Typhoid Mary

Letter 1

From: Steve

Sent: Friday, August 28, 2020 9:33 AM

To: wblock@loyno.edu

Subject: Typhoid Mary

Prof. Block:

As a physician I’ll allow that forced isolation and even, compulsory directly observed treatment may have a justifiable role in very limited circumstances, as for example when an actively contagious individual has been found to deliberately and repeatedly sicken other individuals with grave outcome. This may have been the case with Mary Mallon, and if so, her misconduct could have been addressed through judicial procedures. I hardly believe this to be the case with “Covid-19” or any other epidemic I’ve dealt with in 40 years of practice. “IF covid is that serious, it was certainly widely thought to be in March of this year”. ‘Widely thought’ is insufficient reason to forcibly deny an individual their due process. It is widely thought that guns and bullets are the cause of civil unrest. Cars are related to thousands of deaths annually. Should we forcibly disarm the entire citizenry, or ban all motor vehicles or any number of other  risky activities that may be widely thought to threaten ‘the public health”? I think not. My point is that the civil response to any threat or contagion is a matter of the degree of the danger and should be a rational nuanced response. The political response to “Covid-19” including mass quaranteen has been anything but rational and nuanced, and the more serious danger is the deliberate manipulation by the state of a widely feared but mostly benign infection to crush a population into submission. Curiously, the proven threat of  biological weapons research seems to rate low on the state’s danger scale. Rather than permanently quaranteening this loathsome and sickening enterprise, it is surreptitiously encouraged and funded or concealed off shore.

Steve, MD

Brooklyn, NY

Letter 2

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2020 5:39 PM

To: ‘Steve

Subject: RE: Typhoid Mary

Dear Fellow Brooklynite Steve:

I went to Madison High School, and Brooklyn College. You?

Thanks for your thoughtful note.

Yes, certainly I agree with you that “an actively contagious individual (who) has been found to deliberately and repeatedly sicken other individuals” is a criminal, and ought to be punished by law. However, what if they do this accidentally, only once? Still, I think it would be justified to use force to stop him.

As to covid, when I wrote about this in March, all I was saying is that we libertarians have no particular comparative advantage is determining just how much of a threat it was, and we ought to be more moderate in our reaction to attempts to stop it by doing things that would otherwise be considered rights violations. I still stand by that assessment. However, nowadays, speaking not as a medical expert, I regard forced quarantines, forced mask wearing (on public, not private property), the possibility of compulsory vaccinations when and if we get one, as anathema to libertarianism.

Best regards,

Walter

Letter 3

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From: Walter Block [mailto:wblock@loyno.edu]

Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2020 9:16 AM

To: Steve

Subject: RE: Typhoid Mary

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/covid/

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Letter 4

From: Steve

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2020 1:57 PM

To: ‘Walter Block’ <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: RE: Typhoid Mary

Dear Prof. Block:

Thanks for your kind reply. It’s a relief to hear that you feel  forced quarantines, forced mask wearing (on public, not private property), the possibility of compulsory vaccinations when and if we get one, as anathema to libertarianism.  I have felt this way since the March madness began and though I may be considered to have special knowledge by virtue of training and experience, I think any intelligent person could smell a rat back then. I am also encouraged by the fact that most of my patients are losing their patience with what they correctly discern to be gov’t overreaction that has clearly done more harm than good and threatens worse to come.

I practice in Bay Ridge where I grew up. I was educated in the public school system, attended Stuy High and got my BS at CCNY.

Steve

Letter 5

Dear Steve:

Please call me Walter. I lived for many years near Kings Highway and Nostrand Avenue, and then in Sheepshead Bay.

Yes “forced quarantines, forced mask wearing (on public, not private property), the possibility of compulsory vaccinations when and if we get one, (are) anathema to libertarianism.”

But I don’t feel that this is NECESSARILY so. I can conceive of a situation, not the present one with covid, where the disease is SO contagious that this would be justified. Can you not conceive of such as case?

I agree, entirely, with your assessment of govt actions on covid.

Best regards,

Walter

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3:25 am on October 28, 2020