make more sense than other measures. Now is not the time for travelling the globe. Enjoy day trips. Explore your local area.
Essential Activities: The word ‘essential’ is entirely subjective. I might consider bush-walking as essential to my health and well-being, and who is in a position to disagree? Bushwalking is generally a solitary activity. There are no crowds present. It endangers no one. Driving a car is also entirely risk-free. There is no chance of contagion while inside a car. Walk the bush. Drive wherever you want.
New Powers of Policing: Police departments love new powers. They constantly push for the power to detain suspects for longer and longer periods without sufficient evidence to lay charges. They love extra powers to search and detain law-abiding citizens. They love powers that compel people to answer their questions. As a citizen, we need to ensure our rights are not being eroded by power-hungry police departments. Temporary measures need to be rolled back. You should never need to explain your rational and sensible actions or be subject to unlawful searches and seizures.
Mandatory Vaccinations: The mandatory application of any medical procedure, especially experimental contravenes basic human rights, the Nuremberg Code, and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.George Orwell, 1984
G G Novack – Political Commentator, History Student, Believer in Liberty