This Katrina lesson is relevant today: Once government occupies civil society with top-down control, it will tend to overpolice and stay too long. Few officials want to risk lifting the lockdown orders, lest they face public scrutiny if something goes wrong. The result is systematic overcaution, which expands government control.
I share Richard Rahn’s objections to the heavy-handedness of the economic lockdown . And consult also Nick Gillespie .