Scott Adams vs Naomi Wolf on Vaccine Passports

Scott Adams vs Naomi Wolf on Vaccine Passports

Scott Adams vs Naomi Wolf on Vaccine Passports

You probably already know Scott Adams as the “Dilbert” cartoonist. Besides that, he’s also whip smart (he is a member of MENSA), and delves into current events on his podcast. I don’t listen to it, but I follow him on Twitter. While his politics often seem to be all over the place, I would describe him as libertarian.

So you can imagine my surprise when he showed a cavalier reaction to the idea of vaccine passports.

This is what he said about them on his Monday podcast:

“It discriminates against your freedom, but that’s not a reason [not to have it]. We do that all the time. All of civilization is built on restricting your freedom, that’s what it is. You don’t build a civilization to give people freedom… but it is designed to be a wise restriction. This is just another one of them.”

Adams was reacting to liberal feminist Naomi Wolf’s recent warning about vaccine passports.

Now Naomi Wolf is not the person whom you would expect to champion the Constitution, especially during this pandemic. After all, she’s best known as a feminist author who also was a political consultant to Bill Clinton. But because she has also opposed government overreach on Covid, and has appeared on (gasp!) Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, the Left has flipped out. Angry liberals even edited her Wikipedia page to call her a “conspiracy theorist.”

But Wolf carries on. On Sunday she appeared on “The Next Revolution” on Fox News with Steve Hilton and declared that mandatory vaccine passports could lead to “the end of human liberty.”

“Vaccine passport” sounds like a fine thing if you don’t understand what these platforms can do. I’m the CEO of a tech company, I understand what this platform does. It is not about the vaccine or the virus, it is about your data. What people need to understand is that any other functionality can be loaded onto that platform with no problem at all.”

She also warned that the US could become like Communist China:

“The CCP can find any dissident in five minutes, and that can happen here literally within months.”

Here is her full appearance:

But Scott Adams doesn’t see a problem with vaccine passports. Besides, he says, we already have plenty of constraints in our lives.

“It definitely discriminates against the freedom of those don’t want to get vaccinated, but isn’t that true of a driving license? Isn’t that true of getting a loan? People who don’t have tax returns don’t get one. Isn’t that true of travel? Can’t travel without a passport.”

Just think of this as another restriction, he says. They’re everywhere, anyway. Like prohibitions against driving your car on the sidewalk.

Yes, really.

“You can’t drive your car on the sidewalk. They built a road to restrict where you can drive the car. It is all restrictions.”

And don’t worry about those social credit scores. You’ve already got one, says Adams.

“Did you know you’re already in a social credit system in the United States? One of them is your credit score. We have that, it already exists. We also have this thing called the internet. . . . So you’re worried about a thing that is already here.”

But Scott Adams doesn’t understand that the restrictions he cites are those that communities have established at the local level. For example: driving on the sidewalk. Unless I miss my guess, I would venture to say that all American communities — be they large or small — have decided that such an action should be illegal. But they have decided — not the federal government.

As for traveling with a passport: once again, Americans have been using them for decades. You also voluntarily apply for one — the Feds don’t force you to get a passport. Plus, data from 2019 show that only 42% of Americans have a valid passport.

Also, your state issues your driver’s license, not the federal government. When you apply for a loan or a credit card, you provide information voluntarily — it’s a contract between you and a private company, the lender. Once again, the Feds aren’t forcing you.

Oh, but computers, says Scott Adams. Your information is already there.

“If we have computers, someone is going to put information in those databases and we’re not going to like it.”

And that is true. But why should we allow the Federal government to have unauthorized access to our medical history?

The Biden administration, however, has already looked into one such app that would track that information.

Developed by the University of Illinois, this app would allow businesses to deny service to people based upon their medical history. It resembles a tracking app used in China. And, according to the Free Beacon, the university already uses it.

Scott Adams/Naomi Wolf

Screenshot: freebeacon.com

I don’t know why Scott Adams is so sanguine about a Covid passport, especially after his tweet from Tuesday morning.

So Adams recognizes that the Feds mucked up the pandemic response, yet thinks there would be no problem with them issuing mandatory Covid passports while working hand-in-hand with Big Tech, no less. Go figure.

I read “Dilbert” every morning, and I will continue to do so. But Scott Adams is wrong here, and Naomi Wolf has the correct take on this issue.

