"As with every crisis in the history of the modern world, Ebola fears have given rise to debates over government power. When people are afraid, they have this irrational penchant for reaching out to government to save them. Never mind that the power might be abused or might not even be a necessary, much less suitable, power. Government is magic: if something is big, important, crucial, people long for government to do it.
So it is with Ebola. It’s terrifying. We can’t just allow people to wander around with the disease and infect others. We could all die under those conditions. So we need government to discern who has the disease, force these people against their will to stay away from others, and even to put together a plan for how to deal with mass outbreak, even if that involves creating camps of sick people and keeping them all there by force.
What do you libertarians want? Total laissez faire?
The U.S. government already has an extensive plan for dealing with communicable diseases, and these plans involve forcible quarantines. You can read all about it at the website for the Centers for Disease Control. "
(Via.) Beautiful Anarchy Must Government Have the Power to Quarantine?