(Tea Party 247) – Will the coronavirus pandemic turn our country into a biological dystopia where caste is determined by your health status?
So far, it’s starting to sound more and more like this might be the case.
And this should disturb you.
James Ballard, the CEO of the Federal Reserve in St. Louis, has some “good news” for our failing economy.
Make everyone wear badges boasting their coronavirus-free status.
Yeah, that doesn’t sound completely Orwellian. Or, Hitlerian, rather.
While speaking with CBS’ Face the Nation over the weekend, Ballard said:
“You know, I have good news for you, Margaret, because we have a- there is a solution using available technology today to fix the economic part of this problem. The solution is universal testing. What you want is every single person to get tested every day. And then they would wear a badge like they would at a- after they voted or something like that to show that they’ve been tested. This would immediately sort out who’s been infected and who hasn’t been infected. That would help the health care sector. But it would also help the economy because we could interact with each other with a lot of confidence.”
First of all, even if this weren’t completely creepy, who is to say that someone couldn’t simply put on a badge fraudulently?
How is this a remotely good idea?
When the Nazis were in power in Germany, they required that Jews wear yellow badges signifying their ethnic heritage.
The Holocaust Center explains:
Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Reich Main Security Office, first recommended that Jews should wear identifying badges following the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 9 and 10, 1938. Shortly after the invasion of Poland in September 1939, local German authorities began introducing mandatory wearing of badges. By the end of 1939, all Jews in the newly-acquired Polish territories were required to wear badges.
The German government’s policy of forcing Jews to wear identifying badges was but one of many psychological tactics aimed at isolating and dehumanizing the Jews of Europe, directly marking them as being different (i.e., inferior) to everyone else. It allowed for the easier facilitation of their separation from society and subsequent ghettoization, which ultimately led to the deportation and murder of 6 million Jews. Those who failed or refused to wear the badge risked severe punishment, including death. For example, the Jewish Council (Judenrat) of the ghetto in Bialystok, Poland announced that “… the authorities have warned that severe punishment – up to and including death by shooting – is in store for Jews who do not wear the yellow badge on back and front.”