Vaccine Passports and Coerced Vaccines
Vaccine passports and coerced vaccines are not just immoral, but incompatible with the fundamental rights and freedoms we expect as part of the social contract in a free and democratic society.
In the UK, citizens have recently been told that vaccine passports (specifically vaccines, not tests or proof of recovery) are to be made compulsory in all areas where large crowds gather. Additionally, there is to be an app released to give people 'rewards' in exchange for tracking what we eat and how much we exercise. They have criminalized protests that so much as cause a 'nuisance' with penalties of up to ten years imprisonment.
This goes to show that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It seems to be only the Conservative Right and people like DeSantis who understand the dark path we are being led down by the massive arrogation of state power during the Covid crisis. People are far too worried about covid, and not worried enough about the disease of authoritarianism that is sickening society around the globe. When people hear the word 'authoritarianism', they think East Germany, the Stasi, and people being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. They do not think of the subtle and gradual change in attitude towards the relationship between citizen and state that we have witnessed over the last several months, where it has become accepted for governments to tell us how to behave, what to wear, where we can go, and who we are permitted to meet. They do not think of apps designed to track our every move to keep us 'safe', or the principle that any member of the public is entitled to know our private medical history, or the subtle psychological 'nudge' tactics (or if you prefer, unconscious manipulation) to get us to comply with their wishes. We have seen, with all the advances of modern science, that it is possible to wield almost absolute power over a population - and the only thing stopping it was the thin vestige of convention.
DeSantis is one of the only leaders in the world who seems to understand that our rights of privacy, speech, and peaceful assembly are not in the gift of the state, and any government that assumes otherwise is as Illegitimate as it would be were it not elected in a free and fair election.