Earlier this week I spoke with Damian Coory on his The Other Side program about the massively expanding federal debt and the economic cost of lockdowns, among other issues. The YouTube video of our conversation is embedded below. Given the large protest against the lockdown we saw in Sydney today, it’s becoming clear many Australians are really hurting from the current round of lockdowns and they can’t see lockdowns delivering net benefits.
In my view, we should abandon these authoritarian lockdowns as a policy measure, and governments should instead rely on moral suasion. There is no doubt COVID-19 is a serious disease, and governments should be able to convince the public to act in ways consistent with limiting the spread of the virus. But, in a free society, governments should not rely on authoritarian police-state measures to achieve that objective.
Once upon a time in Australia, people used to say “It’s a free country.” We can’t really say that anymore. I often wonder how the Greatest Generation, those who grew up during the Great Depression, and who fought in or came of age during the War, few of whom are still with us alas, would have handled COVID-19. I can’t see them having put up with these lockdowns. Many of them would think we’re absolutely mad in how we’re handling this.
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