Back When The ACLU Actually Stood Up For Civil Rights, Rather Than Shilling for Totalitarianism11 September 2021
This article by Glenn Greenwald on the ACLU’s response to COVID is simply remarkable. I won’t even try to excerpt it. Suffice it to say that barely a decade ago, the ACLU actually was concerned about individual rights being trashed by coercive government pandemic responses. Their 2008 position paper can only be called “prescient.” They warned that with a state-sponsored coercive intervention program fanned by media fear porn, “People, rather than the disease, become the enemy.” No kidding. But the ACLU has unfortunately become an operative of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and as such has reversed its position — even from as recently as March of 2020 — presumably because the part in power has changed.
One other thing on a related note — the ACLU is a long-time strong supporter of abortion rights. As such, this position in their recent NYT editorial supporting forced vaccination seems counter-productive to their cause in the extreme: “we all have the fundamental right to bodily integrity and to make our own health care decisions. But these rights are not absolute. They do not include the right to inflict harm on others.” In the past, the absolute sanctity of one’s body has been the bulwark in protecting abortion rights. Other people’s opinion on whether the fetus is a human life or not were declared irrelevant because “my body is sacred, period.” But if the body is no longer sacred if and when the government declares another human being is being harmed, how is that any different from the typical abortion opponents argument?