So evaluation of consequences does matter, but it matters at the level of justifying a general system of rights. Precisely because of the limitations of human knowledge that [Jeffrey] Friedman acknowledges were the downfall of socialism, we cannot normally invoke consequentialism on a case-by-case basis. That is, after all, as Hume (and more recently, Hayek) so strongly emphasized, the justification for rules.
It’s equal parts distressing and appalling how easily so many rules were – and continue to be – utterly disregarded amidst the hysteria over Covid-19.
Pictured above is Gretchen Whitmer, the tyrant now wielding dictatorial powers in Michigan.