qerAs the Ebola virus spreads throughout West Africa, governments there are becoming more and more authoritarian in how they are dealing with it — actions that are born of fear as much as pragmatism. For instance, in Liberia in recent days, soldiers and police officers donning riot gear have blocked roads, cordoned off areas and have even intercepted citizens who set out on water, in canoes. Entire neighborhoods — many sprawling slums with tens of thousands of people — have been placed under isolation and quarantine, as the Liberian government continues to struggle with the virus’s spread. More