I spent the all of yesterday writing a paper and working on a project, so I didn't have time to write anything profound. Instead, I'm providing a link to an article from (where else?) NPR.
The article is about an interview I heard last night on "Fresh Air" with Michael Willrich, the author of the book Pox: An American History, which is an exploration of a smallpox epidemic in the early 20th century. The book looks at how the American government vaccinated people against their will, sometimes at gunpoint, especially in the African American communities in the South. It attempts to answer the question: when does looking after the good of the American public begin to infringe on people's civil rights?
It sounds really interesting, although I have no idea when I'd be able to fit it in. I may keep this on my list for next year.