Join us this Friday for a live discussion and Q&A with Graham Walker and Christopher Coyne.
In early 2020, China unleashed COVID-19 on the world. In response, governments across the globe, including those in the United States, kicked into high gear their regulatory machinery. Citizens were ordered to stay-at-home and, as designated by officials, shutter all “non-essential” businesses.
The extension of state power in the U.S. has been alarming—but the long-term consequences could be even more devastating to civil society and just government. So say the authors of a new, shocking article published this week in the Spring 2021 issue of The Independent Review, the scholarly peer-reviewed journal of political economy of the Independent Institute (Oakland, CA).
In “Infectious Diseases and Government Growth,” Christopher J. Coyne—co-editor of the journal—Nathan Goodman, and Abigail Deveraux, make the compelling case that regulations designed to combat the pandemic have required new draconian forms of the state’s police powers—surveillance, extraordinary fines, exclusion of citizens from government services as punishment, and even the use of physical force against violators
To make matters worse, the history of government control teaches us that these increases in state power will not likely be retracted after the pandemic—to the great detriment to civil liberties.