 

Featured image: James LeVeque/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

11 Comments
  • AP says:

    Loans can be gotten without a 1040, or any tax forms. The borrower submits a “statement of non-filing.”
    So, um… next.
    Travel without passports… to every state in the nation and territories (Guam, USVI, PR, etal).
    Again, next….
    Credit score as an indicator of social score? Haha. Dave Ramsey anyone? Also, the only factors influenced by my credit score are insurance rates, interest rates, and possibly a property rental.
    It’s NOT required to function in society as an American.
    Sorry dude, but you’re off base on this one.

  • Hate_me says:

    I’m not sure if Adams’ point is that vaccine passports are OK on an ethical level, rather than that they are not where the line should be drawn.

    I could be wrong (I’ve little inclination to chase links), and he may actually be saying that vaccine passports are an acceptable compromise of personal freedom for the sake of society. I disagree, but it is hardly against the philosophy of our Grand American Experiment. It raises the question of where to actually draw that line between liberty and community (extending the benefit of the doubt, I’ll assume this was his point).

    Without digging into the links, I get the impression that he believes that government made a mess of the COVID response while also believing the approved vaccinations are a viable means of combatting the pandemic. I might take issue with the latter – but, given those conditions, I simply see an intelligent person speaking to his convictions.

    The deeper issue, regarding Adams’ argument, is the nature of the Social Compact – how deeply should we drain personal liberty in the name of a cohesive society? It’s a question that even the Founding Fathers failed to answer with any consensus.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      … he may actually be saying that vaccine passports are an acceptable compromise of personal freedom for the sake of society

      He probably is saying that, but he’s not considering the Constitution or the 4th Amendment, much less our HIPAA laws.

      In their online commentary on the Constitution, Cornell University writes how the Patriot Act was refashioned as the “USA Freedom Act” to align more with 4th Amendment protections:

      . . .with respect to the Fourth Amendment protections, the new Act selectively re-authorized the Patriot Act, while banning the bulk collection of data of American’s telephone records and internet metadata and limited the government’s data collection to the “greatest extent reasonably practical” meaning the government now cannot collect all data pertaining to a particular service provider or broad geographic region.

      It sounds to me like a vaccine passport could violate the Freedom Act as well as the 4th Amendment, as Naomi Wolf pointed out.

      Glenn Greenwald, who strongly opposes vaccine passports, also questions why the government feels the need to come up with this now, especially since we’re approaching herd immunity. There is only one answer: to control the population.

      Naomi Wolf was not totally accurate in referencing the Nazis here, in my opinion, although she is Jewish so it’s understandable. I think this more approaches the East German Stasi, which used personal information to make life so miserable for recalcitrant East Germans that they would bow to the will of the State.

      Anyway, just my two cents. I don’t think Adams, as bright as he is, considered the liberty ramifications of this proposal.

      Thanks again for reading.

      • GWB says:

        There is only one answer: to control the population.
        DING DING DING!!!

        Without control, they cannot turn us into their perfect men for the cogs in their utopia, the ideal proletariat in their Progressive America.

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  • CaptDMO says:

    I know of at least ONE MENSA dweeb that disagrees with Mr. Adams.
    So Feel free to consider yourself whip smart Kim.

  • RANDY POCHEL says:

    Didn use to have DL, didnt use to have SSN,more and more laws and “papers please” DIdnt use to have all these restrictions in our civilization and we got along just fine, the more restrictions you have the less freedon and that stifles the Great American Civilization ( the greatest the world has ever seen because of FREDOM) and the Constitution, unless you think that is an outdated document ? I agree with Kim , Scott you are way off on this one.

  • GWB says:

    All of civilization is built on restricting your freedom,
    Ummmm, NO.

  • Ampleforth says:

    If we tolerate vaccination passports for C-19, then it will never stop. Every “health crisis” will require another chit on your passport. Those passports will restrict more than travel, too. If you don’t have one, you don’t get in at the sports event or a concert. You might not get in if you have a passport but the accepted vaccinations.

    The fact we have an administration that considers these types of oppressive ideas is frightening.

    It’s going to happen. They are going to pull the rug out from under our feet so fast we won’t know what happened.

  • RANDY MARTIN POCHEL says:

    First it was two weeks to flatten the peak ? now over a year later with thousands of people dead FROM OTHER CAUSES BECAUSE OF THESE LOCKDOWNS, Jobs gone, income , wealth destroyed and a coup. It is proven that masks dont work ( DR ATLAS) why did we lock up all the well people instead of segregating the vernable sector of society. The unethical Dr. ( FAUCI, BRIX others) See the interview with Dr Atlas.

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