by Don Boudreaux on May 1, 2020

in Current Affairs, Philosophy of Freedom

Trump’s wish to compel the Chinese to pay damages for their role in the coronavirus calamity prompts me to ask this question: If governments could be successfully sued by citizens seeking payment for economic damages inflicted upon them by governments – damages inflicted sometimes negligently, sometimes recklessly, sometimes intentionally – how many trillions of dollars would plaintiff Americans recover in court from defendant U.S. government?


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