Saturday, September 17, 2011
HPV Vaccination Debate Doubly Bad
Michele Bachmann's ridiculous claim about the dangers of HPV vaccination is the wrong way to attack Rick Perry's attempt to force schoolchildren to take the vaccine. First of all, the real reason Perry's proposal was wrong is because the government has no business doing anything except protecting individual rights. Making people do something, even if it is generally a good idea, sets the precedent for the government to decide (correctly or not) what is "good" for us and to make us do it. (This argument doesn't need "extra teeth.")
Bachmann's ridiculous claims about the vaccine can easily make it seem like what Perry wanted to do would have been just fine had the vaccine merely been safe. (Which it is, effectively yanking "teeth" from the argument to many muddled minds.) Second, Bachmann risks causing concern with individual rights to be coupled in the popular mind with similar discredited notions. (These are not the only problems using a poor argument for a good point can cause.)
I'm glad there's now a $10,000 reward being offered for proof of her claims.
"The entitlement state is geared to the unwilling at the expense of the willing and able. What could be greater evidence that it is morally bankrupt?" -- Don Watkins and Yaron Brook, in "The Entitlement State Is Morally Bankrupt" at Forbes
"You can't help people who don't consider their behaviors to be a problem." -- Michael Hurd, in "Criminals Are Not 'Regular Folk'" at DrHurd.com
"The only market manipulation is actually practiced by the regulators themselves, who artificially limit where and how much one can invest, along with how much nearly every market can rise or fall. " -- Jonathan Hoenig, in "What's Wrong with Painting the Tape" at SmartMoney
"So it seems America has a greater capacity than a will to fight jihadists, while the jihadists have the reverse -- a greater will to fight than a capacity, and yet they are bolstering the latter, as is obvious in Iran's pursuit of nuclear weaponry." -- Richard Salsman, in "Why Washington Resists Victory in a Post-9/11 World" at Forbes
"When is rationing not rationing, a mandate not a mandate, and price-fixing not price fixing? When the government says so." -- Beth Haynes, in "Health Care Rationing, George Orwell-Style" at Townhall (via Amit Ghate)
My Two Cents
Richard Salsman's piece includes extensive comments regarding America's weak response to the September 1, 2001 Atrocities from historian John Lewis, author of Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History.
Good Article on the Loeb Classical Library
As have noted in the past, the Loeb Classical Library is a triumph of capitalism and scholarship, although the reported attempts on its part to make their translations more up-to-date concern me. (I hope the classics aren't becoming littered with he-she, or similar egalitarian nonsense.) Other than that, I enjoyed this article about Loeb at The Barnes and Noble Review.
Today: Added link to article on Loeb.