As long as there have been epidemics, there have been abuses of power in the name of health and safety.
Thank you for this piece. History repeats itself.
For those of us born in circa 1960-2000, I think we were fortunate to grow up in a time period where disease scares did not profoundly disrupt society.
There was HIV/ AIDS and some other diseases, but their response did not profoundly disrupt society like the response to the plague or COVID.
Humbling and prescient walk through the various plagues that we as humans have encountered. Thank you for your research and your message.
Another piece of wonderful writing. I never miss reading your essays.
Brilliant comments, as always.
Well done, enjoyed reading this
Excellent work and thanks for your research and sharp perspective and thanks for Substack so you can't be censored.
However, it was never to this extent. They did not force people to poison themselves and alter their DNAs. They did not lockdown and mask people.
Remember that those bunga bunga Woodstock parties occurred during a real one!
If you read between the lines of Frank Snowden's book then you knew that plagues were devices of State. For example the reactions in Naples, Hong Kong and I think Delhi indicated that the locals thought that they were being poisoned and that land speculation was the cause (maybe not in Naples but nevertheless the 'epidemic' didn't end there because it ran its course, it ended because the working classes had had enough and the 'State' backed off).
Stefan Lanka also talks about the bubonic plague and strongly suggest that it too was a plague manufactured for a purpose by the State, in this case the collapse of the Venetian trade routes.