Edward Stringham . My main academic contribution has been to emphasize the centrality of private governance in the building of social order. Private governance requires freedom, so that people and institutions can experiment with solutions to any and all social, cultural, and economic problems. There is not one answer but many competitive answers. As part of private governance there is learning. We find successes and emulate them. We observe failures and avoid them. Through this process, society gets better at dealing with the exigencies of existence and the need for progress. All of this pertains to the management and mitigation of disease. There is no one answer but many. Without the freedom to discover, we will be worse off. Private governance does not dictate models but lets them evolve by permitting individuals and institutions to use intelligence to find the right paths. Central planning does not work for public health any more than it does for the production and distribution of any good or service.
For some, especially the very old and people with other serious conditions, this is undoubtedly a nasty virus. But for the vast majority, the coronavirus is the harbinger of a fairly mild illness. Mine was no worse than flu, perhaps not even as bad. Moreover, as 98 per cent of the country is not infected at present, though many have been over the past year, it must be asked once again whether the measures we are taking are proportionate to the risk.
Those most vociferous in their support of the harshest measures are invariably least harmed by them – often people on full salaries, generous pensions and the ability to work from home in a large house with a garden. Yet they exempt from their strictures the very people without whom their isolation would be intolerable – shop workers, factory employees, delivery drivers and the rest who, as the ONS reported this week, are most likely to die if they contract the virus. Where is the morality there?
The criteria for ending the lockdown restrictions also appear to be changing. The policy was to suppress the virus until a vaccine comes along. Now that a vaccine has arrived, there is a developing assumption that the virus can somehow be eliminated.
Here’s John Stossel on Covidocrites . As slice:
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo attended a wine and paint event, just days after tweeting, “Stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask.”
Even after a photo showed her at the event, Biden nominated Raimondo to be secretary of Commerce.
“Instead of being booted out, they get a promotion,” complains Stepman.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a 14-day quarantine for anyone going to several states, including Delaware, for “nonessential” activity. Then she went to Delaware for a Biden victory celebration, something that strikes me as about as “nonessential” as it gets.