The virus of tyranny is alive and growing — and there’s no permanent vaccine – ABC News

A person in full PPE gear holds out a swab to the camera

Tyrants through the ages have exploited the fear of viruses to justify or incite the most barbarous crimes against humanity. They use the language of germ warfare. Joseph Stalin’s henchman Vyacheslav Molotov said enemies needed to “be isolated” or “society would have been infected”. Heinrich Himmler sent millions to the Nazi gas chambers calling his victims “a bacterium”, a “sepsis” that needed to be cauterised. Adolf Hitler called the holocaust a “surgical procedure” to rid Europe of the “Jewish disease”. Comparisons to the Nazis are wisely avoided and Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. But Trump exploited fear of outsiders, promising to build a wall to keep out illegal Mexican immigrants who he said were bringing “tremendous infectious diseases” across the US border.

The virus of tyranny is alive and growing — and there’s no permanent vaccine – ABC News

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