from 21st Century Wire:
As 21WIRE has pointed out in previous reports, in their response to the coronavirus, Western governments have consistently looked to and copied almost all of the authoritarian measures and tactics employed by the Chinese state. Amid this global panic atmosphere, Western governments seem as keen as ever to show their public and the international community that they have the crisis ‘under control’. However, few politicians or media pundits have bothered to stop and consider whether China’s authoritarian social control grid is both appropriate and practical for western democracies. Is this system really necessary considering that real epidemiological science says that populations will normally be protected by achieving natural herd immunity? How will a total surveillance state imposed on citizens via a ‘virus’ tracking app’ impact the rights and civil liberties of individuals and families? Will this system be used to activate digital ID ‘immunity passports’ and be used to exclude and segregate people?