AMERICAN THINKER - Aug 16, 2020 -
By Fay Voshell -
All authoritarian societies are built on the idea that whole categories of people are inherently unhealthy.
To contain outbreaks of plagues, physical or mental, authoritarian governments create labyrinths of regulations and laws in order to safeguard the “health” of their domains.
During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as repressive regimes seized vast areas of the world, their leaders established severe regimens formerly characteristic of the deeply religious. The habits of strict religious orders were simply retrofitted to suit secular regimes. Practices rejected as useless superstitions, such as fasting, prayer and sacramental rituals were replaced with equally severe routines. Rigorous calisthenics performed in fresh air, natural foods, and detailed public sanitation measures imitated and replaced former spiritual rituals meant to deal with the health of the soul. Socialist, fascist and communist societies saw a transference to the material realm what had once been characteristic of the spiritual realm. It was considered better to preserve the body and lose the soul.
While the disastrous measures of the Third Reich usually receive the most intense scrutiny, the health measures instituted by the Soviet Union deserve a look. Even today, despite the unhealthy predations of Stalin on the Russian peoples, the health laws of the former USSR are still held up as a model for the world. Carlos Rule, spokesman for the Stalinist Society stated:
“As the basis for its activity in the sphere of protecting people’s health, the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) considers primarily the implementation of extensive health-building and sanitary measures with the object of preventing the incidence of disease. Accordingly, the RCP(B) makes its immediate task:
1. To carry through resolutely extensive sanitary measures in the interests of the working people, such as:
a) improvement of health conditions in populated places (protection of soil, water and air from pollution),
b) organization of public catering on a scientific and hygienic basis,
c) launching of measures to prevent the outbreak and spread of infectious diseases,
d) creating a code of health legislation. (Italics mine.)