“As COVID-19 spread during the year, governments across the democratic spectrum repeatedly resorted to excessive surveillance, discriminatory restrictions on freedoms like movement and assembly, and arbitrary or violent enforcement of such restrictions by police and nonstate actors,” observed Freedom House.
Worse, we sacrificed liberty, prosperity, and our children’s sanity for little in the way of good reason.“
“We find that shelter-in-place orders had no detectable health benefits, only modest effects on behavior, and small but adverse effects on the economy,” according to University of Chicago researchers.
So, we can get on with our lives, right? After all, we have a lot of digging out to do. Millions of children lost a year of education and struggled with mental health issues. Jobs and businesses evaporated as the world sheltered in place, usually by command of the powers that be. And fundamental human liberty took a body blow from which it may never recover when the political class took advantage of public fear to expand its power—not just in traditionally authoritarian countries but even in nominally liberal ones. “