The people’s right to illness

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 20.55.35Resistance to the health dictatorship

In Juli Zeh’s Corpus Delicti: Ein Prozess (2009), health as defined by the WHO (‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’) has, Dalrymple explains,

become the ideology of the state – all other ideologies, religious, social, political and economic, having failed miserably. Citizens are implanted with a chip under their skin; they are obliged, under pain of prosecution, constantly to monitor their blood pressure and biochemical parameters. They are not permitted to stray beyond the limits of areas that have been bacteriologically sanitised, and if they do, they are punished.

The protagonist Mia Holl, a bacteriologist,

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 20.58.14is in rebellion against the supposedly beneficent dispensation. A shadowy, and probably fictitious, terrorist organisation is called the PRI (People’s Right to Illness), and she is accused of being a member.

Mia is put on trial for

having consumed illicit substances such as caffeine and tobacco.

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