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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12342/origin-and-rise-of-compulsory-medicine/

Origin and Rise of Compulsory Medicine

March 31, 2010 by

The ideological forefathers of Nazism, Adolf Wagner and Eugen Dühring, happened to be the “brain trusters” behind Bismarck’s “nationalistic socialism to end international socialism” — including compulsory medicine. FULL ARTICLE by Melchior Palyi


Sean March 31, 2010 at 11:30 am

Good article.

Ohhh Henry March 31, 2010 at 7:51 pm

As a committee report on health insurance of the Canadian House of Commons put it (March 16, 1943): “During the early years of Hitler’s regime, the government’s medical program was looked upon by many observers as one of the greatest props of the totalitarian state.”

That reminds me of something. The future prime minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau was described in a biography as being at the time of WWII a fascist and anti-semite and he is known on at least one occasion to dress up in a German uniform and ride around Montreal on his motorcycle (as a “joke”). Fast forward to 1983 when the Canada Health Act was introduced in parliament by the government of … you guessed it …

John B April 1, 2010 at 2:52 am

Congratulations on this very interesting article that perhaps could only have been written by someone who has studied in part outside the controlled education system?
It leads me to think: The true kings, meaning those who wield the real power (or just, power) of our day are largely unseen as such. The quiet men whose bidding the politicians do. The (visible) monarchs of our day are now part of aristocracy of old, against which the kings ally themselves with the plebs, in order to defeat. Hence the controlled and controlling worker’s paradise against the evil capitalist bosses. Into which control comes, as Melchior Palyi indicates, that which concerns us most intimately, our health.If the effective aristocracy of our day are all those from the monarchs to the lower bourgoisie, who are the kings?

James Elliott April 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

While thinking about Good Friday this week and then reading your article I am reminded about how long this has been going on. When faced with a choice between Jesus, who preached and lived an ideology of intellectual and spiritual freedom from Roman slavery, and Barrabas, a robber, the crowd asked for the robber. Apparently freedom has been more threatening than material loss to the masses (and those who control them) for a long, long time.

Bill Miller April 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I think I heard something recently about someone who was instrumental in establishing the Canadian system suggesting that there should be market oriented reforms (such as allowing people to buy their own, private, insurance), but I can’t remember who it was. Anybody here know?

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