I need help understanding libertarian philosophy in relation to Covid-19
I recently got in an argument with a close friend who is a libertarian. She said that the government should not impose regulations, force lockdowns, or tamper with her life because of Covid-19.
I understand these times are difficult and that, as a (22) year old, she may not be able to do what she enjoys doing. Her philosophy as she put it is: “survival of the fittest” “do what you want and don’t hurt people” “you can’t expect to not get sick”
Her points are valid in terms of her personal freedoms. But how do regulations that are supposed to protect citizens against the virus work within the philosophy of libertarianism? My argument is that by spreading a virus you are forcing others to risk getting sick, thereby going against said philosophy.
I’m not happy with either political side, sad I have to say that, and just want some input. Negative, positive, neutral, it’s all welcome.
TL;DR Libertarian friend believes lockdowns and regulations shouldn’t happen and the government should let the virus run its course.
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