Based on Mill’s arguments, the classical liberal tradition toward contagious diseases refuses the right of authorities to oblige individuals to be tested on suspicion. It also opposes the confinement of individuals exercising their individual rights.
Philipp Bagus is Professor of Economics at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He is the author of numerous books, including In Defense of Deflation, The Tragedy of the Euro, and Blind Robbery!: How the Fed, Banks, and Government Steal Our Money (together with Andreas Marquart).