Eastman saw Lenin as a dogmatist guilty of great crimes, and socialism a recipe for disaster. Reflections on the Failure of Socialism is the record of his insightful assault on socialism and his defense of the free market.
The lasting and far-reaching harms caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The American people must decide for themselves how and when to reopen society and return to their daily lives.
Just as unilateral free trade results in a more solid economy for the countries that adopt it — even within an international economy of protectionism in other countries — so would a commodity-money based economy surrounded by fiat-money economies.