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Lockdowns and school closures will go down as one of the worst peacetime policy disasters of all time. Never again should the well-being of our children be sacrificed to placate the neuroses of adults.
Protectionism and Free Trade
Conservatism is allegedly grounded in a recognition of the natural limits of humanity. But when it comes to free trade, conservatives throw all that out the window.
It never ends well: to clean up mountains of bad debts, the Chinese regime has employed debt-for-equity schemes that could leave countless ordinary investors in deep trouble.
In an economy where the ruling party controls enormous portions of the economy, attempts to redistribute some of that state-owned wealth isn't necessarily a move against the private sector.
Contracts are voidable and thoroughly changeable. They can be totally ignored with the consent of both parties. But natural rights are not like contracts and can't be abolished even with consent.
Money and Banks
Central banks always and everywhere weaken economic growth by undermining the propensity to save; they are destabilizing the economy by fueling a debt economy.
Labor and Wages
In real life, the labor market includes government employers. So the fundamental question is whether or not a laborer can morally seek out the highest wage offered by all employers.
Justin Trudeau won with a weak "victory" in Canadian elections last week, but he nonetheless claimed a "mandate" for vaccine passports and huge increases in federal spending.