Guest post by John Hughes
Last week, demonstrators in Zhengzhou China protested against local bank branches that froze the deposits of Chinese citizens. In addition to protestors being beaten and detained by local police, many had their digital health status under the Chinese Covid national tracking system changed to high risk so they could be isolated and identified. According to CNN, this is the 2nd time in 2 months the news reported that the Chinese government has manipulated the health status of Chinese nationals to prevent citizens from traveling to protest.1
Chinese authorities discovered protestors traveling from other cities to Zhengzhou and immediately changed their covid status to red and questioned them in Zhengzhou hotels upon arrival. At the protest, many Chinese police were in plainclothes and beat the protestors. When beaten, one woman asked why the police were using violence. The policeman responded with “What’s wrong with beating you.”2
While this occurred in faraway China, freedom loving Westerners should take note. For the past 2 years, the US and other western nations have instituted mandates, lockdowns, and work restrictions under the auspices of protecting society from a pandemic. Government medical organizations, large civilian medical societies and social media have been all too eager to support the efforts of government organizations.
In addition to Covid, these medical entities have become increasingly partisan, blurring the lines between their political activist branches and core charge to advocate for doctors/patients. Partisan issues like abortion, critical race theory, covid, drugs, and many others have become organizational policy. Because it is science, it is science and because it is science it is medicine and not to be questioned. They use circular arguments created in a political vacuum. While the US has not become as totalitarian as China, rising unchecked partisanship and censorship/policy to enforce single party views under the auspices of ‘science’ is leading the us down a slippery slope where medicine is weaponized to do the bidding of government officials.
Money and power corrupt absolutely. I do not believe that most doctors in the US on either side of the political isle intentionally wish to harm citizens’ health and rights. However, far too many appear to be blinded by what they see as emerging mechanisms to impose their political will on society in the belief that their view is the only one that can improve health and save humanity. With billions in profits for large pharmaceutical companies at stake, soft money to influence government and health care officials stand to bias the medical community.
Science and medicine blossomed after the end of the middle ages when freedom of speech and religion created the landscape for the scientific method. It also created a shared sense of humanity that motivated doctors and science to use technology and innovation to improve medical capability to better the human race. In the 21st century, it appears that is ending and authoritarian governments are increasingly using science to control the masses. Censorship online and in medical circles is used to blind society to what is happening and intimidates those that are aware into silence.
An app created in China to ‘protect’ society by isolating Covid infected citizens is being used to control people for political reasons. Health care professionals and citizens worldwide should be alarmed and enraged and lodging protests against China. However the bigger picture is that the slow-moving march towards centralized control of science and the speech to discuss science is leading American down a path where such actions are not so far fetched to occur in our future.
USMA Class of 1996 (#1 graduate)
3rd Generation West Pointer
4 combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan
1Gan, Nectar. “China crushes mass protest by bank depositors demanding their life savings back.” CNN.com 10 Jul 2022.
2Chinese Bank Depositors Face Police in Angry Protest. Newsmax.com 10 JUL 2022.