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Discussion Group 3 South

  • Thursday, November 18, 2021
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EST)
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EST)
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Topic: VACCINES, MASKS, AND LOCKDOWNS—A QUESTION OF PERSONAL LIBERTY?

Is it a violation of individual liberty to require people to be vaccinated or to wear masks in the current Covid (Delta variant) pandemic? What about governmental lockdowns?

GOVERNMENT MANDATES:

  • Types of government mandates: federal, state, local.
  • Do individuals have a constitutional right not to get vaccinated?
  • Do individuals have a constitutional right not to wear masks?
  • Should there be medical exemptions to vaccination and mask requirements?
  • Should there be religious exemptions to vaccination and mask requirements?
  • What about public and private schools?
  • What about mandatory lockdowns? This was a big issue earlier in the pandemic.

BUSINESS MANDATES:

  • Examples: vaccination or mask mandates for visiting business premises, employee vaccination and mask mandates, air travel passenger mandates, etc.
  • Are federal or state constitutions triggered by business vaccination or mask mandates?
  • Do state or local governments have a constitutional or legal right to prohibit such mandates?
  • What is the recourse for individuals who oppose business vaccination and mask mandates?

References: For the dispute within the libertarian community regarding these issues, see https://www.voanews.com/a/covid-19-pandemic_why-some-libertarians-support-vaccine-mandates/6209163.html. There are thousands of other articles on the internet on this subject.

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