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Canada Has Abolished Civil Liberties in the Name of "Safety"

Big GovernmentHealthThe Police State

Blog03/28/2020

The various levels of government in Canada have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Their ill-advised solutions are to inflict economic hardship and withdraw civil liberties. The longer these authoritarian policies persist, the greater the risk to the social fabric.

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The Benefits of a Free Society during Pandemics

Big GovernmentDecentralization and SecessionHealth

Blog03/27/2020

The idea that a free and mostly privatized society would let pandemics rage unchecked is based on a crude caricature. The truth is that a free society offers flexibility and resilience that a centralized system lacks.

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COVID-19 and the Planners’ Need to Plan

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCalculation and Knowledge

Blog03/26/2020

Despite the fact that the CDC’s formal name includes the word “Prevention” and that its stated goals include various planning buzzwords, its managing of the COVID-19 response has been an unmitigated disaster.

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Politicians Have Used This Crisis to Remind Us They're Mostly Wannabe Dictators

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog03/26/2020

From small villages to Capitol Hill, politicians are using every opportunity to void the Bill of Rights and abolish all limits on their power.

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Fear Makes It Easy for Governments to Expand Power

Big GovernmentHealthLegal System

Blog03/25/2020

Why are governments so enthusiastic about shutting down businesses when other less draconian measures are available and prudent? The answer lies in the fact that governments can act with near impunity and want to maximize their power.

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The State Has Seized Many New Powers. It Won't Let Go of Them Easily.

Big GovernmentEconomic Freedom

Blog03/25/2020

The state has used this virus scare to demand that politicians and bureaucrats be given near-total control over every aspect of life, including virtually every business and employer in America. Will this now be a permanent feature of American life?

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Diseases Are Bad. Government-Forced Shutdowns Are Often Worse.

Big GovernmentEconomic FreedomGlobal Economy

Blog03/24/2020

There is a reason to panic. But the panic should be over how governments—who know so very little about the virus that they have decided warrants destroying the global economy—will create many new threats to health and well-being through their policies.

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In Spain You Can't Use Your Own Back Yard. Police Make Sure of It.

Big GovernmentGlobal Economy

Blog03/23/2020

Philipp Bagus reports from Spain: when people are frightened enough, they'll let the state do pretty much anything.

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Coronavirus Panic: From Trillion-Dollar Paternalism to "Cash for Bunkers"

Big GovernmentHealthPrice Controls

Blog03/21/2020

You are not even allowed to ask: "Is the price we’re paying worth it?" or "Is this an abundance of caution, or an overdose?" The "serious people" attack anyone who urges calm and encourages others to adopt a "don’t panic" approach. The new party line is: panic = virtue.

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What Would Murray Say About the Coronavirus?

Big GovernmentHealth

If government scientists claim that they have discovered a vaccine for the coronavirus, can the government force us to take it? Can they force us into quarantines? These are the sort of problems we can solve if we look to Murray for help.

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