Utter Folly

Perhaps the most idiotic aspect of all the rules and guidance documents governments have made, disseminated, and enforced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic is the common underlying assumption that dealing with the disease is the only thing that matters. This monomanical obsession flies in the face of even the most elementary notion of cost/benefit analysis.

These public health tyrants are constantly herding people about as if things like earning a living, obtaining necessary goods and services, giving loving care to friends and relatives, and living a life worth living were of no value and should be disregarded completely while people comply with even the most implausible restrictions on their actions.

This would be a stupid way to make and enforce public policy even if the Black Death were upon us. Given the realities of the magnitude of the Covid risk, it is utter folly.

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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and Editor at Large of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, the University of Economics, Prague, and George Mason University. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.