Today I received the above e-mail at work from the main corporate office. I am generally a proponent of vaccines. However, I do not favor compulsory vaccination mandates. Especially mandates for vaccines that have undergone minimal testing and research. Granted, this message is offering a friendly suggestion more so than a mandate. Even if it was a mandate, it is well with the right of a company operating in the private sector to require their employees to get vaccinated. I do not care for the overall tone of this message. It bad enough, this company shoves all the faux-diversity nonsense down our throats daily. It isn’t a sincere effort to foster more tolerance, but rather a calculated CYA move to divert any accusations of generating a hostile work environment.

I no longer view this suggestion from corporate as being within the prerogative of a private company. They have already dipped their toe into the muddy pool of politics. Operate as a mouthpiece for the virtues of unscrupulous advocacy of wanton political correctness. So yes, I am certainly questioning the motives of this “friendly” suggestion. Unfortunately, everything has become politicized. Even the fields of science and medicine.

10 thoughts on “Corporations Should Stay Out of the Politics of Vaccines

  1. This memorandum suggests a shortcoming of rigidly market-centric libertarianism: there are some policies and actions beyond the pale of what a “private company” should be allowed to do, or to require of its employees. It sounds like you’re experiencing that first-hand: the memo included above does not say vaccines are mandatory, but I agree that the tone is setting the stage for that requirement.

    Here in South Carolina four of our State legislators have proposed a bill that would make it illegal for any organization to require employees or members to get vaccinated. I think that’s a wonderful example of government performing its constitutional duties well: it is upholding and protecting the rights of individuals to make the choice themselves, rather than taking on the potential risk of injecting themselves with a brand-new, largely untested vaccine.

    I agree with you—I generally support vaccinations and think they are widely beneficial. But in this course, the whole libertarian line of “if you don’t like it, just go someplace else to work” doesn’t hold up. When there IS no place else to go work because every company has been forced to bend the knee to social justice pabulum and insanity, the market-based approach fails. Government has a right and a responsibility to step in and regulate this interaction between businesses and their employees in the interest of protecting the rights of the individuals.

    Godspeed, dude.

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    1. You make some excellent points here. Typically, I am hesitant to suggest government intervention. You do have a point in this scenario. Once a company becomes vehicle for promoting social justice, it becomes a precarious situation.

      It kind of mirrors the same issues plaguing the interactions between consumers and social media platforms. The line between the rights of a private company and free speech becomes blurred. The social media company does own the forum. However, are they truly still part of the private sector? Is the argument of ownership of the platform just an excuse for defacto censorship.

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      1. Yes, the Big Tech parallel also occurred to me. Many of those companies have become so monopolistic and/or oligarchic that they’re due for anti-trust investigations. I personally think we should bust up Google and Facebook and expose their fraudulent business practices (Facebook has a particularly nasty track record of doing creepy things to its users), but I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon. Further, Twitter’s deplatforming of the President is worrisome, as they’re effectively shutting off the biggest voice in right-wing politics from the public square, which is now largely digital. Sure, POTUS can use Parler, but, come now—at a certain point we can just keep “building our own platforms” and running from one service to the next.

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        1. I see your point about running from one service to another.

          1.) Creating services that are catered to one ideology is nothing more than an echo chamber. It’s important to have the interaction of different perspectives in public discourse.

          2.) It does not address the issue of censorship. It may tempt conservative platforms to engage in reverse censorship.

          3.) The creation of exclusively conservative platforms will not have the same reach as platforms geared towards the general public. Again, keeps conservative ideas isolated to circles of people who find such ideas congenial to their world view.

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  2. Concerning! That email definitely transcends mere suggestion. Also, I would say that corporations are kowtowing to the “diversity-doctrine” and mandating that their employees use PC rhetoric in an effort to steer clear of violating the absurdly broad terms of Civil Rights legislation.

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    1. I agree with all of your points. They fear ligation to such an extreme degree they making work environment (never mind hostile), but miserable for the majority of employees.

      Unfortunately, this is the path most companies are taking these days.

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  3. A thought on faux-diversity. I’ve posted in the distance past that my experience is diversity does in fact add to the creativity in a workplace. However, my employer, standing on being a great place to work, has something to say about promoting diversity monthly, all the while reminding the the salt won’t mine itself and the floggings will continue until morale improves. It is possible to seek a respectable goal in the wrong way.

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