MUNCIE, IN — In 1893, an outbreak of smallpox caused public health officials to take drastic, draconian measures to prevent the spread of disease. The unpopular, violent quarantine that followed provides a memorable case study of the failings of forcible mandatory quarantine of a city.
NEWARK, NJ — A humanitarian worker says she is being detained against her will and “treated like a criminal” after selflessly working to provide health care to the people of Africa. The quarantined nurse has not tested positive for any disease and has exhibited no symptoms of illness.
Governor Malloy declared Connecticut to be in a state of public health emergency, enabling bureaucrats the authority to detain suspected sick people.
On July 31st, 2014, President Obama expanded the list of communicable diseases for which the federal government is prepared to institute a forcible quarantine; suspending civil rights, restricting movement, and involuntarily detaining individuals — perhaps indefinitely.
CHAMPAIGN, IL — A sick man was ordered to wear a government tracking device and was subsequently thrown in jail for leaving his house. “Public health” is the excuse used to nullify individual rights for the sake of the herd.
One aspect of the police state that I find particularly bothersome is forced drugging. We see this manifest in a variety of situations, usually involving children whose parents question their doctors or want to pursue alternative health care solutions. Being a complicated and emotional issue, many people end up siding with the state in pursuit of mandatory drugging. While this position is to be expected from the average statist, it is somewhat alarming when a well-known and respected publication like Reason Magazine comes out in favor of forced mass-drugging of the population, or as it was gently termed, “coercive vaccination.” These ideas, promoted under pseudo-libertarian shroud, cannot go unrebuked.