Lockdown Tyranny

(Don Boudreaux)

Those of you who doubt that Covid Derangement Syndrome doesn’t fuel police-state brutality – those of you who remain silent amidst the tyranny unleashed in the name of “protecting” people from Covid-19 – please watch this video of a young woman being arrested recently in London at an anti-lockdown protest.

I ask again my many classical-liberal and libertarian friends who are still remaining silent in the face of this inhuman and inhumane assault on human freedom: Why? Why are you not speaking out adamantly against this madness?

I am, I must say, so terribly disappointed in so many of you. In the face of this unprecedented type of general battering of human freedom in the western world, so many of you refuse to raise your voices in protest. Why?

Oh, you protest – loudly and in no uncertain terms – restrictions on immigration. I applaud you! Truly I do. You protest minimum wages, tariffs, subsidies, high taxes, deficit financing of government spending, occupational licensing, “green-energy” initiatives, and the so-called “war on drugs.” Again, I applaud you sincerely.

I applaud also your courageous expressions of opposition to the welfare-warfare state – to industrial policy – to the idiocy of wokism – to the folly of government owned and operated ‘schools’ – to loose monetary policy – to the dangers of the likes of “net-neutrality,” antitrust, and universal basic incomes. I raise my glass high to your hostility to the banana-republic practice of civil asset forfeiture, to affirmative action, and to nearly every proposal issued by economic illiterates (and tyrant-wannabes) such as Elizabeth Warren, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, and Josh Hawley. Yay you! You go! Expose these policies and these officious frauds for what and who they are.

But I cannot forgive you for refusing to speak out against a tyranny far more immediate, real, and terrifying – and one that promises to uncork gruesome precedents – than any of the government offenses that you do find the courage to protest.

Why do you – how can you – remain silent in the face of Covid tyranny?

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