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Students Stand Up Against Campus Vaccine Orders

September 20, 2021

President Biden shocked the nation on September 9th when he ordered, essentially, employers to fire workers who don’t get the COVID vaccine.

President Biden shocked the nation on September 9th when he ordered, essentially, employers to fire workers who don’t get the COVID vaccine. The nation’s campuses had already been engaged in vaccine orders.  Not only have colleges and universities been forcing employees and faculty to vaxx up, but tuition-paying students.

Young Americans for Liberty, the nation’s “most active youth libertarian organization” has been fighting this tyranny for months and has had active demonstrations, protests, and petitions on 23 campuses. 

Eric Brakey, the development strategist at Young Americans for Liberty discusses how libertarians believe “voluntary association” is a poor defense for vaccine orders between two private parties, especially when it comes to higher ed, since most colleges and universities act in unison.  Brakey comments on the Supreme Court’s inaction and whether Biden’s order against all employers is serious or a distraction to political headwinds.  Brackey also talks about how individual students are fighting mandates through exemptions and how all COVID-19 crackdowns, masks and vaccines, in addition to ongoing “cancel culture” is reactivating students, even those who have no interest in politics.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy