Josh, let's forget about coronavirus for a moment and just talk about a theoretical contagion. A sickness that is spread very easily between people. General scientific consensus is that keeping people physically distant helps stop the spread in a situation like that. If people are not keeping themselves physically distant in such a situation, what do you suggest as the next step in fighting such an illness? Do you agree that, if the goal is to minimize harm to people (i.e. death due to, among other things, hospitals being overloaded by surges), creating rules about staying home could ever be acceptable? I'm just curious because you seem to be painting with an awfully broad brush here, basically saying that every govt, whether local, state, or country, is acting in fascist way right now, despite the fact that among all the governments who have ordered shutdowns, there is a wide disparity of worldviews including socialist and otherwise.
I agree that if there is a contagious killer-bug out there, then social-distancing and a certain amount of home-alone makes sense. I might overplay the opportunistic nature of gov't response to use the situation to increase authoritarianism (my poems are somewhat tongue-in-cheek, hence the limerick format). However I believe the reporting of Corona to be grossly over-hyped; more people died in 2017's flu epidemic and media coverage was minimal. Why the difference?
I've read a lot of history, had German in-laws who experienced 1930s Germany first-hand as teenagers/young adults, and I see patterns of a constant underlying push towards tyranny that every so often rears its ugly head big-time in history - and requires the common people to push back - which they sometimes do at great cost to themselves. Freedoms are hard won; and easily lost.
I'm also aware the mass-media is a government propaganda machine and when such blanket coverage is given to one topic (with questioning it being made into a taboo) then these are danger-signals.
These are the same people who told you there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and invaded days before Hans Blix's report would have come out proving there were not any. These are the same people who argued The Gulf of Tonkin event was a serious enough threat to America to warrant the Vietnam war. There are dozens of similar examples. Why believe them when they say Corona is a mega-danger?
Not every country is in lock-down, self-destructing their economies.
I would love to believe that gov'ts were acting honourably - but I daren't.