No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Whenever the state acts, its inherently coercive character raises the question that most of us are unwilling to pursue, namely, do we own ourselves? From our earliest childhood days, we were conditioned in the belief that others enjoyed the exercise of authority over us. We were expected to be obedient to our parents, teachers, policemen, school-crossing guards, and various other adults who had the “rightful” power to make decisions for us that we were expected to obey.
As our lives segued into adulthood, we found ourselves subjected to additional authorities: employers, abstract agencies such as governments, professional licensing boards, judges, and other bodies we learned to accept as being entitled to our obedience. Even though we were never asked to voluntarily do so, we have been forced to pay taxes, been conscripted into the military to fight in wars not of our making, conscripted to serve on juries, and compelled to attend government approved schools usually for twelve years.
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The state does not confine its actions to individuals who have engaged in criminal acts against innocent victims; but mandates a wide range of behavior that men, women, and children are expected to perform. One of their most dehumanizing practices is the compulsory vaccination of children. While such decrees are usually defended on public health grounds, the reality is otherwise. Any parent who desires his or her child to be vaccinated and protected against such communicable diseases as measles, polio, whooping cough, mumps, chickenpox, et.al,…