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Peter Hitchens makes the case that the cure is worse than the disease [2]. A slice:

What I have been surprised by is how little examination there has been to whether there is any logic to this. It is as if you went to the doctor with measles and the doctor said that this was serious measles and the only treatment for it is to cut off your left leg. And he cuts off your left leg and then later on, you recover from the measles and he says, ‘This is fantastic. I’ve cured you of the measles, sorry about your leg.’ That is more or less what is going on now.

My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy is justifiably displeased with the power still exercised by freedom-exorcising bureaucrats [3]. A slice:

Just a few weeks ago, a Springfield, Virginia, woman who ran an internet clothing business from her home was forced by the city to shut down [4] because the local zoning doesn’t permit “retail sales establishments” in people’s homes—even if those sales only occur online. She’s already lost $30,000 of her income. In these times of great uncertainty, we should be doing everything we can to make it easier for people to find and sustain work—not turning honest, hardworking people into outlaws.

The lesson of the story is that during a pandemic life as we knew it is gone, but bureaucrats as we know them stay annoyingly the same.

Here’s Dan Mitchell on the importance of keeping airlines and other businesses from falling yet further under the control of government [5].

John Tamny argues that governments’ actions during the coronavirus crisis should turn everyone into a libertarian [6].

Here’s part 3 of Roger Koppl’s important series of posts at EconLog, “Pandemics and the Problem of Expert Failure.” [7]

Among the still-too-small but hearty band of people who write sensibly, soberly, clearly, and wisely about the COVID-19 panic is Arnold Kling. Don’t miss – truly, do not miss – for example, here [8] and here [9] and here [10] and here [11].

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