As of now, what is your position on mandated lockdowns and the extent to which a given public health scenario justifies it?
It seems there’s major sources of conflict in how libertarians should feel they should react to a concept such as this.
On one side, libertarianism is about the nonviolence principle and about as minimal interference and aggression by the state as humanly possible. Meaning in principle, only a plague of the threat level of the actual 1918 Spanish Flu would ever justify closures in the name of safety. And while numerous public health extremists are convinced otherwise, there just isn’t evidence pointing to this having been that severe a threat for months on end.
The flipside is that opposition to lockdowns has been linked as connected to Trump MAGA QAnon Illuminati conspiracies which in and of itself could be a severe issue as well. If the main justification for being against lockdowns was viewing every Covid development and doctors advocating for restrictions as being bourne solely out of conspiracies, it could maybe lead to the larger, more pragmatic section of libertarians viewing them as necessary for public health because they don’t want to be lulled into pure conspiracy minded observers.
And if this analysis is missing anything I’d gladly apologize wholeheartedly and would love to be corrected. This is just the impression I got.
And in light of current developments, what is your stance on gov’t mandated lockdowns at the local, state and federal level?
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