Can we all, at least on some level, agree that comparisons between the Holocaust and COVID-19 measures are mostly nonsensical?
I want to be clear—there’s a very genuine debate to be had on mask or vaccination mandates and whether the public health they promote is beneficial or necessary enough to impose limits on human movement and the like. That is not what this post is about.
But there’s this worrying trend that I’ve seen among other libertarians as of late trying to base these arguments on half-measured comparisons to the Holocaust and 1940s fascism. So much to the point that the official Auschwitz Memorial had to make a statement denouncing the holocaust’s discussion in debate over COVID-19 governmental measures. A lot of that is based on Germany’s new policies, which I’m not quite partial to myself, but a lot of it is also based on blatant misinformation, especially surrounding Australia and the Northern Territory or even here in the United States.
Trying to compare two week quarantine facilities, mask mandates, vaccination mandates, etc., fundamentally designed to reduce the amount of human death as much as humanly possible, to the actual mass extermination and forced labor of ethnic minorities (6 million Jews and 11 million in all) over the course of localized economic segregation and dehumanization—I’m sorry, but in my mind this comparison holds absolutely no water with reality, and I would even consider it blatantly harmful to the actual victims of the Holocaust and the Remembrance of its effects.
I’m interested in dialogue. I have a lot of great respect for the people in this sub even though I disagree with a lot of you. So I want to hear what this sub thinks. But ultimately I don’t believe this kind of framing of the issue is ultimately beneficial to a libertarian cause.
Edit 1: So awesome to hear from most of you! I should be clear about something—the people I argue with almost daily absolutely are comparing it directly to the Holocaust, not the buildup of pre-war germany.
I still think the comparison to pre-war germany is also nonsensical and kind of misses the point, because ultimately, I feel 1940s Germany is known for its Holocaust and that’s what primarily what people unconsciously reference. But that’s not the og point of the post.
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