Looking at the trend towards authoritarianism in matters of public health, sociologist Dr. David Bell, in an article published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology finds there are alarming parallels between past fascist regimes, recent pandemic control measures, and the World Health Organisation's (WHO) proposed pandemic response treaty, which would give the unelected bureaucrats of the WHO the power to usurp to themselves the powers of elected government and impose laws which nations signatory to the treaty would be bound to implement in order to 'halt the progress' of a future pandemic of an as yet unknown disease.
The World Health Organization's broad definition of health embraces
physical, mental and social well-being. Expressed in its 1946
constitution alongside concepts of community participation and national
sovereignty, it reflected an understanding of a world emerging from
centuries of colonialist oppression and the public health industry's
shameful facilitation of fascism. Health policy would be
people-centered, closely tied to human rights and self-determination.
The COVID-19 response has demonstrated how these ideals have been undone. Decades of increasing funding within public-private partnerships have corroded the basis of global public health. The COVID-19 response, intended for a virus that overwhelmingly targeted the elderly, ignored norms of epidemic management and human rights to institute a regime of suppression, censorship, and coercion reminiscent of the power systems and governance that were previously condemned. Without pausing to examine the costs, the public health industry is developing international instruments and processes that will entrench these destructive practices in international law.
Public health, presented as a series of health emergencies, is being used once again to facilitate a fascist approach to societal management. The beneficiaries will be the corporations and investors whom the COVID-19 response served well. Human rights and individual freedom, as under previous fascist regimes, will lose.
The public health industry must urgently awaken to the changing world in which it works, if it is to adopt a role in saving public health rather than contributing to its degradation.
The whole essay can be found online at onlinelibrary/wiley.com