Public Health? Private Health? (was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-40D)

By Nathan Barton

Public health is in the news, dominated by Ebola, but with lots of other things.  In the last twenty-four hours, thousands of articles and hundreds of thousands of words have been produced about what is happening.  Fear and panic seem to be spreading.  Here is just a taste.

Four stories relate different facts and concerns about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

One location in Liberia, a rubber plantation owned and operated by Firestone, has been dealing with Ebola since an employee’s wife brought the infection to the plantation.  But she is the ONLY one of thousands of workers and family members that has died: the company – evil and wicked and greedy – is taking care of its own.  Or it has signed the pact with the devil (evil, remember) and the satanic disease has been waved off.

At the same time, a SECOND UN medical high-mucky-muck came down with symptoms on Sunday and died on Wednesday: the UN thugs can’t even keep their own people safe, and they don’t know how the guy got the infection. (I have my opinion, knowing how UN officials and peacekeepers, like Organization for African Unity thugs, behave when they are occupying someone else’s country for whatever purpose.)

British Airways has suspended all flights between Liberia and anywhere, for which they are being condemned (even while many Americans urge the same, except for flights that are very carefully controlled with passengers screened using more than a remote thermometer).

I note that the US troops sent to put up all kinds of hospitals won’t even have the first, 25-bed hospital (intended to treat medical personnel) READY until the end of the month; they have started on exactly THREE of the 17 100-bed hospitals.  This is not just heartbreaking, but it is embarrassing: the quality of the Engineers of all four services has so deteriorated that they are unable to do in six weeks what used to be able to be done in 72 hours, three days.  I do not know why: is it lack of training?  lack of good solid equipment?  too much political correctness (including all the time devoted to mandatory diversity training and acceptance of homosexual lifestyles and sexual harassment)? lack of materials?  lack of decent leadership?  Whatever it is, we can slam Tomahawk missiles into refugee camps across five hundred miles of desert but we can’t land an amphib ship with a battalion of Engineers on the coast of Africa with the tools and materials and plans to build basic minimum hospitals to isolate and treat people who are dying as we watch?

There are dozens more, as seen in this list from Newsmax:

Read and keep informed, but we all need to try not to panic, not to overreact.

Now compare that to this: Americans can expect to live longer than ever before, CDC data show.  I don’t believe a word of it.  Supposedly, Americans are living longer than ever before, new government data show (or claim to show). Between 2000 and 2012, the overall age-adjusted death rate fell by 15.7 percent, according to according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  If so, it sure ain’t due to the FedGov or ObummerCare or the CDC or NIH or any of the other garbage foisted onto Americans.  The entire claim looks really bizarre when we are dealing with Ebola and EV-D68 and increases in such things as tuberculosis, polio, and to say nothing of all the other things like our “massive” (pun intended) obesity problem, diabetes, cancers, and the panic I’ve mentioned over hantavirus, plague, and – bad breath.  But the key point to consider is that a collapsing economy and society are NOT conducive to long life, and the CDC just doesn’t get it.  But of course, politicians and voters don’t either.

The rolling obesity problem is ironic, seeing this next news item.

The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  No food lines or soup kitchens, except in a few rare situations.  We can hide the impacts of the Crash of 2009, now turning into the “Greater Depression.”  We have to provide “free food” for almost 1 in 6 Americans, while I am constantly bombarded about how 1 in 7 Americans (according to “public service ads”) are short of food but 1 in 4 Americans are obese?  With only 3-4% of our income going to charity (while 45-55% goes to government), all these inequalities are only going to get worse.

Pay attention, be prepared, but do not panic either because of what government or concerned people say.

Mama’s Note: No matter what you read or hear, measure it against what you KNOW already. You already know that no government has your best interest in mind, that they have zero reason to “take care of you,” let alone protect you against either predators or disease. That alone should give you plenty of reason to learn how to defend yourself, and prepare to live in difficult times. There are plenty of websites, books, magazines and so forth with a wealth of information on the latter, but all you really need to know is this:

You are responsible for yourself and your family. Only you, in cooperation with your neighbors, can provide the environment best conducive to survival. You may not have much time left, so rather than argue about what the government should be doing, look to it yourself.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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