Bretigne Shaffer says we have a choice to make.
When a few politicians can order entire economies to grind to a halt, when they can dictate to us what goods and services are “essential” (a category that always includes themselves) and which are not, then there is very little they cannot do. I would argue that there is nothing at all they cannot do.
The most critical issue in all of this is not, and never was, determining the most effective way to deal with crises like this one (and if it were, there is more than enough evidence from this outbreak alone to entirely disqualify state action from that competition.) This is not about whether government-ordered lockdowns “work” to stem the spread of a deadly virus. Nor is it even about how deadly that virus is or is not.
The much more important issue is: What kind of world are we creating when we allow a government to have this kind of power?
Each one of us needs to ask ourselves this question. Each one of us needs to decide which side of this they are on, which side they will stand up for. And yes, there really are only two sides: Choosing to go in the direction of a more free society, or choosing to go in the direction of a more authoritarian one.
Bretigne is exactly right. There needs to be more civil disobedience now. And court cases. There are some. But it’s not nearly enough. The overlords need some kind of pushback now. Otherwise obedience and submissiveness are telling them, “It’s okay, order us to close our businesses and lose our jobs. It’s for our own good, and our ‘safety’. Send the storm troopers after people for driving to a different state, go door to door to find people from New York. It’s okay.”