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The green pass and the duty of solidarity

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Commentary. Limiting one’s own freedom, fulfilling duties towards others, is not an uncritical submission to a supposed “health dictatorship,” but a claim to a way of life radically opposed to absolute and egocentric freedom.

written by Alessandra Algostino

Topic Italy

September 14, 2021

The Green Pass issue involves fundamental rights, is part of a rapidly evolving reality and a context where power relations and political decisions are responding to economic rationales. The following argument attempts to hold together factual reality, the constitutional framework and a critique of the present condition.

The reality is that there is a pandemic, recognized as such by the WHO, and vaccines exist as a tool, approved by national and supranational public bodies, which is of fundamental importance for dealing with it.

Hopefully, sometime in the future, the epidemic will be defeated, and we will have found cures or perhaps solutions other than vaccines; however, at the moment, these are the facts, and the Italian Constitution is based, first of all, on a notion of starting from reality in order to transform it (Article 3).

The constitutional framework is the following: the Constitution provides for the possibility that, when the........

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