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Ebola, Quarantines, etc.

Well, some libertarians such as Walter Block seem to be in disagreement with me on the Ebola situation regarding voluntary vs. involuntary quarantine of people with or suspected of having Ebola. Becky Akers shares my concerns, and she points out her past article on what U.S. gov did with Andrew Speaker in 2007, the persecuted TB carrier. And John Keller makes some great points regarding private property rights to resolve those issues. Ryan McMaken also points out the private property solution as well as points out how the U.S. gov has bumbled several other contagious disease situations. And he also linked to an article by Robert Murphy on how the free market would handle quarantines. And Butler Shaffer discusses why the U.S. gov would want to actually patent the Ebola virus. Also, Robert Wenzel had posted this post on how you can and can’t get Ebola. By the way the gubmint now wants to screen airline passengers by taking their temperatures, but Washington’s blog points out how that will be useless.

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